LIVING IN TEMESCAL
An insider’s view on living
Zip code » 94609
Best thing about living in Temescal is » You are in the middle of it all! Easy commuting access and public transportation is at your fingertips.
Biggest challenge » There is a lot of action in the area, so if you are looking for a quiet neighborhood, this isn’t it.
What new neighbors moving into the area should know » It is vibrant, diverse and ever evolving.
TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Temescal » Doughnut Dolly and all of the other specialty shops in Temescal Alley!
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Temescal is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood in north Oakland. It’s a hip locale that attracts everyone from young families looking to set up roots, to entrepreneurs looking to start a business along the busy thoroughfare, to visiting foodies who want to take advantage of Temescal Alley and the surrounding gourmet epicurean delights. However, Temescal is anything but a new neighborhood. Temescal was once a separate village connecting Oakland to Berkley via a railway line. In 1897 it became incorporated into Oakland and continued to evolve as a community. Eventually the new construction of Highway 24 caused traffic and congestion, deterring potential business and homeowners. Things have since evolved and it is once again a popular and energetic neighborhood and a highly desirable location to live. It is the perfect mix of new and established homeowners and business owners.
There is an annual street fair each summer that attracts residents and visitors, celebrating all that the neighborhood has to offer in terms of food, music and culture. There is plenty to celebrate here! If you love to dine out, there are many unique restaurants. (Bakesale Betty is a cult classic and is known for having a line out the door for their signature fried chicken sandwich!) There is almost every different type of food imaginable. Without even leaving the neighborhood your taste buds can travel to Burma, Eritrea, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Spain and beyond! To get a feel for (and a taste of!) Temescal just meander through Temescal Alley one afternoon. Temescal Alley an area that has specialty shops and food that epitomize the culinary abundance of the Bay.
The architecture is primarily comprised of 1920’s bungalows. However Temescal is also teeming with newer condos and lofts. This is a unique community to live in as it is in the middle of a vibrant cultural and foodie scene, and is easily accessible.
Location & Commute
Temescal is in north Oakland and just 2 miles from UC Berkeley and Oakland’s city center. It is near Highway 24, bordered by Broadways to the east, 51st St. to the north, and 40th St. to the south. Temescal is just 2 miles from UC Berkeley and 2 miles from Oakland’s city center.
Drivers have easy commuting access by being able to jump right on Highway 24 and accessing major freeways to quickly travel to San Francisco and the North and South Bays. One can easily live here without a car though, because you are in the middle of it all! There is public transportation right at your fingertips. Temescal is within walking distance from MacArthur and Rockridge BART stations, and there are many bus lines throughout the area. This is also a great neighborhood to walk and bike in.
Schools near Temescal
Temescal is part of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). There are many public, private and charter schools in Oakland and cities surrounding Oakland. The public schools in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) can be somewhat complicated to navigate, which is why it is important to discuss your different options with real estate experts TwinHill when selecting a neighborhood to purchase a home. In OUSD priority is generally given to students who live within the neighborhood boundary for the school, and top priority also goes to siblings of current students. Visit the OUSD Map to view the neighborhood schools for Temescal. Many parents may also transition their children to a charter school or private school. Link here for a list of charter schools in the area. Here is a full list of private schools in the area.