Temescal is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the northern section of Oakland, California. It is centered on Telegraph Avenue, bordered by Broadway and State Route 24 to east and west, and MacArthur Boulevard to the south.
Temescal is located next to Rockridge and is primarily a residential neighborhood with bungalows, multi-family houses and apartment complexes. Single family houses in this area starting from mid-$400,000s. The people residing in Temescal range greatly in racial and economic background. Its public library and Frog Park are both within walking distance of the residential area. Frog Park has become a central community features in the area. More than 1,600 volunteer members of Rockridge-Temescal community planned and built the structures. The MacArthur and Rockridge BART stations are also both conveniently nearby.
Other than Temescal’s unique and interesting shops, it is especially well known for its extensive variety of food possibilities. The restaurants on Telegraph Avenue from 51st Street to 40th Street offer a wide range of food from around the world – China, Ethiopia, Japan, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Burma, Morocco and Spain. I often go to Pizzaiolo with my clients and family. We always enjoy the fresh and unique ingredients they use. Even on weeknights, lines start forming in front of the restaurant before 5pm, when the restaurant opens. On our visits there, the waitresses told us that 98% of the ingredients they use are locally grown, organic, seasonal meat and produce. They also change their menu daily.
Our McGuire Real Estate office at Rockridge is also only minutes away from this area. Bake Sale Betty uses vintage ironing boards that serve as tables on the sidewalk. There are always long lines waiting for their delicious sandwiches. As a board director of Oakland Association of Realtor (OAR), we have the privilege of enjoying their delicious sandwiches and salads without having to stand in line, because we always have them cater for our board meetings.
Across the street is the landmark Genova Delicatessen, where my daughter’s favorite is sandwich special no.4 – with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil. Make sure not to miss the Temescal Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 9am to 1pm. The freshness of their organic products really sets them apart.
The 8th Annual Temescal Street Fair is also coming up on July 8th from 12pm to 6pm, and is sponsored by the Temescal Merchants Association. There will be crafts from local artists, cultural performances and food from their many local restaurants. My family and I are looking forward to it!