Overview

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Oakland, Temescal was known as "Little Italy" in the 1870s, but has retained a decidedly bohemian attitude over the years. Named after the Native American Nahuatl word for "sweat lodge," the former site of the world's largest cannery is definitely hot, happening, and very popular among families and hip singles alike.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$560,000 to $1,250,000
  • Closed Prices:$120,000 to $1,482,000
  • Median Sale Price:$740,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$630
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0 to $425,$133 to $510/mo,$0
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1890 to 2016
  • Sq. Ft.:425 to 3,800Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 6Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 3Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 5+ acres

Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

Temescal features a wonderful variety of designs to suit the needs of those looking to invest in a new home.

Where to Live

Temescal offers a variety of housing and architectural styles from pre-war duplexes to Victorian homes to bungalows to apartment complexes. If you are a foodie or attending UC Berkeley, you'll want to consider the Telegraph Avenue area, as it features a variety of eateries (many up-and-coming chefs such as Chef Charlie Hallowell and Chef Preeti Mistry have sharpened their knives along the commercial strip) and bus lines that can get you close to the UC Berkeley campus.

Where to Eat

There is no end to the dining options in Temescal. Sample ethnic cuisine on Sundays at the Sunday farmers market, tracing the historic local immigrant routes through Italian, Mexican, Korean and Ethiopian offerings. Serious foodies will want to satiate their palate by eating their way through the annual Taste of Temescal Culinary Crawl, which also features live entertainment. For less sophisticated tastes, hit the Telegraph and Shattuck storefronts for doughnuts, bagels, mac n' cheese, pizza, bagels, and craft beers.

What You'll See

Lots of people on the move, day and night. Temescal is walkable and bike accessible and residents often take advantage of the those traits. Because there is a large arts community and a vibrant nightlife, you'll always find something to do and someone to do it with in the community. You'll see college students on their way to class, bohemians and hipsters checking out the many artisan shops and trendy eateries, as well as families stocking up on fresh produce at the Farmers Market.

Friday Night Fun

There are endless nightspots, events, and late-night dining offerings throughout the neighborhood, but if Asian food sounds appetizing, head over to Kimchee Row, where you'll find a variety of restaurants offering everything from bibimbap to banchan. If you only get out once a month, make sure it's for Temescal First Friday. Voted by the East Bay Express Reader's Poll as "Best Art Murmur Offshoot," First Friday happens the first Friday of every month with cafes, bars, galleries, and retailers offering their best food, art, music, and drinks on Telegraph Avenue, Alley 49, and Temescal Alley.

The Perfect Sunday

Sunday is definitely Farmers Market day. Open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Temescal Farmers Market features fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced offerings such as jams, olives, nuts, tofu, grains, sauces, and plants. If you're hungry, pick up some Thai food or tamales, and don't forget to bring your knives for sharpening.

Locals Love

Endless dining options • Proximity to bus lines • Very bicycle-friendly.

Locals Don't Love

Difficulty finding street parking • Garages are rare and driveways are shallow • Unkempt landscaping.

Schools

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  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 2014 Students
(21 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 448 Students
(49 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades PK-5
  • 372 Students
(27 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 524 Students
(15 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 301 Students
(27 Reviews)
Great Schools

Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.

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