Temescal is tops among Oakland’s hip, and-up-and-coming neighborhoods. This highly diverse neighborhood’s got a great mix of cheaper housing, proximity to MacArthur BART, and good eats. Though its housing stock is mostly older, Temescal has undergone much commercial redevelopment at Telegraph and 51st.

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Temescal is a trapezoid bounded by CA-24(west), 51st Street (north), Broadway (East), and MacArthur Boulevard (south).

Some may consider the area between 40th Street and MacArthur “Lower Temescal.”


Small- to moderate-sized single family homes dominate Temescal. The area is dense with Craftsman and Spanish bungalows on smaller—3500sf to 4000sf—lots. Most of the housing stock dates to the 1910s. Beyond single family homes, there are several small apartment buildings lining 40th Street. A handful of multi-residential homes dot the area; some have been condo-converted over the years.

Block by block, Temescal homes mostly look consistent size-wise from the curb. They don’t vary as widely as, say, the homes in Montclair. The price spectrum is relatively short, with property condition a main variable. Prices tend to be higher above 40th Street and as you go north toward Rockridge. Overall, Temescal is flat and very walkable.


Telegraph Avenue, from 55th to 40Th Streets, is Temescal’s main commercial corridor. In addition to popular local pizzerias and cafes, you find many delightful Ethiopian and Korean restaurants here. Temescal Plaza, at Telegraph and 51st, hosts many local small businesses. Broadway lines the neighborhood’s eastern edge and is distinct for its car dealerships and auto care business. At the corner of Broadway and 51st/Pleasant Valley Avenue lies the large Rockridge Shopping Center.

Area Grocers: Safeway, Abyssinia Market
Area Eats: Bakesale Betty, Genova’s, Lanesplitters, Pizzaiolo, Burma Superstar, Peet’s, Barlata, Asmara, Sura, Pyung Chang, Sahn Maru, Seoul Gom Tang
More Merchants: Walgreen’s, Kelly-Moore Paint, Downtown Toyota and Subaru, O’Reilly Auto Parts, CVS/Pharmacy, Chase Bank, Oakland DMV Office


For a small neighborhood, there’s plenty to do in Temescal. Go swimming at the Temescal Pool, or take a pottery class next door at Studio One Art Center. Mosswood Park features several green acres for simply chillaxin’. Discover the Temescal branch library, on Telegraph at 52nd. Every Sunday, the nearby DMV parking lot hosts a local farmers’ market. Popular neighborhood events include the Taste of Temescal in the fall and First Friday Art Walk. Spend summers at the Temescal Street Fair and outdoor screenings of the Temescal Street Cinema.


Children in Temescal attend Emerson for elementary and either Claremont or Westlake for middle school. Oakland Tech is the area public high schools. Parents and guardians are advised to consult OUSD regarding attendance zones and enrollment.

API scores are viewable online at the CA Department of Education’s site. Generally, a school scoring in the 800’s is considered a “good school.” Scores in the 900’s are considered exceptionally high.

For nearby private schools, Park Day School, offering K-8 programs, is located in the neighborhood on 42nd Street. The College Preparatory School in Upper Rockridge is an elite, independent coed high school renown for academics and intimate class sizes.


MacArthur BART station is located at Temescal’s southwestern edge at Telegraph and 40th.

CA-24 runs along the area’s western edge, with ramps at Telegraph Avenue and 51st Street. I-580 is also nearby, with an off-ramp on I-580E, taking you to Webster Street.

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