It’s roughly ten blocks by ten blocks, which seems fitting as Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood is arguably the coolest in town and a perfect “10” for all your eating, drinking, shopping, and living needs. Let’s breakdown what makes this place unique and why we love any opportunity to show it off to our clients.
The Temescal neighborhood in North Oakland is roughly defined by borders of 40th and 51st Ave. from south to north and Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Broadway from west to east. It’s primarily a residential area, characterized by twentieth century bungalows and tree-lined streets.
In the last ten years there’s been a flurry of economic change to the area as new restaurants and shops have emerged. Demographically speaking, Temescal has been a desirable location for young couples and families, offering lower housing prices on average than the neighboring Rockridge neighborhood, but plenty of perks based on its central location.
What to Do
Speaking of location, Temescal’s proximity to outdoor recreation opens up an array of possibilities. The Temescal Pool, neighboring Oakland Technical High School (which boasts local legends Rickey Henderson and Marshawn Lynch as alumni), is the place to be if an underwater workout is your recreation of choice.
The Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt is the perfect place to stroll over to the Temescal Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings. Just to the east is the St. Mary’s Cemetary, which features a quick hike up the hill to arguably the best view in Oakland overlooking the city skyline into San Francisco.
Temescal’s accessibility is a huge asset as well. MacArthur Bart is a hub station and will provide convenient transportation to explore the rest of the Bay Area. Telegraph Ave. cuts through the center of Temescal and is home to dedicated bike lanes.
Where to Eat
This might be my favorite neighborhood to eat my way through The Town because of the plethora of possibilities.
Cholita Linda started as merely a Farmer’s Market stand and blossomed into this brick and mortar location. Their fish tacos are the absolute best and they make a fantastic Cubano as well.
If you’re looking for pizza, you have two tremendous options. Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack is a go-to for a by-the-slice, patio-hangout vibe. They usually have a DJ spinning and it definitely feels like Brooklyn everytime I’m there. Pizzaiolo is highly regarded in culinary circles and is a terrific all-around restaurant. Is it weird the most memorable item I’ve had there is a fantastic heirloom tomato and bean summer salad?!
Homeroom proves you can have a restaurant entirely dedicated to Mac ‘n Cheese. A childhood favorite brings in flocks of adults and proves Oaklanders are truly a vivaciously youthful bunch.
Vegans beware. Clove and Hoof is not for you. However, for those of us that dabble in enjoyment of sustainably raised, unique, and delicious cuts of meat, this is a go-to.
Last, but certainly not least, Bakesale Betty is the best fried chicken sandwich you’ll ever have. That’s all they do and that’s all they need to do.
Where to Drink
Start your morning with a jolt of java from Blue Bottle Coffee. This isn’t your typical coffee shop either. Blue Bottle’s Temescal Location is housed in the W.C. Morse building, a former auto showroom. Taking in its architectural detail, high ceilings, and large windows make it quite the alternative to perusing Instagram.
When it’s time for hoppy hour, visit Temescal Brewing. I’m not sure what’s more compelling about this place, their variety of crispy offerings from pilsners to hazy I.P.A.s or their terrific patio space with a dedicated driveway to a rotating calendar of food trucks.
When it’s game time, whether you want to watch the A’s chase the pennant or challenge your friends to shuffleboard, Kingfish Pub is the only logical choice. Established in 1922 as a bait shop, the Kingfish turned into a bar and never looked back. Nothing can bring this place down. Nothing. In fact, it used to reside on the other side of Broadway until 2015 when developers bought the land Kingfish rested on and told them to cut bait. The original bar was lifted and dropped across the street. Needless to say, the Kingfish keeps on swimming.
Where to Shop
Whether you’re a longtime cyclist or jumped on the saddle like so many of us have during the pandemic, a local bike shop is key. Tip Top Bike Shop is the answer to all your two-wheeled needs.
Standard & Strange is the place for swanky, yet practical mens attire. It’s motto “Own Fewer, Better Things” gets my full seal of approval.
Lastly, I could go on and on about all the great offerings on nearby Piedmont Ave., so you’ll just have to visit to see for yourself.
Where to Live
Which brings us to how you probably got here in the first place. We at Kim Cole Real Estate can’t compete with Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich and can’t exactly replicate the magic of a perfect Blue Bottle latte. However, we are experts in everything housing in Oakland.
We’ll certainly work with you to check out any property that fits what you’re looking for. If you’re into Temescal, we highly recommend setting up some time to tour our newest project, The Tems. One, two, and three bedrooms are available in a thoughtfully designed, charmingly craftsman community.
On your mark, get set, home.