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Your Guide to Temescal - Oakland's Trendiest Neighborhood

It’s almost hard to believe that in one of the Bay Area’s hottest real estate markets potential home buyers can still get their hands on an affordable home injected right in the heart of Oakland’s most vibrant, trendy neighborhoods.

Then again, it shouldn’t come to a surprise that Temescal is the Oakland neighborhood offering just that. 

No doubt a best-kept secret to even many living in the neighboring San Francisco, Temescal is loaded with charm, moody-decorated shops, boutiques, cafes, and Gourmet Ghetto restaurants. 

Considered as one of Oakland’s oldest neighborhoods, Temescal meshes the “old world” with the new as many new businesses are setting up shop along the thoroughfare of Telegraph Avenue. 

Here you’ll find some of the best Bay Area restaurants thanks to a number of Gourmet Ghetto chefs and restaurateurs who have started calling the Oakland neighborhood home. 

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A day in Temescal 

A buzzing hub for coffee lovers, drinkers, Gourmet Ghetto chefs and the foodies who love them, Temescal has no shortage of things to do, see, eat, and drink. 

The best part? 

You can do it all without a car! 

MacArthur BART Station is within walking distance of many of Temescal’s best offerings. 

For a sure-fire guide to the area, here’s a helpful guide to plan a day in Temescal. 

10 a.m. - Fuel up with a hearty breakfast and cup of coffee at Beauty’s Bagel Shop located just a block from the MacArthur Station. 

11:30 a.m. - After breakfast make your way down Telegraph Avenue. Peek into your choice of boutiques, eclectic shops, and book stores. 

1 p.m. - Take a break and settle in for a well-deserved, no frills lunch at the Commonwealth Cafe and Public House. 

5 p.m. - Savour true, authentic Mexican dishes at one of the hottest restaurants in Oakland - Dona Tomas - or sit down with a slice of heavenly pizza from Pizzaiolo. 

8 p.m. -Kick back with a few friends while you sample signature cocktails and take in a late night snack over at Blackwater Station Restaurant & Bar. 

Inside Temescal  


With a number of cafes, restaurants, and new boutiques calling the area home, many young professionals are starting to take notice. 

The median age of home buyers purchasing in Temescal is around 34 years old, making for a lively neighborhood with ample places to eat and drink. 

Commute to San Francisco

Getting to and from San Francisco from Temescal is a breeze, find you're in San Francisco within 20 minutes by car, 30 minutes by transit. 

Buying a home in Temescal 

Like many East Bay neighborhoods, the interest in buying homes in any neighborhood seems to be growing by the minute. 

You’ll need the expertise of a local real estate expert who can help you navigate through the often overlooked nuances during the home buying process. 

(Local real experts, Climb Oakland, have helped clients buy and sell homes in the Oakland area and the surrounding neighborhoods for years. Contact our team directly to start looking for your next home!)

If you’re thinking about buying a home, consider the following… 

Get pre-approved for a mortgage first 

Before going through the agony of falling in love with a home, seek out pre-approval of a mortgage first. 

While looking at homes online is convenient, where most shoppers find delays is finding a lender who will approve them for a mortgage. 

In many cases, you might be surprised to find that the home you’ve found online may be out of your price range. It’s best to know how much home you can afford before deciding on paint colors. 

Hire a local real estate expert 

A local real estate expert with experience in the industry, particularly, in the neighborhoods you are looking to purchase a home can help you avoid the common pitfalls many home buyers face during a real estate transaction. 

Your local real estate agent will be able to guide you through the process from start to finish as well as provide insight on prices, best schools in the area, local hot spots, and what you can expect if you’re planning on commuting. 

The offer 

While San Francisco may be leading as one of the hottest real estate markets, many Oakland neighborhoods are starting to see an increase in interested buyers taking notice. As a result, homes don’t last long on the market. 

Once you find a home you love, assuming your finances are in order, you’ll need to move quickly on making an offer. Thankfully your real estate agent will work with you to put forth a reasonable offer that doesn’t deviate from your budget. 

Additional costs when buying a home

First time home buyers often overlook the additional costs associated with buying a home such as closing fees, property taxes, the cost to complete a home inspection, and lawyer fees. 

While your realtor will be able to provide you guidance through the entire process, it is best to prepare, and save for, the additional expenses you will need to put forth when buying a home. 

With quick access to major BART line MacArthur Station, reasonably priced homes as well as a vibrant community of shop owners, young professionals, and restaurateurs, Temescal has it all for those looking to take the leap from being a renter to a homeowner in one of the best Oakland neighborhoods. 

If you’re interested in moving to Temescal, contact our team of local real experts today!

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