Just off of the 24 freeway in North Oakland sits Temescal, one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. It began as a separate village, a stop along the railway line that ran up Telegraph Avenue from downtown Oakland to Berkeley. 51st Street, more or less, provides the northern border, and 40th Street the southern. After decades of recovering from the construction of the freeway, Temescal is experiencing a revival of fortune. It now exists as one of Oakland’s hippest neighborhoods home to fashionable shopping and dining along Telegraph Avenue. Temescal Alley is the place to be on most weekend days. There you’ll find everything from locally made jewelry, gourmet doughnuts and a traditional barber shop serving up straight razor shaves.
Many single-family homes here are 1920s bungalows that, while modest from the outside, are packed inside with architectural details, such as built-ins, moldings, wainscoting, and window seats.
The MacArthur BART station is eight blocks away, and the Rockridge station is 10 blocks. The 51st Street entrance to 24 is central, making the commute toward the city and the tunnel easy.