Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Neighborhood Focus

Oakland's Temescal District

Temescal is one of my favorite East Bay neighborhoods, plus I believe it is a great place to buy real estate in this turbulent market. This district is right at the beginning of growth spurt, and it should really be hopping--culturally and economically--in the next 2-3 years. This is exactly the kind of growth that has been promised in many East Bay areas, but it is really happening in Temescal.

Situated along Telegraph Avenue in Oakland just south of the Berkeley border, Temescal stretches from 40th to 55th Streets. The old Temescal Creek flowed through here on its way to the bay. People love it because it is right in the middle of everything happening in the East Bay, being just minutes from Rockridge, Piedmont Avenue, Lake Merritt, Downtown Oakland, Emeryville, UC Berkeley, and more. And, with two BART stations very close by, San Francisco and the entire Bay Area is virtually steps away.

Why is Temescal so happening? Many people would point to the food! Bake Sale Betty's has some of the best pastries and sandwiches on the West Coast. The Genova Deli has been serving up great Italian food for decades. Dona Tomas has classic Mexican platters with a modern twist. And who could resist a slice of Lanesplitter Pizza on their way home?

Don't forget the new Farmer's Market, which is already one of the best of the bay. The brand new Scout Hardware store, for everything from a hammer to designer paint. Once a year, the community converges for the thriving Temescal Street Fair. And, families love the neighborhood's Temescal Pool.

Right now is a great time to get in to Temescal, anything from a brand new "green" condo like Gate 48 or one of the classic bungalows and craftsmen homes available in the neighborhood. This is a neighborhood on the rise, which also means rising property values. If you would like a tour of the neighborhood or the check out homes for sale, just let me know. I can be reached at or 510-547-5970 x57.

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