Temescal is near Macarthur BART, and near many major bus routes, going north and south and transbay. There are alos lots of great cafes and restaurants up and down the expense level from Pizzaiola to the Mixing Bowl to a great Italian deli and a wonderful Tapas bar. A bunch of new Art gallaries have opened there, and you are even near Oakland's tiny Korea Town. You would also be close enough to Rockridge to enjoy all the shops and restaurants up there, as well as another BART station.
As you can tell, I love Temescal, and it is especially good if you do not have a car.
Add Rockridge area --- near Rockridge BART. See yelp reviews at http://www.yelp.com/biz/bart-rockridge-station-oakland
Also nice walk to gourmet restaurants and specialty stores.