Why You'll Love This Place
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A beach in the middle of Oakland? With water and sand and everything? Yes! And so much more, thanks to the East Bay Regional Park District, who developed this scenic gem in 1938.
Today, the 48-acre property is a neighborhood oasis where locals come to enjoy Mother Nature, and wedding couples come to celebrate at the Beach House—their own private getaway.
As guests stroll leisurely from the parking area down the path to the Beach House, picnic lawns and lake, they pass by stands of oak and willow. Soon the trees part to reveal the historic house, set against a forested knoll that overlooks a sweep of sandy shore.
The two-story building, constructed in 1940, reflects the quality craftsmanship and relaxed, unpretentious style typical of the era. It has a cut-stone foundation accented with a trio of arches on the lower floor. The upper story, where events are held, is all windows, promising a spectacular view. Two wide flights of stone steps lead you to the rear of the building, where a terraced garden provides a lush backdrop to a charming flagstone patio. Fragrant roses bloom from spring to fall, a romantic addition to any wedding ceremony. The sound of rushing water beckons you to a nearby footbridge spanning a waterfall that cascades down to the lake—a great spot for photos.
In the evening, as your reception unfolds in the Beach House, your guests can savor the lakeside panorama through a long row of picture windows in the Lakeview Room and adjoining Fireside Room. Both spaces evoke an Americana theme, with gleaming hardwood floors, log cabin walls awash in an oh-so-pale mint green, and polished copper wall sconces. The Fireside Room also boasts a high ceiling with dark, rough-hewn open beams. A grand flagstone hearth at the far end crackles and glows with a gas-burning fire, keeping everyone toasty. Double French doors reveal a glimpse of the garden, and admit more natural light. Leave these doors open during your event, and you’ll let in the soothing harmony of the waterfall and the native songbirds.
The Beach House and its peaceful surroundings capture the gentle simplicity of the past, and when you come here for a visit you might find yourself daydreaming about the possibilities … an intimate garden party, cocktails on the patio, or perhaps stealing a kiss from your sweetheart on the shore of the moonlit lake. Be creative—whatever celebration you imagine, Temescal Beach House will make it wonderful.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of day
- Time of year
- Event duration
For nonresidents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, there is a surcharge that equals 20% of the rental fee.
Please visit ebparks.org for the most current pricing information.
If you opt to bring your own food without a caterer, there is an additional fee. Evening non-catered events must end by 7pm.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 80.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Patio holds up to 130 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: This venue accommodates up to 80 seated or 130 standing guests.
- Wedding Receptions
- Special Events, Parties
- Business Functions/Meetings
- Rehearsal Dinners
Year-round, daily. Monday–Friday, 8am–midnight; Saturday & Sunday, 9am–midnight.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall/Events Facility
- Small Wedding
- Waterfront/Beach Location
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride's Dressing Room: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: projector, screen
Parking: large lot, fee charged April–Sept.
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: patio only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: through caterer
View: hills, lake, park
Other: fireplace available, wireless access available
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: BYO wine, beer or champagne
Smoking: not allowed in the regional parks
Music: amplified OK indoors, outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra liability is required