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San Diego Neighborhood Spotlight: Oceanside

Oceanside is Southern California’s most authentic beach town–a seaside oasis of recreation and the third-largest city in San Diego. With a population over 167,000, its situated centrally between San Diego and Los Angeles and is also known as “the heart of Southern California”. 

About The Oceanside area

Playful, fun and diverse, Oceanside is a thriving beach side community that offers locals and visitors plenty to see and do from beautiful coastlines and wide sandy beaches to vibrant dining and family fun.

With more than six miles of frontal beach roads, Oceanside allows you to jog, bike or skate to your heart’s content.

Oceanside’s Real Estate Market

Real estate listing prices in Oceanside haven’t seen much movement over the past year (a 1.3 percent drop on average).

Oceanside homes range in price from $315k to $746k with an average price of $513,170 as of 2017, meaning buyers can still enter the market with confidence.

The number of homes sold in Oceanside increased 2.1 percent (a positive trend for house hunters) in the last year as per Trulia.com.

With many beach side condos and military homes available for those stationed at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside is an amazing place to consider buying a home. 

Amenities in Oceanside 

Oceanside maintains close to 40 community attractions which includes parks, trails, golf and everything else you could want or need in a town.

Oceanside Pier is one of the largest wooden piers on the west coast and remains an iconic landmark of San Diego county. There they host local night markets, summer events, and others for the community to come and enjoy the area.

There are also 42 primary and secondary schools available with great ratings and reviews. This makes Oceanside properties extremely valuable to those with kids, or are considering starting a family.

With Camp Pendleton located just north of Oceanside, these properties are often used as homes for local military and their families.

Nearby areas include 

  • Carlsbad
  • Vista
  • Encinitas
  • San Marcos
  • Fallbrook
  • Solana Beach
  • Escondido
  • San Clemente 
  • Temecula 


Oceanside is a major transportation hub for those San Diegans looking for another alternative to driving. With spots for the Coaster and Amtrak, Oceanside is a great place for those who commute to the North San Diego County area.

The Pacific Surfline connects Oceanside with San Diego, Los Angeles and Anaheim with extended service to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, which could be great for both business travelers and those looking to venture outside of the San Diego area.

The Coaster runs to north to south through downtown San Diego with stops in Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Sorrento Valley. The Sprinter train system runs east to west, connecting Oceanside and Escondido.

Top Things To See & Do Nearby

  • Oceanside Pier
  • Oceanside Murals & Street Art
  • Mount Ecclesia
  • California Surf Museum
  • Harbor Village
  • Mission San Luis Rey Museum
  • Oceanside Sunset Market & Farmer’s Market
  • Guajome County Park
  • Beautiful San Diego Beaches

Overall Impression 

Low crime rates, excellent weather, wonderful people and relatively low cost of living make this beautiful town right by the ocean the perfect place to live away from the hustle and high cost of living of larger cities. Oceanside has a lot to offer and is continuously growing and evolving.

If you're interested in buying or selling your Oceanside home, let us know! We want to help you find your perfect Oceanside property. Whether you're casually looking for a home for sale, or ready to purchase, we can help you with your real estate needs! As local San Diego real estate experts, we can help you find the perfect Oceanside real estate for you.
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