Oceanside is the third largest city in the San Diego Metro area.  Even though it has a population of over 167,000 people, it maintains a quaint and classic beach-y feel.  Situated just south of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the busiest military base in the country, Oceanside is about 40 miles north of downtown San Diego.

With so many attractions and events in the area, it is no wonder that Oceanside appeals to so many different people from families to young surfers to older people who come to the area to escape cold weather in other parts of the country.  It is commonly linked with Carlsbad and West Vista to form the “Tri-City area.” 

Neighborhood Highlights

There are several major areas within Oceanside that feature a combination of single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes.  Each area has several smaller neighborhoods that offer a broad spectrum of homes and prices.  Following are brief descriptions and highlights of each neighborhood:

The Beach area/Seaside.  The ‘hub’ of Oceanside, this popular area features more affluent single family homes, condominiums and townhomes situated along the Coast and Pier or within walking distance.  In addition to stunning homes with outstanding views, there are beautiful condominiums and twin homes along the Strand.  Heading a few blocks inland, single family homes and condominiums are featured throughout the area in neighborhoods like Sea Cliff, North Coast Village, and others.  List prices start as low as the low to mid-$200s and climb well into the millions.

Fire Mountain.  Situated in the eastern part of the city, this elevated community with a rural atmosphere offers larger custom-built homes on large lots with unparalleled views of Oceanside and the Pacific Ocean.  There are several neighborhoods from which to choose including Buena Vista Highlands, Laurel View Estates, the Woodlands and Ocean Village.  Each offers something to fit every buyer from the most affordable homes to more luxurious homes with prices between the upper-$100s to mid-$800s.

Henie Hills.  Henie Hills is a very well sought after area in Oceanside.  The neighborhood dates back to the late 1930s and features homes priced from the mid-$300s to upper-$800s.  Homes in Henie Hills must be of a minimum standard square footage.

Arrowood/Sycamore Springs.  Located just minutes from Camp Pendleton, these neighborhoods are more inland and built around the Arrowood Golf Course.  They feature lots of green space and nice-sized homes with beautiful views of rolling hills.  Most homes are priced between the low-$300s and low-$600s.

Rancho Del Oro.  This large neighborhood is located in the center of Oceanside and features beautiful homes and condominium communities. A newer community, it offers condominium homes priced from the mid-$100s to $300K and single family homes from the upper-$200s to $600K.

The Numbers

The most notable fact about Oceanside is that it is a very affordable city in terms of home ownership.  The most recent median price is $330K for single family homes and $175K for homes in condominium and townhome communities.  While the prices are not showing significant increases as they are in other areas of the metro area, they are showing slight ones that signal the area is stabilizing.  As for how long homes take to sell, the most recent average number of days on the market sits at about 75 days for both types of homes which is great and represents a nice decrease in the time it takes to sell. 

Considering Oceanside

Oceanside is a great place to live in the San Diego metro area.  It offers more opportunities for home ownership with moderately priced homes throughout the community.  While the rebound has been a bit slower in this area, the market has stabilized and increases are starting to happen.  It will just take a bit more time.