4 Reasons Oceanside San Diego is a Great Place to Live in 2022

4 Reasons Why Oceanside San Diego is a Great Place to Live

San Diego County is a wonderful place to live. A combination of lovely weather, incredible beaches, and beautiful sea can make us feel sorry for those who don’t live here. But the county is more than just the city of San Diego. Some towns and cities dot the map, and each one can give several reasons why you should live there. One of those places in Oceanside. 

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Oceanside is part of a tri-city that includes Carlsbad and Vista. This is no small town, and the population is close to 170,000 people. We believe it has what it takes to be your next hometown and we will give some reasons why. All statistics in this article are as of this writing.

Reason 1 - The Positives

4 Reasons Why Oceanside San Diego is a Great Place to Live - The Positives

We know we are a tad biased, so we will let a third party share the good news. Niche.com does independent ratings of municipalities of all kinds, and Oceanside has some very decent figures. Oceanside is ranked #5 in Most Diverse Suburbs in both the San Diego Area and San Diego County. Furthermore, it ranks #10 in Best Suburbs for Young Professionals in the San Diego Area and in San Diego County. The residents speak highly of their piece of the California coast, and Niche.com has noted these local opinions:

“Oceanside is a cute little beach town that has had many upgrades over the years. Clean beaches, shops near the water, and an overall connected community.”

“I really enjoy Oceanside because of the weather. It has good temperatures throughout the year being nearby the ocean, and it has nice beaches and live events you can attend like surf contests, farmers markets, art shows, museums, live concerts and more…”

“Born and raised, has everything you could need. Just far enough away from the business of San Diego and close enough where you can visit whenever you want. The same goes for Disneyland and Los Angeles. It’s the perfect middle.”

“Oceanside is a great laid back beach town with so many great places to eat and see. The people who live here are wonderful. I love all of our local businesses.”

Niche.com analyzed considerable data and handed out grades of various elements of living in Oceanside. Here are where Oceanside truly shines:

  • Public Schools: B+
  • Nightlife: B+
  • Health & Fitness: A-
  • Outdoor Activities: A
  • Weather: A+
  • Diversity: A+

These scores are excellent when you consider this is the third-largest city in San Diego County.

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Reason 2 - The Fantastic Demographics

4 Reasons Why Oceanside San Diego is a Great Place to Live - The Fantastic Demographics

Well, what is so special about those who live in Oceanside? It’s a good question, and we are happy to answer. The fundamental statistics paint a revealing picture.

Male residents account for 24.23% of the total population; women make up the remaining 50.77% of the city’s people. There is not much migration into Oceanside at all. 83.24% of the population live in the same residence as they did last year. White-Collar jobs make up 80% of all employment and worker, blue color, positions comprise 20% of the jobs. Employment overall breaks down into the following categories: Self-employed, 11.66%; Private Company Employment, 69.51%; Government Workers, 12.6%; and Non-Profit Employers, 6.22%.

Oceanside is not an academic town at all. Only 19.42% have a baccalaureate degree. Percentage-wise, there are as many with a high school education only as there are those who have spent time in college academia (27.84% opposed to 27.83%). An interesting piece of data involves households. 67.64 % of these are family households. Oceanside is the kind of community where you can raise your kids with all sorts of opportunities for the family.

Niche.com asked residents to give the one word or phrase that best describes the people living in the area. The responses were Casual (41%), Laidback (15%), and Peaceful (11%). These are not the kind of folks that will cause trouble for anyone.

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Reason 3 - Lots of Great Things to Do!

4 Reasons Why Oceanside San Diego is a Great Place to Live - Lots of Great Things to Do

There are opportunities to do many things in Oceanside, and it can be difficult deciding what to do first and what to do next. Here are some places and events you should consider.

  • Meeting New People

You have a chance to meet your future neighbors and make some new friends at the Oceanside markets. The Oceanside Sunset Market is a family occasion for savoring new foods, lovely merchandise, and live entertainment all year long. Oceanside Farmer’s Market is all about the fresh produce that is grown in San Diego County. There are many organic selections and baked goods, and many vendors are waiting to show you their crafts, soaps, and lotions.

  • Museums to Enjoy

The Oceanside Museum of Art is relatively new and is a busy center for art. There are approximately fifteen contemporary art exhibitions per year and numerous concerts taking place at the Museum. The California Surf Museum is for the surfer dude in all of us. You should think of this as a resource center not just about the sport, but the lifestyle and culture that grew up in the last sixty years as surfing swept our nation.

  • Nature Beckons

Oceanside may be in a very urbanized county, but it doesn’t mean nature and the environment have no place here. Guajome County Park has more than 4.5 miles of trails you can wander to enjoy the birds and two ponds for you to fish in. Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center is at the northern edge of the Buena Vista Lagoon. This happens to be a celebration of the habitat found in San Diego County, with exhibits of plant life and wildlife.

  • Have a Cold One in Oceanside

Craft and specialty beers are popular in southern California, and Oceanside has them for you. Legacy Brewing Company has twelve specialty beers for you to enjoy in an establishment that includes live music. Breakwater is near the Oceanside pier and offers 18 house-made craft beers. They also offer the wares of 25 other breweries, so you can truly indulge your taste for hops. If you are inclined to vino (and who isn’t in California?), the Beach House Winery offers award-winning vintages and a breathtaking view. Vigna Al Mae is known all over the world for the wines it produces.

  • Eat By the Beach

There are a variety of restaurants for you to enjoy. Fratelli’s Italian Kitchen is Tuscan cuisine that includes hand-made pizza, meat lasagna to die for, and fantastic organic salads. What is the seashore without fish? Hello Betty Fish House has the oysters, fish tacos, and ceviche you crave.

  • Take in the History

The Old Mission San Luis Rey is one of the Franciscan missions that introduced Hispanic culture to California. It still has facilities for spiritual retreat and renewal. Heritage Park Village and Museum is close to the Mission. It was once part of the stagecoach route from San Diego to Los Angeles.

The most noteworthy Oceanside attraction is the Oceanside Pier. This is a 1600-foot pier that you can fish from, enjoy the amazing scenery, or do both. You may fall in love as you and your special friend gaze into the sunset from the Oceanside Pier. Who knows?

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Reason 4 - The Beaches!

4 Reasons Why Oceanside San Diego is a Great Place to Live - The Beaches

If you can live without beaches, then you really should not live in southern California. Those are more than just sand dunes, dude. They are a part of life for almost everyone, and beaches convince many people to put down roots and live in coastal cities. Oceanside has some of the very best beaches.

Oceanside Harbor Beach is the biggest in the vicinity. It is a well-known surfing area, but there is even more to do here than ride the wave. Whale watching and sport fishing tours originate here that will permit you to appreciate the marine environment.

Oceanside City Beach is the best place for kids and the California Surf Museum is not far away.

Buccaneer Beach is not very wide, but it has an ambiance that attracts sun worshippers and families alike.

You do not have to limit your beach adventure to these three. The Oceanside gallery of beaches includes Breakwater Beach, Cassidy Street Beach, Oceanside Boulevard Beach, Pier View North, Pier View South, Tyson Street Beach, and Wisconsin Beach. Please feel free to choose the one you like.

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The Housing Scene

All the nice things about Oceanside might convince you to get out your Google maps and start hunting for a great place to live. Although we think that’s a wonderful idea, we suggest that you make haste cautiously. House hunting in San Diego is entirely different than looking for a home in Cincinnati. You are facing a real estate market that can charge a high price for a modest house.

The Median Sales Price of an Oceanside residential property is $720, 500, which is considerably less than the $1,710,000 Median Sales Price of La Jolla. Median Days on the Market is 11 days. And Redfin.com rates the Oceanside Housing Market as Very Competitive. The Median Rent in Oceanside is $1,753.00. That is not bad by San Diego standards. Here is a thought. What you might pay in annual rent comes close to the mortgage interest payment of an Oceanside house. The rent increases in the San Diego area are expected to go up approximately 9.1% in 2022, and rent is not tax-deductible, whereas mortgage interest is tax-deductible. Maybe buying a house is a better idea?

It’s no exaggeration that buying a house be your most significant financial decision. You should make it the best deal possible. Many times, more than one buyer is bidding on the same property. Whoever is ready to strike a deal in quick time is going to be the winner.

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Furthermore, a buyer can be taken to the cleaners and not just in the closing costs. Somebody who does not understand structural damage or code violations can be persuaded to buy a house that will acquire considerable work. The seller usually handles much of that, but only if those arrangements are part of the final deal. You forget something like a utility budget, and you are faced with some expenses after you take possession. You proceed cautiously, hoping that you get a great deal without any side issues.

Another thought deals with getting the right mortgage. Time is a thief when it comes to the San Diego real estate market. A buyer is pitted against others when trying to offer the accepted bid. Whoever gets there first with the most will win, and it is a race against time.

Oceanside is no exception. As we mentioned earlier, the median days on the market are 11 days. That is less than two weeks to come up with the best offer. You need to have the financing ready, knowing the seller might back out before closing. A novice in this arena risks losing.

It pays to have a real estate professional on your side. This person understands the nuances of property and what a buyer needs to look for in a home. The agent can offer helpful advice about securing a mortgage and the pre-approval letter that is so important in a fast-paced housing market. Negotiations are a part of the process, and the agent acts on behalf of the buyer. The professional expertise guarantees that a buyer will get a fair deal.

We provide the type of assistance you are looking for in an excellent real estate agent. We represent people looking for a house in Oceanside, and we know this market very well. Once we know what your needs are and your price range, we get to work. We will deliver the result as quickly as practicable.

Financing is the rough part of buying. We will help you get the mortgage you afford at rates that will not destroy your family budget. We are experienced negotiators, and we can get the right deal for you at the best possible price.

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Oceanside is a fabulous community, and you will enjoy living there. We are here to make your house hunting dreams come true. Why not contact us at your earliest convenience and find out all we can do for you? We would welcome the chance to talk with you and answer all your questions.

We look forward to meeting you.

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Your Oceanside Insider,

Scott

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2
Beds
2
Baths
1,807
Sq.Ft.
1984
Year Built
1
Day on Site
305458140
MLS
"Costa Smeralda" model (1807 SF) situated on a large pie-shaped lot overlooking the GOLF COURSE and CLUBHOUSE with OCEAN VIEWS. This two-story home "lives" like a single story-2 bedrooms and 2...
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,376
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305453328
MLS
Welcome to YOUR DREAM home. This home is Oceanside living at its finest. Located less than 4 miles away from the beach, close to restaurants, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, hospitals and...
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,317
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305458749
MLS
Popular Antibes model rarely on the market. This home is waiting for your remodel and design expertise. Lovely view of the golf course and greenbelt. The home is in original condition; it just needs...
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1342 Via Isidro Oceanside, CA 92056
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,123
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305450335
MLS
Elevate your living at this inviting residence with timeless appeal, nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac within the desirable Bel Canto community of Oceanside, CA. Marvel at its newly painted spacious...
Coming Soon on 05/28
506 Canyon Dr #56 Oceanside, CA 92054
$599,900
Neighborhood: Las Brisas | Loma Alta
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,164
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
2
Days on Site
220012899
MLS
Coming Soon! Welcome to the beautiful community of Las Brisas in the desirable Loma Alta neighborhood of Coastal Oceanside! Live just 2.5 miles from the beach in this breezy, upstairs, 3-bedroom, 2...
$1,025,000
Neighborhood: Ocean Hills Country Club
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,877
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305458892
MLS
Stunning remodeled home with Sunset views and Ocean Breezes! Costa Smerelda floor plan lives like a single level home with Primary bedroom suite and secondary bedroom and bath on the main floor!...
5
Beds
4
Baths
2,585
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305458999
MLS
Welcome home to this light and bright 5 bed 4 bath modern, open concept living. Including new flooring and paint throughout, vaulted ceilings and oversized windows that let in an abundance of natural...
Open 5/28
160 Parnassus Circle Oceanside, CA 92054
$1,100,000
Neighborhood: Oceanside
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,193
Sq.Ft.
1956
Year Built
2
Days on Site
220012928
MLS
Amazing single level 3 Beds 2.5 baths 2193 sqft. on a 12,200 sqft flat lot. Entertainers dream w/pebble-tech pool/jacuzzi. Beautiful kitchen was remodeled in 2013 with radiant floor heating which...
Open 5/28
3904 Arista Way Oceanside, CA 92058
$899,000
Neighborhood: San Luis Rey
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,878
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
2
Days on Site
220012939
MLS
Beautiful, spacious and lots of natural light, this one-story home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the historic San Luis Rey neighborhood; featuring private office room, open floor plan,...
$575,000
Neighborhood: El Camino Club Estates
2
Beds
1
Baths
921
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459117
MLS
Beautiful Single Story Twin Home in the El Camino Club Estates Community in Oceanside. The Home and Property Feature: Remodel Inside Including: Newer Windows, Upgraded Kitchen Cabinets and Counter...
2
Beds
2
Baths
900
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459176
MLS
Welcome to this nice and cozy, single level, end unit 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo in private gated community - Stonemark. No stairs! Newer refrigerator and dishwasher, stainless appliances, granite...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,800
Sq.Ft.
1984
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459212
MLS
Welcome to this single level St. Tropez model in the premier 55+ community of Ocean Hills Country Club. This home is located just a short walk from the clubhouse, golf course, sport courts, swimming...
$1,795,000
Neighborhood: Beach
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,353
Sq.Ft.
1982
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459256
MLS
There are ocean views, and there are OCEAN VIEWS! THIS ONE IS BREATH TAKING! FULL ON WATER WATER VIEW FROM ALL OF THE LIVING AREA! This condo was beautifully remodeled in 2017. From the modernized,...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,368
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459335
MLS
BEAUTIFUL CONDOMINIUM BUILT IN THE HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA. THIS CONDO BOAST 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, STAINED CABINETS, AND A GOURMET KITCHEN. THIS CONDO HAS A DETACHED GARAGE...
2
Beds
1
Baths
827
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459380
MLS
Great starter home or investment property. Twin home. Needs TLC. Small back yard. The unit attached (next door) is also on the market for sale. Photos are of both 254 & 256.

Great starter...
$549,000
Neighborhood: Mission Hermosa
2
Beds
1
Baths
827
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459382
MLS
Great for a starter home or investment property. Twin home. Small backyard.

Great for a starter home or investment property. Twin home. Small backyard.
$879,000
Neighborhood: Oceanside
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,941
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
2
Days on Site
305459473
MLS
Gorgeous and recently renovated single story with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 car garage on a large corner lot. Enter into the formal living spaces that have vaulted ceiling and an abundance of nature...
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,312
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
3
Days on Site
305457936
MLS
Beautiful move-in-ready, single story home only 10 minutes from the beach! This 4 bedroom/2 bath home has been completely remodeled and features a low maintenance, drought-tolerant, landscaped yard....
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,688
Sq.Ft.
1967
Year Built
3
Days on Site
305457940
MLS
San Diego living at its best! For the most discriminating taste here is the one for you! A rare combination of beauty, comfort, privacy, & tranquility in the best location. Very open & spacious 1688...
$1,495,000
Neighborhood: Arrowood Golf Course
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,450
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
3
Days on Site
305458042
MLS
WELCOME TO YOUR RESORT STYLE LIVING! Previously the Toll Brothers Luxury Model Home in Arrowood Golf Course, this masterpiece consists of 4 beds/3.5 bath, 3 car garage at 3350 sq/ft with spectacular...
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,795
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
3
Days on Site
305327046
MLS
Custom Modern Spanish Revival masterpiece positioned on the top of the highest hill West of Interstate 5 in Oceanside. Bright and airy four-story home, custom built with high-end finishes throughout....
$1,699,000
Neighborhood: Patton & Montagues Subdivision
7
Beds
5
Baths
5,054
Sq.Ft.
3
Days on Site
305458337
MLS
Residential/Commercial/Mixed Use Development Opportunity in a highly desirable area of coastal Oceanside 1 block west of S Coast Hwy and approximately 6 blocks to the beach! Zoned C2 and the zoning...
$899,900
Neighborhood: Oceanside
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,401
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220012850
MLS
Light and bright gorgeous 4bed/ 2.5bath newer home in the Summerview area of Oceanside. Two living areas with tons of windows allow the sunlight to pour in. A good sized chefs kitchen with ss...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,028
Sq.Ft.
1966
Year Built
3
Days on Site
305458460
MLS
End Unit Single Story 55+ Community in Oceana with Air Conditioning. Master bedroom has 2 closets and access to the covered patio. The Master Bath has a separate standing shower. The second bathroom...
$499,900
Neighborhood: Peacock Hills
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,070
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220012868
MLS
Light, bright, and roomy home in the sought after 55+ community of Peacock Hills! Almost everything has been refreshed on the interior & exterior- all you need are your clothes and furniture! The...
$974,888
Neighborhood: North Coast Village
1
Beds
1
Baths
760
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220012873
MLS
Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, harbor, river, and mountains from the balcony AND from the interior of "Blue Horizon," this beautifully remodeled beach condo! Tastefully furnished with a queen...
Open 5/28
394 La Soledad Way Oceanside, CA 92057
$998,000
Neighborhood: Mission Terrace
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,483
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
3
Days on Site
220012880
MLS
Are you looking for a place to call home without having to pour any sweat equity into it? Look no further. HVAC has been completely redone in October of 2020. Enjoy the low electricity bills with...
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,643
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
4
Days on Site
305455010
MLS
Why buy this beautiful Oceanside home? 1. Views from the home are breathtaking, 2. Spacious layout with multiple family areas, 3. Large kitchen with granite countertops, lots of cabinet space,...
$749,969
Neighborhood: Lakeview Estates
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,258
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220012731
MLS
Adorable single level home in the great community of Lakeview Estates. Open floor plan with beautiful updates to the kitchen. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting &...
4
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
2,000
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
4
Days on Site
305457619
MLS
Beautifull renovated Oceanside family home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths and 2,000 sq. ft. Brand new kitchen, brand new bathrooms, brand new paint and flooring throughout! Move-in...
$999,888
Neighborhood: North Coast Village
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,040
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220012769
MLS
HONEY, CALL ME ASAP! I just found the perfect beach condo for us. It's an end unit, and has two bedrooms, two baths and two balconies, with amazing west-facing ocean views from the balconies AND from...
$325,000
Neighborhood: Oceana
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
994
Sq.Ft.
1977
Year Built
4
Days on Site
305457718
MLS
Single Story House is the 55+ Community in Oceana 2 Bed 1.5 Bathrooms. 1 Car Garage and 1 Carport. The HOA pays for Water and Trash. The community has Pool, Spa, Dog Park, Garden, RV Parking for a...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,515
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
4
Days on Site
305457739
MLS
Don't miss this beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a den and fireplace. An entertainers delight. Situated on a cul-de-sac with spacious views from the back yard. A perfect home just as is, but also...
Open 5/28
4243 Arroyo Vista Way #330 Oceanside, CA 92057
$499,000
Neighborhood: Quail Ridge
2
Beds
2
Baths
791
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220012781
MLS
This wonderful 2 bedroom 2 bath condo has lovely mountain views. Upgraded tile and wood laminate flooring. Upgraded kitchen and baths. Newer ceiling fans. Newer dishwasher. Upstairs penthouse. No one...
$1,250,000
Neighborhood: Costa Serina
5
Beds
3
Baths
9,700
Sq.Ft.
4
Days on Site
305457806
MLS
***BEST DEAL IN SAN DIEGO***HAVE 2 SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES THAT ARE SEPARATED BY GARAGE WALL***THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE HOUSES ***3668 AQUA IS A 3 BED-2 BATH 1252 SQFT. ***3664 AQUA IS A 2 BEDROOM 1 BATH...
$949,900
Neighborhood: Ocean Hills
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,807
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
4
Days on Site
220012785
MLS
Rarely available Costa Smeralda model! Spacious open floorplan with large living/dining room, galley kitchen with breakfast nook, big master suite/bath, 2nd BR/office downstairs, full bath. Elegant...

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