City of Oceanside Real Estate Spotlight


This City of Oceanside real estate spotlight focuses on a “small town” city located north of San Diego.

Oceanside offers the largest California mission, over 3 miles of beach and a 1,000 boat slip harbor along with several museums. In essence, beaches, boats, history, and a small town setting near San Diego.


City of Oceanside Real Estate Spotlight


Many beach properties available in Oceanside ranging from small condo units and townhomes to single-family homes.

Real estate agents contend this city offers beach properties priced lower than its neighbor beach communities. Considered the best value for the money.

Ocean view condos start around the $400,000 range while oceanfront homes range between two to three million dollars. 

The City of Oceanside expands 42 square miles while maintaining a “small town” atmosphere. Its unique neighborhoods provide diversity along with different settings to its residents and visitors.

Oceanside neighborhoods nestle between the SR 76 and 78 freeways take you directly to the beaches under 20 minutes. Many of the neighborhoods provide ocean views and gated communities.


The most popular Oceanside neighborhoods include:



Arrowood located on the northeast side of Oceanside considered its fastest growing community. The homes range from mid-price to luxury estate lifestyles.

The Arrowood Golf Course of championship caliber and open to the public designed by Ted Robinson, Jr. offers a combination of water features and natural beauty.


St. Malo

St. Malo located on the southern side of Oceanside next to the Rancho Buena Vista Lagoon looks like a charming French village. Since 1929, this small neighborhood inspired by the St. Malo island-city located in France near the Brittany Coast. Its French architecture stands out in Oceanside City.


Rancho Del Oro

Rancho Del Oro sits in the heart of Oceanside. Several villages combining to offer beautiful homes, a community park, and a corporate park.

El Corazon Park providing soccer fields, an outdoor amphitheater, bike trails, baseball fields and more.

Its Corporate Park contains companies like:

Its gorgeous rolling hills combine historic and new Oceanside. Including Mission San Luis Rey, the largest of all California Missions. Also includes Heritage Park.


Henie Hills

Henie Hills dating back to 1939 when Sonja Henie (former movie star and Olympic skating medalist) purchased 1,500 acres of virgin coastal property. Sonja Henie built a 3,500 square foot ranch retreat for her Hollywood friends to escape its madness.

The Henie Hills development put Oceanside on the map. Henie Hills homes follow minimum standards about lot size and square footage. Thus, the Hennie Hills estates showcase large lots with breathtaking ocean views.



Seaside neighborhood comprises downtown Oceanside. As soon as you exit I-5, the views of the famous Oceanside Pier and Pacific Oceanside show the charm of this popular neighborhood.

The Wyndham Beach Resort with its fine restaurant, Harney Sushi, attracts worldwide visitors.

The Oceanside Museum of Art and the California Surf Museum bring culture to this sparkling neighborhood.

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Fire Mountain

Fire Mountain, an elevated Oceanside community. Offers ocean views, and custom homes on large lots.

The Friends of Fire Mountain organization comprises community members and neighbors dedicated to keeping the semi-rural atmosphere for the future. They promote open space, healthy families, gardening, and information exchanges.


Plumosa Heights

Plumosa Heights, Oceanside’s first major subdivision in 1924. Named after the Cocos Plumosa palms which line its old-fashioned street lights on cement streets.


Jeffries Ranch

Jeffries Ranch developed by Dr. C.W. Jeffries as an equestrian center with horse trails. Located on a large area east of Oceanside near Guajome Regional Park.   


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City of Oceanside Facts


Oceanside, the third largest city in San Diego County with a population over 167,000. Located just south of the Marine Corps. Camp Pendleton.

First settled by European explorers in 1769. Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish missionary, established the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia on a former Indian village. The Spanish ruled all California until 1821 when the Mexicans ruled, and finally the U.S. in 1848.

Andrew Jackson Myers moved into what later became Oceanside in 1882. It became incorporated in 1888.

Oceanside’s 6-mile beach enabled a beach town atmosphere during the 20th century. Since Camp Pendleton opened in 1942, Oceanside became home to the armed forces.

The three top employers in the City of Oceanside include:

 City of Oceanside Government

A full-service city with its own fire and police force, library, a municipal airport, water and sewer services. It also maintains golf courses, the longest wooden pier in the west, a small craft harbor, many parks, swimming pools, community centers, and palm-lined beaches. 


Things To Do


Typical for a beach community, most activities include the ocean. For instance:

Supergirl Pro Jam considered the World’s Largest Women’s Surf Competition event held yearly since 2007.

Oceanside Pier, built in 1888 stands as the longest wood pier in the Western States extending 1,940 feet.

The California Surf Museum in downtown Oceanside.  

Beach Soccer Championships festival since 2007 held in May. It’s the largest beach soccer even on the west coast.

Non-ocean inspired Oceanside events include:


The Race Across America an annual 3,000-mile bicycle race across the U.S. with its official start in Oceanside since 2006. Many experts consider this the world’s toughest sporting event.

O’side Turkey Trot where over 9,000 walkers and runners from around the world since 2006.

The Oceanside Transit Center providing train service on Amtrak, Coaster, Metrolink, and Sprinter


City of Oceanside Real Estate Spotlight




Trip Advisor recommends the following restaurants in Oceanside:


Oceanside  Breakfast


Petite Madeline Bakery earned 4.5 Stars (out of 5) from 177 reviews for their breakfasts including the pastries, chocolate croissant, and eggs Benedict.

Banana Dang earning 4.5 Stars from 370 reviews for their excellent coffee, service, and variety of toast items.

Swami’s Cafe rated 4.5 Stars from 77 reviews for their French toast, Shrimp Omelet, and Acai Bowl.


Oceanside Lunch and Dinner


Beach Break Cafe got 4.5 Stars from 791 reviews plus ranked #1 in all Oceanside. Best French toast, and Burritos in the city. Their Chicken Fried Steak also earned raves. The Mahi-Mahi also earned high ratings.

Felix’s BBQ with Soul received 4.5 Stars from 257 reviews. Also, ranked the #2 restaurant in Oceanside. Reviewers loved their Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Chicken and Waffles, plus their Fried Catfish.

Stratford at the Harbor earning 4.5 Stars from 170 reviews and a ranking as #3 best restaurant in Oceanside. Reviewers raved about their Corned Beef Hash and Scrambled Tri-Tip and Eggs.

Local Tap House & Kitchen rated 4.5 Stars from 308 reviews and ranked #4 best restaurant in Oceanside. Reviewers loved their Ceviche, Short Ribs French Dip, and Roasted Carrot & Quinoa Salad.

Harney Sushi earned 4.5 Stars from 247 reviews and ranked as the #5 best restaurant in Oceanside. Reviewers liked their Fresh Sushi, Salads and Asian Foods




The City of Oceanside falls within the jurisdiction of the Oceanside Unified School. District (OUSD). The OUSD contains two high schools:

OUSD also maintains 22 other schools and three charter schools. The most popular ones include:

Cesar Chavez Middle School which opened in 2007 and built on 14 acres housing 11 buildings serving over 1,000 6th – 8th graders. Rated 4 Stars (out of 5) by the Great Schools Organization; and

Louise Foussat Elementary School situated on 12.5 acres with 36 classrooms accommodating up to 800 students. Also rated 4 Stars by the Great Schools Organization.


City of Oceanside Real Estate Spotlight Conclusion


Our City of Oceanside real estate spotlight shows how this small town city became so popular.

It offers a small town setting with history, beaches, and boats near San Diego.

Lots of beach properties including single-family homes, townhouses, and condos. Local Realtors proudly boast these properties maintain the best value for your money. Since many priced lower than similar properties in surrounding beach communities.

Eight popular neighborhoods described above offer a variety of appealing settings.

Plenty of exciting things to do in Oceanside at the beach or visiting historical sites and museums.

Great local restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines to enjoy.

Many outstanding schools for your children in the OUSD school district.

Contact Us to learn more about this exciting beach city and its available properties.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger


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