Living in Oceanside, California


Oceanside, California is a coastal community located 35 miles north of San Diego in North San Diego County. It has an estimated population of 176,193, according to the 2017 census, making it the third-largest city in San Diego County. Oceanside is sits just north of Carlsbad and west of Vista, forming what is known as the “tri-city” area. Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base is located to the north.

Points of Interest in Oceanside

Oceanside offers 3.5 miles of white sand beaches, complete with the West Coast’s longest wooden pier. The seaside town is also home to The Oceanside Harbor and Marina, which is a popular hub for watersports, including boating, canoeing, sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing, and whale watching excursions.

Oceanside is also home to Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, a historic Spanish mission and National Landmark. This scenic mission is the largest of the California Missions and is often referred to as the “King of the Missions”.

The Oceanside Sunset Market, hosted by MainStreet Oceanside, is a renowned weekly street fair and farmers market featuring live music and up to 200 merchants on four city blocks. Sunset Market has been a free, family-friendly event in Oceanside since 2007 and can be found every Thursday from 5-9pm on Pier View Way, west of Coast Highway in Downtown Oceanside.

Oceanside Schools

Depending on their address, residents of Oceanside may attend schools in the Oceanside Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, Bonsall Union School District, or Carlsbad Unified School District.

Oceanside Unified School District

Oceanside Unified School District is made up of 21,000 students in 23 schools, including 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 2 high schools (Oceanside High School and El Camino High School), and one alternative high school.

The Vista Unified School District

The Vista Unified School District (VUSD) serves 22,000 students and includes seventeen elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, two alternative high schools, one independent studies school, two schools serving students with special needs, and Adult Education Program, and four charter schools. VUSD also offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program K-12, as well as magnet schools. Vista Unified has an agreement with CSU San Marcos called the Guaranteed Admission Program, which makes students who earn a B average through high school in specific courses eligible for guaranteed admission to the university. The District is a leader in using technology to benefit students and staff and their learning.

Real Estate in Oceanside

Oceanside offers a diverse mix of housing at a wide range of prices. Homes in Oceanside include coastal beach estates, single-family homes in planned communities, condos, rural ranches, beach bungalows, and everything in between.

In 2018, the median home value in Oceanside was $533,000. Oceanside 2018 market trends indicate an increase of $20,000 (4%) in median home sales over the past year.

Morro Hills is the most expensive neighborhood in Oceanside, with a median listing price of $1M in 2018. Oceana is the most affordable neighborhood in Oceanside, with a median listing price of $323.5K in 2018.

Contact Oceanside Real Estate Experts

To learn more about homes for sale in Oceanside, contact Philip R. Fredricksen and Mary Beth Kellee, an experienced team of San Diego REALTORS® who know the Oceanside real estate market.