I’ve often wondered about life in downtown Oceanside–and what it would be like.
Late yesterday afternoon at a Carlsbad Cinco de Mayo fest, I met two wonderful ladies who had spent the last 20 years with their families living in downtown Oceanside. They spoke of life in downtown Oceanside.
Their kids went to school in Oceanside–and for the umpteenth time, I heard rave reviews about the downtown Oceanside community spirit, and the friendliness and caring of its residents.
“People here don’t just come home from work and pull down their garage doors. We truly connect and socialize with our neighbors,” one explained.
Oceanside, CA is a great place to spend a weekend, a two-week vacation, or even a lifetime (say local residents). It offers a great coastal climate, broad sandy beaches, relatively affordable homes, condos and town homes, and lots of activities for all ages.
Visitors to Oceanside (many arriving by train) marvel at the downtown building and bustling activity–and likely also wonder about life in downtown Oceanside. High rise condominiums, such as the newly-constructed Oceanside Terraces, are reshaping the local skyline, while the historic Oceanside Pier continues to draw fishermen, sightseers or those out for a lengthy ocean stroll.
For those seeking museums and missions, Oceanside has many rich offerings. For example, the California Surf Museum located at 223 North Coast Highway is a surfers’ mecca. Not only do they offer displays showing the evolution of surfing, but they also have a large display of surfboards, ranging from single-finned woodies to contemporary four-finned and lightweight fiberglass models.
If you are interested in the visual and fine arts, there is the edgy Oceanside Museum of Art, located at 704 Pier View Way. In addition to their eye-opening and provocative art displays, the museum also hosts their School of Art, which offers instruction in a variety of media, including painting, pottery and ceramic sculpture, along with drawing and drumming. The Oceanside Museum is housed in the classic Irving Gill-designed building that preserves the 1930s flavor of Southern California.
Oceanside’s Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is California’s King of Missions. It was established in 1798, and is located just four miles east of downtown Oceanside. This early and largest California mission is still a center of Catholic Church activities and events. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the Mission Church and the surrounding gardens and grounds.
The Oceanside Farmers Market is a local’s favorite and is held every Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Pier View Way, between Coast Highway and Ditmar Street. The event reopens in the late afternoon at 4 p.m. to the delight of both downtown residents and visitors. All can find just-picked and local fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, fragrant and steaming hot tamales, bouquets of local flowers, and other culinary surprises. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure!
Restaurants are abundant in downtown Oceanside, and range from seafood spots by the Oceanside Harbor, to Cuban, Japanese Mexican, French and California Nouveau cuisine. For a taste of history (but not yesterday’s fare ), you may wish to stop for a cup of coffee or a meal at the 101 Cafe, located at 631 S. Coast Highway. This roadside treasure has been around since 1928, and offers visitors glimpses of what life was once like in this scenic California beach town.
Magnificent oceanfront home boasts approx. 4300 square feet of well appointed living area with absolutely breathtaking views. Unique architecture frames the blue pacific and you feel as though you are on the water from the great room-gourmet kitchen-dining combo. Entertain family & friends on the large oceanfront patio or enjoy a game of pool or a movie in large downstairs bonus-game room. Master suite with sumptuous beautiful bath and a walk in closet that is length home. See supplement.
Panoramic views highlight this Mid Century 3 bed, 2 bath, 1590 SqFt Fire Mountain single story home on 10,600 SqFt Lot. Features include: Gray tone Engineered Wood Flooring, Attractive Neutral Tone Paint, Tiled floor baths, Ceiling Fans, Sun Room off bedrooms and living room. Newer roof and exterior paint. Large backyard with mature avocado & fruit trees. Large over sized garage with built in work bench. Left side bay door measures 10' wide by 11' high. Great location, easy access to freeways and shops.
New Price Range $850K-$875K. South Oceanside 1 mile to beach, West of I-5. Long private driveway, perfect cul-de-sac type location, pano & canyon views, great breezes. Original owner lovingly maintained home. Newer roof, newer paint, hard wood flooring under carpets, large wrap around covered view decking, brick fireplace, ceiling fans throughout. Attached granny studio with separate entrance & huge storage room or could be BR3. Bring your kids and pets-enclosed level turf yard, large lot w room to play.
An amazing value for this North San Diego Coastal Property. This masterfully designed home is located West of I-5 and is in close proximity to the beach. Additional features include a fully enclosed private yard with an electric remote control gate. The property sits on a large corner lot with mature tropical trees and lush landscaping. Irrigation is through automatic drip system sprinklers. There is stamped concrete throughout landscaped areas. Newly installed high quality artificial turf in the grass.
Rare oceanfront gem with private stairs to sandy beach. White water views from La Jolla to Oceanside Pier and Dana Pt. Incredible view from all four floors facing the ocean. Serviced by an elevator. Entire top floor is a Master Suite with soaking tub, walk-in closet and east and west facing decks. Great Room on entry level comprised of kitchen, dining area, living room and 1/2 bath. Two additional living rooms on 1st and 2nd floors with balcony and beach access. This home includes 7 en suite bedrooms with
Welcome to the ViewPointe Condos! This unique project is just two blocks from the beach and offers coastal living for a fraction of the cost. Oceanside is teeming with development and you can walk to everything! Come and bask in the sun while looking at gorgeous ocean views and breathtaking sunsets..from your very own rooftop deck!
#Great Buy! Remodeled 4Bed/3Bath Home w/ Solar and a Panoramic View. Excellent Floor Plan w/ Full Bed/Bath on Bottom. Brand New Upgrades Include Interior Paint & Bull Nosed Edged Walls, Laminate Flooring, Upstairs Carpet. Kitchen Has Brand New Cabinetry & Hardware, Granite Counter Tops & SS Appliances. Baths All Upgraded From Top to Bottom As Well. Master En Suite Has Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-In Closet & a Large Deck w/ Beautiful Views. There's a Small HOA, No Mello Roos & Well Located to Shops & FWY Close.
Beautiful Mesa Pines home on a quiet cul-de-sac just a short stroll from Buddy Todd park. Master Bedroom and over-sized bedroom upstairs (could be split into two rooms), additional bedroom and full bathroom downstairs. Renovated kitchen, newer roof, well maintained home. Take in serene ocean breezes (2.5 miles away) and clear views from the rear yard and balcony. Enjoy convenient access to freeways, shopping, & schools. Homes in this neighborhood don’t last long – come and see!
Walk to the beach and restaurants, or bike the coast from this single story, remodeled South Oceanside home. Vaulted ceilings, solar tubes in bathrooms, new skylights and indoor/ outdoor living areas are great for an active family, or entertaining guests. This four bedroom home offers a three car garage and RV or boat or additional driveway parking. The large lot has drought tolerant landscape and mature pomegranate, loquat, persimmon, orange and lemon trees. Furniture & appliances available for purchase.
Superb Fire Mountain Home located on an elevated view knoll featuring a premium sized lot with a peek of the ocean from the master bedroom! Vaulted ceilings, large family room, formal dining & living rooms along w/the popular full bedroom & bath downstairs! Quiet culdesac location with easy access to wonderful schools, Trader Joes, Theaters and the beach! The master retreat features a new oversized shower w/imported tile & tons of closet space! Delightfully entertaining backyard w/room for your veggies!
Spacious Fire Mountain home on lush private 1/3 acre lot! Backyard w/ inviting pool & spa steps up to large flat grass area, great for entertaining!BR & full bath on the lst floor! 2013 remodel includes HW floors, gourmet stainless appliances, quartz countertops, new cabinets and lighting! Vaulted ceilings and lots of windows allow for natural light! Large Master w/ brick FP, separate tub/shower, lg balcony and walk in closet! New carpet, bathroom flooring & paint! Must See!