Downtown Oceanside, CA

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by Roberta Murphy

life in downtown Oceanside
Oceanside Pier

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.

Homes in and Near Downtown Oceanside

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1234 Laguna St. Oceanside, CA 92054

$639,000
5 Beds
3 Baths
2,038 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150054871
Property Type Detached
Great location west of freeway 5 in a very calm neighborhood in Oceanside, CA. Panoramic view from the back yard. The property needs new roof and considerable repairs. Great opportunity.

2009 S Myers Street Oceanside, CA 92054

$1,000,000 - $1,200,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,285 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170014945
Property Type Detached
Awesome opportunity to own just one block from the beach! 3 bed/2 bath beach cottage with large private front and back yards. Close to the Pier, Harbor, Restaurants, Shopping, Freeway Access and Train Station.

1508 Laurel Road Oceanside, CA 92054

$799,000 - $820,000
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,231 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170061920
Property Type Detached
Desirable Fire Mountain 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home with spacious rooms and a flowing floor plan. Over 10,000 sf level lot with mountain and ocean views. Kitchen has gas range & granite counters. Master bedroom/bath upstairs and master suite downstairs with open beam ceilings, upgraded bathroom with travertine stone floors. Some areas of home and yard need some TLC/ cosmetic upgrades. Price Reduced to sell Quickly!

113 Eaton St Oceanside, CA 92054

$1,999,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,313 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180000228
Property Type Detached
St Malo is Oceanside's best kept secret! Exquisite features of the French Normandy create a storybook architecture that defines this Enchanted Cottage. Enter through your private gate into a charming courtyard where beautiful gardens welcome you home. The living and dining rooms, with wood beamed vaulted ceilings, frame a fireplace and cathedral windows, allowing an abundance of natural light. Seaside Cottage offers two master, an additional bedroom and 2 optional rooms. See supplement

1728 S Pacific St Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,200,000 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in South Oceanside, Oceanside
Open House
$3,200,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
3,684 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180001275
Property Type Detached
Stunning highly upgraded 4 bed 4 bath beach home in desirable Oceanside location w/ detached 2 story guest house! Open & bright floorplan features gleaming European Oak floors, Carrera marble counters, custom fireplaces, high-end fixtures & finishes, gourmet kitchen & tankless water heater. Reverse floorplan guest house includes spiral stair case, vaulted ceiling & 1.5 baths. Expansive rooftop deck with spa & panoramic ocean views! 2 car garage w/ loft storage space plus additional parking! SEE SUPP!

2102 S.nevada Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,600,000 - $2,900,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,246 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180013155
Property Type Detached
Nature Lover's Estate-in-waiting. Sunrise-Sunset Panoramic lagoon waterfront views sheltered from, yet reaching to the ocean. Value is in the land. Price includes all 3 lots total 2.34 acres. Entire waterfront S. Nevada to Horne Streets. Gated & fenced potential multi-home build.

401 N Tremont St Oceanside, CA 92054

$1,089,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Villages Of North Beach, Oceanside
Open House
$1,089,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,326 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180006502
Property Type Detached
NOW OFFERING A $7500.00 APPLIANCE PACKAGE ALLOWANCE!!!! Rarely does one of these unique San Francisco style row homes come to market and even more rarely is a comer unit!!! Just steps away from the Night Time Thursday Night market and just a few blocks to the beach, transit center, fishing pier and loads of restaurants. This beautiful home offers tile flooring, updated kitchen, tiled roof top terrace with a Peek a Boo ocean view and city lights, 2 car garage and large front patio.

2821 Mesa Dr. Oceanside, CA 92054

$495,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,354 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180011057
Property Type Twinhome
This is a Twinhome and share one common wall with the home next door. Located in the Historic Loma Alta area of Oceanside with custom homes & large mature trees all around. The homes siding and bathroom was redone a few years ago. This home comes with all appliances. Main home is 2/1 at 900 sqft and the bottom unit 1/1 at 450 sqft which has no direct access from the main home. Seller has approved plans to turn the main home into 2/1 plus a loft at 1600 sqft and the bottom unit into a 2/2 at 800sqft.

339 Mainsail Rd. Oceanside, CA 92054

$679,900
4 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,561 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180014722
Property Type Detached
Stunning, two-story home surrounded by lush, mature landscape. Fresh paint, remodeled kitchen & new flooring (carpet was just installed) will have your client wanting to move right in. A must see to experience the extra touches this home has to offer! A 2nd, very large, master suite is located downstairs for convenience and family room has a wet bar. Backyard is beautifully hardscaped & landscaped. Meticulous gardens, wandering pathways, mature trees and plants, and separate patio areas abound!

714 S Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,750,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,327 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180015657
Property Type Detached
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.

770 Harbor Cliff Way 146 Oceanside, CA 92054

$550,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
1,426 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180015940
Property Type Townhome
This well-maintained townhome is located less than 1 mile from the beach with numerous amenities. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with beautiful hardwood flooring on 2nd level, fireplace and very large chef's kitchen with all stainless appliances and granite countertops. One bedroom & full bath plus inside laundry are located on the ground level. Beautiful condo near the beach! See Supplement

2536 Cornwall Oceanside, CA 92054

$825,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,590 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180016818
Property Type Detached
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.

For additional information about Oceanside and life in San Diego’s prime North County, you may wish to view the following:

Oceanside Urban Luxury: Oceanside Terraces

No Butts on Oceanside Beaches

Fun at Oceanside and San Diego Farmer’s Markets

Oceanside and San Diego a Bargain for Foreign Investors

Things to Do with Kids in Oceanside and San Diego

Oceanside and San Diego Real Estate Irresistible to Foreigners and Expats

Things to Do in Downtown Oceanside

 

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2 responses to “Downtown Oceanside, CA

  1. I always wanted to have a house at the downtown Oceanside, but as things happen I think it is not meant for me.

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