Just north of Carlsbad is the city of Oceanside, a slice of pure classic California beach culture. With the same beautiful weather of the other North Coastal cities, average high temperatures range from from 64 °F to 77 °F, while the average low temperatures can swing from 45 °F to 64 °F.

Oceanside has a larger population of roughly 174,558 people as of 2013, making it the 3rd largest city in San Diego County. It is a fairly diverse and younger population, spread out with 23.8% of the people under the age of 18, 11.4% aged 18 to 24, 27.4% aged 25 to 44, 24.5% aged 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.2 years (according to 2010 US census data).

Like most places in North County, Oceanside has a very relaxed vibe to it. Flip-flops and shorts are far more common than professional attire, and there is more of a working class feel here. You’ll also see the presence of the Camp Pendleton Marine base, with many young military families and retired military living here.

The median family income is $52,232 in Oceanside, vs. the CA average of $53,025, much lower than that of Carlsbad and Encinitas (Source: Trulia.com). However, it is much more affordable overall and has plenty of outdoor activities and things to do.

Very much a surfing town, Oceanside is also home to the California Surf Museum. It’s the host of the Supergirl Pro Jam, the largest women’s surf competition in the world. Oceanside is also home to the Beach Soccer USA Cup and Festival every May.

Biking is a favorite pastime in Oceanside. Endurance events like the Ironman Triathlon and Bike the Coast –Taste the Coast are held here. Oceanside is also the official host for the start of the Race Across America, 3,000-mile bicycle race – one of the world’s toughest sporting events.

Many local training events are open to all ages and experience levels. Two major cycling trails run through the city, providing opportunities for great sightseeing along the way.

There are over 3.5 miles of wide, sandy beaches with excellent surfing conditions. Having one of the most beautiful harbors in the U.S., Oceanside is a very busy boating and fishing spot and has plenty of coastal cruises and whale watching excursions too.

Every Thursday evening you’ll find live entertainment, food stands and local vendors at the Sunset Market in Downtown Oceanside.

The 3 cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista form what is known as the “tri-city” area of North County San Diego. The Tri-City Medical Center is located in Oceanside and 9 other hospitals are within 26 miles of the center of town.

There are 4 various school districts serving Oceanside and the surrounding areas. 25 public schools in Oceanside alone (including 2 high schools), and another 18 private and catholic schools as well.

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$489,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,118
SQFT
1409 Darwin
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
Price Change - 2 hours ago
$335,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,050
SQFT
1004 Plover Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$360,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
902
SQFT
4795 Calle Las Positas
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$719,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,754
SQFT
5071 Dassia Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$510,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
3526 Ponderosa Dr
Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$514,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,328
SQFT
3009 Linda Dr
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$989,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,364
SQFT
1200 Harbor Dr N #10C
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$319,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,046
SQFT
3538 Pear Blossom Cir
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$529,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,563
SQFT
4685 Rose Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$799,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,280
SQFT
400 N Pacific Street #203
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$460,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,187
SQFT
5229 Champlain St
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$534,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,420
SQFT
3744 Via Baldona
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$299,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
873
SQFT
1547 Rolling Hills Dr
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$335,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,466
SQFT
1427 Puritan Drive
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$365,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,016
SQFT
1430 Puritan Drive
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$539,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,258
SQFT
5372 Gooseberry Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$519,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,515
SQFT
4766 Elm Tree
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$459,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,236
SQFT
720 Flora Dr
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$674,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,040
SQFT
999 N Pacific St. #A116
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,299,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,006
SQFT
400 N The Strand #30
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - yesterday
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,372
SQFT
510 N Pacific St #1
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$374,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
827
SQFT
3576 Santa Maria St
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$300,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,110
SQFT
4248 Tiberon Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
 
New Listing - yesterday
$149,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,060
SQFT
238 Bluebird Lane
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$350,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,050
SQFT
4473 Ibis Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$369,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,064
SQFT
4479 Albatross Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$449,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
500
SQFT
213 S Pacific #D
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$360,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
873
SQFT
4735 Rim Rock
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$272,500
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
200 N El Camino Real #178
Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$389,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,164
SQFT
506 Canyon Dr. #6
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$305,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,349
SQFT
3760 Vista Campana S #2
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$279,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
200 N. El Camino Real #262
Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$520,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
3160 Camino Crest Dr
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$510,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
4589 Calle Del Palo
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$589,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,592
SQFT
4952 Lerkas Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$519,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,284
SQFT
1308 Higgins
Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$342,500
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,568
SQFT
5143 Weymouth Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$299,999
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
900
SQFT
5049 Los Morros Way #94
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$330,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,150
SQFT
369 Los Arbolitos
Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$606,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,850
SQFT
4882 Marathon Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$539,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,444
SQFT
4732 Agora Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$610,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,031
SQFT
4681 Marblehead Bay Dr
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$578,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,603
SQFT
4179 Terry
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$589,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,850
SQFT
868 Panella Court
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$348,990
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
834
SQFT
1559 Peacock Blvd
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$159,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
960
SQFT
208 Mockingbird Ln #T
Oceanside, CA 92057
San Luis Rey Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$155,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
500
SQFT
220 Kristy Lane
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$179,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
590
SQFT
900 N Cleveland St #6
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$335,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,210
SQFT
4215 Vista Del Rio Way #4
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$2,895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,806
SQFT
923 S Pacific Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 17 hours online
$239,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,248
SQFT
14 Oriole Lane
Oceanside, CA 92057
 
New Listing - 17 hours online
$750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
288
SQFT
704 N The Strand #8
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$649,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,444
SQFT
4048 Aeolia Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
 
New Listing - 17 hours online
$460,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,180
SQFT
4936 Concho Place
Oceanside, CA 92057
 
New Listing - 16 hours online
$218,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,248
SQFT
181 Horizon Ln #181
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,650
SQFT
118 Frontier Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$469,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,284
SQFT
4413 White Pine Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$486,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,501
SQFT
333 Edgehill Ln.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$617,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,155
SQFT
1605 Grandview St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$660,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
4707 Zamora Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
 

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New Listing - a week online
$989,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,364
SQFT
1200 Harbor Dr N #10C
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$849,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,740
SQFT
1452 Kurtz
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,124,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,569
SQFT
1828 Bailey Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - yesterday
$674,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,040
SQFT
999 N Pacific St. #A116
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$874,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
1419 Hunsaker
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,299,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,006
SQFT
400 N The Strand #30
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - yesterday
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,372
SQFT
510 N Pacific St #1
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$350,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,050
SQFT
4473 Ibis Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,199,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,536
SQFT
804 N The Strand #9
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$729,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,562
SQFT
270 Neptune Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,125,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,400
SQFT
2369 Fire Mountain Dr
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,699,888
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
802 N Pacific St. #C
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$2,895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,806
SQFT
923 S Pacific Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 17 hours online
$1,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,537
SQFT
409 N Tremont St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$3,599,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,327
SQFT
714 S The Strand
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$2,395,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,116
SQFT
318 S The Strand #201
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$4,495,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,526
SQFT
933 S Pacific Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 5 hours online
$645,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
401 N Coast Hwy #309
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$5,599,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.09
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
1443 S Pacific Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
$1,995,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.12
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
817 N Pacific St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$469,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,356
SQFT
2809 Ocean Village Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$689,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,899
SQFT
4777 Collinos
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
$975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,900
SQFT
2334 Littler
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
$4,550,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
516 S The Strand
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$889,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,736
SQFT
1311 Knoll Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
Open House 01/16 at 9AM
$1,997,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,195
SQFT
724 North Pacific Street #4
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$1,950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
213 S Pacific #E,F
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$679,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,143
SQFT
1021 Costa Pacifica Way #2107
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$799,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
401 N Coast Hwy #210
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$420,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,092
SQFT
4493 Albatross Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
$499,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
580
SQFT
601 S S Tremont St #D6
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$1,750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,352
SQFT
1401 S Pacific Street #201
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$2,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,865
SQFT
1020 S Pacific St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
Price Change - 2 days ago
$849,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,801
SQFT
701 N Cleveland
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
$499,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,146
SQFT
815 Harbor Cliff #240
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision

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