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Beach city in northwest corner of San Diego County

With nearly four miles of beaches, a pier and a harbor, Oceanside is an appropriate name for this city. The natural beauty and perfect climate attracted Spanish missionaries under Father Junipero Serra who founded the San Luis Rey Mission here in 1769. Today, Oceanside is enjoying a period of revitalization with a diverse population of over 170,000.

Home prices are more affordable here compared to other beach cities in north San Diego county. The median prices of single-family homes in August, 2017:
South Oceanside (92054) - $599,800; North Oceanside 92057) - $460,200 and Central Oceanside (92058) - $436,600; east Oceanside (92056) - $493,000.

houses along beach in Oceanside
Prime beach front property in Oceaside.

In 1942 the Marines established a training base at Camp Pendleton, just north of Oceanside. In the years following World War II Oceanside had a reputation for rough bars, tattoo parlors and seedy motels. City officials and local merchants have worked hard to make those days history. Oceanside has experienced dramatic growth since 1970, when its population was 45,000.

Much of the city's area was developed into single-family home tracts during the 1970s and 1980s. Since the 1990s, increased commercial and industrial development have diversified Oceanside's economic base and recent redevelopment initiatives have made a positive transformation of downtown Oceanside. Today restaurants and shops catering to surfers and beach-going families make this city a popular tourist destination.

oceanside pier
The Oceanside Piert is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast, spanning 1,942 feet in length. You can go fishing or stroll to the end of the pier and enjoy a meal at Ruby's Diner.

Julie Cox lives in Oceanside and works as the operations manager of the California Surf Museum on Pier View Way. "The city has been steadily working on improving the area. We are seeing the fruits of that labor in the past few years," said Cox.

"I love the proximity to San Diego and other parts of North County, Orange County and Los Angeles. It's also more affordable," said Cox who owns a two-bedroom house close to the beach.

Coast Hwy in Oceanside
Downtown Oceanside at Pier View Way and Coast Hwy. 1.

The pier and harbor are focal points of the city as well as major attractions for visitors. Located on Third Street, the Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast, spanning 1,942 feet in length. You can go fishing or stroll to the end of the pier and enjoy a meal at Ruby's Diner. From here you can watch the boats entering and leaving the Oceanside Harbor.

Oceanside Library photo
The Oceanside Public Library.

Over 200,000 people visit the harbor each year. For the recreational boater and sportfishing enthusiasts, there is a fuel dock, launch ramp, slip rentals, restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Each September the Harbor Days event draws thousands of visitors for the Mayor's Cup Regatta and the Nail 'n' Sail contest - a unique event where groups build boats from plywood and sail them on a short course race. The two-day event also features artists, craft vendors and live music.

On the south side of the harbor is Harbor Village - a collection of specialty shops, restaurants, and a sportsfishing center. The wood-framed buildings, steep shingle roofs, and lighthouse are reminiscent of an old fishing village. There are many restaurants here including Harbor Fish & Chips, Robin's Nest Cafe, Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina, Vinnie's Harbor Sports Bar & Grill, Nautical Bean, Joe's Crab Shack and Monterey Bay Canners.

Oceanside is the third-largest city in the county and is experiencing a wave of improvement downtown. Newer restaurants, hotels and retail shops have been sprouting up. These improvements along with the near-perfect weather, ocean waves and sandy beaches make this a great place to live or spend a day at the beach.

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