Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views

Here's the REAL scoop on living in Carlsbad ~ beaches, things to do, places to eat, community events, and of course neighborhoods, homes and the Carlsbad real estate market in general, including surrounding communities like Encinitas, Cardiff, San Marcos, Oceanside, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

Oceanside, California - A Growing and Changing Coastal San Diego Community

Oceanside marina - Jeff DowlerOceanside is the northern-most residential community in North County San Diego (Camp Pendleton is the most northern community but I would not consider it a residential community, being that it is a military base).


Oceanside is about 1.5 to 2 hours south of Los Angeles, depending on traffic, and about 45 minutes (around 40 miles) north of downtown San Diego. With somewhere around 170,000 residents, it is one of the largest San Diego County communities - the 3rd I think - covering an area of about 41 square miles.


There are 6 miles of beaches, which adds to Oceanside's appeal as a vacation spot and a vibrant, and growing, downtown commercial area as well as other good sized commercial, retail and industrial pockets mixed in with the diverse residential communities as far inland approximately 12 miles.


In the heart of downtown OceansideThe major thoroughfares include the 5 freeway, that cuts through all the North County coastal communities, the historic Route 101 (known as the coast highway in Oceanside), Oceanside Boulevard and Mission Road (which run east and west) and the 76 and 78 freeways (76 is to the north, running east to Bonsall and Fallbrook).


Learn more about all you can see and do along the 101 beginning in Oceanside - 101 Things to Do In and Around Carlsbad  


Oceanside has the only marina with access to the ocean in North County San Diego; you have to go far south to the Mission Bay area to find similar marinas.

Housing near the beach in downtown Oceanside    California Surf Museum in Oceanside

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside


Oceanside has a long history, with early development with the founding of the Mission San Luis Rey, on of 21 Spanish missions founded in California up and down the coast.


The downtown area was developed in the 1890s and growth continued, especially after the development of Camp Pendleton in 1928 which has resulted in a significant business and residential emphasis associated with military personnel.


Oceanside is undergoing a significant redevelopment, with new high rises, condos, a resort, work-live lofts, and more, and one has the sense of increasing vibrancy in the downtown area.


The train station in Oceanside, at Tremont and Michigan, is the end point of The Coaster, a commuter train running to San Diego, and Amtrak from Los Angeles has a number of trains that come through and stop. The new light rail train, The Sprinter, runs from Oceanside inland to Escondido from a location further south of the main train station.


View of the Oceanside pierThe popular and well-known Oceanside Pier, the longest wooden pier on the West Coast, was built originally in 1888 around the time the downtown area was being developed, and the community has remained a popular vacation spot due to the beautiful beaches which stretch for miles.


In addition to private homes, condos and apartment, the coastal area west of the Coast Road is a popular investment property and rental area and densely developed. One such residential/rental community with ocean views and beach access is North Coast Village on Pacific.


Another popular tourist attraction in downtown Oceanside is the California Surf Museum, a wonderful collection of surfing memorabilia which provides an excellent overview of the history and influence of surfing on Southern California.


There are many opportunities for shopping, with strip and larger malls scattered along the major roadways and the presence of many of the major "package stores" like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and similar retailers. You'll find abundant shopping in neighboring Carlsbad, San Marcos and Vista. 


A popular cafe along the historic Route 101 in OceansideOceanside also has a number of outdoor festivals, like other communities - jazz, art, ethnic and holiday fairs are common in the downtown area.


Resident children in Oceanside attend one of 4 school districts, depending on address: Carlsbad Unified, Oceanside Unified (with two high schools), Bonsall Union, and Vista Unified.


You can check for information on school ratings and much more on School Digger and Great Schools.


Housing in Oceanside is diverse, with apartments, mobile home and RV parks, condos and town homes, detached homes, and 55+ communities (Ocean Hills and Oceana are two of the better known communities for seniors). Many tract home neighborhoods were built in the 1970s and 1980s. Housing in Oceanside has traditionally been more affordable than its southern coastal neighbors, but prices escalated significantly from 2000 to late 2004 or so, as they did elsewhere.


Like other communities, the Oceanside real estate market has undergone many changes in the last several years, with dramatic price drops and a substantial number of short sales, foreclosures, and REO properties.




My Jeff Dowler signature





Click to Search for All San Diego Homes

At Home In Carlsbad blog


365 Things to Do in Carlsbad (and Nearby) on Facebook   

  Jeff Dowler's Facebook Profile   Jeff Dowler's YouTube Profile    Jeff Dowler's Twitter Profile   Jeff Dowler's LinkedIn Profile


      CRS Designation Logo




If I can provide more information about homes for sale in Carlsbad and in surrounding areas, our local housing market conditions, or assist you, friends or family in a purchase or sale, please contact my mobile office or text me at (760) 840-1360, or email me at




Serving Carlsbad (including Aviara, La Costa & Carlsbad Village),  Encinitas (including Leucadia & Olivenhain), Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos (including San Elijo Hills), Oceanside, Escondido, and  Greater San Diego

All content ©Copyright by Jeff Dowler. All rights reserved.

Solutions Real Estate (CA DRE lic #01490977)

Comment balloon 6 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • January 16 2009 08:15PM
Oceanside, California - A Growing and Changing Coastal San Diego…
Oceanside is the northern-most residential community in North County San Diego (Camp Pendleton is the most northern community but I would not consider it a residential community, being that it is a military base ). Oceanside is about 1. 5 to 2… more
Best Places to Sunset Watch in Carlsbad California and Nearby
Best Places to Sunset Watch in Carlsbad California and Nearby Watching the California sun set over the ocean is a breathtaking experience.. at least when the sky has not covered up the sun. While a completely clear sky and a setting sun is… more
Carlsbad, California and Historic Route 101 - The Coast Highway
Are you ready for a road trip? Great – here it is. This is all about Historic Route 101 in Carlsbad – things to see and do, and a bit of the history Have a great ride. Carlsbad CA is located about 30 miles north of San Diego on the beautiful… more
Del Mar - An Affluent Seaside Village Where "The Turf Meets the…
Del Mar California, Where the Turf Meets the Surf The town of Del Mar ("of the sea" or "by the sea") is located about 15 miles north of San Diego along the coast north of La Jolla and south of Solana Beach And, as they say,… more
Solana Beach Real Estate - Seaside Community Extraordinaire
Solana Beach Real Estate - A Seaside Community Extraordinaire Solana Beach is a coastal community about 17 miles north of San Diego just south of Cardiff by the Sea, and bordered on the south by Del Mar and to the east by Rancho Santa Fe. Are… more
Encinitas CA - An Eclectic Seaside Town in San Diego's North County
Encinitas is a North San Diego County coastal town about 25 miles north of San Diego, sandwiched between Carlsbad to the north, Cardiff then Solana Beach to the south, the ocean (west, of course ), and Rancho Santa Fe to the east. .. more
Bressi Ranch - Master Planned Community in Carlsbad, California
Bressi Ranch Master Planned Community in Carlsbad California [ Virtual tour at bottom of page] Buyers interested in Carlsbad real estate, especially newer homes for sale, may find Bressi Ranch to suit their style perfectly. Bressi… more
Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate - Luxury Homebuyer's Paradise in San Diego
Rancho Santa Fe (downtown, shown left ), in San Diego's North County, is a bucolic and affluent residential community on rolling hills filled with Eucalyptus trees and orchards. Years ago thousands of Eucalyptus trees were planted to be used for… more
San Elijo Hills - Award-Winning Master Planned Community in San Marcos
San Elijo Hills, in the south west corner of San Marcos is a highly-rated master planned community on the hills of North County San Diego (actually the highest point in the county at over 3, 000 feet above sea level ). Located about 34 miles… more
Lake San Marcos - Residential and Resort Community in San Marcos, CA
Lake San Marcos is a residential and resort community in the southwest corner of San Marcos bordered by Rancho Santa Fe Road to the west, large hills to the south, and San Marcos Boulevard to the north, close to the Carlsbad line. While… more