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Oceanside is a coastal community located in northern San Diego County with an excellent year-round climate and near-perfect beaches. With a population of a little less than 200,000, Oceanside is a medium-sized community with strong ties to the local military by way of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base as well as visitors from all around the globe. The Oceanside real estate market is healthy, because this city, the third largest in San Diego County, is one of the few remaining affordable beachfront communities in Southern California.

Located 35 miles from downtown San Diego and 83 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Oceanside serves as a major transportation link serving both metropolitan areas. Commuter rail service carries residents both north to Los Angeles and Orange County and south to downtown San Diego, stopping along the way.

Oceanside is home to the Mission San Luis Rey, the largest and the "King of the Missions" built in 1798 in the fertile San Luis Rey Valley. It was founded as a city in the 1880s to coincide with the arrival of the railroad between San Bernardino and San Diego, and has prospered due to agriculture, transportation, tourism and, of course, the military.

Camp Pendleton was established in 1942 just north of the mission, and is the largest Marine Corps base in the U.S., home to 36,000 Marines and Navy personnel. This population contributes over $2 billion each year to the local economy and employs around 4,000 civilians, connecting the community strongly with its military presence.

Oceanside real estate encompasses several miles of oceanfront, as well as mesas that spread eastward and down into the fertile San Luis Rey Valley. Ocean view houses and condos extend several miles inland, even west of Interstate 5, and are in higher price ranges. Much of the city area was developed into single-family home tracts when real estate booms took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Moving farther inland, older Oceanside homes are prominent but many tract homes have been built recently, dotting old landscape with new. Newer homes have more space, upgraded amenities, and many have community amenities such as pools, recreation areas and gated security. Median home prices currently are $575,000, with condos from the low-to-mid $200,000s and single family homes beginning in the low $400,000s.

Downtown Oceanside sports the Oceanside Municipal Pier (the longest all wood pier on the west coast), the Oceanside Harbor and Marina (offering a variety of water sports like jetskiing, scuba diving, boat rentals, and whale watching excursions), and the California Surf Museum (surfing-related memorabilia and exhibitions). The beach and old downtown run along the coast highway, retaining a 1950s beach ambience with coffee shops, surfing, motels, and a harbor that accommodates up to 1,000 boats and yachts. Sport fishing and sailing are ideal off the coast. Further inland are the historic Mission at San Luis Rey and Heritage Park (featuring guided tours and a gift shop), the weekly farmer's market (with fresh produce, flowers, and local art), and numerous golf courses and parks.