California spirit is alive and well in the coastal city of Oceanside, situated in prime location between San Diego and Los Angeles. Known for its sandy beaches and surf-friendly waters, O’side, as it’s known to locals, has everything a SoCal enthusiast could possibly want, and more! The bustling job market, particularly in biotech and career technology industries, give Oceanside a competitive edge over cities twice its size. When off the clock, however, residents take advantage of year-round mild temperatures, whether by sipping coffee outside, going for long walks on the beach or playing any of the popular area sports. Oceanside homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $549,900. Homes for sale in Oceanside can be found in neighborhoods like historic East Side, up-and-coming Rancho Del Oro and Arrowood, which features a public, championship golf course.

The crown jewels of Oceanside are obviously its beaches, of which there are many. Breakwater Beach is particularly family friendly and also popular with sand volleyball players. Harbor Beach is the largest in the area and a great spot to rent kayaks, go deep-sea fishing or enjoy the local shops. O’side is a surfers’ paradise, but be sure to check the rules before lugging your board out to the sea because certain beaches are closed to surfing at specific times of the year.

As great an amenity as those local beaches are, Oceanside is about more than sand and surf. Slightly inland, be sure to visit Mission San Luis Rey, a 55-acre property run by Franciscan Friars that is packed with historic and educational significance. Or, stop by the Oceanside Museum of Art to enjoy the museum’s rotating galleries and full schedule of concerts, tours, Free Family Art Days, Art After Dark and more.

Of course, no one knows how to have fun quite like Californians! There’s a complete slate of breweries, taprooms and wineries that offers tours and taste testing. Plus, dining options offer the very best in fresh seafood preparation, and beyond! Or, opt instead to create your own farm-fresh fare using ingredients purchased at the Morning Farmers Market, held at Pier View Way and Coast Highway.