Welcome to Oceanside

Ideally situated at the junction of Interstate 78 and Highway 5 with over 3.5 miles of beaches is Oceanside, San Diego County’s most northern city. Camp Pendleton, the nation’s largest U.S. Marine base, separates the City of Oceanside from Orange County.

Photo by Gary Harmon

The earliest settlement in Oceanside was the San Luis Rey Mission, know as the “King of Missions.”  Other San Diego North County settlements branched out from there.  Before the turn of the century, families who lived on inland ranches near the mission, would travel to the seashore and picnic by the “ocean side” — therefore the name.   Special features worth visiting are Oceanside Pier, one of the West Coast’s longest wooden piers  and Oceanside Harbor, one of the finest protected harbors for small Craft in California.  Oceanside is a thriving urban center that offers residents and visitors virtually unlimited recreational choices.  Surfing, swimming, tennis, golf, boating, and sport fishing are just a few of the choices.

The “Coaster,” an express rail train, connects Oceanside to downtown San Diego with many intermediate stops.  The “Sprinter,” a light rail system, connects Oceanside to the North County cities of Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido.

Oceanside homes for sale offer a great variety of living styles.  You could choose Oceanside oceanview homes, condos, all types of single family homes, Camp Pendleton off base housing, and great senior communities like Ocean Hills Country Club homes.

San Diego North County Conditions & Market Statistics – February 2012

For the first week of February, here is the San Diego North County market conditions and statistics for Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas, and Escondido.  On this blog, you can also click on the blue tab at the top of the home page that says “Market Statistics” to always get up to date market information on the communities I serve.

  • The median list price of Carlsbad Homes for Sale this week in February is $629,500. The 369 Carlsbad properties have been on the market for an average of 147 days.  The Carlsbad housing market has shown some evidence of slowing recently. Both prices and Carlsbad home inventory levels are relatively unchanged in recent weeks.
  • The median list price Of Oceanside homes for sale this week in February is $325,000. The 470 Oceanside homes have been on the market for an average of 133 days.  Oceanside homes inventory has been lightening lately, though days-on-market is increasing, these are mildly positive indications for the Oceanside housing market.
  • The median list price of Escondido homes for sale this week is $299,000.  Inventory of Escondido homes and days-on-market are climbing. The trends imply a weakening Escondido real estate market.
  • The median list price of Vista CA homes for sale this week in February is $329,450. The 256 properties have been on the market for an average of 134 days.  Vista homes inventory days-on-market is trending higher.
  • The median list price of Encinitas homes for sale this week in February is $850,000. The 151 properties have been on the market for an average of 140 days. Encinitas homes inventory has been lightening lately and days-on-market is increasing.

To get more information on San Diego North County market statistics, or to see great North County homes, contact Gary Harmon, your Five Star Award Winner.

How to Draft a Oceanside Home Purchase Offer



Crafting Your Oceanside Home Purchase Offer

Make it a Win-Win

Once you have found the Oceanside home for sale of your dreams, writing the offer becomes very important.  You don’t want to pay too much, but you want to be successful in buying that Oceanside real estate.  It is time to set down with your Oceanside Realtor, Gary Harmon, and write the purchase offer.

Most things are negotiable in the offer, but in San Diego County there is a standard to follow on most items.  A good rule of thumb, using an old clicke, is to make any offer a win-win for everyone.  Your Realtor will know how to advise you.

Focus Only on What is Important

The first important thing is the sales price.  Your Oceanside Realtor, Gary Harmon, can provide you with comps of other Oceanside homes to help you pick the right offer price.  In this current Oceanside real estate market, homes are selling at or above listing price.  Many times you won’t get a counter offer, so put your best foot forward.  The deposit, usually at least one percent of the purchase price, is the next important item.  How long  an escrow will you need?   It takes at least 30-45 days to get all the loan details worked out.  Other items to consider are who pays escrow, title, and other closing cost.  Ask your Realtor what is customary in the Oceanside area.

Keep it Simple

Keep the purchase offer on the Oceanside home for sale as simple as possible.  For example, don’t ask for closing cost back unless you need the cash.  Oceanside sellers will only be looking at the net price.  Don’t ask for repairs up front.  You can handle those later in the request for repairs.  Structure you offer to keep things simple and clear for everyone to understand.  If there are any items of personal property you are requesting that don’t normally come with the home, do them separately after you have an acceptance on the home.  Don’t forget the big picture which is to buy your Oceanside home, not to get a good deal on a refrigerator, etc.

For more information on Oceanside Homes for Sale, contact Gary Harmon for experienced real estate solutions.  See homes for sale in Oceanside.

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Pilgrim Creek

Pilgrim Creek Homes – Pilgrim Creek Estates

Pilgrim Creek Estates are 203 gated homes located in the northern part of Oceanside, Ca, next to Camp Pendleton.  Many of the Pilgrim Creek Estates homes have wilderness area views or views of rolling hills. 

Pilgrim Creek homes are mostly manufactured homes on permanent foundations with 2 car garages.These homes were built in the late 1980s and are approximately 1400-1900 square feet and are priced in the low to high $200,000s.

Pilgrim Creek Estates homes are in a quiet community of well-kept homes and attractively landscaped grounds. Pilgrim Creek real estate has a community center with a beautiful and spacious clubhouse and a swimming pool and spa/hot tub.  There are aqua exercise classes scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.    

There is a large clubhouse with and dance floor and performance stage.  The clubhouse also has an exercise room and a nice reading library with a fireplace.

Pilgrim Creek Estates gets its name from nearby Pilgrim Creek, a tributary of the San Luis Rey River. Its location is approximate 6-miles inland from the coast, a distance that is far enough away to escape much of the coastal fog and morning overcast, but close enough to provide an almost perfect year-round climate. Its serene environment, cool ocean breezes and views of rolling hills give it an ambience of being near the coast and yet far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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To get a personal tour of Pilgrim Creek Estates homes, contact Gary Harmon for experienced real estate solutions.  Gary Harmon, Real Living Lifestyles, your Oceanside Senior Specialist.    See other senior communities in Oceanside such as Ocean Hills Country Club HomesEmerald Lake VillagePeacock Hills, Villa Trieste Homes and Oceana Homes.

North County Home Market Statistics for August 2011

Altos Research provides me a monthly recap of market statistics for Carlsbad homes for sale, Oceanside homes for sale, Vista Ca homes for sale, San Marcos CA homes for sale, Escondido homes for sale, and Encinitas homes for sale.  If you would like the full reports sent to you (very detailed) shoot me an email.  This months recap is shown below.

Carlsbad Statistics:  The median list price of Carlsbad homes for sale this week is $699,900. Inventory has been lightening lately. Though days-on-market is increasing, these are mildly positive indications for the Carlsbad homes market.

Oceanside Statistics:  The median list price of Oceanside homes for sale this week is $349,000. The 685 properties have been on the market for an average of 140 days.

Vista Statistics:  The median list price in Vista CA homes for sale this week is $339,900.

San Marcos Statistics:  The median list price of San Marcos CA homes for sale this week is $424,500. Inventory has been lightening lately. Though days-on-market is increasing, these are mildly positive indications for the market. San Marcos home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks.

Escondido Statistics:  The median list price of Escondido homes for sale is $351,900. Inventory has been lightening lately.  Escondido home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks.

Encinitas Statistics:  The median list price of Encinitas homes for sale is $949,950. Encinitas home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. Since this is a Buyer’s market prices are not yet moving higher as excess inventory is consumed. However, as the supply and demand trends continue we are
likely to see upward pressure on pricing.

To get your own personal tour of San Diego North County homes, contact Gary Harmon, Real Living Lifestyles real estate.

Oceana Homes

Current Listings of Oceana Homes 

 

One of San Diego North County’s most affordable, over 55, 55+, retirement communities of Oceanside real estate is Oceana homes.  Oceana homes are just north of Highway 78 and East off El Camino Real.  Tun in on Oceana and you will first see the large recreational facility, clubhouse, pool and spa.  The Oceana real estate community was designed for the “over 55.”  There are many different floorplans of Oceana homes ranging from 650 to 1500 esf.   Most Oceana homes are 2 bedrooms.
 
 Click here to Play Video of Oceana Homes

 Oceana real estate is an older development of both attached and detached Oceanside homes built in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s.   Oceana homes are made up of four communities: Oceana Mission, Oceana East, Oceana South, and the original Oceana homes.  Oceana, like Ocean Hills, enjoys great weather with over 330 days of sun and the cooling Pacific coastal breezes. 
 
Oceana is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of and elected by Oceana home owners.  Oceana 55+ homeowner’s fees range from about $250-$300 a month.  These fees include outside common area maintenance of greenbelts, trash, sewer, insurance, and water in some areas.  If you want an over 55 retirement community where someone else does the yard work, Oceana may be for you.  See the location of Oceana.  If you are looking for more active retirement living check out Ocean Hills Country Club homes where golf is part of the homeowners fees. 

Other great 55+ retirement communities in Oceanside are Ocean Hills Country Club, Emerald Lake Village and Rancho Carlsbad Homes.  For more information, contact Gary Harmon, your Senior specialist.

Oceanside Homes Market Statistics

Current Real Estate Listings of Oceanside Homes for Sale

The median Oceanside homes (zip 92008) value in June 2011 is $347,700.   The median value for San Diego North County homes for the same period is $388,700. We love our weather here in San Diego and we pay dearly for it. The National median home value is only $175,100. Oceanside home appreciation has decreased by -2.3% with San Diego County homes being about the same. Nationally, homes have gone down in the same period by -3.2%. See the chart below for a ten year average of median Oceanside homes values and how they stack up against the City, County and the Nation. There is also a chart of Oceanside homes appreciation for the same ten year period.

If you would like to see Oceanside homes for sale and take advantage of this great San Diego North County real estate market, contact Gary Harmon, your Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate agent.

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Are San Diego North County Home Prices Going Up or Down?

The following price trends of San Diego North County homes for sale are brought to you by Altos Research.    This information is accurate and up to date as of the last week in May 2011.  See current median prices of San Diego North County homes and market trends by community.

Carlsbad homes for sale

The median list price for CARLSBAD homes for sale this week in July is $722,250. Carlsbad home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks.  However because of excess inventory, prices have not yet stopped falling.

Oceanside homes for sale

 The median list price of OCEANSIDE homes for sale this week in July is $351,450.  Oceanside home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks.  Since this is a Buyer’s market prices are not yet moving higher as excess Oceanside home inventory is consumed.

Vista CA homes for sale

 The median list price in VISTA, CA this week is $339,000. Vista CA Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks.  Since this is a Buyer’s market prices are not yet moving higher as excess inventory is consumed. 

Escondido homes for sale

 The median list price ofn ESCONDIDO homes for sale this week is $359,000. The market has shown some evidence of slowing recently. Both prices and Escondido homes inventory levels are relatively unchanged in recent weeks.

San Marcos CA homes for sale

 The median list price of SAN MARCOS CA homes for sale this week in July is $430,000.  The market has shown some evidence of slowing recently. 

Encinitas homes for sale

 The median list price of Encinitas homes this week in July is $957,500. Encinitas home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks.  Since this is a Buyer’s market prices are not yet moving higher as excess Encinitas homes inventory is consumed.

To see great San Diego North County homes in any of these market areas, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor.

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Oceanside Ocean View Condo – Listing of the Day

One of be best ways to serch for Oceanside ocean view  homes  is to use Gary’s Listingbook. You can learn to “Search like an agent.” Set up your own searches and be notified when new listings hit the San Diego North County real estate market. View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructional video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.   The best way to find a Carlsbad ocean view home is to contact Gary Harmon.  He will determine you wants and needs, do a personal search, and the show you only Carlsbad homes that meet your specific criteria.

301 Mission Avenue 510     Oceanside, CA

 

Virtual Tour of 301 Mission Avenue 510  –  Priced at $695,500

See Oceanside ocean view homes north and Oceanside ocean view homes south.

Remarks: Fully furnished Carlsbad ocean view condo including the dishes. This upscale unit is ideal for a second home, beach rental or full time residence. This Carlsbad home is just a couple of blocks to the beach with panoramic ocean views from the outside balcony, dining area, family room and master bedroom. This Carlsbad condo has gated underground parking for 2 cars near the elevator & a large assigned storage area on another floor.In the heart of Oceanside with easy access to the commuter station for going downtown for concerts,ball games or ?? and even walk to restaurants. This Carlsbad property can be sold fully furnished or unfurnished. Unfurnished, price would be $680,500. Designer furnished with down sofa, Tommy Bahama beds, fans, kitchen goods.Shows beautifully. Kitchen features spacious walk-in pantry, granite counters, hardwood cabinetry, eat-at bar & stainless steel appliances. Family room features a fireplace, large flat screened television & the southerly windows including the master bedroom are tinted. Water is included in the fees as well as an on site security guard at night.

For more home information about Oceanside ocean view homes, Oceanside whitewater homes,  or to see one of these great properties, contact Gary Harmon, your Oceanside ocean view Realtor.

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Oceana Home – Listing of the Day

Listing of the Day – 3760 Vista Campana #15 – Oceanside, CA 92057

Remarks: Single story end unit in Senior Development 55+. Enclosed patio off the back with laundry hookups. HOA includes cable/TV services,common area maintenance, exterior landscaping, exterior building maintenance, limited insurance, water, trash pickup & sewer. Calendar Days 1-7: no offers will be considered for the first 7 days a home is listed. The date the property is listed is counted as day 1. **Seller will not entertain any offers until the 8th listing day at which time ONLY offers from NSP Buyers, Municipalities, Non-Profit Organization & Owner-Occupant will be reviewed. Calendar Days 8-12: We will consider offers on the property ONLY from NSP buyers, Municipalities, Non-profit Organizations and owner-occupants.

View all photos of this Oceana home. Learn more about Oceana homes.  See other over 55, senior living homes in Oceanside:

Ocean Hills Country Club Homes and Emerald Lake Village.  Not looking for Oceanside homes, try North County homes for over 55 retirement living.

Get a private tour of this Oceana home listing, contact Gary Harmon, your Oceanside, Hadley Home Team Realtor.

Above Oceanside listing of the day was provided by Gary Harmon – DRE #01007062.
Information courtesy of Prudential California Realty is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.