I'm thinking of relocating to the Carlsbad area, and was wondering if Vista or Oceanside are nice areas to live. Anyone have any comments?
Hi Amber, I used to live in Vista and currently live in Oceanside. Both cities are nice and near the ocean (approximately 7 miles away). It's not as expensize as say Carlsbad and you get the same amenities. What in particular are you looking for to make your decision? Sincerely, Spartan
Thanks for your quick reply. I'm hoping to find a home with a little land. I prefer as much space as possible between me and my neighbors. I like lots of trees. I like being kind of secluded, while at the same time, not too far from shopping, restaurants, etc. I also want a home with lots of indoor space. I do glass work/jewelry as my hobby, and also plan to teach glass and jewelry classes out of my home. So, my preference is a house with a workshop, or a garage big enough to convert into a workshop. If I do hold classes, I want a place easy to get to. I also want it to be in a decent/nice area. I don't care at all about being in an established neighborhood. I actually prefer somewhere without a homeowners association (don't like all the rules and restrictions). I love older homes, built in the 60's. I love hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings in at least one area. I'm not really much of a beach-goer, so don't care about being really close to the beach. I do enjoy browsing little shops, especially ones with handmade items and/or antiques. I was thinking of Vista as my first choice, mainly because I've seen many home listings where the houses sit on .25, .5 or more acres. I did notice that Oceanside too has some homes on .25 acre lots, though not as many on 1+ acres. For my "real" job, I'll be working from home. I think Oceanside and Vista both have DSL and cable modem available, so it appears that will not be a concern. I was hoping for someplace to go dancing every once in a while. I like 80's, alternative, industrial, and some top 20 music. Anything like that around?
Oh - the reason I'm looking at this area is because my boyfriend has a possible job opportunity in Carlsbad.
Hi Amber , From the description that you provided, you'll find everything which you are looking for in Vista, Oceanside, Valley Center as well as Fallbrook. As Yubert mentioned, you'll be able to get more land and seclusion in Fallbrook and Valley Center (and also Bonsall). But the road systems up into those areas are crowded in rush hour as it's a 2 lane highway from the coast. Vista and Oceanside are the last cities in San Diego County to take off on the building boom, so there are still areas that don't have homes built right on top of each other. As for HOAs, well there are some locations that don't have them and others that charge through the roof!!! A good real estate agent will be able to guide you. I wish you the best of luck...and if you need any other assistance, we are here to help. Sincerely, Spartan P.S. Hi Palo...Vista does have an irrigation system and the trees are grown naturally :-)