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Oxnard, California – A Thriving Community on California’s Gold Coast

Oxnard, California is a beautiful coastal city on what is known as California’s Gold Coast. Generally, Oxnard is described as being “halfway between Malibu and Santa Barbara.” More specifically, Oxnard is bordered to the North by Ventura, to the East by Camarillo, and to the Southwest by the Pacific Ocean. This unique location makes real estate in Oxnard, CA sought-after. Many residents have relocated to the area to retire and live a coastal lifestyle, including boating, fishing and collecting sea glass or enjoying the sunset. Industry has brought home buyers to Oxnard, working in the areas of defense, automotive, pharmaceutical and agriculture. Commuters with careers in Santa Barbara, to the North, or the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village area to the South have purchased real estate in Oxnard, as it is a more affordable option than Santa Barbara, and has a cooler climate than the Thousand Oaks area.

With a population of slightly more than 200,000, Oxnard is the largest city in Ventura County. The city of Oxnard has a downtown center, with its historic town square that is host to festivals and events. The City Hall building, police department and a transportation center, which offers daily train service to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, are all located in the downtown area.

Oxnard’s newest residential neighborhood and retail venture has been developed over the last decade and is known as RiverPark (residential) and The Collection (commercial). The residential area includes Oxnard, CA real estate options for those seeking single-family homes, townhomes and luxury apartments. There are multiple parks and trails for running and biking. There are schools and a fire station and the neighborhood is adjacent to The Collection, a retail and entertainment center. The Collection includes national brand stores such as Whole Foods Market, REI, The Container Store, H&M, Soma, Chico’s and Victoria Secret, along with boutiques and kiosks. Restaurants range from The Yardhouse and the Lazy Dog Café to interactive Korean BBQ at Gen and small plates and a lively bar at Settebello. Fast-casual restaurants abound, including Panera Bread, Starbucks, Five Guys Pizza and Luna Grill, to name a few.

 

Oxnard Industry

Proctor & Gamble, BMW’s North American Emissions Testing Facility, St. John’s Hospital, and Mission Avocados are all located in Oxnard.

The Port Hueneme Military Base and the Point Mugu Military Base are along the coast bordered by Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme. California State University, Channel Islands is about 15 minutes from Oxnard in Camarillo.

These sources of business, industry, higher education and defense attract in a coastal community bring those seeking real estate opportunities in Oxnard, CA. The region has several options for those relocating.

 

Homeownership Opportunities

Homes along the coast include beach area houses and condos, as well as townhomes and apartments. There are beach neighborhoods in the areas of Hollywood Beach, Mandalay Shores and Silver Strand Beach. There are homes in the Channel Islands Harbor with their own boat docks in the areas of Mandalay Bay, Seabridge and Westport.

North Oxnard is home River Ridge, a beautiful two-course golf club. Single family homes are situated on large lots around the course, with lovely views of water features, wildlife and greenery.

Throughout Oxnard, there are several condo developments that are ideal for first-time home-buyers and those downsizing. Oxnard, CA real estate also includes two beach-area manufactured home communities.

Currently, pricing for real estate in Oxnard, CA ranges from the $300,000s for a condo to the $800,000 to $1.1 million range for a home in a golf course community, to $700,000 to $5 million for beach and harbor homes.

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