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Old 01-29-2010, 10:08 AM
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Hy Husband will be stationed at Camp Pendleton and my sales territory in Orange County. Moving out there from OH, we like the idea of Oceanside because of all the military families to build a network and haven't heard much about the San Clemente area being the same. Any thoughts on Oceanside vs. San Clemente? Has anyone experienced the commute from Oceanside to Irvine (where my office will be based)? Thanks for all the thoughts!
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:11 AM
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San Clemente is a much more upscale, safe, and nice area. Oceanside has some nicer areas inland but much of it is very run-down.

If you are working in Irvine, just live in Orange County, the extra commute is not worth it, especially from the nicer parts of Oside which will add another 20+ minutes to an already tough commute.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:29 AM
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Where is your office in Irvine? You might want to look into Metrolink. There's a station in Ocean Side (and in San Clemente) and one in Irvine. The ride still takes a long time (although the stretch from Oceanside to around San Juan Capistrano is beautiful!!), but the trains are very nice, you could spread out, and you could do work or read or just relax during the ride. Unfortunately since you say "sales territory" I'm guessing you'll have to be in your car a lot, but the train is something to consider on those days when possible. I think it would be bearable with a train, but would get old really, really fast if you had to drive it every day.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:06 PM
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I'd definitely live in San Clemente over Oceanside. If you want to go a bit further up the coast, Dana Pt. is another nice place to live.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:15 PM
Location: Orange County, CA
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San Clemente offers a better commute to Irvine and has some great neighborhoods. You could live on the west of the fwy in a beach cottage or condo or on the east in a newer home. Oceanside is more reasonably priced, but as mentioned above, there are some areas that are not kept up as well. There are a number of military families in both cities, however, there are definitely more in Oceanside/Vista because you can get more for your $$.
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