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Fire Mountain

Funky. Eclectic. Upscale. Rural.

With a mix of imposing mini-mansions and modest homes and winding, hilly streets — most without sidewalks — Fire Mountain is one of Oceanside’s most distinctive neighborhoods. The community was annexed into the city in the 1960s after being known for decades as North Carlsbad, an unincorporated island surrounded by Oceanside.


The winding streets that make up Fire Mountain are filled with lush greenery, ranging from towering palm trees to fully-grown pine trees. This is no cookie-cutter neighborhood, as it is filled with an eclectic blend of single-family homes with varying architectural styles. From Craftsman-style homes with overhanging eaves to Spanish-style homes with red tiled roofs, to custom homes with instant curb appeal, prospective residents have plenty of options. All of the homes in Fire Mountain sit on spacious plots, with some properties boasting over half an acre of land. New growth continues throughout the community, with newly built homes starting at $2.9 million. Townhomes in Fire Mountain provide the same breathtaking ocean views and proximity to shops, including properties in the Ocean Village subdivision, which have recently sold for just under $700,000.

It's common to see children biking or walking to class in the morning, as there are several public schools in the neighborhood. Many children will start their education at Palmquist Elementary School but won't have to travel far after graduating, as Lincoln Middle School is next door. Students at Lincoln Middle can find their niche or friends who love what they love with the variety of extracurricular programs available, whether it's learning about the stars in the Astronomy Club or joining their own troupe in the Theater Club.

Residents are only minutes away from having their toes in the sand, with Oceanside Beach nearby. Oceanside Beach is a popular location for tourists and residents who want to catch some waves, cast a line at the pier, or just catch a tan while lying in the sand. You could bring lunch and have a picnic in the shaded seating areas at Harbor Beach, which also has a playground for children and volleyball courts. There are also plenty of dining options if you get hungry after a long day of swimming.

You don't have to travel outside of Fire Mountain for a good meal, though, as the southern end of the neighborhood is jam-packed with various shops and eateries. Start your weekend with brunch at Broken Yolk Café, which offers all-day breakfast classics and Mexican fare. There are plenty of beloved chain restaurants and fast-food options if you want a meal on the go. Head to the Camino Town and Country Shopping Center for anything from groceries at WinCo, to daily essentials from Target.

Quick access to I-5 and the 78 freeway puts the rest of the city at your fingertips. Fire Mountain is one of the most sought-after communities to live in Oceanside, and with the spacious living options accompanied by all the amenities close by, it's clear to see why.


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