Rents are rising in Oceanside, and long-time renters are feeling the pinch. They’re happy to see their neighborhood improve, but can’t help wondering for whom it’s improving.
The First Christian Church sits at the convergence of four parts of fast-changing Oceanside.
To its north is the city’s government complex, home to city hall and the library. Immediately east is the historically low-income and Latino neighborhood Crown Heights. To the west is Coast Highway, a burgeoning business district filling with craft breweries and eateries. Neighboring it to the south is the Seaside neighborhood.
Seaside is full of turn-of-the-century cottages, now selling for $500,000 to $800,000, said the church’s pastor, Jason Coker. The new owners are scrapping them for larger homes close to the rapidly revitalizing downtown Oceanside.
“It’s really great for residents of Oceanside who are homeowners and want to see property values going up,” Coker said. “It’s not good for renters, who are struggling to buy food.”
Renters in neighborhoods like Crown Heights are concerned downtown development will force them out of their neighborhoods.