Quoting JessicaDiane3:" Hi ladies I have a question for ladies stationed at camp Pendleton, which areas are the best and safest ... [snip!] ... in over there? I'm getting married soon and the hunny wants to start looking but wants to know what areas to look in Thanks"
On base or off?
On base I prefer DeLuz housing, San Onofre, and Del Mar but Del Mar is officer housing(I'm not sure your husbands rank) If your husband works on Mainside then DeLuz would be a short commute and if he works by SOI then San Onofre would be a good fit. But if he works closer to the main gate Pacific View is good as well. We've looked into moving there if we ever move back on base. Big houses, huge vaulted ceilings over there.
Serra Mesa and Stuart Mesa 1 are the only ones I'm not too fond of. Serra Mesa are apartments usually for the newly enlisted(lower ranks, I hate that term but its the easiest one to use) Its nick named Scary Mesa because the MPs go over there a lot.
Off base I like the Oceanside area, San Marcos(would be a commute possibly) and Carlsbad. Its pretty expensive to live off base though when you factor in utilities. You definitely get the most for your money living on base but you can find a few gems off base too. We currently live in a townhome complex right outside of the back gate. Its nice but by saving some money we give up a lot of space so you just have to figure out what will work best with your family.
Also, the base is having a lot of move in specials where they will pay you to move it if you've never leased with them before. Most places on base accept pets now too. There had been only a few to accept them when we first moved out here in '07.