NAS Point Mugu, CA Local Information
Oxnard, California is the closest major city to NAS Point Mugu. Oxnard has about 204,000 people, and is in Ventura County, which has a population of about 825,000 people. Other nearby small communities include Camarillo (65,000) Ventura (110,000) and Port Hueneme (22,000).
It is about 9 miles from downtown Oxnard to NAS Point Mugu; this takes about 18 minutes to commute; Camarillo, Ventura, and Port Hueneme are all within 30 minutes commute or less in good traffic, but the area can have thick traffic and travel times can vary significantly. The average commute in Ventura County is about 25 minutes.
Local Housing Rental Prices: The average apartment rent in the Oxnard area ranges from $850 to $1500 per month, with a median of about $1150 per month. Generally speaking, the closer you get to the beach, the higher rent is.
Local Housing Purchase Prices: The average price for a house in Oxnard is about $477,000, compared to $371,000 for California. The average price for a house in Ventura County is about $588,000.
Short Description of the Area: Oxnard is a mid-sized city in coastal southern California, about an hour north of Los Angeles. The area is a river valley mouth, opening the coast between two hilly regions, with regular fresh winds blowing in off the Pacific Ocean.
Climate and Weather: The Ventura County coastal area has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summer temperatures range from the low 70s to mid-50s and winter temperatures from the mid 60s to low 40s. The area has prevailing winds from the Pacific Ocean, and in winter can take some moderate rain, 2"-3" and sometimes heavy rain; summers are generally clear and dry. Mornings can see varying fog rolling off the ocean. Snow is very rare. Overall the area is temperate and moderate.
Earthquake Warning: Southern California is subject to earthquakes, and every home should be ready to last a few days in case of a big shock, and every resident aware of basic earthquake safety.
Trivia: If the area around base looks like it came out of a TV series or movie, it did. Dozens of films and TV shows have used the Oxnard and Ventura County area for shooting locations, often standing in for other places in California or around the world, including Erin Brockovich, Swordfish, Back to the Future III, The Rock, The Aviator, and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as many locations for TV shows.
Oxnard is a large city of 198,000 residents in the 12th largest county in California. It is west of Malibu and Los Angeles in southern, coastal California. This is one just a few deep water ports on the West Coast and makes a great home for the U.S. Navy. There is more housing to be found in the nearby communities of Camarillo, Ventura, Santa Paula, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, and Fillmore. A typical commute in the area is about 23 minutes.
About the Installation
Naval Air Station Point Mugu is home to many ordnance testing programs and a test range that extends offshore to the Navy-owned San Nicolas Island. Due to the realignment actions taken in 2000, the base is now part of the Naval Base Ventura County that includes NB Ventura County itself, NSWC Port Hueneme Division, Point Mugu and San Nicolas Island. NAS Point Mugu is located in Ventura County, California.