5 Reasons La Mesa San Diego Is a Great Place to Live in 2021

5 Reasons La Mesa San Diego Is a Great Place to Live in 2021

People seeking a home in Southern California will find a gem of a community in La Mesa. La Mesa is just nine miles east of downtown San Diego, so it is super convenient to all the downtown area has to offer. Yet, it is its own community and offers both a quiet, neighborhood feel with all the amenities of a larger city. 

The area is growing. La Mesa's population was 57,065, according to the 2010 census, rising from 54,749 in 2000. Ranked as number 10 in the list of best suburbs to live in the area, La Mesa has an urban vibe with a number of coffee shops, restaurants and parks. It's also ranked number 58 as best suburbs for millennials in the state, number 126 of most diverse suburbs in the state and number 174 in best suburbs to live in California. 

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The median home value in La Mesa is $455,800, so it is a little lower than other areas of San Diego. The median rent is $1,375. Fifty-eight percent of residents rent their homes with 42 percent own their homes. 

The median household income for those living in La Mesa is $59,629 with the number one employer being Grossmont Hospital. Most of those who live there are young families headed by professionals. 

La Mesa means “the table” or “the plateau” in Spanish. The name related to the area's geography and is part of a larger area that was settled by Spanish missionaries. Its nickname is “the Jewell of the Hills” and most who grow up there say it lives up to that reputation.

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The town was established in 1869, but it wasn't an incorporated city until 1912. The thing that makes it unique is La Mesa doesn't operate under its own city charter. Instead, it operates under all the laws of the State of California when a specific city ordinance doesn't address an issue. 

The weather isn't as mild as other areas around San Diego. It has an average high of 85 in the summer and can dip as low as 44 degrees in the dead of winter but it can have extremes. It can reach past 100 some summers and the lowest winter temperature on record was 26 degrees.

Besides good weather and decent home prices, there are five other reasons to make La Mesa your home in 2021.

Here's a quick rundown of our list:

Reason 1 - It's Community Oriented.

People rating living in La Mesa constantly say the same thing. They love the way the community comes together. There are events, such as live music and activities in town, where everyone comes out and socializes. 

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One interesting thing only in La Mesa is the “Walkway of the Stars.” this is a pedestrian walkway downtown that recognizes the city's volunteers that went beyond the extra mile by giving more than 10,000 service hours to the city.

The community comes together to volunteer for special events or causes. More than that, city leaders regularly ask residents to complete surveys about priorities for improvements. The city also has “community conversations” for residents to submit input. They also keep citizens aware of new projects to renovate or maintain the city.

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Reason 2 - It's Family Oriented.

La Mesa is geared toward younger families, so there are a number of things for families to do. These include downtown events, like Oktoberfest, concerts during the summer, Christmas in the Village, Back to the 50s Car Show, and the Antique Street Fair. The city also has a farmer's market every Friday afternoon and a Flag Day Parade in June. 

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Some popular attractions are Mount Helix Park and Lake Murray.

There are also at least 21 parks and sports fields, so there is plenty of places for families to take kids to play. The La Mesa Recreation Department has a number of classes for both children and adults, including aquatics and sports classes. They also have day and specialty camps available. 

One of the popular activities in La Mesa is Pickleball, a game played on tennis or badminton courts. The city offers Pickleball regularly every week at public parks. 

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Reason 3 - It is Its Own Community with Many Amenities.

The city has plenty of restaurants and shopping, but also has a number of other things so people don't need to travel to downtown San Diego. That include the Grossmont Center, a major mall, grocery stores, a hospital, some public bus routes and a trolley station. 

Most state they like it because it is far enough away from downtown San Diego that it doesn't draw tourists, so the community can maintenance tranquility and have its own personality.

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Reason 4 - People are Friendly.

Most who life in La Mesa say people are friendly there. Strangers greet you on the street. Those of different generations socialize in organized events. Demographically, the city is pretty diverse in ages. Various age groups, if broken down in 10 year increments, each make up between 12 and 14 percent of the population. The bulk of residents are 25 to 34 years old with 19 percent of the population in that age group.

Thirty-seven percent of La Mesa's population has some college or an associate’s degree and 23 percent have a bachelor's degree. Statistics show 12 percent have a master's or higher level degree. Most of those living in La Mesa lean toward liberal political views.

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Reason 5 - It is Safe.

This is one aspect those who live in La Mesa keep repeating. Residents say they feel safe and like to walk around downtown. That is especially true for those who have lived elsewhere either before they moved to La Mesa or have since moved from La Mesa. 

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Those who want a quiet, community-oriented place to raise a family should take a look at La Mesa. It could be the best place for your next hometown.

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Your La Mesa Insider,

Scott

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$880,000
Subdivision: La Mesa
4
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,480
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
1
Day on Site
210029667
MLS
Stylish, hilltop, Custom mid-century home, that has been meticulously maintained. High-end upgrades all designed to create a minimalist yet warm and comfortable environment. The enclosed entry patio...
$780,000
Subdivision: La Mesa
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,188
Sq.Ft.
1956
Year Built
3
Days on Site
304996826
MLS
Meticulously Maintained Home to Entertain Family and Friends. Remodeled Kitchen with lots of cabinet space, Dining area, Remodeled Bathroom, Solar, Saltwater Pool, Hot Tub, Covered Back Patio, Large...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,100
Sq.Ft.
1949
Year Built
3
Days on Site
304996948
MLS
Gorgeously remodeled 3 bed 2 bath home in the heart of La Mesa. Light and bright open concept. Awesome kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances, designer tile accents and quartz countertops....
1
Beds
1
Baths
671
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
3
Days on Site
304997229
MLS
Seller to entertain offers between $349,900-$379,900. Stunning remodeled ground level condo in desirable park-like Lake Park community! Brand new kitchen has gorgeous Carrera Quartz countertops,...
$695,000
Subdivision: Janfred Manor
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,232
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
3
Days on Site
210029601
MLS
Welcome Home! This Single Story in La Mesa has HUGE potential with an OVERSIZED lot in back perfect for entertaining, enjoying the San Diego sun, gardening or building an ADU for extended family or...
Coming Soon on 10/30
7745 El Cajon Boulevard #7 La Mesa, CA 91942
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,285
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
3
Days on Site
304997427
MLS
This lovely modern luxury townhome in the Aragon community is located in the heart of the "Jewel of the Hills" La Mesa, featuring an open concept layout with the living room, upgraded kitchen granite...
$975,000
Subdivision: Porter Hill
5
Beds
3
Baths
2,332
Sq.Ft.
9999
Year Built
4
Days on Site
210027458
MLS
Variance granted Detached. Original historical carriage house of Rose Hedge manor with detached 2 bedroom Granny flat. Loaded with charm and history. Original ironwood flooring with lots of wood...
$679,900
Subdivision: La Mesa
2
Beds
1
Baths
796
Sq.Ft.
1944
Year Built
4
Days on Site
210027567
MLS
Upgraded La Mesa charmer with beautiful expansive views and sitting on an oversized hill-top lot with plenty of room for future expansion potential. Step inside the home to find a multitude of...
Coming Soon on 10/29
7543 Sturgess Ave La Mesa, CA 91941
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,415
Sq.Ft.
1946
Year Built
4
Days on Site
304996483
MLS
Beautifully maintained home with true pride of ownership. Located in highly desirable La Mesa with large backyard, close to schools and shopping.

Beautifully maintained home with true pride...
$590,000
Subdivision: Severin Manor Unit 5
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,455
Sq.Ft.
1957
Year Built
4
Days on Site
304996494
MLS
Investor special! large home for the area, hardwood flooring, central heat and air, bonus room off the master bedroom. Master has en-suite bath. Cash offers only, Sold As-Is.

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$1,299,000
Subdivision: Windsor Hills
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,782
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
4
Days on Site
210029487
MLS
This exquisite home certainly exudes the true meaning of "Jewel of the Hills" located in Windsor Hills of La Mesa! Unobstructed views! Mesmerizing Sunsets from your living room, family room, office...
$799,000
Subdivision: Mt. Helix Casa De Oro
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,789
Sq.Ft.
1960
Year Built
4
Days on Site
210026872
MLS
Single story Mt. Helix / Casa de Oro home w/ 8.44 kW owned solar/ Tesla back-up battery/ gorgeous mountain views! New carpet in bedrooms, freshly painted interior, and wood laminate floors that...

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