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Neighborhood Spotlight: What Makes La Mesa, San Diego Great

Head East to inland San Diego and you’ll find yourself in a maze of family-friendly neighborhoods. La Mesa is no different, serving as home to 58,000 people in eastern San Diego. Being just nine miles from downtown San Diego allows you to enjoy the best of what both worlds have to offer in this great little community. If you want the safety of a family-friendly neighborhood with the opportunities of a sprawling downtown area, you’re in luck.

About La Mesa, San Diego

Bordered by El Cajon, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, and the college area near San Diego State University, La Mesa is a great suburban area located more inland from the Pacific Ocean. 

La Mesa offers residents a whole host of events and fun things to do perfect for every age (you can read about them below).

The City of La Mesa, also called the “Jewel of the Hills” is one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in San Diego; since 2000, the population has continued to grow steadily to where it is today. Owning La Mesa property allows you to have easy access to anywhere in San Diego, thanks to the close proximity to Interstate 15 and Interstate 805.

Things to Do IN LA MESA

La Mesa offers a whole host of regular events perfect for every age. Head to the farmer’s market every Friday afternoon to pick up some fresh eggs and bacon for the weekend ahead. In the summer months you can also enjoy free concerts every Sunday at 6p.m. La Mesa is also in close proximity of convenient commercial areas, such as the Grossmont Shopping Center.

If you’re a car-fanatic, don’t miss the Back to the 50’s Car Show that happens every Thursday during the summer months. Be sure to grab a drink or a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants to soak up every last drop of the day’s sun. 

La Mesa Village, the historic area of Downtown La Mesa, is a great spot for dining and entertainment for the whole family. They often host season events, such as the Flag Day Parade, Oktoberfest, Christmas in the Village and the Antique Street Fair. La Mesa is also not far from Lake Murray, or if you continue about 20 minutes west, Mission Beach.

Living in La Mesa

While every town has “good” and “bad” areas, La Mesa strives to keep their residents of their community safe. For example, they participate in Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a federal, state and local initiative designed to enable and encourage all children to walk to school. The program kicked off in 2009 and partners with local law enforcement and parents to ensure children get to school safely. This makes La Mesa real estate perfect for families with children. 

If your whole family enjoys walking—not just to school, but on the weekends too— check out the many walking routes that can be found in La Mesa, ranging from beginner to advanced. Depending on what route you take, you may want to stop at Mount Helix or La Mesita Park for a rest and snacks. The neighborhood is home to more than 10 parks total, so don’t worry if those three aren’t near or easily accessible to you. You can see a map of every park at LaMesaParks.org.

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This neighborhood has just as many parks as it does schools, with seven elementary schools alone. There are also a number of private schools, and a charter school, giving you plenty of education options to choose from. There are also three middle schools, two high schools and three K-12 schools.

As you can see, La Mesa real estate has much to offer homebuyers looking to start or raise a family. With plenty of parks, easy access to highways and fun activities for everyone, this up-and-coming neighborhood is worth checking out.


The above real estate information on La Mesa was provided by John and Melissa Steele. John and Melissa can be reached at steelesandiegohomes@gmail.com or by phone at 619-887-4429.

Considering buying or selling a home? John and Melissa of Steele San Diego Homes have a passion for Real Estate and would love to share their expertise with you!

Steele San Diego Homes services all of San Diego county and also works with out of area clients to connect them with a strong local agent. Whether you’re interested in buying, selling, investing, or just want to learn more, John and Melissa Steele are here to help you.

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