East of downtown San Diego by about nine miles, in San Diego County, is the city of La Mesa, California. La Mesa envelops just over nine square miles in the 91942 and 92120 zip codes and is known, with good reason, as “The Jewel of the Hills.” La Mesa, under a thick canopy of mature trees and surrounded by stunning mountain views, is home to a population of 59,177 residents. A near perfect climate, tree-lined streets, walkable neighborhoods, easy access to retail and commercial areas, and a quaint downtown village make La Mesa a highly desirable community in which to live and work.
La Mesa is imbued with a strong sense of community spirit, fostered by a park dedicated to area volunteers, an array of events including farmer’s markets, parades, Oktoberfest, classic car shows, free summer concerts, antique street fairs, and the holiday festivities of Christmas in the Village.
La Mesa Housing Data
Homes in the area express diversity in architecture with an emphasis on Spanish and ranch style homes. Houses hold average values of around $472,275, supported by average an annual household income of about $57,227.
La Mesa median house value is $379,000 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 90.74% since 2000. The house value growth rate is higher than the state average rate of 75.60% and is much higher than the national average rate of 46.91%.
La Mesa Schools
Students in La Mesa receive their educations via La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and Grossmont Union High School District. See Top-Rated La Mesa Schools. Combining public, private, charter, alternative schools, and academies; there are 15 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools in La Mesa. There’s also a branch of the San Diego County Public Library System situated in La Mesa.
La Mesa Transit System
Grossmont Transit Center is the San Diego Trolley Station, which, in combination with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, provides public transportation throughout La Mesa and surrounding areas. There is also a trolley station right on La Mesa Boulevard which is easily accessible to the La Mesa Village restaurants and shops.
La Mesa Weather
La Mesa enjoys 261 days a year when the sun shines on the city. Summer temperatures reach about 83 degrees, winter lows are around 44 degrees, and the area receives approximately 13 inches of rain.
La Mesa Area Attractions
The City of La Mesa has several sets of public staircases that ascend the Mount Nebo area of La Mesa. These stairways were installed many years ago to facilitate foot traffic through the adjacent neighborhoods. It is now a tourist attraction and people enjoy the discovery of the stairways and challenge themselves of navigating the steep ascents.
Another popular place in La Mesa is Mission Trails Regional Park Lake Murray a dog-friendly park that is great for walking, running and biking with beautiful views of the lake. Lake Murray offers boat rentals to go fishing or just fish from the dock. It’s also great for picnics and BBQing while feeding the ducks and watching the wildlife.
Mount Helix Park is another great attraction. The park is at the very top of one of the highest hills in La Mesa. Offering beautiful views of all of San Diego County. There is a large amphitheater hosting plays, lectures, events, and weddings. The rest of the year the park is accessible during daylight hours. Mount Helix is a very beautiful place to come and watch the sunrise and sunset and of course the gorgeous 360-degree views of the mountains and the ocean. On a clear day, you can see the Coronado Bridge and Islands.
Built in 1894, the La Mesa Depot Museum is the city’s oldest original building. It remains today the only San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station that survives today. The railway station became the center of town, serving the small town for years. In later years, the building was restored to its condition of 1915 by the San Diego Railroad Museum and La Mesa Historical Society and turned into a museum. On display are a steam locomotive, freight cars, the ticket/waiting area, telegrapher’s station, and a small exhibit area in the baggage room. This museum is free and open to the public on Saturday’s.
La Mesa Village
The La Mesa Village is the historical center of La Mesa. La Mesa Boulevard has many one-of-a-kind retail shops, antique stores and great places to dine. La Mesa Village hosts a number of seasonal events throughout the year such as La Mesa Village Oktoberfest, Holiday in the Village, Classic Car Show, and much more.
La Mesa Village also sponsors The Boulevard Stroll which is a quarterly community event created by local business owners. Another La Mesa tradition is The La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market held on Friday afternoons with a large selection of items and certified farm-grown products to spice up your weekend! La Mesa Village is a great place to enjoy with friends and family any day of the week.
La Mesa Village has a number of good places to dine. Most of the restaurants are pretty casual and relatively inexpensive. Some of them have been there for years and some are newer to the Village. La Mesa Village keeps growing and adding more restaurants to give the community more variety and options. There is also great coffee shops. La Mesa Village is a great place to enjoy with friends and family any day of the week.
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