La Mesa, CA lies approximately 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and is one of the most popular inland communities in San Diego County. It was founded in 1869 and has been officially incorporated as a city since February 16, 1912. This city sits on the edge of East County with El Cajon to the East, San Carlos to the North and Lemon Grove to the South. La Mesa has easy access to Downtown San Diego, Balboa Park, the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, Mission Valley, SeaWorld and the San Diego International Airport (also known as "Lindberg Field").
The homes in La Mesa are in well-established neighborhoods with affordable prices. Condo/townhomes range in price from $125,000 to $350,000. Single family detached houses range in price from $300,000 to $2,000,000. The more expensive homes in this city are located in Mt. Helix. There you will find upscale custom homes, many with spectacular panoramic views of San Diego and the surrounding cities. Mt. Helix offers all the beauty of living in the mountains while providing the convenience of the city.
The warmer temperatures La Mesa typically experiences attract new residents to this inland community and keeps the long-time residents happy. In the Downtown La Mesa area you always feel welcome among the diversity of quaint shops and a variety of restaurants.
There are so many things to do in La Mesa; for instance, the residents find themselves enjoying a multitude of hiking opportunities with the ever-popular Cowles Mountain in the neighboring community of San Carlos. This highly-visited mountain is well-maintained with a trail that climbs to an elevation of 1591 feet. On a clear day, you can see 360 degrees around you with views of the Pacific Ocean to the west, Mexico to the south and La Mesa's own Lake Murray Reservoir in view on your entire hike up.
Lake Murray Reservoir (simply known as "Lake Murray") is located at 5540 Kiowa Drive in La Mesa and lies within the boundaries of Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos and Santee. This attraction is definitely for the outdoor person and sports enthusiast. The lake itself is extremely popular for fishing and boating and the 3.2 mile shoreline's paved path is great for walking, biking, running and rollerblading. Lake Murray's hours remain the same every day: open from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's when the lake is closed.
Grossmont Center Shopping Mall is situated in La Mesa on Fletcher Parkway just off the Interstate 8 Freeway; this well-trafficked outdoor mall provides residents and visitors alike with many restaurant choices such as Claim Jumper, the ever-popular Casa de Pico Mexican Restaurant and B.J's Restaurant and Brewhouse. Along with Macy's Department Store, there are many specialty shops. Anchoring both ends of this center are Wal-Mart and Target. There is even a Reading Multi-Cinema Movie Theatre which shows all the latest movie releases in their stadium seat auditoriums.
So if you like the weather on the warmer side and a small town family atmosphere, then travel inland from the shore and you'll run into La Mesa. In La Mesa you will find safety for your family and an abundance of community spirit.
La Mesa . . . it's a great place to live!