The 100-yer-old city of La Mesa, in San Diego County, is called the “jewel of the hills.” Set just 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, its near-perfect climate, small-town feel, and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods make this community of rolling hills a treasure among places to live in San Diego. This highly-desirable residential area boasts picturesque vistas and tree-lined streets in almost every inch of its 9 square miles. Residents enjoy urban walking trails, which connect the individual “villages” within the community. La Mesa’s downtown village is home to many premier shops, restaurants, art galleries, and government services. La Mesa celebrates artistic expression within its community through the La Mesa Arts Alliance, an arts advocacy group that has beautifully painted the downtown utility boxes with murals of flowers, butterflies, birds, and other creations from the city’s youth and local artisans. Close-knit enclaves of homes retain a laid-back, suburban feel while still being within walking distance to retail and commercial buildings and centers. Many residents live and work in the community that provides housing for a population of 57,096 people.
Moving to La Mesa is as simple as deciding which “village” you would like call home. Each neighborhood offers a master-planned layout of apartments, condos, town homes, modest single-family homes, and larger estate-type residences. Choose from older houses constructed pre-1980 for the most value, with three-bedroom houses selling for approximately $372,000. Newer homes in the Grossmont, Acres, Colony, or downtown areas can range from $89,000 for a one-bedroom condo to upwards of $685,000 for a spacious three-bedroom home. The median price for all housing in La Mesa is currently $375,000.
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