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La Mesa Neighborhood Guide

La Mesa is a suburb of San Diego located about 9 miles east of Downtown. It has a pleasant small-town feel, while being close enough for a quick commute to the city. Interstate-8 runs east/west through the middle of the neighborhood, and State Route 125 runs approximately north/south.

The area north of Interstate-8 is somewhat newer and more upscale, while homes south of the freeway tend to be older, smaller, and more full of character. The exceptions are the Mount Helix and Grossmont neighborhoods, where homes can command prices over $1,000,000. Homes around Lake Murray in the north section of town also go for a premium.

The main commercial area is along Fletcher Parkway and at the I-8/SR 125 intersection. There you can find a Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Target, and Costco Wholesale, as well as restaurants and the Sharp Grossmont Hospital. In addition, La Mesa Boulevard between University Avenue and 4th Street plays host to a number of restaurants and cafes, as well as antique shops and hair salons.

Properties for Sale in La Mesa

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Things to Do in La Mesa

Helix Brewing Co.


8101 Commercial St
La Mesa, CA 91942

Lake Murray

Bodies of Water

5540 Kiowa Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942

Mount Helix Park

Nature and Wildlife Areas

4901 Mount Helix Dr,
La Mesa, CA 91941

Top Restaurants in La Mesa

5654 Lake Murray Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 463-9919

7200 Pkwy Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 825-3171

The Hills

American (New)

8758 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 741-7166

La Mesa Demographics


Population: 59,177
Median household income: $57,227
Median contract rent: $1,347
Median single family home price: $448,123
Median resident age: 36.9

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 47.8%
  • Female: 52.2%
  • African American: 7.3%
  • American Indian: 0.7%
  • Asian: 5.1%
  • Caucasian: 72.8%
  • Mixed race: 7.8%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.6%
  • Other race: 5.7%

Schools in La Mesa

College Preparatory Middle School

Grades 5-8

5150 Jackson Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Grossmont High School

Grades 9-12

1100 Murray Drive
San Diego, CA 91944

Murdock Elementary School

Grades K-6

4354 Conrad Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941