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Overview of La Mesa

Commonly referred to as the "Jewel of the Hills," La Mesa, Calif., is located in the rolling hills of San Diego County. Many residents of La Mesa apartments for rent considered it a desirable place to live because of its proximity to many commercial and residential areas and its quaint downtown village. This city is a fun spot for people of all ages, and displays its unique character through events such as its ongoing Thursday Night Car Show in the summer and seasonal farmers market. La Mesa has a population of about 58,000 residents, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Many apartments for rent in La Mesa offer locals quick access to a variety of amenities throughout the region. Residents are close to the Mission Bay, La Jolla Shores and the Pacific Ocean, where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the water year-round.l

Living in La Mesa

There's a lot to like about La Mesa, including the rentals available in the area. Many La Mesa apartments for rent are close to neighboring cities, including El Cajon, Lemon Grove and San Diego. La Mesa's location even gives residents fast access to Mexico, which is about 25 miles south of the city.

La Mesa celebrated its centennial in 2012, but the community traces much of its development back to 1906. The city developed from an agricultural territory to a residential community after Sherman Grable purchased 100 acres in the Date Avenue area from a local land developer. Grable and Charles Park created the Park-Grable Investment Company, which turned 200 acres in central La Mesa into 1,000 lots. On February 16, 1912, the city was officially incorporated with a population of 700 residents.

La Mesa Apartments and Cost of Living

Living in La Mesa can get expensive, so consider some of these numbers before finding La Mesa apartements for rent. AreaVibes reports that the cost of living in La Mesa apartments is 24 percent greater than the national average, and the median rental rates in La Mesa are 41.9 percent greater than the national average. However, it's hard to put a price on sunshine and warm temperatures, and La Mesa has both of these year round.

Apartments in La Mesa Work and Study

According to the City of La Mesa, the city is a much sought after business location due to the region's superior transportation network that includes three major freeways and two trolley lines. If higher education brings you to look for apartments in La Mesa, San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego and San Diego Mesa College are just some of the top universities in the area.

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