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Starting at $1,871
Updated 2 hrs ago
Alterra at Grossmont Trolley Apartments
8727 Fletcher Pkwy
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,871
2 Bedrooms
$2,341
Peaceful community just steps from the Grossmont Trolley Station and close to Grossmont Shopping Center, Interstate 8 and Highway 125. Units have French doors, double sinks and modern kitchens.
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Starting at $2,126
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Central Park La Mesa
5636 Amaya Dr
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,126
2 Bedrooms
$2,237
Close to Highway 125 and Northmount Park. Peaceful community living includes a pool, playground, and media room. Homes feature stainless steel kitchen appliances, furniture, and a fireplace.
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Starting at $2,125
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Quarry
4330 Palm Ave
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,125
Just nine miles east of downtown San Diego. Two-minute drive to Eucalyptus Park. Convenient to Interstate 8 and Highway 94. One-bedroom apartments with granite countertops, in-unit laundry and patio/balcony available. Pet friendly.
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Starting at $1,789
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Adagio
5427 Lake Murray Blvd
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,789
2 Bedrooms
$2,099
Located close to Grossmont Center, San Diego State University and Regional Park. Luxury rentals feature newly remodeled kitchens and private patio/balcony. Community has resort-style pool, playground and clubhouse.
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Starting at $2,015
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Seta
7346 Parkway Dr
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,015
2 Bedrooms
$2,513
3 Bedrooms
$3,132
Great location for commuters, just off of I-8 and close to 70th Street train station. Residents enjoy units with patio or balcony, granite counters and garbage disposal. Community includes pool, parking, playground and BBQ grill.
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Starting at $1,885
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Villa Capri
4508 3rd St
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,885
Fully-equipped kitchens have microwaves and garbage disposal. Spacious walk-in closets and extra storage. Hang out in the recreation room or at the BBQ area. Located near freeway and bus route.
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Starting at $1,620
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Shasta Lane
5560 Shasta Ln
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,620
2 Bedrooms
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Modern apartments have electronic thermostats and high-speed internet. Complex has a resort-style pool and spa. Located near Mission Trails Regional Park. Several public transit options nearby.
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Starting at $1,785
Updated 18 hrs ago
eaves La Mesa
5679 Amaya Dr
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,785
2 Bedrooms
$2,080
Near Parkway Middle School, Northmont Park and Highway 125. Modern community with on-site amenities such as a pool, gym and basketball court. Balconies and patios on suites. In-unit laundry and updated appliances throughout.
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Starting at $1,407
Updated 2 days ago
Alvista on Baltimore
5401 Baltimore Dr
La Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,407
1 Bedroom
$1,607
2 Bedrooms
$2,233
Located just minutes from the ocean and downtown shopping and dining. 18 acres of landscaped property with two dog parks and four clubhouses. Units have walk-in closets and ceiling fans.
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Starting at $1,475
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Elán Avante Apartment Homes
8515 Chloe Ave
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,475
2 Bedrooms
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Gated community minutes away from Grossmont Center. Spacious apartments homes with designer amenities, private balconies and fully equipped kitchens. Full-time emergency maintenance and friendly on-site staff. Launch facility, open parking and available carports.
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Starting at $1,535
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Elán Mesa Lofts
7491 Collins Avenue
La Mesa, CA
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1 Bedroom
$1,535
Residents enjoy communal pool and impeccable landscaping. Apartments have patio or balcony, black appliances, and breakfast bar. Great location, minutes from Mission Trails Regional Park.
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Starting at $3,195
Updated 19 hrs ago
5030 Porter Hill Rd.
5030 Porter Hill Rd.
La Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,195
Starting at $1,795
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8150 Lemon Avenue #223
8150 Lemon Avenue #223
La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
Starting at $3,195
Updated 19 hrs ago
9314 Horton Drive
9314 Horton Drive
La Mesa, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,195
Starting at $1,925
Updated 2 days ago
3853 Violet St
3853 Violet St
La Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$1,925
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8695 Mellmanor Dr
8695 Mellmanor Dr
La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
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Starting at $3,500
Updated 3 days ago
9829 Bonnie Vista Drive
9829 Bonnie Vista Drive
La Mesa, CA
5 Bedrooms
$3,500
Starting at $2,295
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4701 Date Avenue #416
4701 Date Avenue #416
La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,295
Starting at $4,200
Updated 3 days ago
9917 Mozelle Lane
9917 Mozelle Lane
La Mesa, CA
5 Bedrooms
$4,200
Starting at $2,350
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8219 Finley Avenue
8219 Finley Avenue
La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,350
Starting at $2,150
Updated 7 days ago
8280 Kane Drive
8280 Kane Drive
La Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,150
Starting at $1,495
Updated 7 days ago
3838 Avocado Blvd.
3838 Avocado Blvd.
La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,495
Starting at $2,300
Updated 10 days ago
Baltimore Drive
Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,300
Starting at $2,000
Updated 14 days ago
4847 Williamsburg Lane Unit #275
4847 Williamsburg Lane Unit #275
La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,000

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City GuideLa Mesa

La Mesa is the hometown of such legends as Dennis Hopper, Eddie Vedder and Dave Mustaine.

La Mesa is a city on the move, and not just because of its proximity to the San Andreas fault! This city has been growing in recent years and has topped 57,000 residents. This is largely due to the economic management of the city and the high priority that the city council places on economic development. In addition to being a business-friendly community, the city is also focused on making the community one that attracts individuals looking for a nice place to raise a family or just live a great life. There are numerous festivals and fairs throughout the year and an outstanding parks and recreation department.

Moving to La Mesa

Moving here is a snap. It's large enough to offer every amenity but still small enough not to go overboard on the documentation to rent a place. You will need proof of income, and letters of reference from past landlords always help. They will run a credit check but it's nothing to sweat. If you have pets, make sure you have documentation from your vet that they are healthy and have the required vaccinations; a reference letter about their character doesn't hurt either!

What it will cost
We are talking about southern California here, so don't expect Midwest-cheap when it comes to your rent. Funny thing is that by California standards it really is pretty inexpensive. If you are from elsewhere in the state, you will likely be surprised at what you get for a mild groan. Two to three bedrooms is fairly standard but there are some all bills paid executive suites as well.

Neighborhoods

Small places like this don't do the whole neighborhood thing the way you expect from larger places like Los Angeles. Here they are more city designations for voting and real estate matters.

Calavo Gardens and Grandview:This is an older and more established section of La Mesa. Many residents have likely lived here for five or more years. This is where you will find doctors, lawyers, executives and professors at the peak of their careers. It's a more expensive area overall but there are a fair number of rentals available and you can normally get a pretty good deal on them. $$$$$

Mount Helix:While many of the homes here are older, there are also newer townhouses and apartment buildings in this area as well. This is an upper income area, but to put it into perspective, you will find lawyers here that are junior partners. There are also quite a few doctors and IT people in this neighborhood.$$$$

Lemon:This area is primarily comprised of older large homes that were converted into smaller apartments. The conversion was well done and the homes are great, with all the modern touches you could want. You will find a lot of government workers here, as well as some active duty military, but mostly local city government workers. $$$

Gateside and Lake Murray:College students especially love this section of La Mesa. Interestingly, the rents are still reasonable even though many areas popular with college students are the opposite. The noise level in this part of town gets a bit high but nothing that shutting your windows can't fix. $$$

University:This is about middle of the road for La Mesa. It's about average on rents, average on income and average on people. Most of the people living here are middle income professionals with children. The schools are great and that is a big attraction. There are quite a few vacancies here so if you have kids be sure to give it a look. If you are single and looking for someplace with action, keep looking. This is a nice quiet neighborhood.$$$

Cowles Mountain:If you are looking for a great place to raise a family and happen to be an IT professional, this is the neighborhood for you. Many people who live here are in the tech industry. There are also quite a few other professionals, namely doctors and lawyers, who are just starting out and and trying to pay off those pesky student loans. Plenty of vacancies here: the rate is the highest in La Mesa. You should have your pick of places so enjoy the hunt.$$

City Center:Older homes dominate this part of La Mesa. This is a hotbed of retired professionals, as well as young families just starting out. It's quiet, safe and the schools are good. Plenty of rentals here and most fall in the 2-3 bedroom range so you shouldn't have trouble finding a place that fits you and your family.$

Living in La Mesa

Lots to Do, Lots to See Living here is a treat, especially if you like hot summers and cool winters. Don't expect a white Christmas in La Mesa, but with a December average high temperature of over 76 degrees, don't be surprised if you can hit the beach! This incredible weather leads to the average person spending a great deal of time out of doors. There are several urban hiking and walking groups in La Mesa with divisions for every age and fitness level. There is also the public swimming pool, though many homes and apartment buildings have their own swimming pools. There are also several parks, such as the Aztec Park, that make great places for picnics and spending an afternoon with the family.

History has an important place in La Mesa, and in 2012 the city celebrated its centennial. There is also the Historical Society and several local historical attractions such as the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and the Horseless Carriage Foundation. A popular shopping location in the city is the La Mesa Antique Mall on Palm Avenue. This mall showcases local antiques and crafts created locally.

Make New Friends, Eat Good Food
We need to discuss the social scene in La Mesa. It's a good one. Whenever someone relocates there are certain things that they need to start feeling at home in their new community. Most people need to find a place for Mexican and Asian food as well as a good pizza place and somewhere to get a great burger. You just don't feel like you belong until these particular ducks are in a row.

In La Mesa, Mexican food is on every corner. However, the best Mexican food is at Casa De Pico on Grossmont Center Drive. Everything there is great but their Shrimp Cobb Salad and Enchiladas Rancheras are outstanding. The salsa is made fresh daily. It's really great food and good prices.

There are two outstanding choices for Asian cuisine: Arigato, a Japanese place over on Baltimore, and Tamarind for Thai food on University. The Kao Pad Poo at Tamarind is excellent for anyone who loves both Thai food and crab. At Arigato, the sushi reigns supreme! Both places serve great food at terrific prices with quality service.

For absolutely the best pizza ever, you have to try D'Amatos Pizza on La Mesa Boulevard. This is old-world style pizza and it's incredible. They also have pasta, Calzone and specialty sandwiches. It's the pizza that is important. They deliver, which is nice and unusual for a family-owned place.

Burgers are very important. You need to know where to get one in your new community. The best place in La Mesa is BJ's on Grossmont Center Drive. The Classic is your regular burger, but if you are in the mood to branch out there are also a few other options, like the bacon, blue cheese and jalapeno burgers. They are served with fries, as they should be. There is a full menu here and the baby back ribs are the best you will find around. The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender and the sauce is addictive.

If you are looking for something different, like really different, head over to The Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room on University. This is a do-it-yourself steakhouse. You have a few drinks, grill your own meat and have a blast doing it! This might not be for everyone but you should probably try it; it will give you something interesting to post on Facebook.

June 2018 La Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 La Mesa Rent Report. La Mesa rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the La Mesa rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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