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Last updated August 19 2019 at 11:28 PM

114 Apartments for rent in La Mesa, CA

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Last updated August 19 at 06:26pm
La Mesa
8 Units Available
Elán Avante Apartment Homes
8515 Chloe Ave, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,525
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
925 sqft
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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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
28 Units Available
Alterra & Pravada
8727 Fletcher Pkwy, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,786
656 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,316
1122 sqft
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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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
3 Units Available
The Palms of La Mesa
7481 Mohawk St, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,724
649 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,028
836 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,702
1219 sqft
Nestled in a mature residential community just minutes from I-8 & accessible via the San Diego Metro Transit System, The Palms of La Mesa offers you the perfect mixture of convenience & location.
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Last updated August 19 at 11:55am
La Mesa
11 Units Available
eaves La Mesa
5679 Amaya Dr, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,840
647 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,980
968 sqft
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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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
14 Units Available
Seta
7346 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,117
790 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,327
1123 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,503
1369 sqft
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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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
9 Units Available
Cove La Mesa
7400 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,715
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Contemporary apartments with walk-in closets and ceiling fans. Enjoy an on-site pool and fitness center. Right beside I-8. Near Mission Trails Golf Course. Minutes from San Diego State University.
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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
3 Units Available
Villa Capri
4508 3rd St, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,000
1250 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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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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Last updated August 19 at 06:12pm
La Mesa
6 Units Available
Central Park La Mesa
5636 Amaya Dr, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,834
631 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,952
956 sqft
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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Last updated August 19 at 11:10pm
La Mesa
9 Units Available
Adagio
5427 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,869
631 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,149
867 sqft
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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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
7 Units Available
Trolley Palm
4302 Palm Ave, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,903
911 sqft
We are excited to announce, we are under new ownership and new management! Come check out our newly upgraded apartment homes. You will love living here. Call us today to schedule a tour of your new home!
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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
4 Units Available
Shasta Lane
5560 Shasta Ln, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,720
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,065
975 sqft
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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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
3 Units Available
Echo Pointe
4300 Echo Ct, La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,930
849 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,245
1200 sqft
LUXURY & STYLE IN THE PERFECT LOCATION At Echo Pointe, we pride ourselves on offering apartments that you’ll be proud to call home.
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Last updated August 19 at 06:13pm
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
Casa De La Mesa
5575 Shasta Lane, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,605
640 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Conveniently located within walking distance of Lake Murray Recreation Area. Outdoor amenities include a heated pool, spa/hot tub, laundry facilities, and assigned parking. Cat-friendly community.
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Last updated August 19 at 07:02pm
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
Elán Mesa Lofts
7491 Collins Avenue, La Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,445
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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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.
Last updated August 19 at 10:23pm
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
8418 Denton St
8418 Denton Street, La Mesa, CA
5 Bedrooms
$3,850
1749 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 8418 Denton St in La Mesa. View photos, descriptions and more!
Last updated August 19 at 11:14am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
7853 Normal Avenue
7853 Normal Avenue, La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
1350 sqft
2 Bed/1 Bath Bungalow on Mt. Nebo - This 1948 bungalow offers charm and character while being perfectly suited for entertaining! Located less than 1 mile from La Mesa Village which offers popular dining spots and a weekly farmer's market.
Last updated August 19 at 11:14am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
3917 Shirlene Place
3917 Shirlene Place, La Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$1,995
1350 sqft
Unique 3Br/2Ba Extended Lot La Mesa Home with Bonus Room - Unique 3 bedroom/2 bathroom extended lot La Mesa home with bonus room. Good size living room with lots of windows.
Last updated August 19 at 11:14am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
9320 EARL STREET, #43
9320 Earl Street, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,750
700 sqft
$1,850.00 RENT / $1,850.00 DEPOSIT 1 BEDROOM / 1 BATH LA MESA CONDO WITH CARPORT AND LARGE PATIO.. - $1,850.00 RENT / $1,850.00 DEPOSIT 1 BEDROOM / 1 BATH LA MESA CONDO WITH CARPORT AND LARGE PATIO..
Last updated August 19 at 11:14am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
7182 Melody Lane
7182 Melody Lane, La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,350
1196 sqft
2 Story 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome in La Mesa w/pool Available now! - 2 Story 2 bedroom, 1.
Last updated August 19 at 11:14am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
8000 University Avenue Unit 404
8000 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
991 sqft
Come and see for yourself this lovely 1,050-square-foot condo unit in La Mesa, California! This unfurnished unit has 2 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; and uncovered, assigned parking (#24, #31).
Last updated August 19 at 11:13am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
4512 Parks Ave. #7
4512 Parks Avenue, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,575
723 sqft
1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Single Story Condo in La Mesa - Single Story Condo at the Villa Mesa Parks complex in La Mesa, located just minutes to Helix High School and La Mesa Middle School.
Last updated August 19 at 11:13am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
4701 Date Avenue #416
4701 Date Avenue, La Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,395
1254 sqft
Downtown La Mesa 2 Bedroom Top Floor Apartment Suite - The only thing more exciting than this wonderfully renovated 2 bedroom 2 bathroom 1257 sq ft top floor apartment suite, is its location.
Last updated August 19 at 11:13am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
5706 Baltimore Dr. #352
5706 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,795
621 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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1 Bed-1 Bath Single Story Condo; 2nd Floor unit Fully Furnished!! - Single story condo with views of Lake Murray. Centrally located near shopping, dining, and freeway access.
Last updated August 19 at 11:13am
La Mesa
1 Unit Available
5350 Baltimore Drive # 15
5350 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,495
692 sqft
One Bedroom Condo in La Mesa near Lake Murray - - Lower End Unit - New Carpet - New Paint - Coin Laundry On Site - Carport Parking - Community Pool/Spa - Close to Shopping - Corner Unit within close walking distance to On Site Laundry

Average Rent in La Mesa

Last updated Jul. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in La Mesa is $1,437, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,864.
Studio
$1,298
1 Bed
$1,437
2 Beds
$1,864
3+ Beds
$2,684
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.

August 2019 La Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 La Mesa Rent Report. La Mesa rents increased 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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August 2019 La Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 La Mesa Rent Report. La Mesa rents increased 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.

La Mesa rents increased significantly over the past month

La Mesa rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and have increased marginally by 0.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in La Mesa stand at $1,437 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,865 for a two-bedroom. La Mesa's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across the San Diego Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of La Mesa, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Diego metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Chula Vista has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,166, while one-bedrooms go for $1,670.
    • Over the past month, Encinitas has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,447, while one-bedrooms go for $1,886.
    • Carlsbad has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,486; rents fell 0.9% over the past month but rose 1.7% over the past year.
    • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,349; rents were up 1.1% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to La Mesa

    As rents have increased marginally in La Mesa, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, La Mesa is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.5% in San Jose, 1.2% in San Francisco, and 0.5% in Los Angeles.
    • La Mesa's median two-bedroom rent of $1,865 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 0.9% increase in La Mesa.
    • While La Mesa's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Austin (+3.3%), and Dallas (+2.1%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in La Mesa than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,085, where La Mesa is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    San Diego
    $1,570
    $2,040
    0.3%
    0.5%
    Chula Vista
    $1,670
    $2,170
    -0.2%
    1.8%
    Oceanside
    $1,780
    $2,310
    -0.3%
    1.2%
    Escondido
    $1,440
    $1,870
    -0.8%
    1%
    Carlsbad
    $1,920
    $2,490
    -0.9%
    1.7%
    El Cajon
    $1,280
    $1,670
    1.4%
    1.2%
    Vista
    $1,440
    $1,870
    0
    1.1%
    San Marcos
    $1,550
    $2,010
    -0.3%
    0.7%
    Encinitas
    $1,890
    $2,450
    -1.9%
    0.7%
    National City
    $1,040
    $1,350
    1.1%
    0.4%
    La Mesa
    $1,440
    $1,860
    0.4%
    0.9%
    Spring Valley
    $1,380
    $1,780
    1.3%
    1.2%
    Coronado
    $2,930
    $3,800
    -0.1%
    0.4%
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    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

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    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

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