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7 Apartments under 1200 for rent in La Mesa, CA

Last updated January 17 at 6:48am UTC
Results within 1 miles of La Mesa, CA
3555 Grove St
Lemon Grove
Lemon Grove, CA
Updated January 16 at 8:05am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Results within 5 miles of La Mesa, CA
4357 51st Street
City Heights
San Diego, CA
Updated January 17 at 6:48am UTC
1 Bedroom
624 66th St
San Diego, CA
Updated January 16 at 9:38am UTC
1 Bedroom
Results within 10 miles of La Mesa, CA
3523 J Street
Mt Hope
San Diego, CA
Updated January 17 at 6:43am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2554 Inman Ct
Linda Vista
San Diego, CA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am UTC
1 Bedroom
819 University Ave
San Diego, CA
Updated January 16 at 9:38am UTC

January 2019 La Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 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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January 2019 La Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 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.

La Mesa rents declined significantly over the past month

La Mesa rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, but are up slightly by 1.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in La Mesa stand at $1,420 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,840 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in September. La Mesa's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.3%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

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, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • National City has the least expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,340; the city has also seen rents fall by 11.2% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.
  • Encinitas has the most expensive rents in the San Diego metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,500; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.4% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.

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

As rents have increased slightly 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 0.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.7% in San Jose, 2.4% in San Francisco, and 1.5% in Los Angeles.
  • La Mesa's median two-bedroom rent of $1,840 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 1.7% rise in La Mesa.
  • While La Mesa's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Austin (+3.4%), Phoenix (+3.3%), and New York (+2.7%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in La Mesa than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, 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 $1,560 $2,020 -0.2% 1.5%
Chula Vista $1,650 $2,140 -0.1% 3.6%
Oceanside $1,780 $2,310 0.3% 2.0%
Escondido $1,440 $1,870 0.6% -0.2%
Carlsbad $1,910 $2,470 0.6% 2.2%
El Cajon $1,250 $1,620 -1.0% 0.6%
Vista $1,430 $1,850 0.0% 2.3%
San Marcos $1,540 $2,000 0.3% 2.7%
Encinitas $1,930 $2,500 1.4% 2.7%
National City $1,030 $1,340 -12.7% -11.2%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

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.


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.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

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.