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19 Cheap Apartments for rent in La Mesa, CA

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4833 Cypress St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,899
440 sqft
Upstairs 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit in duplex in the heart of La Mesa Village. Shared backyard. Street parking only. No on-site laundry. No Air Conditioning, Heat Only. Storage shed included. 1 Year lease required. No Smoking Permitted. Non pet property. Tenant pays Gas, Electric and any personal utilities. Owner pays Water, Trash & Sewer. Renters Insurance Required. Verifiable income 3 times gross rent. Security Deposit (Equal to 1 month - 2 months rent depending on credit). Dwell Management Co. DRE 02108584
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5704 Baltimore Dr. #329 Photo Gallery 1
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$1,500
475 sqft
1 Bedroom
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4th floor Studio in La Mesa - 4th floor Studio located at Lake Park Condominium complex. With beautiful views of Lake Murray and centrally located near, shopping, dining and freeway. This studio has carpet in living area and tile in the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen comes with stainless steel refrigerator, electric stove, microwave and garbage disposal. There is central air conditioning and forced heating. There is built in storage shelves for tenants use. Enjoy the balcony with beautiful views of Lake Murray. Complex amenities: multiple pool and spa locations throughout the complex, a clubhouse available for rentals, tennis courts, fitness room, on-site 24/7 security patrol and coin laundry available in every building. Tenants required to pay a one-time registration fee of $125 to the HOA upon move in. Renters insurance required upon move-in. Water, Sewer and Trash Paid. All other utilities are the tenants responsibility. Small pet okay with additional deposit required. Sorry, No Smoking Lease PLEASE DO A NEIGHBORHOOD VISIT OF THE PROPERTY FIRST, to make sure the location suits your needs, THEN give us a call at (619) 464-6444 for an appointment to view the inside of the property. Rental Requirements: Income = 2 1/2 times the rental amount (must provide proof of income) Credit = FICO scores 600+, no legal evictions (no exceptions) Positive Rental References from current and previous landlords Application Policy: We DO NOT accept/process applications and fees PRIOR to you viewing the property with one of our agents. Once you have personally viewed the property, each adult (18 yrs or older) who will be living at the property must submit a separate application. Failure to upload the required documents or payment will delay the application process. Visit www.mtmrentals.com for a complete listing of available rentals Information provided is deemed reliable, though not guaranteed. (RLNE7545088)
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7101 Colony Rd Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,800
550 sqft
Cute La Mesa Duplex Available - 1 bedroom/1 bath duplex in La Mesa neighborhood with easy access to Freeways and SDSU. Updated space with beautiful finishes. Wood plank flooring, new cabinets and countertops throughout, stunning bathroom and plenty of storage space. Private backyard and patio area. All this and a mini-split AC/Heat system! All utilities included except cable (SDG&E up to $175.00) This is a non-smoking property. Sorry, no pets or laundry. Call now to schedule your showing. (Please do not disturb front tenant) (RLNE4731144)
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Results within 1 mile of La Mesa
6650 Amherst St Unit 5A Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,800
480 sqft
Bright and Remodeled Apartment Located in a Quiet 55+ Community! - This GREAT 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Apartment has just been updated with new vinyl plank flooring and fresh paint. Patio sliding doors and windows were recently installed. The unit has A/C unit. With your own private patio you will be able to enjoy the outdoors and scenery from the comfort of your home. This friendly complex offers convenient access into the building and handicapped parking out front if needed. The property includes a community room and laundry facilities down the hall to utilize. Street parking only. Utilities included- water, trash, sewer, HOA fees, pest control, and landscaping Residents must be 55+ to apply. For more information or to schedule a showing please contact Lowell at (619) 589-6222 x 123 The Helm Management Co. No Pets Allowed (RLNE4624399)
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6505 Saranac St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,295
1552 sqft
Room for rent minutes from SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY Private room fully furnished w/shared bathroom Full house privileges of fully furnished house with all appliances, laundry room all utilities & WIFI included! CALL/ TEXT LUIS 858-847-5801
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Results within 5 miles of La Mesa
4775 54th St Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$1,500
2242 sqft
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY 1.8 miles close VERY LARGE ROOM with Bath private bathroom STUDENT housing Fully furnished room with bed, and desk in room with plenty of closet space, full house privileges ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED Upgraded fully furnished home, WIFI, private parking available, full kitchen, appliances, laundry, landscaping, patios, cleaning services Ready for immediate move in. NON REFUNDABLE application fee of $50.00 applies Contact ERNESTO 858-847-5801
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4059 Menlo Ave Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$800
800 sqft
Amazing 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment in San Diego. Amenities included: wheelchair accessible, deck, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliance, updated kitchen, storage, washer dryer, and yard. Utilities included: electricity, gas, air conditioning and water. Is pet friendly. Date Available: Jul 18th 2022. $800/month rent. $800 security deposit required. Please submit the form on this page or contact Martin Bianchi at 646-687-4583 to learn more. This property is managed by a responsible landlord using Avail landlord software.
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722 Peggy Drive Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,500
380 sqft
Amazing studio in San Diego. Amenities included: hardwood floors, stainless steel appliance, updated kitchen, and updated bathroom. Utilities included: cable, electricity, gas, internet and water. Is not pet friendly. Date Available: July 15th 2022. $1,500/month rent. $1500 security deposit required. Please submit the form on this page or contact David at 619-642-6490 to learn more. This property is managed by a responsible landlord using Avail landlord software.
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Results within 10 miles of La Mesa
Hilltop Terrace Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,650
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated. Minutes from I-163 and I-5, near the airport and downtown area. Just 15 minutes from Pacific Beach and the Bay. Smoke-free community. On-site pool, lobby area, and courtyard area.
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1560 Santa Carolina Road Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,400
2366 sqft
***Seeking Roommates*** Gorgeous 4 bedroom and 3.5 Baths Townhome, in Tosara at Montecito built in 2016. This homes 2.366sqft is spread out over 3 floors. Livingroom, Dining room, Kitchen and a half bath are all located on the main floor. Situated on the second floor are the Master bedroom with an en-suite bath, Hall Guest Bath with a his/her sinks and two guest bedrooms. All rooms with walk-in closets. The 3rd floor has its own living area, bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet which will be rented as a whole. Kitchen has been updated with granite and stainless steel appliances and has plenty of space for entertaining guests. 2 car garage (one space will be available for an additional fee based a first come first serve). Great neighborhood close to the freeway, shopping center and gas stations. Application: https://www.hemlane.com/listings/1560-santa-carolina-road-chula-vista-ca-91913-unit-2/981d6a83-111b-427a-ae0f-86e89f24872a (RLNE7492702)
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521 Park Way Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$1,650
Available 07/10/22 1/2 DEPOSIT NOW 1/2 LATER! - Property Id: 544139 Welcome To Your New Home Property Address : 521 Park Way | Chula Vista, CA 91910 Offered By: MC Properties / Park Way Apartments (name recently changed) Description : Our Beautifully landscaped grounds with sparkling swimming pool and a professional on-site management team. Walking distance to shopping and public transportation. Parks, restaurants and great schools are in close proximity to community with convenient freeway access. Features include: - Assigned parking available for small fee - New gas appliances - Fresh paint - New blinds - Pool 1-Year Lease on approved credit. MUST have a credit score of 620 or greater. ** NO SMOKING / NO PETS ALLOWED * Apply online at: www.mcproperties.us 521 Park Way, Chula Vista CA 91910 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday Closed Saturdays and Sundays Rental Terms: Rent: $1,650.00 Application Fee: $40.00 Security Deposit: $1000.00 Call for further details We look forward to your stay here! Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/521-park-way-chula-vista-ca/544139 Property Id 544139 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7489470)
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2249 Ulric Street Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,725
325 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Beautiful Studio , Centrally Located - Property Id: 909987 The Astro Vista Apartment communities offer stunning studios like no other! All units are fully remodeled with new, oversized kitchens that feature granite countertops and gorgeous cabinetry. These 350-400 square foot accommodations feature wood flooring, a private bathroom and a linen closet. Utilities are not included.The location of our apartment complex could not be more ideal, as it is only a short walk to the library, community parks, shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. We are right up the hill from the beautiful Fashion Valley Shopping Mall. The University of San Diego is less than a mile away and San Diego Mesa Community College, along with middle and elementary schools are only steps away. We are ideally positioned for fast and easy access to the 8 and 163 freeways. Come visit us today. We are confident you wil want to join our beautiful communities. Apply at TurboTenant: http://rental.turbotenant.com/p/2249-ulric-street-san-diego-ca/909987 Property Id 909987 No Pets Allowed (RLNE7461372)
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13758 Lakeview Court Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,795
GORGEOUS TOTALLY REMODELED STUDIO/GRANNY FLAT! - This gorgeous, remodeled Studio/Granny Flat has been completely refurbished inside and out. Features tile throughout, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, stove/oven & microwave). Central heating & AC. Tenant pays all utilities. **THIS HOME IS DEFINITELY A MUST SEE!!!** -- 13758 Lakeview Court, El Cajon CA 92021 *** Single Occupancy Only *** *** Sorry, we are not accepting Section 8 program.*** FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL PARADISE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIALPROPERTIES, LLC (619) 988-2441. Please Visit Our Website at www.prcpsd.com No Pets Allowed (RLNE5179418)
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819 University Ave Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,025
180 sqft
Vantaggio Suites Hillcrest San Diego (University Ave) is located in the heart of the hip and trendy neighborhood hillcrest. We offer bi-weekly housekeeping, free wireless internet, laundry facilities, and cable TV. - Small Studio $1025-$1075 - Medium Studio $1195 - Large Studio $1295 - Security Deposit $500 -Credit check $25 [Amenities & Facilities] - Utilities Included - Elevator in building - 24-hour check-in/Controlled access entry - Community kitchen and dining area - Public water dispenser - Complimentary continental breakfast - Recreation Room / Laundry Facilities - Weekly Housekeeping - Cable TV - Hair dryer - Free WiFi Internet Access - Mini refrigerator - Microwave - Telephone - Study desk and chair - Dishes and silverware - Towels and linens - Bike parking (Free)
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2002 Market Street Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,895
525 sqft
Minutes to Downtown. This is a 1929 Mission-style 8-unit Apartment Building which has been completely renovated with all new plumbing and electrical, new fixtures, designer paint colors and new porcellian tile. Each 1 Bedroom apartment has new kitchen cabinets featuring granite countertops, refrigerator, gas stove, built-in mircowave, all new baths, ceiling fans. On-site coin operated laundry. 1 off street parking space. Plenty of street parking available. Located in Sherman Heights Historic District adjacent to Golden Hills and East Village. If you have not geen Sherman Heights lately, you need to. The neighborhood is conveniently located to downtown and has direct access to the trolley, bus lines, Freeway 5, Freeway 94 and Freeway 163. It is close to Albertsons, 99 cent only Store, and a new Walmart in the historic Farmer's Market building. Indvidually metered. Tenant pays water and utilities. Non smoking building. Sorry No dogs, Cats OK. 2002 Market Street, Apartment #2, San Diego, CA 92102. Call or text David for information and apppointment at (858) 459-9358.
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14519 Rios Canyon Road, #b Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,295
341 sqft
-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Text or Calls preferred! Sorry, No Section 8 -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Please note this is a Suite for rent, located at one end of a long house, in a house-share situation. There is no private entrance to the Suite, but the house is large, with the 2 other healthy adults (in mid 50s to mid 60s) living at the opposite end from the suite. It is located on 5 1/2 acres of land called Serenity Oaks. -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Sorry, NO Section 8, NO wheelchair access, and no children under 8 due to lack of fence around an empty pool -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- INCLUDED: Rent includes free access to a laundry room (open 8 am to 9 pm) with high capacity, state of the art stacked washer and dryer (Please, No washing loads for non-residents). It also includes high speed Cox WiFi internet with Mesh extenders, all utilities except telephone, and over 300 channels of Dish TV, (renter to provide TV). Sorry, no wheelchair access available and there are seven stairs to access the house and another two in the suite going up to the bathroom. We have a pool that will be filled in or replastered within the year (covid -19 delayed our plans). It does not have the required fencing for children, so no applicants with children under 14 can be considered. This would include parents and grandparents with regular visitations. -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: We practice social distancing, and good Covid hygiene precautions. SUITE DESCRIPTION: Your airy, sunlit private suite offers a large private full bathroom with hardwood cabinetry, granite countertop, and large 3 door mirrored medicine cabinet, a floor to just shy of ceiling linen cabinet, and designer tile. The studio suite living space features a half vaulted ceiling that ensures a feeling of spaciousness, a kitchenette with hardwood cabinetry, granite countertop, large stainless steel sink, a large window with Plantation shutters, a designer stained glass ceiling fan with dragon fly motif, imported Italian wood-look ceramic tile floors (found throughout the house), and a mirrored closet, . Furnishings, if you desire them, include a lovely wooden dresser, a matching wood night stand, and lovely carved French wooden full bed featuring a bamboo memory foam mattress. Or bring your own furnishings. The kitchenette also comes with dishes, and cookware if you so desire. PARKING: Parking is off road, and there is room for a pickup truck and 1 medium size trailer. 1 vehicle max. and 1 small trailer max. Additional parking for a parking fee. Larger trailers will also require a parking fee. PETS: 1 to 2 small to medium, friendly pets allowed on approval for an additional pet deposit --$250 per pet, as long as they get along with other cats and one small friendly dog. ONE well behaved larger dog is also allowed on approval as long as he/she will get along with our cats and a small friendly dog and will not harass our pygmy goats. Sorry, NO puppies please due to chewing and potty training considerations. LOCATION: Live close to the city, while still enjoying a country atmosphere of Serenity Oaks, a 5 1/2 acre nature-lover's paradise, nestled in a hidden valley, across from Blossom Valley at the Lake Jennings Park Road Exit off of HWY 8 in Eastern El Cajon. Features rapid access to downtown El Cajon, a 15 minute drive to Santee, Tierra Santa, or the College area, 22 min to Mission Valley, and 26 min to downtown San Diego (more during traffic hours). Public transportation (bus) is a mile + hike away with some of it uphill, with the trolley a 15 min drive way, so a car, bike ownership, or a love of long walks is a must. LOOKING FOR: a pet loving single, positive, mature, nonsmoking, clean, moderate, responsible and considerate individual, preferably 45 years or over, with a steady income who appreciates nature, and wants to live here long term (Exceptions in lease lengths made for travel nurses). Please, no drama queens or addicts (that includes alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc). NO heavy drugs of any sort. Mobile Seniors welcome but transportation is a considerable hike from the property, so a car or bicycle is a necessity. QUALIFICATIONS: Sorry, No Section 8 (They have a long qualification process that I do not have the time for) Applicant must be able to submit references and documentation that proves continuing ability to pay the rent at the time of the application. Although this sounds like a wonderful place to visit, which it is, I have an obligation to protect those already living on the property from unnecessary exposure, and so will only show the suite to those who are serious and able to rent by the Sept 1 opening. You would want me to have your best interests at heart if the roles were reversed. MUST Have: A really like animals and have NO pet allergies. We have cats and a friendly dog in the house, as well as a small herd of pygmy goats on the property . We love our wildlife, so if you think critters should be controlled with bullets or poison, this is NOT the place for you. We enjoy life, and celebrate the holidays, but this is not a party property. HOUSEHOLD: You will share the 2000 sq ft drama free house with two other healthy, quiet people. I am an artist, writer, and editor. My significant other is a master electrician. COMMON AREAS: The house, remodeled in 2016, features a large front deck, a mountain view, partially vaulted ceilings, designer ceiling fans, and imported Italian tile floors that people swear are wood, but are so easy to clean, The a formal dining room features a banded mahogany table, comfortable leather and wood chairs, and large rock fireplace with an architectural cherry mantelpiece and matching bookcases, a roomy country kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a large living room with several seating areas, furnished in tasteful art, antiques, a comfy leather overstuffed couch and love seat, and Persian carpets. GROUNDS AMENITIES: The living room opens up with French doors to a flower filled front deck with a mountain and creek view, which features comfortable seating and provides the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or tea, allows you listen to the water tumble by in our seasonal creek. The deck overlooks a walking bridge, a lower firepit seating area, a stone dining table and designer chairs, and a tile picnic table with matching benches, all in the shade of massive 100 year oak trees. These provide many choice locations to enjoy nature, eat a good meal, enjoy a book, or explore the cyber world with your phone or laptop. When evening comes, watch the sunset set flame to the nearby mountains. The grounds of Serenity Oaks also include an upper, large firepit and an upper patio, which is not available for use right now but will be within the month. It features a BBQ area with a tile and stucco bar, covered with a designer pergola, an octagonal open gazebo offering shade to an elegant stone table dining table and comfortable high end patio dining chairs, a separate seating area, and, in the front, several dining areas, another fire pit and seating area, and a lovely enclosed gazebo. A hot tub will be operational within the next 6 to 9 months, and will eventually be enclosed in another gazebo. Take invigorating private walks in the fresh air or hike half a mile to explore the nature preserve. THE MAGIC: You will love this place. Nestled in its little hidden valley, the house feels warm and welcoming, and the land itself seems magical. With no city lights to extinguish them, the stars stud the night sky. You will love this place. You can hike half a mile to the nature preserve, or stroll around the property. The state's largest avocado orchard guards the back of the property, with its 300+ acres of trees ensuring that no one will ever build there. Fortunately, they only use natural control methods, so toxins are not sprayed nearby. I also keep my property natural and organic. WILDLIFE: The abundant wildlife includes a flock of wild turkeys, a fox, squirrels, rabbits, orioles, bluebirds, mourning doves, and many other lovely birds. We also have a herd of friendly pygmy goats who help us keep the weeds and brush under control. 1 just had 2 babies and another is due any day. PRICE: All this can be yours for a very reasonable $1295 a month, first and last months rent. Looking for long term renters, with a lease of 9 to 12 months or longer. Contact April at 619-396-1390 to learn more.
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Elan Coco Palms Photo Gallery 1
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1 Unit Available
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$1,895
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Small beach community located in Ocean Beach, CA. High-tech fitness center and bike storage area with covered parking. Spacious apartment floor plans with designated dining rooms and spacious living areas. Patio tables, chairs and loungers next to a sparkling pool and relaxing spa.
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13926 Putney Road Photo Gallery 1
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$1,150
2200 sqft
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12041 Sabre Springs Parkway Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,250
1089 sqft
Currently looking for a roommate to rent out a room in my apartment. Along with the room for rent you will have access to your own private bathroom. Shared apartment in San Diego. Amenities included: balcony, central air, central heat, deck, dishwasher, updated kitchen, updated bathroom, and washer dryer. Utilities included: electricity, heat, gas, internet, air conditioning and water. Pet friendly but cost extra per month. Date Available: July 3rd, 2022. $1,250/month rent. $750 security deposit required. Please submit the form on this page or contact Tay at tsilva1097@gmail.com to learn more. This property is managed by a responsible landlord using Avail.
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City Guide for La Mesa, CA

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. See more

What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in La Mesa, CA

Finding cheap apartments in La Mesa takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in La Mesa by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in La Mesa in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of La Mesa.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in La Mesa. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in La Mesa.