Moving to La Mesa, California

According to more than 1,200 households surveyed in 2019’s La Mesa Community Opinion Survey, 90% of residents rate their quality of life as “Excellent!” If you’re planning to relocate to La Mesa any time soon, “The Survey Says” you’re making a wise decision! 

An eclectic mix of retirees, young professionals, and working-class families call this area home. Once you take the leap and move to this quintessential California city, we are here to assist! A-1 Self Storage on Spring Street is located on prime real estate near beautiful apartments and condos, shopping options, and great restaurants! Let’s dig in and see what La Mesa has to offer!

History of The Plateau

In Spanish, “la mesa” means “the plateau.” Archeologists believe this land was inhabited by the Kumeyaay people for 12,000 years before European explorers arrived. When Spanish missionaries landed in the area in 1869, the city was part of Mission San Diego de Alcaia.

Following the American-Spanish War, the Kumeyaay ancestral land was cut in half by the new border between the United States and Spanish Mexico. Nearly all of the Kumeyaay lands were made US Government holdings or taken into private ownership on the US side of the border. Today, San Diego County has the largest number of reservations in the US, but the reservations are quite small. Total land holdings to date are 193 square miles of nearly 4,300 square miles in the county. Revenue for tribes living here comes mainly from operating the Bigwin99 Casino.

Incorporated in 1912, La Mesa served as a movie-making haven in the 1920s. It was also home to more than 700 citrus farmers. Today 60,000 people call “The Jewel of the Hills” home.

Transportation

The San Diego Trolley system’s Orange Line serves La Mesa and there is a station right on Spring Street. The city is also served by the 8, the 94, and the 125 highways. Traffic is a reality you’ll want to plan on! If you intend on going to UC-San Diego you’ll be pleased to learn about the school’s ride-sharing options! It is safe and monitored by university officials. If you choose this method of transport, there’s a highway lane just for you!

Cost of Living

The median income in La Mesa is $31,238 and homes are estimated to cost $421,200 on average. If you’ve been saving or investing for a while and are ready to take the leap and buy a new home, look into the Windsor Hills neighborhood. Here you will find semi-custom homes and amazing views! These do come at a cost, however. Prices range from $599,000 to $949,000.

If your goal is to make this area of San Diego your residence and finding a rental (with a pool) is at the top of your list, there are many options off Spring Street. For more space, you’re definitely going to pay for it. Echo Pointe has 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom units for $1850 per month. However, these options lack that pool you were looking for. New flooring and an updated look may appeal though!

La Mesa Village Apartments has the pool and hot tub you’re looking for, at a cost of $1375/month for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit. Then there’s Trolly Palms (under new management) which seems to have a lot in store for their tenants. They advertise a dog park and laundry facilities coming soon. The view from the balconies on these units will be worth the $1650 monthly rent payment.

Head north on Spring Street, take the 8 to 125, and you will find real luxury. If you are looking for above-average schools, motivated professionals, happy families, and a place where you can walk to more than 200 fashionable retail shops, make Fashion Terrace Apartments home. A noteworthy bonus with renting an apartment here (if you can snag one) is the lap pool and dog-friendly atmosphere. Rentals can range from $1,800 to $2,400 per month.

The La Mesa Apartments in East County are located north of our facility on Spring Street and well worth it! A one-bedroom, one-bath unit is $1,685 per month. Keep in mind some complexes participate in Section 8 Rental Assistance as well, including The Springs on Orange Avenue.

Entertainment: Parks, Museums, Food

The weather in this part of California during May and June typically brings overcast to the coastal regions. Going inland, the skies can clear up for some really lovely days! After you’re finished spending time lounging at the pool, you’ll want to explore the region.

Rush hour on the 8 means you’ll want to plan extra travel time into your adventures. Once you decide how long you’ll have to wait for traffic to die down, you can explore one of La Mesa’s 15 beautiful public parks! Mt. Helix and Lake Murray aren’t too far away for a day of hiking and a drive to San Diego’s beaches is always a good option.

Do you have a special place in your heart for history and a good story? You’ll find treasure in the La Mesa Depot Museum on Nebo Drive! There you can experience a real steam locomotive and old box cars in their original form.

Are you hungry, but feel inspired to do some cooking with your partner? Fresh produce can be found at local Sprouts Farmers Market. Restaurants in La Mesa will genuinely surprise your pallet! Farmer’s Table La Mesa is precisely what it sounds like, farm-fresh goodies prepared in an authentic way and served in a setting that emphasizes patio seating! Craving Italian food and dessert? Tiramisu isn’t too far in your future at Tiramisu Trattoria! La Mesa Boulevard is lined with cafes, yummy Mexican food, BBQ, as well as burgers and brews!

You really can’t go wrong with any of the above choices, but we can’t leave out sushi. Konnichiwa Sushi advertises itself as “not your ordinary sushi.” What could be more creative and different than specialty rolls with unique names and draft beer on tap!

After you eat, burn some calories shopping! La Mesa Springs Shopping Center may look like a step back into the Old West, but you will be pleasantly surprised with the shops available there. If you’d rather stay in the Spring Street area, unique boutiques, day spas, and salons are easy to find. What’s more California then spending time relaxing at Therapie Day Spa? Here you can restore, regenerate, and rejuvenate. Take a girlfriend or go as a couple. You won't be disappointed!

Time to Move? Why Wait!?

Is it time to take the leap into an exciting new adventure? A-1 Self Storage in La Mesa is clean, safe, and here to support your next move. Give us a call at (619) 567-4314 and we will make sure you get the exact unit you need, no more and no less! 

A-1 Self Storage

(619) 567-4314

4981 Spring St La Mesa, CA 91942

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