La Mesa is situated in San Diego County’s East County area and is home to more than 54,000 Southern Californians. Founded in 1869 and incorporated as its own city in 1912, La Mesa is translated into English as “the plateau,” in relation to its heightened geographical location east of the city of San Diego. Nicknamed the “Jewel of the Hills,” La Mesa has become known for being a highly desirable community for residents to live and do business.
The city has become a popular place for its near perfect climate, tree-lined streets, walkable neighborhoods, easy access to retail and commercial areas, and quaint downtown village. Grossmont Center is the area’s largest shopping area and is located just east of La Mesa, easily accessible via a short drive on the I-8. La Mesa Crossroads is much closer to the heart of the city although it offers a much more limited selection. Lake Murray and the Lake Murray Park that surrounds the lake is a favorite attraction for La Mesa’s residents looking for a relaxing day.
Oktoberfest is La Mesa’s largest annual event of the year. Besides beer competitions, German cultural celebrations, and a variety of food from Germany, Oktoberfest also brings together the community to enjoy in family fun, entertainment, and good food and drinks. Other popular community activities include Movie Night Under the Starlight, which takes place during the summer months, Kids Care Fest, a safety carnival, and the La Mesa Flag Day Parade, a family salute to Old Glory, patriotism, and the United States of America.
The La Mesa-Spring Valley school district offers exceptional elementary and middle school opportunities in the city. The district actually serves La Mesa’s youth with nine elementary schools that are scattered throughout the area. Rolando, La Mesa Dale, Maryland Avenue, Murdock, Northmont, and Vista La Mesa are some of the larger elementary campuses. Parkway Middle and La Mesa Middle School are the area’s two primary schools for students in grades six through eight. La Mesa’s high schoolers take classes at either Grossmont High School or Helix High School, both part of the Grossmont Union High School District. Regardless of campus, La Mesa students receive exceptional educations relative to competing communities in San Diego County.