Spread out over roughly nine square miles La Mesa is comprised neighborhoods filled with condos, town homes, single-family homes, apartments, numerous shopping malls, strip malls and a traditional city center retail district (La Mesa Village) where many cultural activities take place. Visit the “Village” on a summer Thursday Cruise Night and you will enjoy seeing hundreds of custom, antique cars and motorcycles parked throughout the business district. Other family fun activities include an Antique Fair, a weekly farmers market, and the Village Christmas Festival where many retailers compete in holiday decoration contests. The 1894 La Mesa (railroad) Depot Museum in downtown La Mesa is reputed to be the oldest California building in its original form. On weekends one can tour the museum, view its memorabilia collection and take rides into the countryside on coaches pulled by antique locomotives.
La Mesa is on the famous San Diego Red Line Trolley network that spreads from the US border with Mexico and runs throughout much of San Diego County. For a little pocket money one can avoid the freeways and congestion by taking the fast, efficient trolley to regional shopping malls, Qualcomm Stadium, Downtown San Diego, Tijuana, or even connect with Amtrak for a ride on the Coast Starlight Express up to Disneyland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and beyond.
La Mesa is a desirable place in which to raise a family and central to San Diego County as a whole for staying in when visiting the area. Close in (but not too close), comfortable, safe and convenient - La Mesa is a good place to be.