Jewel of the Hills
First used by Spanish missionaries as part of the Mission San Diego de Alcala before its incorporation as a city in 1912, La Mesa is a highly desirable community in which to live and work. Whether you’re moving here to start a job, raise a family, or both, you will love living in a city with great jobs, schools, community organizations, and other attractions that celebrate the rich history of the region. The local La Mesa Historical Society offers guided tours of the city, highlighting famous local stops such as the Clifford Sawyer House, the Mary Garfield House, and the McKinney House Museum.
Parks and Recreation
Prepare to fall in love with La Mesa’s fabulously beautiful parks as you bask in the southern California sun. La Mesita Park offers two full-sized soccer fields for ball and net enjoyment. Visitors can also grind a rail or two or bring a racquet and play a game on one of four lighted tennis courts. If you’re tired after a long day of soccer and skating, get a boost of energy and have lunch in the park’s picnic area offering covered pavilions, as well as a lush, green lawns. Once you’re back on your feet, join Walk and Talk La Mesa for a fun, social walk through the city where you may just meet new friends, neighbors or game league teammate. No matter your skill level or interest, you’re sure to stay fit, healthy, and happy in La Mesa.
Fairs, Food, and Ford
Whether you prefer to go alone or with a group of friends, La Mesa’s great community events have something to suit everyone's tastes. Every Thursday evening in June and August you can drool over classic cars at the Back to the 50s Car Show in La Mesa Village. When you are sick of drooling over mint condition ’57 Chevys, why not drool over fresh farm goods and stock your new apartment with local, fresh produce at the La Mesa Farmers’ Market at the Civic Center every Friday afternoon. With more than 100 antiques and collectibles dealers, music, and food, you should not miss the Antique Street Faire along La Mesa Boulevard each May.