La Mesa is a cultural gem of a city located in the hills east of San Diego. A hub for the region's trolley service, it is possible to go to both Chargers and Padres games from many neighborhoods in La Mesa without having to drive.
The city was styled in part in the early days after Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Bowl. The hope was that the affluent would want to take advantage of the spectacular hillside vistas by building homes. Many fine homes were built and La Mesa for a brief time became a rival to Hollywood by hosting movie studios in its downtown area.
As time moved on, La Mesa became more of a bedroom community for San Diego, with excellent schools and safe neighborhoods combined with easy access to any part of the county.
One area that they have been known for for decades is their prowess in high school sports. In one year last decade, they had two graduates from the same high school football team finish as the Heisman trophy winner and Heisman trophy finalist.
The community is also renowned for its yearly Oktoberfest celebration which takes over the area of downtown La Mesa known as 'La Mesa Village' for a few days each Fall.
The average household income puts the city squarely in the center of the middle class, with many luxury homes found in both the Western and Eastern parts of La Mesa.