La Mesa Highlands

Nestled atop the hillside of La Mesa Village sits a little-known area of La Mesa, known as La Mesa Highlands.  Over the years, the neighborhoods of La Mesa Highlands have produced relatively larger custom homes ranging from typical improved-cottage homes to mid-century modern homes to Spanish/Mediterranean estates.  Regardless of the unique home-to-home style differences in the neighborhood, one will notice that the pride of neighborhood-ownership is kept to high standards.  Tree-lined cul-de-sac streets and scenic overlook streets dot the Highlands’ hillside, while a 2-minute drive or a short walk can place you in the cultures of downtown La Mesa Village.

History

In 1869, Robert Allison purchased 4,000 acres of land in the eastern stretches of San Diego.  This land, which is now what we know and see as La Mesa, was purchased and used for the original intended use of cattle and sheep grazing.  Beginning in 1894, population growth prompted A.S. Crowder (La Mesa’s Crowder Lane) and Joseph Allison (La Mesa’s Allison Ave) to filed the La Mesa Springs subdivision map, which quickly began leading to graded and planned streets and other construction.

By 1900’s, a well-known San Diego developer by the name of David Charles Collier (also known for role in the Balboa Park’s Panama-California Exposition of 1915-1916) purchased a portion of the Crowder/Allison land, where he began further development of the area, specifically to that of the La Mesa Springs, La Mesa Village, and La Mesa Highlands area.  Collier was attracted by a natural water spring that had been discovered and used by Allison for years.  Collier’s intention was to build a commercial water bottling operation at the site.  A Spring House was built on the site, but years following the use of the spring evolved the site into a park and community gathering spot for the new La Mesa residents.  In 1912, Collier offered the spring, the spring house, and the park to the community of La Mesa upon it’s incorporation as a city into San Diego.  1912 marked La Mesa’s official incorporation into San Diego as well as provided the city with it’s first dedicated community park, which today is known as Collier Park.

In the recent year of 2012, we welcomed in La Mesa’s Centennial of incorporation, which offered an amazing year filled with celebration events throughout the city.

La Mesa’s history has been documented and preserved better than that of most cities throughout California.  The La Mesa Historical Society offers some of that information and can be seen at their physical location at 8369 University Ave. or at their amazing website, LaMesaHistory.com.  I encourage anyone interested in the history of La Mesa to go visit.  Additionally, the Centennial website offers additional historical information and some excellent photos, which can be viewed at CityofLaMesa100.com.

 Schools

Elementary

The La Mesa-Spring Valley public school district offers excellent choices of schools.  Within the district is the well-rated Lemon Avenue Elementary.  Located within 0.5 mile from the heart of La Mesa Highlands, the quick drive to and from can’t be any easier.  Lemon Avenue Elementary has 8 out of 10 rankings from community parent’s reviews on GreatSchools.com.  An excellent API ranking of 875, makes Lemon Avenue Elementary an easy first-rate choice.

In addition to the La Mesa-Spring Valley’s public school choice, the La Mesa Highlands are located within very close proximity to St. Martin of Tours Academy (private), which is another K-8 school choice, receiving 4 out of 5 stars by other parents on GreatSchools.com.

Middle School

For Middle School, the area offers another 8/10-rated middle school, La Mesa Middle School.  GreatSchools.com gives La Mesa Middle School an 8 out of 10-rating, and it’s API test scoring of 843 supports the excellent ratings.

High School

Helix High School services the La Mesa Highland’s residents, another overwhelmingly well-ranked school (GreatSchools.com ranking).

Charter Schools

However, the La Mesa Highlands benefits most from it’s extremely close proximity to one of California’s best charter schools, Liberty Charter High School.  Liberty is located within a close 3-miles, but is rated as being well worth the extra few minutes of driving.  Liberty is a newer chartered high school, a part of the Literacy First charter schools headed by the highly-esteemed Director, Debbie Beyer.    The school has received excellent reviews from parents since it’s inception in 2010, and will continue to thrive as a result of it’s parent participation and excellent leadership.

Restaurants

A great breakfast, lunch, on-the-go cafe.  The go-to at Swami’s is the Acai Bowl, which is second to none in San Diego.  An excellent option for vegetarian food as well as good all-organic menu items.  Although some of their menu offers these health-conscious items, there are plenty of options for everyone, which is why Swami’s is a popular choice for much of La Mesa.

The line and/or wait for food can be long at times, but for myself and most reviewers, the wait is always worth the great food.

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