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Old 06-03-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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Default Is El Cajon REALLY that bad?

After reading posts on this board, I get the feeling that most people feel negatively about El Cajon. But, I asked a friend who lives there if it's "ghetto" and she said it's not at all.

It's not as if I have low standards, but I'm not rich either. I'd just appreciate it if you guys could go into a little more detail about the area. How "bad" is it? I'm not one that bothers others at all. I'll be visiting in a couple weeks to search for an apartment. I'll be attending SDSU this fall. How is it in comparison to La Mesa? To what degree?

As many responses as possible would be great! Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2007, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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It's not ghetto, just run down. Typical lower-middle-class neighborhoods you could find anywhere in the country. There are some areas with crime problems and also some areas that are quite rural. You'll hear people who say that everything east of the 5 is ghetto... don't listen to them.
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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Really? Thanks for the info. When I went there, it didn't look like it was too badly run down, but maybe I just saw one of the nicer areas.

I guess when I go in a few weeks I'll be able to see for myself once and for all. I gather that La Mesa is nicer though, right?
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Old 06-03-2007, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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Yes, La Mesa is nicer. El Cajon has some nice neighborhoods but I'd only be considering it if you were talking about purchasing property. You won't be getting a huge savings over rentals in La Mesa in El Cajon... just more of a selection of run-down buildings.

The area from around SDSU to Downtown La Mesa is still pretty much city-level density, a lot of run-down property, nice houses in the hills, newer suburbs north of the freeway. Not sure if you are looking for a house or an apartment but in this area apartments are usually on the main roads, 8-25 unit crackerbox-type affairs. There are some of the 'resort-style' complexes in northern La Mesa too. The neighborhoods which are pretty exclusively 40's-60's ranch homes.

My favorite ares in La Mesa are
- Mt Helix
- Fletcher Hills
- Windsor Hills
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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Oh okay, thanks again.

I'm interested in these apartments in La Mesa:

La Mesa Gardens
8633 La Mesa Blvd


Mesa Ridge
5639 Jackson Dr


Baltimore East
5401 Baltimore Dr


Village Apartments
5500 Morro Wy


Do you know which of these complexes are in a "good" area? Do you have any other recommendations for apartments in La Mesa?

Also, I'm interested in Shadow Point Apartments in Spring Valley. Is Spring Valley comparable to El Cajon in terms of run-downness?

Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:50 PM
 
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Sassberto, you there? Anyone?
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Rolando, San Diego CA 92115
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Oh okay, thanks again.

I'm interested in these apartments in La Mesa:

La Mesa Gardens
8633 La Mesa Blvd


Mesa Ridge
5639 Jackson Dr


Baltimore East
5401 Baltimore Dr


Village Apartments
5500 Morro Wy


Do you know which of these complexes are in a "good" area? Do you have any other recommendations for apartments in La Mesa?

Also, I'm interested in Shadow Point Apartments in Spring Valley. Is Spring Valley comparable to El Cajon in terms of run-downness?

Thanks!
Any of those should be fine, apartment complexes vary greatly but the area should not be a problem.

Spring Valley is about a notch below El Cajon in socioeconomic status... I'd avoid it overall but can't comment about specific apartment buildings.
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:04 PM
 
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Do not under any circumstances move to Spring Valley. I am not going to elaborate past that. Sassberto was being nice calling it a "notch" below El Cajon. Stick to La Mesa, you will be fine. Especially off Baltimore and the closer you get to the Grossmont shops.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:57 PM
 
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can i say if these places are run down that theres not a credit check
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:00 PM
 
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Default how about it

i need a apartment....
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