Located south of La Mesa, the city of Lemon Grove offers affordable living within the San Diego metropolitan area. First settled in 1869 and incorporated in 1977, the city boasts a population of over 25,000 residents. The city itself serves as a suburb of San Diego, La Mesa and the surrounding area. Nevertheless, the city offers excellent choices in regards to shopping and dining.
In the past, the community was home to a bustling agricultural industry, from sheep and poultry ranching to lemon and orange cultivation. Unfortunately, many of the citrus groves that once dominated the area were supplanted by new housing developments by the 1940s and 1950s. Today, the city is currently best known for its unique landmark, a ten-foot-wide statue of a giant lemon that's easily accessible from Main Street and locally known as "the world's biggest lemon."
Heavy suburbanization starting in the 1940s has left Lemon Grove with a large stock of older homes for sale. Many of these homes were built in the traditional rancher or split-level style with an older, much simpler architecture. Of course, there are also plenty of newer homes that have been built in the recent decade. Some of the older homes may require renovating, while others have had renovations done some time ago. Fluctuating home values makes it easy for new homeowners to successfully purchase the real estate of their choice.