A diverse and urban region in San Diego, Southeast primarily refers to the communities east of the downtown area such as Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Encanto, La Mesa, and Skyline-Paradise Hills. Characterized by gentle, sloping hills and semi-rural neighborhood layouts, Southeast San Diego offers smaller, relaxing towns known for a slower-paced lifestyle.
Lemon Grove is, of course, known for its iconic ten-foot-wide lemon statue, a town symbol since 1963. La Mesa is tucked into the foothills and always has some fun event happening, whether it’s the farmer’s market or the annual Flag Day Parade. Then there is Spring Valley, which is known for its natural spring and pleasant blend of rural countryside and urban convenience.