Looking for that small town ambiance near San Diego CA with big city amenities, shady streets and the “Best Climate on Earth”? Consider Lemon Grove, population 28,000.
A substantial number of the homes in Lemon Grove are single-family houses on large lots. They run from $380,000 $650,000 and are mainly older, modest, well cared for middle class houses. Lemon Grove condos are priced from $250,000 – $370,000. Of the roughly 12,000 housing units in Lemon Grove, about 8,500 are owner occupied.
There are five public elementary schools in Lemon Grove, two public middle schools, and four private schools. Lemon Grove property owners have reason to be proud of their heritage. A KPBS production focusing on The Lemon Grove Incident documents the first successful school desegregation court decision in the history of the United States.
Downtown Lemon Grove’s business district is benefiting from the same kind of vibrant renewal projects that are going on all over San Diego County. The town symbol is a huge fiberglass lemon that was part of a 1928 Rose Bowl Parade float. The beautiful City Center Park is home to the 1897 Victorian Parsonage Museum, the 1928 Tudor Revival H. Lee House and the Lemon Grove Community Library. In the summer, there are concerts in the park.
Recreational activities in Lemon Grove include the annual Old Time Days, concerts, an arts complex and a playhouse both featuring local talent.
The Lemon Grove Trolley Station provides residents an easy, pleasant commute to both downtown San Diego and Mission Valley.
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