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La Mesa is the latest market in San Diego to see the impacts of gentrification. Affordable multifamily rents have fueled millennial migration, along with a revitalization of the retail sector. Value-add multifamily investor Pathfinder Partners says that the market is ripe with investment opportunities as a result of the migration of millennials. The firm recently acquired its seventh San Diego apartment complex and its first project in the Mesa market, Little Flower Haven, which it plans to redevelop into a 130-unit apartment community to supply the high demand for rental housing in the growing market.

“La Mesa’s downtown area has been growing significantly and attracting exciting restaurants, bars and retail stores,” Mitch Siegler, senior managing director at Pathfinder Partners, tells GlobeSt.com. “The area is becoming more of a hub for the millennial generation, who are attracted by these venues, the community’s proximity to major employment areas and the relatively affordable rents, compared to neighborhoods such as Mission Valley, Hillcrest and downtown San Diego.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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