Welcome to Lafayette

Lafayette has fast become the destination city in the East Bay.
Its Mediterranean climate is popular with those seeking sunny weather free from fog. Thanks to the BART station in the town center, low density, high greenery, easy access to outdoor activities, great weather, excellent schools, and an easy commute to San Francisco.
The central downtown district offers shopping and dining to match. The buzz keeps building as new restaurants and shops keep getting added. Postino, Barranco Cocina Peruna, Pizza Antica, Tutus, & Metro, are just a sampling of the burgeoning restaurant scene.

Lafayette Reservoir is open year-round for boating, fishing, and hiking in the town center. Another favorite feature of Lafayette is its miles of trails, which are used year-round for biking, jogging, or walking. Trail MapLafayette Trails.
The schools here are excellent; the Acalanes School District consistently is rated at the top of all school districts in California.

Lafayette's Downtown Neighborhood

“Downtown Lafayette” encompasses neighborhoods served by Lafayette Elementary School and represents perhaps the most diversified housing options available in Lafayette. Here you’ll find larger custom homes with graceful architecture and fabulous indoor/outdoor appeal, modest ones with manicured lawns, and many others. There are also condominiums and rental apartments.

A major draw for all is the proximity to our thriving downtown, BART, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, the bike trail, and our excellent schools. In addition to the school fields, there are intimate neighborhood parks to play in and creeks to explore.

“Residents are drawn to Downtown Lafayette neighborhoods for their charm, tree-lined streets, and the close-in location known for great access to schools, trails, commute routes, BART, popular restaurants, and shopping. Everything needed is close by!”



Lafayette's Happy Valley Neighborhood

This highly desired Lafayette neighborhood offers some of the most prestigious addresses in town, if not the entire East Bay.

Despite rapid growth in surrounding areas, Happy Valley has retained a semi-rural and old-fashioned feel. Centrally located to transportation, hiking, biking trails, and downtown retail, Happy Valley boasts eclectic architectural styles and a wide range of home values. You’ll find craftsman homes, mid-century modern masterpieces, and traditional and European-style estates on various parcel sizes.

“Happy Valley is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Lafayette. This loved pocket of town is known for its rural feel, neighborhood walking paths, and luxury estates tucked behind private gates. Its ideal location is within proximity to top-rated schools, Downtown Lafayette’s restaurant row, shopping, and BART.”


Lafayette's Burton Valley Neighborhood

Located halfway between Downtown Lafayette and the town of Moraga, Burton Valley is home to several Lafayette gathering spots.

The Community Center, Lafayette Little League’s Buckeye Fields, and the Community Sports Fields are central to this neighborhood – a favorite of young families. Dog walkers, lemonade stands, and bike riders are familiar sights. During summer, listen for swim team starting-line whistles. October reveals spooky Halloween yard décor that draws legendary trick-or-treat crowds. And, in December, the area becomes a magical winter wonderland, with each home lit more brilliantly than the next.

“Barbecues, swim clubs, lemonade stands, and dog walkers - oh my! Burton Valley is a traditional suburban neighborhood where residents enjoy wide streets, classic ranch-style homes, easy access to trails, schools, and local amenities.” 


Lafayette's Reliez Valley Neighborhood

The Reliez Valley quadrant borders Lafayette's northeastern corner and includes neighborhoods served by Springhill Elementary School.
Considered Lafayette's most rural area, The Reliez Valley Neighborhood is a short distance out of town on Reliez Valley Road. Here the living takes on a country feel, with vineyards and horse pastures sharing the landscape with gated homes, beautiful neighborhoods, and hillsides with panoramic views of the valley. Along this road, you will find the Briones Park trailhead. Briones Regional Park is a 6,117-acre regional park in the East Bay Regional Park District system. Briones Regional Park
An eclectic mix of architecture ranging from California ranch to traditional reminds us of the East Coast. There are still a few original farmhouses, too -- a nod to Lafayette's farming heritage. Sometimes you'll find all this diversity along a single road as neighborhoods evolve.
Residents enjoy the benefits of excellent schools, easy access to Briones Regional Park, a popular local swim clubs, scenic cycling routes, and the neighboring towns of Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, and nearby Martinez.

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