Welcome to Lafayette
Feel at home amongst scenic views and friendly neighbors.
On 15 square miles between Berkeley and Walnut Creek lies Lafayette. Summers are perfect for being out amongst the oak tree-studded hills, hiking, biking, and seeing the area without a screen. The city supports environmental sustainability in an effort to protect and enhance the local natural areas. Parks and open spaces are preserved for recreational use, such as the Lafayette Reservoir and Briones Regional Park. Custom homes and ranch houses allow for breathtaking views of the region.
What to Love
- Charming downtown
- Great commute location, has its own Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station
The suburban Lafayette locale is ideal for enjoying life on a smaller scale. San Francisco’s hustle and grind are forgotten amongst the grass-covered hills around the city. As a resident of Lafayette, you’ll feel as if you’re a part of the small-town community any time you walk downtown.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Finding something delectable to dine on is easy on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. The locals lovingly refer to the street as “Restaurant Row” for the number of restaurants which can be spotted along the Boulevard for several blocks. Whether you’re craving Italian and yearn for the cozy fireplaces at Postino or want to relax with a glass of wine at The Hideout Kitchen, there’s an eatery that will satisfy your cravings. Sit indoors or outdoors with your favorite seafood dish at the Peruvian Barranco Cocina Peruana. Have a cup of espresso and a fresh pastry at Sideboard before you head to the local market Diablo Foods. A fixture in the area since 1968, the market carries specialty groceries, flowers, prepared meals, and wines.
Things to Do
Aside from walking down Mt. Diablo Boulevard, there are some events and activities the locals of Lafayette enjoy every year. Summer brings movie nights in the Park Plaza, the Earth Day Celebration in April, the Concert at the Rez in May, the Farmers Market every Sunday starting in May and ending in August. The Fall sees the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival in September and the Lafayette Reservoir Run in October. Though many of these events take place on special dates, there are still a number of ways to get out and adventure in Lafayette. The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail is more than 7 and a half miles of paved surface for public use. Multiple staging areas connect to the trail. Residents bike, walk, and ride their horses along the pathway.
The Lafayette School District services the best elementary schools in the area, while Acalanes Union High District covers an excellent high school. Kids receive outstanding educations at these high-caliber institutions. The quality of the schools proves the suburb’s commitment to lifelong learning.
Happy Valley Elementary School, Grades K-5, Amongst Top 40 Blue Ribbon Schools in California
Burton Valley Elementary School, Grades K-5, National Blue Ribbon School
Lafayette Elementary School
Stanley Middle School
Acalanes High School, Grades 9-12, Amongst the 2021 Awardees of California Distinguished Schools