Welcome to Lafayette

Nestled in the rolling hills of the San Francisco Bay Area, residents can be seen driving cars with bumper stickers that read “Love Lafayette.” There is much to love in this small community approximately 20 miles east of San Francisco. It is known for its small-town charm, beautiful tree-lined residential neighborhoods and proximity to natural beauty. Lafayette is one of the towns that makes up Lamorinda.

Lafayette offers a high quality of life, boasting excellent schools, suburban amenities and a strong sense of community. Many professionals, including commuters working in nearby cities, choose to reside in Lafayette due to its peaceful atmosphere and convenient location.






Overall, Lafayette offers a combination of small-town charm, natural beauty, and a high quality of life. Its proximity to
San Francisco allows residents to enjoy the benefits of suburban living, while having access to the cultural and economic opportunities of a larger metropolitan area.

Lafayette is served by the Lafayette School District and Acalanes Union High School District, both of which have a reputation for academic excellence. The city is home to several highly regarded public and private schools, offering residents excellent educational options for their children.

The downtown area of Lafayette features a charming mix of boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. It is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, offering a range of dining options, boutique shopping, and community events. Lafayette Plaza Park, located in the heart of downtown, serves as a gathering place for community events, including a weekly farmers' market. The Art & Wine Festival, held in Lafayette in September is the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County. Residents here enjoy food from local restaurants and wines from hundreds of wineries in the Napa Valley and beyond.
One of Lafayette's notable attractions is the Lafayette Reservoir, which covers 925 acres and provides a scenic setting for outdoor activities. The reservoir offers opportunities for boating, fishing, picnicking, and hiking on its surrounding trails. It is a beloved recreational spot for locals, attracting nature enthusiasts and families seeking outdoor adventures.
Lafayette's commitment to preserving its natural environment is evident in its numerous parks and open spaces. The city has an extensive trail system that connects various neighborhoods and provides opportunities for walking, jogging, and biking.

• “California Distinguished” public schools
• Swim clubs, youth sports programs and many family-centric activities
• Many downtown restaurants, coffee shops and shopping
• Hiking, swimming, bicycling in the Lafayette Reservoir and local trails
• Easy commute on BART into San Francisco

The city of Lafayette was incorporated in 1968, but its history dates back to the mid-19th century when it was initially settled by early Californian pioneers. Lafayette was named after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

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