Why it’s great to live in the City of LafayetteLafayette is an attractive option for homebuyers of all ages. The schools are excellent and the scenery is idyllic. Lafayette is conveniently located near Highway 24 and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), with plenty of restaurants and shops in its vibrant downtown.
Lafayette SchoolsThe Lafayette School District is made up of four elementary schools (grades K-5) and one middle school (grades 6-8). These five schools consistently rank among the top in the state in annual Academic Performance Index (API) testing by the California Department of Education.
Teens typically end up at one of two high schools: Acalanes in Lafayette or Campolindo in neighboring Moraga. Acalanes and Campolindo are two of the four high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District. Acalanes and Campolindo both offer rigorous curriculum, an overall stellar academic reputation, and equally impressive athletic and extracurricular opportunities.
There are many preschools for younger parents to choose from, including parochial, non-denominational, play-based and Montessori programs. There are also private school options in Lafayette for parents seeking an alternative for their children’s K-12 education.
Downtown, Eating Out and NightlifeLafayette is generally considered to have the liveliest of Lamorinda’s downtowns. Downtown Lafayette is charming and fun to explore.
Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette’s “main drag,” is full of restaurants, ranging from family-friendly eateries like Chow and Pizza Antica to more upscale restaurants like Postino, Metro and the Duck Club Restaurant at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa. The Round Up is a legendary bar in the heart of downtown Lafayette.
Shops in Lafayette include popular chains like Chico’s Women’s Clothing and Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, plus plenty of delightful and unique independent stores and mom and pop shops, salons, services and more.
The Scenery and Must-Visit SpotsThe scenic Lafayette Reservoir is probably the most popular walking/running loop in the area. The paved loop around the Reservoir is just under 3 miles. The much longer rim trail is a great option for hikers. The Reservoir is popular for fishing and picnicking and has a great children’s playground. The Lafayette-Moraga trail is another favorite for walking, running and biking. Additional trails and parks in town and the area make this a great city for outdoor recreation. Mount Diablo State Park is a popular nearby destination for hikers and bikers.
Commuters make the short trip to San Francisco via BART, car, or a ride in the “casual carpool.” BART also runs east for commuters headed to other business hubs like Walnut Creek, San Ramon and the Tri-Valley area.
Lafayette has an attractive Veterans Hall, and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center is a new 30,000 square foot state of the art library with technology center, meeting rooms, an art and science discovery center and more.