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Lafayette

A small and cozy suburb, the perfect place for families to feel at home.

Welcome to Lafayette

Nestled in the rolling hills of the San Francisco Bay Area, the town of Lafayette has plenty to offer. If you’re searching for Bay Area homes for sale, this stunning and lively area of Contra Costa County should absolutely be on your list.

 

Lafayette real estate can be found in four distinct neighborhoods. Happy Valley is Lafayette’s most distinguished and prestigious neighborhood, while Burton Valley is a small and cozy suburb the perfect place for families to feel at home. There’s also the rustic and serene neighborhood of Reliez Valley, characterized by green, rolling hills and large oak trees.

 

There is plenty of Lafayette real estate to suit your needs, whether you’re looking for a large family home or a cozy abode. The Happy Valley neighborhood features large custom homes to traditional single-family residences. Homes in Happy Valley are typically private, located in serene settings with breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo. Single-level California ranch homes are popular in Burton Valley, while contemporary homes and beautifully restored farmhouses are common in Reliez Valley.

 

What to Love

  • Lots of outdoor recreation

  • Proximity to major cities like San Francisco

  • Plenty of parks and trails

  • Thriving downtown area

 

People & Lifestyle

This East Bay suburb boasts a small-town feel that residents adore. There are plenty of recreational activities available for those who want to get out and enjoy the fresh air; walk your dog through a pleasant, green park, or enjoy a brisk jog or bike ride.

 

Families love Lafayette’s top-rated school system and sense of community. The lively downtown Walnut Creek area is right next door, providing plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment, so there’s always something to do. For commuters, San Francisco is just a short 30-minute trip away.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Downtown Lafayette is packed with awesome opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment. There’s always something exciting to enjoy here in town.

 

Shop small local boutiques like clothing store Venture Quality Goods or children’s retailer Myara Kids. Locals also love to shop at home goods store Indigo and Poppy and luxury home improvement store Luxe Home by Douglah Designs, where you can find everything you need to keep your home looking fabulous.

 

You can also find great restaurants in Downtown Lafayette, including RÊVE Bistro, which serves upscale French bistro classics, relaxed yet chic The Hideout Kitchen, and Locanda Positano, a trendy Italian restaurant serving delicious Neapolitan flatbreads and other delicacies.

 

Things to Do

If you’re looking for exciting things to do, downtown Lafayette is your best bet! Along with a plethora of townhomes and apartments, this area hosts fun events and activities.

 

Enjoy the seasonal farmers’ market from May through August, where local vendors sell a variety of fresh produce. In May, residents can enjoy local school bands performing at the Lafayette Reservoir for Concert at the Rez, and in the summer, the town hosts a family-friendly Rock the Plaza picnic event at the downtown Lafayette Plaza.

 

Residents enjoy spending time at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. There’s also the Lafayette Reservoir, conveniently located and perfect for hiking, walking, fishing, boating, or picnicking. Burton Valley is situated near the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, and families love to spend time at the local swimming pool. Looking to get away for the weekend? Highway 24 and BART are close by, providing easy ways to travel in and out of the area.

 

Schools

Lafayette is also known for its stellar school system. Local children can attend Happy Valley Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, or the top-rated Burton Valley Elementary before moving on to Stanley Middle School and Acalanes Union High School.

 

Neighborhoods Near Lafayette

If you enjoy Lafayette's relaxed, suburban feel, you should check out real estate in Orinda, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill. We also have stunning houses for sale in Moraga, a nearby community that was ranked by Niche as one of Contra Costa's best places to live.

Overview for Lafayette, CA

25,384 people live in Lafayette, where the median age is 44.8 and the average individual income is $97,946. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

25,384

Total Population

44.8 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$97,946

Average individual Income

Around Lafayette, CA

There's plenty to do around Lafayette, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

96
Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
68
Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Aduco, Lover of Paris Macarons, and Gillham Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 2.41 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.38 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.49 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.2 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.33 miles 22 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.43 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Lafayette, CA

Lafayette has 8,917 households, with an average household size of 2.84. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lafayette do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 25,384 people call Lafayette home. The population density is 1,689.53 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

25,384

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

44.8

Median Age

50.98 / 49.02%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
8,917

Total Households

2.84

Average Household Size

$97,946

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Lafayette, CA

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Primary Schools ()
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Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Lafayette. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
The Child Day School - Lafayette
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Diablo Valley Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Burton Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Happy Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Lafayette Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
M. H. Stanley Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5

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