About Living in Lafayette...
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, Lafayette is 24 miles east of San Francisco in central Contra Costa County. It is bordered by the residential communities of Orinda on the west, Moraga on the south and by the larger city of Walnut Creek on the east.
Lafayette is in central Contra Costa County, one of the most rapidly growing areas in the State. A freeway, Highway 24, intersects the city and connects with another major artery, Interstate 680 near the eastern border of Lafayette, these provide access to the west, north and south.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) the Bay Area’s mass transportation system linking major population center to San Francisco, also runs through town. A large percentage of employed residents of Lafayette are executives and professional people. In many cases they have sought out Lafayette for its quiet sophistication, its easy access to the rest of the Bay Area, and its outstanding schools.
Lafayette is particularly well located because of its easy access to the transportation systems which link the cities of the Bay Area. This network of bus, BART and highway systems make theater, restaurants, sporting events and museums in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco readily available.
While all these opportunities exist in the metropolitan area of which Lafayette is a part, residents can enjoy the good life without leaving town. The Lafayette Reservoir is the local place for fishing, walking and relaxing. There are many hiking and biking trails throughout the city, along with quiet residential streets and a downtown business section which invites browsing and leisurely fine dining.
Set among the East Bay hills, Lafayette homes and small ranches exude a quiet, rural atmosphere. Oak trees and horse trails thrive next to swimming pools and tennis courts. Tree lined residential areas surround a downtown area which includes smaller homes and apartments, as well as schools, churches, a library, and a business section, which offers the necessities and amenities of contemporary life.
Schools, community organizations and business owners work together to make events happen and to make the city one of which everyone can be proud. Lafayette’s citizens share activities such as the Loop Run and the Lafayette Art, Wine and Music Festival. Lafayette is made up of people who work hard to achieve excellence in their schools, homes, community, and in their personal and business lives.