Lafayette real estate ranges from small properties to large estates. Happy Valley is situated in Lafayette’s northwest, with grand gated homes enjoying exceptional elevated views. Reliez Valley to the northeast is characterized by a mix of expansive rural estates and quiet residential neighborhoods of single-family homes. Homes close to the downtown area in Lafayette’s southwest range from spacious custom-builds to stylish modern apartments and condominiums. To the southeast, Burton has a close-knit suburban feel, with streets lined with remodeled single-level California ranch homes and a variety of neighborhood parks.
What to Love
Suburban community feel
Convenient for commuting
Bustling downtown area
The Lafayette Trail
People & Lifestyle
Lafayette’s combination of convenient access to the Bay Area’s largest cities and suburban-to-rural calm makes it a favored choice for those seeking a quiet place to call home. The population covers all age groups, with young families living alongside retirees. Residents love living in an area where they can be an active part of their community, engaging in art classes and joining local sports groups. Lafayette’s rural surroundings also provide incredible privacy for those looking for a place to get away from it all.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Mt. Diablo Boulevard is Lafayette’s main downtown stretch, with a charming mix of quirky stores and trendy restaurants. Postino
offers fine dining with both Italian and American choices, including eggplant parmesan, duck, and short ribs. Millie’s Kitchen
is a local favorite for brunch and breakfast with exceptional omelets, french toast, and waffles. The Park Bistro & Bar
is a great place to grab a cocktail or celebrate a special occasion.
In terms of retail, Farmyard Darlings carries country chic home furnishings, utilizing reclaimed wood to create custom pieces. Venture
showcases a wide range of apparel either designed or created in California. Broadway Plaza
is a popular shopping hub, offering high-end options like Sephora, Lululemon, Nordstrom, and Zara. Several bakeries, coffee shops, and restaurants are also available in the outlet.
La Fiesta Square
is home to a variety of upscale retailers, restaurants, and coffee shops--in addition to larger retailers like Harper Green and Chico’s, specialty stores like clock and bicycle stores can also be found here. The luxurious amenities at the French Chateaux-style Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
include gourmet farm-to-table dining, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and European-style spa. For groceries, Lafayette has both a Whole Foods Market and a Trader Joe’s.
Things to Do
The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
in September brings together more than 250 arts and crafts vendors with local wines, craft beers, food trucks, children’s activity areas, and four stages of live music.
Thanks to the Lafayette Trail, getting around Lafayette by bicycle is incredibly convenient. This 7.5-mile trail runs from Lafayette to Moraga and was one of California’s first pedestrian and cycling trails to be built along historic railroad tracks. More outdoor recreation opportunities can be enjoyed at Lafayette Reservoir
, where hiking trails wind through wooded and open areas within a beautifully scenic setting that attracts more than a million visitors per year. The members-only amenities at Oakwood Athletic Club include an outdoor heated pool, sports courts, first-rate fitness facilities, Pilates classes, and spa and massage treatments.