Welcome to Lafayette

An oasis from city life

Nestled outside of San Francisco, Lafayette is a highly sought-after community. With a population of approximately 24,000, Lafayette is known for being one of the safest places to live. This happening town is renowned for its idyllic luscious green hills, excellent schools, enviable weather, thriving arts and culture scene, and bustling downtown.

The history of this Contra Costa town can be traced back to the mid-1800s. The Lafayette post office was established in 1857, making it the 10th post office in Contra Costa County. What was once a rural settlement has since evolved into a lively suburb.

This Bay Area suburb has plenty of variety when it comes to home styles. The most popular styles are ranch houses, custom homes, and loft-style condos.

What to Love

  • A thriving arts scene

  • Upscale dining at Postino Restaurant

  • Taking part in the Lafayette Reservoir Run


People & Lifestyle

Although located just beyond the Caldecott Tunnel, Lafayette is known for having a more relaxed atmosphere with quieter surroundings than some of the other Bay Area neighborhoods. Residents here enjoy a sparse suburban feel filled with family-owned shops and surrounded by nature.

With excellent schools, green spaces, and a suburban atmosphere, Lafayette is home to residents from all walks of life. However, this San Francisco suburb is particularly popular with families who are drawn to its family-friendly attributes. As well, Lafayette is popular with young professionals looking for a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Lafayette may be a small community, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer plenty to do and see. If you want to enjoy a night out at an upscale restaurant, head over to Postino Restaurant. This high-end establishment serves authentic Italian cuisine in a rustic setting. The exposed brick and fireplaces make this the perfect place for a special date night out. The farmers' market is open on Sundays from 9 AM to 1 PM. Enjoy purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables while also supporting local businesses.

Lafayette is filled with a plethora of quaint and charming local shops. Indigo and Poppy is an interior and home goods store with everything from blown-glass vases to a velvet accented dining room set. Venture Quality Goods is another popular local shop that sells high-quality clothing.

Things to Do

No matter what your interests are, Lafayette has something for you! The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is perhaps one of the most highly attended festivals in Contra Costa County. Around for nearly 25 years, this annual festival brings together attendees to enjoy crafts, local vendors, food trucks, and music on four separate stages.

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is the educational heart of the city. Much more than just a library, this acclaimed institution offers an assortment of programs for people of all ages. As well, the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center has been a part of the community since 1925 and honors the heroic sacrifices of fallen soldiers.

The Lafayette Reservoir is the perfect go-to spot for outdoor enthusiasts. This all-year day-use area is great for hiking, jogging, fishing, boating, or picnicking. Enjoy a stroll in the sunshine, or make some memories with your family while fishing. If you want to challenge yourself, take part in the Lafayette Reservoir Run in October. This annual event hosts four races, letting you find something that’s right for you.


Lafayette is home to an abundance of excellent schooling options. Top educational institutions include:

  • Burton Valley Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Happy Valley Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Lafayette Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Spring Hill Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • M.H. Stanley Middle School, Public, 6-8

  • Acalanes High School, Public, 9-12

  • Bentley Upper School, Private, 9-12

  • Contra Costa Jewish Day School, Private, K-8

  • Fusion Academy, Private, 6-12

  • St. Perpetua, Catholic School, Private, K-8

  • The Meher School, Private, Pre-K-5

  • The Springstone School, Private, 6-12

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