A charming and spacious community with a focus on family.

Welcome to Lafayette

Once a wide expanse of quiet farmland, Lafayette began to grow after World War II, when the construction boom led to an increase in new homes. When BART arrived in the mid-1970s, Lafayette was connected to San Francisco and its future as a thriving and vibrant suburb was set. The Lafayette of today retains that small-town charm and bucolic beauty of yesteryear and now boasts a tight-knit, friendly community, excellent schools, and an idyllic setting to call home. 

With tree-lined streets, a bustling downtown district, and expansive green spaces, Lafayette has become the perfect blend of residential paradise, urban flair, and rural serenity. The downtown district is bustling and vibrant and the scenery is some of the best California has to offer. Housing here is as unique as the town is beautiful, with everything from updated single-family Craftsman and ranch styles, to magnificent estates, stunning mansions, and luxurious condo buildings complete with every amenity.

What to Love

  • Stunning views and wild beauty 
  • Perfect year-round climate
  • Warm, welcoming community
  • Rich arts and culture scene

People & Lifestyle

Residents of Lafayette tend to be highly successful, well-educated people who play as hard as they work. This affluent community enjoys an active, healthy lifestyle with rich cultural interests, and retirees especially find Lafayette to be the perfect blend of easy elegance and laid-back, outdoorsy charm.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Lafayette’s thriving, diverse culinary scene gives residents a reason to stay close to home. The organic eatery and gourmet market Tutu's serves American comfort food and all-day breakfast and brunch. Chef-prepared foods are available in the adjoined market, and the bar specializes in delicious cocktails made with fresh, organic juices and high-quality spirits.

Channeling the best of European style, chic French eatery Reve Bistro features an upscale menu of classic dishes and excellent wines. The chef-driven cuisine, including moules frites, coq au vin, and steak frites, evokes the feel of Paris right in your own beautiful backyard.

Lafayette Park Hotel, an idyllic retreat with a sparkling pool and romantic courtyards surrounded by expanses of oak trees, is home to the outstanding Park Bistro and Bar. This French farmhouse-style bistro showcases local and sustainable ingredients and specializes in the understated decadence of farm-to-table California cuisine. Once you’ve satiated your hunger, outfit your new Lafayette home at White Barn Home, which offers stylish, modern country decor designed to make your home your favorite place to be.

Things to Do

Lafayette’s stunning scenery provides endless opportunities for enjoying the California sunshine. Make a day of it at the 925-acre Lafayette Reservoir and spend a lovely day hiking, fishing, boating, or picnicking in this stunning setting. The rolling hills and secluded canyons of Briones Regional Park span over 6,000 acres of wildlife viewing, camping, and more. Saddle up and head out on the gorgeous Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, an eight-mile pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian path running between Lafayette and Moraga.

One of the largest events in the county, the annual Lafayette Art and Wine Festival provides four stages of live music, more than 300 art, wine, and food vendors, three kid zones, Santa sightings, train rides on the Lafayette Express, and an official holiday tree lighting.


Lafayette is home to several excellent educational opportunities, including:

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With consistently over $100 million annual transactions, $1 billion lifetime transactions the Martin Homes Team is your go-to team for all things Lamorinda Real Estate. With four generations in Lafayette, and also licensed general contractors, they provide unparalleled customer service, preparation, and transparency throughout the entire buying or selling process.