Just 24 miles from San Francisco, Lafayette’s Mediterranean climate is popular with those seeking sunny weather free from the fog. Low on density, high on greenery, Lafayette offers great weather, excellent schools, and an easy commute to San Francisco thanks to the BART station in the town center that makes it an easy commute to the city.
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The Happy Valley neighborhood features rolling hillsides, meandering country roads and showplace estate homes perched on large parcels on hillsides offering panoramic views of the valley. Two minutes out of town on Reliez Valley Road, the living takes on a country feel, with vineyards, cattle ranches, and horse pastures sharing the landscape with gated homes and large estates large estates.
Lafayette is an affluent community, and its central shopping district offers shopping and dining to match. Michelin Star restaurants Postino, Artisan Bistro, and The Duck Club in the Lafayette Park Hotel, the most elegant hotel in Contra Costa County, are thriving. For those seeking old-fashioned comfort food with an English flavor The Squirrels is a trip back in time.
Nearly in the center of town, Lafayette Reservoir is open year round for boating, fishing, and hiking. After a long day on the water, locals head to the Roundup, an irony-free throwback to rowdy roadhouses.
As you might expect schools here are excellent. The Acalanes School District is consistently rated in at the top of all school districts in California.