The highly desirable residential retreat of Lafayette claims rich history dating back to the mid-1800’s with a Mexican land grant called Rancho Acalanes.
Covering nearly all of present day Lafayette, Rancho Acalanus’ original homes became the first community in central Contra Costa County. Today, the city of Lafayette is proud of its status as one of the most prestigious addresses in the East Bay. Lafayette offers highly acclaimed schools, fine restaurants, access to BART and major highways and some of the area’s most luxurious housing options.
Although most communities in Contra Costa County are poised for growth, Lafayette is stable. This desirable enclave is limited by land availability with little room for expansion. Many consider the “capped growth” as extremely positive and one of the most appealing aspects of this exclusive community.
Very little is expected to change in this upscale city filled with lovely homes and interspersed with attractive retail shops and services. Newcomers will find a wonderful medley of fine arts galleries, boutiques, bakeries, nurseries and bookstores. This unique community offers an idyllic environment with a blend of diverse topography, access to recreational amenities, established neighborhoods and a small-town feeling. From the charming downtown district to hidden valleys, every neighborhood and housing development in the Lafayette area is highly desirable.
Obviously very dedicated to preserving the area’s natural beauty and aesthetic appeal, local homeowners are meticulous in caring for their properties.
An ideal choice for young professionals as well as executives and growing families, Lafayette sponsors year-round activities for children. Equestrian paths for horseback riding and multi-purpose trails for hiking and biking dot the area. Nearby Lafayette Reservoir holds equal appeal for boaters and anglers, and trails are filled with joggers on balmy evenings.