As Lamorinda residents and Realtors, we are knee-deep into our community….
The Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda areas are many times referred to as “Lamorinda”. Lamorinda is an amazing place to live due to its beautiful neighborhoods, top-rated schools, excellent arts programs, competitive athletic teams, proximity to San Francisco and much much more. All of the Lamorinda elementary, middle school and high school API scores are in the 900’s. Many neighborhoods have their own pool and tennis clubs that you can join. A great way to meet people and to get your children involved.
Lafayette is a hop, skip and a jump away from the high-end shopping district of Walnut Creek. Downtown Lafayette has undergone a major renovation with many fantastic new restaurants, cute shops, high-end nail salons, and a brand new library (still under construction). Don’t miss the charming Powell’s candy shop that has every possible type of candy you can imagine. Shopping wise, there is a Safeway, Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s. There is a BART station downtown off of the freeway.
Oakwood Athletic Club is a family-friendly gym to which many people throughout Lamorinda belong. They offer a variety of classes for children including soccer and tae-kwon-do, a café, an outdoor pool (w/swim team) and child-care. There is approximately a year waiting list.
The Lafayette Community Center is an excellent resource for a variety of classes and camps for all ages, https://www.lafayetterec.org/index2.htm. They also have a Tot Drop that we personally have used numerous times when we have been in a bind with childcare. It is great!!!
If you are into the outdoors, the Lafayette Reservoir is a beautiful spot to go for a casual walk with the dog around the 2.5 mile path, a more vigorous hike on the upper trails, a paddle-boat ride or to sit and read a book. Briones Regional Park also features several trails of varying difficulties that can be accessed off of Happy Valley Road or off of Pleasant Hill Road near Springhill Elementary.
Some of our favorite Lafayette restaurants include:
Chow’s – Family friendly environment
Yankee Pier – High-end seafood cuisine
Metro – Great bar, great apps
Uncle Yu’s – Chinese cuisine
Blue Ginko – Japaneese cuisine
Millie’s - Breakfast
Great nail salons: