Home values are still very solid and inventory is low so bottom line is if a great opportunity comes your way jump on it because I hear there are multiple offers and going within a few days if not hours.
Moraga Resident (13 yrs and not an agent)
I've been living in Moraga for 3 years now and it is great for families! There are a lot of large families here - with 4+ children and extended families that live in Moraga. Seems like many people who grow up and go to school in Moraga move away for college and their 20s and then return in their ~30s with kids, so some families have the grandparents living in / around Moraga. Of course many families don't have extended family in Moraga also :), but some do...
Haven't found much 'snob factor' here at all - I think it helps that Moraga is a little quieter than other towns around so there are fewer places to "be seen." To give you a sense of some of the 'small town' aspects there is an annual fireworks display that the town sponsors, weekly free music in the commons where people bring blankets and eat hot dogs, etc. and a pear festival, etc. As some others have said, most people in Moraga are working hard to raise their families and enjoying all the activities in town.
Moraga Resident (3 yrs and not an agent)
I grew up in Lamorinda and went to high school in Moraga at Campolindo. My family and I lived in Sanders Ranch for a short time, while our house in Lafayette was being repaired from the 1989 earthquake. I can tell you first hand that Moraga is a great community to grow up and live in. In fact, many of the same families I knew when growing up, still live there today. I am happy to put you in touch with any of my family friends and clients that live in Moraga, and they can tell you their personal experiences.
Please feel free to contact me for more insight and info.
Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda (we lovingly call "Lamorinda") are always good bets for families for a variety of reasons: good schools, large lots (play area and gardens), winding roads and hills (nice topography), and fabulous downtown areas --- with the old town charm --- with truly interesting shopping, restaurants. Definitely something for everyone.
For a little more excitement, etc. Walnut Creek is also a good bet especially since they have a lot more shopping (and dining areas) to which folks from Lamorinda would flock to. I personally like the Broadway Plaza.
Choices of housing abound from detached single family homes, to townhouses, to condos and patio homes.
What are your specific requirements, and how may I help?
I would be happy to send you demographics for each area if that will help you with any questions. It's my belief that you will find great people throughout the area. Moraga is only a short drive to Walnut creek if you make friends there.
The facts that Moraga is one of the most beautiful cities in the Bay Area,
There are thousands of people who either live there or would like to,
The property values are way up there,
The weather is among the best,
It is not on the way to anywhere, so traffic is not a problem.
I don't understand what the problem is.
Good luck and may God bless