Tree-lined streets. A distinctive, bustling downtown. Plenty of room to roam. Sound like the perfect blend of suburban, urban, and rural living? Welcome home to Lafayette.
Situated at the midway point between Berkeley Hills to the west and Walnut Creek to the east, Lafayette merges a number of distinctive scenes to create a unique experience.
Originally settled in the mid-1800s, Lafayette served as a rural outpost for those on the way to San Francisco. Over the past half-century, the city has blossomed, developing an identity all its own—tight-knit enclaves and an energetic business district surrounded by some of central California's best scenery.
Lafayette housing is equally diverse, characterized by palatial estates and mansions, classic ranch-style residences with modern updates, and thoughtfully designed California Craftsman homes. There are also well-appointed luxury condos for those seeking high-end communal living.
What to Love
Gorgeous climate year-round
Picturesque rolling hills and abundant natural wilderness
Strongly supported art and cultural scene
Close-knit and welcoming community vibe
People & Lifestyle
To call Lafayette a suburb of San Francisco would be a disservice to the area's independent spirit. Though commuters live in close proximity to the big-city amenities of San Francisco, the distance allows for a retreat from the hustle and bustle. Residents truly have the best of both worlds.
Lafayette is full of successful individuals who subscribe to the work-hard-play-hard mantra, and the median household income is approximately $152,000. The population is also well-educated—39% of adults have a bachelor's degree, and another 33% possess a master's or higher.
There's a healthy population of retirees as well—both those who planted roots and never left and ones who sought a laid-back, outdoorsy lifestyle after retiring—with nearly 20% of the population 65 or older.