Lafayette Real Estate

    The basics: The city sits between Walnut Creek to the east and Orinda to the west. This wealthy community with modest ranchers to multi-million dollar estates is one of the most sought after places to live in the East Bay. Home to the scenic Reservoir for year round hiking, jogging, fishing, boating and picnicking. Lafayette homes for sale range in the low $1,000,000s and above. The average median Lafayette home for sale in 2015 was $1,350,000.

    History: Named for Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette, the town was originally the home to Bay Miwok tribe before passing under Spanish then American rule. Lafayette was incorporated in 1968.

    What it’s known for: tight knit community with a small town feel. This community is highly desirable because of its ranch homes and top rated schools.

    Fun Fact: The city used to be a stop on the pony express. Riders would pick up fresh horses at where is now the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road.

    Want to live here? Expect to pay in the $900,000 range for a starter home here. Some of the more affordable areas are pockets surrounding Burton Valley and the Stanley area near downtown. Higher priced homes can be found in the Happy Valley neighborhood north of interstate Highway 24. Condos and town homes are rare, but some complexes centered in the downtown area feature units in the $500,000 range and above.

    Lafayette Neighborhoods

    Acalanes Valley
    Burton Valley
    Happy Valley
    Mountain Valley
    Northridge
    Reliez Valley

     

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