The central Contra Costa County areas of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda are collectively known as Lamorinda. With a cluster of restaurants and generally high-end shops in its downtown, Lafayette is considered the retail hub of the region. Orinda is a family-oriented community with tree-studded hillsides and also home to the Orinda Theatre Square. Moraga is a valley, surrounded by rolling hills and home to Saint Mary’s College of California.
The City of Lafayette is a great mix of tree-filled neighborhoods and a charming and bustling downtown with lots of shops and restaurants. Walking trails and bike paths can be easily accessed from most neighborhoods, and the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir offers a retreat for walking, hiking, fishing and picnicking. Located on Highway 24, Lafayette has its own BART station providing a quick 25-minute train ride into San Francisco.
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When you dream of living in a town that’s family-friendly, serene, and still close to the urban center, Orinda is what you’re imagining. The schools are consistently ranked among the best in California and swim clubs and other sports activities abound. The shopping district has everything you need, including a beautiful, old-fashioned theater that shows first-run movies. Located right off Highway 24, Orinda has its own BART stop, yet in just a few minutes drive, you can be hiking or biking in some of the most beautiful natural settings imaginable: Tilden Park, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones Open Space and the Lafayette Reservoir.
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With its rolling hills and wide open spaces, Moraga has a unique rural charm. Nestled between Orinda and Lafayette, it offers a feeling of privacy and retreat, while still making it easy to commute to San Francisco. As in the rest of Lamorinda, Moraga has outstanding schools and is also home to St. Mary’s College. Neighborhoods have wide streets and a safe, suburban feel that families love. A weekend Farmer’s Market and beautiful library add to the strong sense of community you’ll find in Moraga.
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