Welcome to Lamorinda
Charming area featuring three family-friendly communities
Lamorinda is a charming area of Contra Costa County encompassing the communities of Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga. These three idyllic communities are nestled within the rolling hillsides between Oakland and Berkeley to the west and Walnut Creek to the east. All three offer a welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere with outstanding schools and sports programs.
Lamorinda’s diverse real estate mix includes an eclectic array of housing options. Some of the area’s most sought-after properties are luxurious homes in private gated communities, sprawling acreage estates, and spectacular custom-build residences. There are also numerous peaceful neighborhoods featuring classic California ranches, mid-century Craftsman residences, and contemporary single-family homes. The hilly terrain means many Lamorinda homes enjoy sweeping views over the gorgeous surrounding scenery.
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What to Love
- Charming and family-friendly communities
- Mount Diablo Boulevard shopping and dining
- Gorgeous rolling scenery
- Sports groups and recreational amenities
The peaceful semi-rural community of Orinda extends across the rolling hillsides to the east of Berkeley. Highway 24 bisects both Orinda and Lafayette on its route from Oakland in the west to Walnut Creek in the east. The inviting small city of Lafayette features a vibrant downtown area with a sophisticated dining scene. Moraga is nestled within a valley to the south of Orinda and Lafayette. Moraga Country Club is one of the area’s most desirable gated communities with 521 luxurious homes overlooking a beautiful 18-hole golf course. All three communities offer a relaxed and quiet setting within easy reach of other destinations throughout Contra Costa County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Both Orinda and Lafayette have BART stations connecting to Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Lafayette’s Mount Diablo Boulevard is teeming with trendy stores and restaurants. The Coop
serves an elevated menu of classic American fare, including mouthwatering burgers in brioche buns, racks of St. Louis-style pork ribs, 12-ounce bone-in ribeye steaks, fresh fish, and signature fried chicken. Diablo Foods has long upheld a reputation as one of Contra Costa County’s finest grocery stores. The exquisite selection at Diablo Foods includes USDA Choice and Prime grade meats, high-quality local produce, and fresh fish brought in daily. Diablo Foods
also sells more than 200 varieties of cheese, beautiful floral arrangements, and an extensive array of Californian wines. If you’re looking to grab something to eat on the go, the store offers customizable gourmet sandwiches from the deli counter and sushi made on-site.
The stylish open-air La Fiesta Square
shopping center on Mount Diablo Boulevard features a variety of artisanal eateries alongside retailers such as Bluemercury, Chico’s, and J. McLaughlin. Orinda Theater Square
is another standout shopping and dining destination centered on a classic 1940s Art Deco movie theater in the heart of downtown Orinda. Highlights here include craft beers and gastropub eats at The Fourth Bore Tap Room and Grill
, tasty Italian-American dishes at Piccolo Napoli
, and funky film-themed wine bar Cine Cuvee
. Moraga’s premier eateries include cozy Sicilian restaurant La Finestra Ristorante
and quaint Roman bistro Amoroma
Things to Do
The communities of Lamorinda are surrounded by open space with many hiking trails ascending the area’s scenic hillsides. Residents of all three communities also enjoy access to a wide range of local sports groups and teams. There are lots of kids’ swim teams and lessons available at the area’s aquatics facilities, including Sun Valley Swimming Pool
and Sherman Swim School
in Lafayette and Orinda Park Pool
and Oak Springs Pool
in Orinda. Moraga Country Club features a year-round pool complex with a nine-lane lap pool, baby pool, and two spas. Other amenities at Moraga Country Club
include exceptional tennis facilities and a rolling 18-hole golf course. The club’s centerpiece is a striking 22,000-square-foot California Mission-style clubhouse with upscale dining spaces and an extensive program of social events.
Saint Mary’s College of California
in Moraga has 17 Division 1 sports teams, including one of the nation’s top-ranked mid-major basketball programs. Men’s and women’s teams from Saint Mary’s have won championships in soccer, softball, tennis, rugby, and volleyball. Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art
hosts special exhibitions and a permanent collection that includes many works from noted landscape painter William Keith.
Lamorinda is served by the Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda Union Elementary and Acalanes Union High School Districts.
- Acalanes High School (Lafayette), Public, 9-12
- Campolindo High School (Moraga), Public, 9-12
- Miramonte High School (Orinda), Public, 9-12
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