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DOWNTOWN “Trail Neighborhood”
The “Trail Neighborhood” has emerged as a well-recognized area of Lafayette over the last several years – concurrent with the metamorphous that has taken place with our downtown. Once a sleepy, understated downtown that really belied the socio-economic complexion of the city, central Lafayette has emerged as a beautiful area that blends cultural resources with commerce. Mt. Diablo Blvd is lined with fine restaurants, boutiques, commercial office space, and superb grocery shopping that ranges from the locally owned Diablo Foods, to Whole Foods and Safeway.
Adjacent to the town’s main street, you’ll find new restaurants moving into town on Lafayette Circle, as well as an array of small boutiques. Downtown Lafayette is undergoing a Renaissance that has created a vibrant, thriving area of commerce that draws the city’s residents to it, as well as those from neighboring Orinda, Moraga, and Walnut Creek.
The “Trail Neighborhood” meshes in part with downtown Lafayette, but also extends to the border of Burton Valley as it parallels the Lafayette-Moraga Trail, from where the neighborhood got its name. The homes along the Trail are typically ranch style designs from the 70s and 80s on large lots. The appeal of being close to recreational options offered by the Trail and proximate to downtown Lafayette has caused values to increase substantially over the last several years. As long-time residents move out, younger families move in and often undertake significant renovations of these homes.
Even more central to downtown, and within the “Trail Neighborhood”, are the homes on and around Moraga Blvd. Typically, these homes are older, extraordinarily charming, but also smaller than those that extend along the more distant reaches of the Trail. The streets are lined with mature trees, and there is a small park at the center of the Moraga Blvd area. These homes typically appeal to couples and small families who desire the close proximity to downtown.