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Lamorinda as the locals say is a portmanteau from the names of the three cities Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda. It’s used when they are referred to as a whole. (Sometimes the term can include the Walnut Creek area closest to Lafayette.) Each city, or town (since Moraga is still a town), is unique in many ways, and as experts of the area, Karen Richardson Group can help you navigate through the good and great of each one.
This rustic suburb in the East Bay hills is full of natural landscapes and plenty of wild turkeys that occasionally strut on the downtown sidewalks. Many residents spend their free time hiking, biking, or running with their dogs beside them (off leash).
The schools are some of the best around, ranking #86 nationally in US News & World Report. Campolindo High School (CHS) CHS offers video production and digital photography classes, as well as great sports opportunities. A fun fact: Olympic star, Matt Biondi, got his start on the school's swim team.
Moraga has 'small town' aspects such as an annual fireworks display that the town sponsors, weekly free music in the commons where people bring blankets and eat hot dogs, and a pear festival. All in all, Moraga is a beautiful Northern California setting that enables you live life amongst nature.
Lafayette is renowned for its top rated schools, small town downtown, and oak tree-studded hills. Residents are known to spend their money at local businesses, which make up the majority of downtown of Lafayette. They also tend to be involved in the community as well as their children’s education.
Superintendent of the Lafayette School District has been quoted saying, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a classroom and there are four or five adults in there.” Acalanes High School offers a strong college preparatory program. Students are offered six different ROP (Regional Occupation Program) courses. Many of these classes fulfill University of California a-g requirements.
The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, held each year on the third weekend in September, is the largest event in Lamorinda, and one of the five biggest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa County. Over 50,000 attended in 2015, strolling among stalls of art, handmade crafts, sampling foods from top local restaurants, and enjoying quality wines and microbrews. Karen Richardson Group hosts a wine booth every year to support Lafayette Chamber, local non-profits, and area schools.
The family-oriented community of Orinda lies within a semi-rural setting. There is a well-known country club as well as Orinda Theatre Square, a small downtown area with shopping, restaurants, and a movie theatre. It also has the San Pablo Reservoir that is great for kayaking, small boating, and fishing, (but no swimming.)
Miramonte High School is a well-maintained campus, with a positive learning environment, and motivated students. All students participate in the school's college preparatory and elective programs and approximately 85% of the student body participates in co-curricular activities.
Not to be forgotten, Orinda was once the home to the famous Steph Curry! Locals enjoy natural beauty, excellent schools, and close proximity to the city of San Francisco. All of this makes Orinda a delightful place in which to work, live, visit and play.