I don’t see Lamorinda mentioned very often by folks here, with most of the discussion covering SV and SF. I’m starting to think about the next move for our family, and am open to considering different parts of the Bay Area. The move may not happen for a while yet, but I like to plan ahead.
Was curious your thoughts on the area. The surroundings seem to have a natural beauty, and you get a lot more house for your money. Lots look really big, and the schools look good.
Any folks familiar with the area? What are the major differences between the three cities? What are the biggest positives and what are some shortcomings?
Lamorinda is beautiful and everything you mention and it would be good for someone working in the city. However, it is geographically more removed from silicon valley.
Personally speaking, it feels like an upscale bedroom community, not that many companies or business there which I think in turn leads to a lack of a certain energy and vibe. Also, I don’t find it as diverse and I don’t just mean racially, for instance I never saw that many singles or couples with no kids there.
But for many others, all the above could actually be a plus!
All of them have every good schools. Prices are at 75% of Silicon Valley for comparable homes so you are definitely buying at a bargain. You could consider buying if you work in SF or East Bay. However commuting from South Bay might be too long.
I’m actually flipping a house right now in Lafayette. Upscale million dollar flip. Not a cheap place for sure…
Stick with 94596 on the Alamo side. That’s the same school district as Lamorinda. 94598 goes to Northgate which is Mt. Diablo. Northgate is also ok, but beware some WC neighborhoods go to worser schools.