Welcome to Moraga
Quiet and punctuated by beautiful rolling hills, this family-friendly community offers plenty of natural beauty.
Moraga is part of Lamorinda, an area within Contra Costa County named for the combination of the three cities that make up the region: Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda. This area sits east of the Berkeley Hills between the Caldecott Tunnel and Walnut Creek. With a population of fewer than 19,000 residents, Moraga is the smallest city in the region and is best defined as a suburban bedroom community to nearby San Francisco and Oakland.
Once named one of the wealthiest places in the United States, this town is nestled in the beautiful hillsides of the East Bay located directly between Orinda and Lafayette. Rooted in history and diverse in demographics, this 9.5-square-mile parcel of land is home to the branch of the Contra Costa County Library and Saint Mary’s College of California, whose original location used to be in San Francisco and then Oakland.
Quiet and extremely family and pet-friendly (the town offers off-leash use times at all of its community parks), Moraga has been called the “hidden jewel of the San Francisco Bay area” thanks to its solitude and natural beauty.
What to Love
- Once named one of the wealthiest places in the United States
- Nestled in the beautiful hillsides of the East Bay
- Quiet and extremely family and pet-friendly
Both families and young professionals gravitate to Moraga both for its quiet seclusion and close proximity to two of California’s major cities. The commute is excellent here and the quality of life is high — homes are spacious and green space is abundant.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
At Moraga Commons Park, you’ll find fun outdoor activities for the whole family. There are great walking and biking trails here, plus playgrounds, a water feature, a skate park, bocce ball, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as disk golf and abundant picnic areas. Concerts in the park are hosted year-round.
Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, and the Moraga Country Club offers opportunities for golf, tennis, and swimming, plus a posh clubhouse for lunch, dinner, and social events. Family camp-outs and pickleball tournaments are hosted here annually.
There are also great sports programs and an Olympic-size swimming pool at the Soda Aquatic Center at Campolindo High School.
After work and on weekends, locals kick back at the Canyon Club Brewery, a low-key neighborhood tavern serving house-brewed and guest beers paired with Southern dishes.
Things to Do
Every Sunday, over 40 local California farmers and gourmet food purveyors arrive at Moraga Center for the weekly Moraga Farmers Market. The four-hour event takes a seasonal turn, offering fun events like the Halloween Harvest Festival and Costume Parade, the Grape Escape, and an Easter Egg Hunt.
A Summer Concert Series is hosted during the summer months at Moraga Commons. Hosted by the Moraga Park Foundation, the yearly event runs from June until August.
There are plenty of highly-rated schools in Moraga. Choices include:
Camino Pablo, Los Perales, and Rheem Elementary schools
Joaquin Moraga Middle School
Campolindo High School