Welcome to Lafayette
Small-town feel with plenty of places to explore
The city of Lafayette is located in the southeastern corner of Colorado, and its location provides residents with a small-town feel and quick access to Boulder. Lafayette is known for its local entertainment, outdoor attractions, and social feel, making it one of the best neighborhoods in Colorado to call home.
Lafayette was founded in 1888, shortly before the city became a major hub of the coal-mining boom. As the industry began to grow, so did the town. When the coal industry declined, Lafayette became a major agriculture-based community, still retaining its population and leading Lafayette to be the city it is today.
The average cost of a home in Lafayette is around $600,000, meaning purchasing real estate here is much more affordable than in neighboring areas. The styles of homes to choose from in Lafayette are endless. Whether you’re into craftsman, colonial, farmhouse, or mid-century modern, you can find an affordable place to call home in Lafayette.
What to Love
- Historic and modernized center with plenty to explore
- Home to summer favorite Waneka Lake
- Tons of community events that celebrate local vendors
People & Lifestyle
Lafayette, Colorado, has a population of over 28,000 people. While the area is diverse, middle-aged professionals love settling down in Lafayette. The quaint lifestyle and small-town feel that Lafayette provides are loved by many. Lafayette is more low-key than the major cities nearby. However, residents can access these areas easily. Some even commute to Denver and Boulder for work with quick travel time. The weekends are well spent by residents exploring nature and socializing in the neighborhood's hub.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The city's central hub is called Old Town Lafayette. This historic area is filled with local events, boutiques, and restaurants. If you’re looking for a bite to eat or a one-of-a-kind gift, you’re sure to find it here.
is a home decor, clothing, and gift boutique loved by many in the Lafayette community. At Just Dandy, visitors can find beautiful decorations, unique pieces of furniture, and accessories. For a more modern shopping experience, the FlatIron Crossing
features a wide variety of stores and restaurants.
For a meal guaranteed to please everyone, head to 95a Bistro & Co
. Their extensive menu serves traditional American dishes all the way to seafood, providing a wonderful dining experience for all. If you’re looking for a fun and locally centric night out, The Post Chicken and Beer
offers craft beer, cocktails, and some of the best Southern grub in the area. Your dining experience in Lafayette is sure to be tasty and eclectic.
Things to Do
This neighborhood is home to some of the most adventurous and beautiful places to explore. Whether you’re looking to take a hike on Lafayette’s trails or try something completely new, the neighborhood has something for you.
Lafayette uniquely offers hot-air balloon rides—Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights
, located in Lafayette, is rated the state’s favorite way to ride. Take off between Denver and Estes Park and enjoy breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Residents and visitors can take part in this bucket list excursion during flying season, which lasts May through November.
There are several trails to explore in Lafayette, and each one offers its own views and activities. If you’re looking to get out on the water, Waneka Lake is the perfect place to go. If you’re looking for a secluded area to hike and picnic, Teller Farms Trail provides gorgeous views and a trail suitable for all skill levels.
Lafayette is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Peak to Peak Charter School, K-12, highest-ranked elementary school in Colorado
- Monarch High School, 9-12, highly ranked high school in the state
- Summit Middle Charter School, 6-8, a top-rated middle school in Colorado