Why Move to Moraga? by Lily Wescott, Moraga Realtor


Moraga Ranked in as one of the Top Ten Cities to Live and Learn in the Nation!!


Located 20 miles across the Bay from San Francisco lies the picturesque Town of Moraga. Tucked among the beautiful hills, parks, and trails, Moraga has no direct freeway access – it is country quiet, yet city close. Cows grazing on the hills, wild turkeys roaming along the trails and quail crossing the streets are daily reminders that Moraga is still a semi-rural place. Yet the BART trains are only 5miles away to whisk residents to major Bay Area work centers. Downtown Walnut Creek with its upscale boutiques and 4-star restaurants is just a 15 minute drive.

Many families move to Moraga for its excellent schools. All 3 elementary schools received an API score above 900. Campolindo High School is ranked one of the top high schools in California and many of the graduates attend distinguished Colleges and Universities in the U.S. Moraga is also home to St. Mary’s College, a private Liberal Arts College,well known for Teaching and Nursing Degrees, as well as its MBA programs.

Although a small town (population is a little over 16,000) Moraga is very self-sufficient. At the town shopping centers you can catch a hit movie in the Art Deco Rheem Theatre, get fresh fruits and vegetables from the weekly Farmer’s Market, meet friends over coffee at Starbucks, enjoy a meal at one of 20 eateries and shop for groceries, pharmacy goods, clothes and more.

Adding to the charm of Moraga are all the home-grown events powered by a vast volunteer community. Residents here enjoy an annual Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast, fireworks, outdoor concerts, Pear Festival, Halloween Carnival and Treeline Triathalon.

Moraga’s recent claim to fame is the 3 Olympians that hail from this town. Peter Varellas (Water Polo), Kim Vandenberg (Swimming) and Jeff Stevens (Baseball) received medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, exemplifying the prominence of these sports at the recreational and High School levels in Moraga. Matt Biondi, Gold Medal Swimming Olympian in the 1980s, also grew up in Moraga.

Low crime, no freeway access, close-knit community, great schools and sports, are just some of the reasons to make Moraga your home.