Named after a French military hero and today renowned for its upscale lifestyle, pastoral rolling hills, small town downtown and a warm summer Mediterranean climate is the beautiful city of Lafayette, located on the 15 sqaure miles of Contra Costa County. The city is studded with a number of community centers, Buckeye fields (used for baseball and the like), hiking trails and reservoir. The wildlife communities of the Lafayette include the oak woodlands and the mixed woods. Significant landmarks of the city include the Lafayette Hillside Memorial and the Thomas Kinkade Art Galleries.

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