Orinda

Welcome to Orinda

The epitome of suburban living

Located about 18 miles outside of San Francisco, Orinda is a sophisticated community that offers residents plenty of top-notch options. From prestigious schools to a peaceful, pastoral setting and some of the best weather in the Bay Area, life here is truly immaculate. Orinda is one of the three cities (Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda) that comprise Lamorinda. Surrounded by luscious rolling green hills, Orinda is known for being a community-oriented town. One of the most beautiful towns in the entire Contra Costa County, you’ll find an idyllic family-oriented feel here.

Orinda was established in the 1920s by Edward Ignacio de Laveaga and continued to blossom following the opening of the Caldecott Tunnel in 1937. The town was officially incorporated as a city in 1985 following more than a hundred years of slow and steady development.

Homes in Orinda have a typical value of $1.8 million and encompass many different architectural styles. Mid-century modern homes frequent the quaint neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow while upscale, estate-sized residences are popular in the Sandhill area. Regardless of your architectural preference, real estate here is varied and classy, offering something for everyone.

What to Love

 
  • Enjoying the sunshine at Tilden Regional Park

  • Upscale dining at Casa Orinda 

  • Supporting local businesses at the farmers’ market

 

People & Lifestyle

With a population of approximately 20,000, Orinda falls somewhere between small and mid-size. It was once named by Forbes as “the second friendliest town in America”—which is fitting since the atmosphere here is welcoming and friendly. Residents take pride in developing their community into one of the best places in the entire Bay Area to call home.

Residents here are from all walks of life. Retirees seeking a quieter lifestyle enjoy the peace and tranquility that comes from living in this illustrious community. Likewise, families enjoy easy access to parks, excellent schools, and properties with spacious backyards. Working professionals also enjoy the proximity to the city, affording them a convenient commute.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Living in Orinda means living near the plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment options in San Francisco. But this doesn’t mean this small town isn’t jam-packed with fun and exciting things to see and do! Casa Orinda has been a part of the community for over 87 years. This popular restaurant offers the best of Western and Italian food in the area. From fried chicken to prime beef, you can dine on all of the classics here.

Orinda Theater Square is the go-to place when it comes to shopping, movies, and dining. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Orinda Theater Square is packed with plenty of entertainment options and is sure to have something for everyone. Catch the latest movie at the theater or grab a casual dinner at one of the many restaurants here. The Orinda Library has a massive collection of over 70,000 books as well as a revolving calendar filled with programs and events.

Things to Do

As one of the best places in the area to live, it’s no surprise that Orinda offers residents plenty to do. The 4th of July Parade began in the early 1980s and has since evolved into one of the most beloved traditions in the city. Thousands of residents and visitors gather together to watch the colorful fireworks display, enjoy barbecues, and take part in decorating contests.

The Orinda Farmers' Market is open Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM, allowing residents to support local businesses while grabbing some produce and goods. Orinda also has an abundance of parks and green spaces, including Briones Park, Orinda Park, and Tilden Regional Park.

Schools

Orinda is home to a variety of renowned schools. Top educational institutions include:


  • Del Rey Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Glorietta Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Wagner Ranch Elementary School, Public, K-5

  • Orinda Intermediate School, Public, 6-8

  • Miramonte High School, Public, 9-12

  • Fusion Academy, Private, 6-12

  • Holden High School, Private, 9-12

  • Orinda Academy, Private, 9-12


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