Welcome to Orinda
Charming and conveniently commutable to San Francisco, this family-friendly community features a semi-rural setting.
Orinda 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 20,000 residents, Orinda is best defined as a suburban bedroom community to nearby San Francisco and Oakland.
Incorporated as a city in 1985 after more than 100 years of gradual development, Orinda offers a semi-rural setting in contrast to the more urban existence of its surrounding area. Surrounded by picturesque, tree-studded hillsides, this 12.8-square-mile area offers lots of culture and an excellent school system.
Ranked by Forbes as the second-friendliest town in America in 2012, Orinda is home to many affluent suburban professionals who commute to larger cities in the Bay Area. Its many parks and trails make it a weekend destination for Bay Area hikers and naturalists.
What to Love
- Voted the second friendliest town in America by Forbes in 2012
- Known for its excellent school system
- A popular weekend destination for hikers and naturalists
Both families and young professionals gravitate to Orinda 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.
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The Orinda community gathers regularly for annual events. Popular gatherings include the Orinda 4th of July Hometown Parade when thousands of citizens and visitors gather to watch the parade and attend numerous events throughout the day.
Orinda contains an excellent school system. Top choices include:
- Glorietta, Del Rey, and Sleepy Hollow Elementary schools
- Orinda Intermediate
- Miramonte High School