Welcome to Orinda
With lush rolling hills and breathtaking views, Orinda is a study in bucolic beauty. This picturesque 12 square-mile city is located in Contra Costa County, east of Berkley, in a semi-rural valley. Orinda offers a small-town feel, a warm, family-friendly atmosphere, and an idyllic landscape. Named one of the friendliest towns in America by Forbes magazine, Orinda also offers easy access to the Bay area’s biggest cities. A quick ride on the BART train gets you to San Francisco in 30 minutes.
Orinda began back in the 1920s, when 1,200 acres were designated as the town site and residents of nearby cities discovered its rural charm and started building summer homes on the tree-lined hillsides. In 1937, the Caldecott Tunnel was completed and Orinda began to take off. Today, this wild beauty offers a peaceful, country-style respite to those working in bustling Bay Area cities.
Orinda real estate includes those elegant properties originally built by the town’s first summer residents, as well as stunning custom-built estates. Here you’ll also find sprawling, oak-filled lots with spectacular views of Lake Cascade and the surrounding pastoral splendor, modest family-friendly neighborhoods, and prestigious gated communities. With its captivating serenity and small-town charm, as well as proximity to big city amenities, Orinda is the perfect place to call home.
What to Love
- Welcoming atmosphere
- Breathtaking views
- Cultural events
- Sprawling estates
- Convenient access to Bay Area cities
People & Lifestyle
The affluent Orinda is home to a successful and vibrant community. Most residents are urban professionals working in nearby Bay Area cities, or young families seeking out excellent schools and a tranquil neighborhood. The quiet, family-centric Orinda, with its rich cultural scene and warm, friendly atmosphere makes the perfect home for everyone from school children to retirees.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Orinda’s peaceful setting comes with an added bonus – stylish boutiques and world-class dining. The Orinda Theatre Square is the center of town and this historic hub offers dining, shopping, and Orinda’s iconic movie theater. A symbol of the town since its opening in 1941, today the theater still boasts its luxe red velvet decor and is a favorite spot among locals.
With a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants, this is where you’ll find the pretty Sanvitalia, a home and garden shop featuring flowers, succulents, and home decor, as well as the delectable Fourth Bore Tap Room and Grill. Combining an extensive craft beer menu with the best in contemporary American cuisine, this gastropub is known for having some of the best burgers in the city. For those days when a salad calls your name, the fresh, colorful menu at Genuine Goodness offers the best in California health food, from salads and smoothies to soups and prepared foods to take home.
Things to Do
A favorite spot for hikers, nature enthusiasts, and golfers, Orinda offers stunning natural beauty and plenty of outdoor recreation. Dating back to 1924, the Orinda Country Club provides a PGA course in the picturesque foothills of Orinda, along with award-winning swim and tennis facilities, a fitness club, and signature culinary offerings. The family-centric Sleepy Hollow Swim and Tennis Club provides year-round swimming, tennis, and social events, as well as a warm and welcoming membership. Train with a tennis pro, join the swim team, or lounge by the pool on a warm summer day.
Take in the area’s rural charm at Wilder Park, Orinda's newest park featuring trails and athletic fields. Catch a game on a bright afternoon or pack a picnic and enjoy a day with the family in this beautiful spot. One of the area’s oldest parks, Tilden Regional Park is a fixture for East Bay children. Generations of kids have ridden the carousel animals on the Tilden Merry Go Round, gone swimming in Lake Anza, and wandered through the lovely Botanic Garden in this gorgeous, whimsical park. You’ll also find the 18 hole Tilden Park Golf Course, complete with a driving range, pro shop, practice green, and the Grizzly Bar and Grill. Even with all this excitement, Tilden's more than 2,000 acres house wildlife and the natural beauty for which Orinda is known.
Known for its excellent school system, Orinda is home to several top schools, including:
Click on our interactive community map below to explore Orinda's neighborhoods, schools, parks, churches and swim clubs.