Welcome to Orinda
A quiet, upscale town draped in magnificent oaks and evergreens
Find better adjective splendor meets small-town serenity in the San Francisco suburb of Orinda, a 12-square-mile city renowned for its exclusive character and enviable quality of life. Flanked by rolling hills and a pastoral landscape that’s truly stunning under sunny skies, Orinda appeals to those seeking a quiet escape to the countryside with quick and easy access to the Bay Area’s biggest cities.
Families are especially drawn to Orinda for its excellent schools, vibrant community culture with lively seasonal events, and upscale amenities. Here, BART opened in 1973 and continues to elevate the convenience with which residents can hop in and out of town, while those craving a dose of leisure or entertainment are guaranteed to find it in Orinda’s landmark theaters and lush public park. Stroll down the peaceful streets to discover homes of vintage midcentury architecture alongside sprawling, custom-built estates within prestigious gated communities.
What to Love
- Culturally vibrant
- Enchanting serenity
- Surrounded by rural beauty
- Charming downtown
- Close to San Francisco
Affluent and exclusive, Orinda revels in the vibrancy of a community-driven town, endearing families looking to plant roots in a neighborhood served by great schools and upscale amenities. Easy access to the BART station is, for sure, a major draw, and young professionals gravitate to this town for the ease that comes with commuting to bigger Bay Area cities for work.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
At the heart of town, and conveniently connected to Orinda BART via a walkway, lies the landmark Orinda Theatre Square, a buzzing hub of charming retail shops, local hardware store, live music venues, and dining spots backdropped by the beautifully restored Orinda Theatre, with its iconic art deco facade and nostalgia-inducing lobby.
If you have a sweet tooth, Loard's Ice Cream has provided an exceptional array of ice cream and cakes to the community since 1952. If it’s fantastic Thai cuisine you’re after, head to Siam Orchid for their spicy noodles with fried rice, garlic pepper calamari, or cashew nut chicken dishes.
The Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill at the downtown Orinda Theatre Square is a go-to spot for fresh salads, tasty burgers and sandwiches, and exquisite pizza options. Plus, the pub offers a variety of beers on tap as well as a vibrant live music scene every weekend.
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Things to Do
Get tickets to see Marvel’s newest blockbuster at Orinda Theatre, or prepare for a fun day with the family at Orinda Community Park, featuring lighted tennis courts, play structures, and plenty more to keep your children entertained while you relax with a nice book from the Orinda Library on the lush green lawn. Keep up with your active lifestyle over a game of tennis, or run a mile along the trails that meander through the park.
If you want to practice your golf swing, the gorgeous Orinda Country Club is the place to be. This stunning course was designed by William Watson in the 1920s and was opened in 1924. Today, it offers an exclusive 18-hole golf course and newly renovated tennis courts.
Thursday Nights Food Truck event is a local favorite featuring a dozen or more food truck vendors whipping up delicious fast meals waiting to be sampled, while sensational music fills the air, thrilling everyone. Saturdays are times to head to the Farmers Market and stock up on fresh vegetables, organic meats, fruits, and spices, to take your home-cooked meals to the next level.
Served by the Orinda Union School District, public schools in Orinda are all A-rated and flourishing alongside the excellent private schools in the neighborhood. Some of these prestigious academic institutions include:
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