Orinda is a place where many come to lay down roots and raise a family.

Considering its proximity to Oakland and San Francisco, one might assume that Orinda is just another ordinary metro suburb—but rest assured, this vibrant little town is anything but ordinary.

Set at the eastern base of the Berkeley Hills, Orinda gained popularity as a favorite summertime retreat for the San Francisco elite. After the opening of the two original Caldecott Tunnel bores, the town’s population began to grow steadily.  

On either side of Highway 24 (which bisects the community), there are two distinctive lifestyles. To the north, neighborhoods Sundown Terrace, Orinda Downs, and Charles Hill are hidden away amongst the rolling, tree-covered hills. In the south, a sparse, more wide-open atmosphere awaits. Equally as spectacular as what’s above Highway 24, the southern region features the master-planned Wilder community and the hillside retreat of Lost Valley.

What to Love

  • Large hillside lots with spectacular views

  • Two quaint downtown districts

  • Remote and village-like

  • Close to major destinations

People & Lifestyle

Orinda’s current population hovers around 20,000 residents, and the city retains its reputation as an affluent escape from the rigors of the big city. Median household income is $186,000, and the population is highly educated—an extraordinary 81% of adults hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or higher. 

Orinda is a place where many come to lay down roots and raise a family. A fourth of those living in Orinda are under the age of 18, and over half are between the ages of 25 and 64.

Orinda’s lifestyle and ambiance—rolling hills, tree-lined streets, and the feeling of a remote, tucked-away village—is indeed a significant selling point. However, that lifestyle also comes with the convenience of being close to it all. You remain within arm’s reach of major destinations: 30 minutes to San Francisco, an hour to Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes to California Wine Country. 

Orinda Library & Comm Center
Orinda Community Center

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Though a smaller community, residents have plenty of excellent shopping and dining in their backyard. Orinda features a unique commercial district—a single downtown split into two distinct areas by Highway 24 referred to as the Village District and the Theater District.

The latter is home to Theater Square and the Orinda Theater, a 1940s-era movie house that retains its mid-century charm and decor while showcasing first-run films and classic Hollywood cinema. 

For fantastic cuisine, The Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill is a lively brewpub, and Casa Orinda easily fulfills any craving for Italian fare.

Head north on Camino Pablo and you’ll immediately venture into the downtown’s Village area. Local favorites here include Siam Orchid’s exquisite Thai menu and the old-school Village Inn Cafe for breakfast and lunch comfort food.

Things to Do

Considering the family-first mindset found within Orinda, it’s no surprise the city’s annual calendar is a family-driven affair. 

The city’s 4th of July Parade is a tradition dating back almost 40 years. The popular Orinda Community Park, a natural gathering spot with tennis courts, a playground, public art, and a pavilion, plays host to a summer concert series and food trucks throughout the summer.

The California Independent Film Festival bases its operations and festival at the Orinda Theater, with the week-long event occurring every August. 

Golf enthusiasts find a home at the prestigious Orinda Country Club. The private club boasts an 18-hole course that dates back to 1924, five tennis courts, fitness and aquatics facilities, and a stunning Hacienda-style clubhouse. 


Both the Orinda Union Elementary School District and the Acalanes Union High School District serve the city of Orinda. Several excellent schools are within the city boundaries, including:

  • Wagner Elementary School, K-5

  • Glorietta Elementary School, K-5

  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, K-5

  • Del Rey Elementary School, K-5


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