Meet Orinda: The Bay Area's Hidden Gem

Just 17 miles from downtown San Francisco and 4 minutes from the chic and bustling Rockridge area of Oakland, Orinda is east of the Oakland/Berkeley hills. Orinda was incorporated in 1985 after more than 100 years of gradual development. Today, Orinda is one of the Bay Area's last "hidden gems" - a family-oriented community with fabulous sunny weather and a naturally beautiful setting. Orinda has a charming, walkable downtown, an extremely low crime rate and a population that is getting younger as more families flock here for the best public schools in California. But, we are lacking great restaurants and retail and many are eager to see excieting new businesses enter our market.

Orinda facts

  • Population: 18,500
  • Median HHI: $165,000 
  • Median home price $1,775,000 
  • Education : 78% have bachelor degree or higher 
  • Lamorinda population: 70,000
  • Stable population / 92% of homes are owner-occupied
  • BART located in downtown commercial district
  • Cal Shakes theater draws large crowds
  • One of the safest cities in California (source: SafeWise)
  • #4 Best Suburbs for Families in the Bay Area (source: 
  • #2 Friendliest City in America (Forbes, 2014)

Why now?

In the last 12 months there has been a groundswell of interest from younger families looking for better restaurants and retail options in our commercial areas. Our city council is now pro-downtown renewal with this being their #1 agenda item for 2017. 

Here are the types of retailers that Orindans want the most

  • Specialty / gourmet grocer (currently we only have Safeway)
  • etc.

what's lamorinda?

The neighboring towns of Lafayette and Moraga are often lumped into the Orinda conversation - aka “Lamorinda."

Although each city has it’s own identity, government and schools, the intertwined proximity of the three cities means that residents identify with all three cities, and live and shop in “Lamorinda” on a daily basis.

Orinda’s bustling BART station is centrally located between two walkable commercial districts: The Crossroads and The Village.  TBD)

Small Businesses Love Orinda

Quote about why I love Orinda
— Orinda Books