Orinda real estate includes elegant properties from the early-to-mid 20th century and exquisite contemporary custom-builds. With spacious lots located on oak-studded hillsides, Orinda’s homes often enjoy majestic views of Lake Cascade and the surrounding natural splendor. The craftsmanship and attention to detail lavished on these properties allows them to blend in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape. Quiet, captivating, and conveniently commutable, Orinda is a destination many dream of calling home.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
Many Orinda residents are affluent urban professionals looking for a peaceful living space within easy reach of the Bay Area’s major cities. More than a third of households have young children living with them, and the outstanding local schools are another important attraction. Orinda’s Downtown straddles SR 24, placing neighborhoods on either side of it within easy reach of its many amenities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
is both the historic and contemporary hub of Orinda commerce. Its iconic vintage movie theater has been a symbol of Orinda since it opened in 1941, while the area surrounding it has undergone extensive expansion and renovation in the decades since. Today, Theatre Square has more than 90,000 square feet of retail and office space, including a variety of great shops, bars, and restaurants.
has been an Orinda staple since the 1930s, serving a delicious mix of Western and Italian dishes. Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill
is a flagship of Theatre Square’s modern vibrancy, combining an extensive craft beer selection with delectable contemporary American cuisine. It is known for having some of the best burgers in the city.
Thai food and Yu Bistro’s
Chinese dishes are favorite lunch spots, and Genuine Goodness
offers healthier options like smoothies, soup, and salads. Baja Cali Taquiera & Grill
is the place to go for a lively night out with delicious Mexican cuisine, and Village Pizza
is the perfect choice if you’d rather have a cozy night in.
Things to Do
Orinda is home to Cal Shakes
–the California Shakespeare Company. Every year between May and September, Cal Shakes stages elaborate modern interpretations of the Bard’s works and other plays against the beautiful backdrop of Orinda’s pastoral hillsides at an open-air amphitheater.
As far as holiday celebrations go, Orinda’s Independence Day is not to be missed. Fourth of July
festivities begin with a pancake breakfast and continue with an event-packed day showcasing the local community spirit. All of this culminates in a grand parade.
Other summer fun can be found at Orinda Community Park
, which has tennis courts, playgrounds, and barbeque and picnic areas. It also hosts diverse live music performances during the park’s summer concert series.
Established in 1924, Orinda Country Club
boasts a beautiful and recently-renovated golden-era golf course, Hacienda-style clubhouse, tennis courts, and fine dining.
Last but not least, Redwood Valley Railway
offers excitement for all ages, taking passengers on a train ride through the forest. A unique ride combined with beautiful views gives visitors a joyful and one-of-a-kind experience.