The Community of Orinda
Orinda is a truly distinguished community of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Located east of Oakland and within 30 minutes of downtown San Francisco,
Orinda is situated in southwest Contra Costa County, California. Orinda
incorporated as a city in 1985, after more than 100 years of gradual
Arguably the most beautiful city in Contra Costa County, Orinda is the
proud host of the California Shakespeare Theater and the California
Independent Film Festival events. The City of Orinda will celebrate its 29th
anniversary over the 2014 July 4th weekend.
The City of Orinda is a family-oriented community which offers its
residents a serene setting in contrast to the more urban existence of the
surrounding area. The tree-studded hillsides of the 12.8 square-mile city
contribute to Orinda's aesthetic beauty. Natural beauty, excellent
schools, safety, history, culture, serenity and its proximity to major San
Francisco Bay locations and activities with easy freeway access and its
own BART station make Orinda a delightful place in which to live, visit,
The Orinda Library: Your Neighborhood
The Orinda Library is known for its beautiful facility, its free wi-fi
access, and its wonderful selection of books and movies. But, did you know
that it is also a great resource for local business owners?
One of the library’s hidden gems is its
online Business Guide at
http://guides.ccclib.org/business, which has everything from marketing
strategies to business license information and county code requirements.
This guide is a true one-stop-shop for the small business owner. As part
of the Contra Costa County Library system and the Link+ partnership, the
Orinda Library gives you access to materials from all over the county, as
well as numerous library systems throughout the states of California and
Theatre Square shopping complex
Orinda Library. The Orinda Chamber office is located within this
|So, whether you need books to help you
write that marketing plan or learn to use your new accounting software,
the library can help you find what you need. Most of all, the Orinda
Library welcomes our local business community to partner with us in
delivering innovative programs. Do you have an idea for an informational
workshop that you think the public would enjoy? Let us know. Or if you are
interested in learning about a specific topic of your own, give us a call.
We are always open to new program ideas and suggestions.
The Orinda Library is located at 24 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563. Call the
library at 925-254-2184 and speak with one of our friendly staff members
click here to visit our web page. We hope to hear from you soon.
Orinda City Hall
Photos by David Wakely
Orinda City Hall
Orinda City Hall Interior
The 13,900-square foot
Orinda City Hall is at the forefront of eco-friendly government
construction in the Bay Area. It’s one of the first city halls in
California to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED)—a third-party green-verification system that is now
mandatory for city government buildings in places like Berkeley,
Pleasanton and San Jose, but not in smaller towns like Orinda. Designers
Siegel and Strain expect to earn a LEED silver or gold certificate based
on the building’s indoor air quality, low energy consumption and use of
local materials and resources.
Located on a hill within walking-distance to downtown, the building now
houses the police, administrative, planning, public works and building
departments and represents an end to 20 years of housing city functions
in temporary settings.
The internationally known California Shakespeare Theater (510-548-9666)
has its regular season from June to October at the beautiful Bruns
Memorial Amphitheater in Orinda. The Theater's conservatory operates
throughout the year, featuring programs for children, teenagers, young
actors, teachers and adults. Website:
Orinda Theatre (925-254-9060), a beautifully refurbished art deco
masterwork, is the centerpiece of Orinda's Theatre Square (925-254-1978), a
retail, restaurant and office complex with more than 30 unique and wonderful
stores. Theatre Square Website:
Live at the Orinda
A gala night of champagne and comedy at the landmark Orinda Theatre
featuring side-splitting comedians, presented each March by The Orinda
Chamber of Commerce.
The California Independent Film
Presented each April, this cavalcade of classic films with their stars
often making personal appearances at the festive events is for all a
highlight of the year. The California Independent Film Festival (website:
CAIFF) also presents numerous other film events in Orinda throughout the
Independence Day celebration
The Orinda community throws a fantastic Independence Day celebration every
year. Be sure not to miss the fun! For more information about the events
from The Orinda Association,
The Orinda Classic Car Show
Each September a fantastic collection of classic automobiles rolls into
Orinda and admission to the show is free. Packed with nostalgia and
automotive perfection, this show is preceded by a gala dinner-dance event
where all the owners and fans gather for a Friday evening of fun the night
before the show. The 2014 Tenth Anniversary Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend
will start with the Dancing with the Cars party on Friday, September 12th
at 7 p.m. with the Car Show the following day, Saturday, September 13th,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The next day, Sunday, September 14th, at
the classic Orinda Theatre there will be Speed On The Screen movie night
with two showings at 5:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. Save the dates to make sure you
don't miss these great events spanning the entire weekend. See more at
Parks and Preserves
The Orinda community is surrounded by several large park and regional
preserves, including Tilden Park, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones Open
Space, and Lafayette Reservoir. Orinda is at the crossroads of many
National and Regional Trail systems. These include The American
Discovery Trail, The deLaveaga Trail,
The East Bay Regional Park Trail System, as well as several local
walking areas. The City has received the designation of "Trail Town
U.S.A." by the American Hiking Association.
In 1996, the City of Orinda won a Trail Town USA designation for
planning an exemplary trail system that promotes non-motorized
transportation. Orinda was cited for the de Laveaga Trail, which
begins downtown and connects with regional trails. The East Bay
Municipal Utilities (EBMUD) trail at Wagner Ranch connects to the
American Discovery Trail. The St. Stephen's pedestrian and bicycle
trail begins at Bates Boulevard and Davis Drive, linking with the East
Bay Regional Park Trail system, and runs along the east-bound lanes of
Highway 24 to St. Stephen's Drive. The trail connects Orinda to the
San Pablo Dam
The EBMUD owns about 27,000 acres of land and water in the East Bay
hills. There are over fifty miles of trails available on EBMUD land.
The San Pablo Dam Recreation Area is operated by EBMUD and offers
hiking trails, picnic and barbeque facilities, a marina and a
Wilder Trail System
The Wilder development will have miles of trails that explore the
valley and the nearby regional parks that are open to the public.
Hiking biking and horse trails will be provided. Learn more -
Trail maps may be obtained at the Orinda Community Center or by
contacting EBMUD at (510) 835-3000.
Lamorinda Trail Council
The Lamorinda Trail Council promotes local trails through the distribution of
maps and by involvement in community events. For more information on the Trail
Council, contact John Fazel at (925) 254-7341.
(U.S. Census Data)
The total population of Orinda is 17,485
12,347 are aged 21 and over.
- Under 5
- 18 & over
- 65 and over
- The median age is 46.1
years of age.
|Black or African American
|Hispanic or Latino of any race
or Alaskan Native
|Not Hispanic or Latino
Percentages shown are
U.S. Census terms used
- There are 6,372
households in Orinda.
- The average household
size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.08.
- 98.3% are high school
- 77.2% have Bachelor's
- 39.9% have Graduate or
- The median family
income is $183,279.
- The per capita income
- There are 6,798 homes
in Orinda and the average sales price is about $1,238,900. (Source)
United States Census, and the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS.