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 development.
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 28th
anniversary over the 2013 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, and shop.
The Orinda Library: Your Neighborhood Library
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?
Theatre Square shopping complex
Orinda Library. The Orinda Chamber office is located within this
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
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 Nevada. 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 or
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
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.
Shakespeare Theater - 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:
Square. The historic
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 Festival.
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
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!
The Orinda Restaurant Tour. A culinary explorer's delight as the
restaurants of Orinda show off their fine offerings, starting with a
reception at Theatre Square, presented each September by The Orinda Chamber
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 2013 Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend will start with the
Dancing with the Cars party on Friday, September 20th at 7 p.m. with
the Car Show the following day, Saturday, September 21st, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. The next day, Sunday, September 22nd, 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. of the exciting film Gone in Sixty
Seconds. 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.
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
EBMUD Trails—San Pablo
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 playground
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.
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.
Orinda Weather: http://www.idcide.com/weather/ca/orinda.htm
(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 18.4%
- The median age is 46.1 years of age.
|Black or African American
|Hispanic or Latino of any
or Alaskan Native
|White alone, not Hispanic
Percentages shown are
U.S. Census terms used
- There are 6,372 households in
- The average household size is 2.72 and the
average family size is 3.08.
- 98.3% are high school graduates.
- 77.2% have Bachelor's degrees.
- 39.9% have Graduate or Professional
- The median family income is $183,279.
- The per capita income is $76,830.
- There are 6,798 homes in Orinda and the
average sales price is about $1,210,000. (Source)
United States Census, and the
Contra Costa Association of REALTORS.