Surrounded by trees and the hillsides of Contra Costa County, Orinda is known for its semi-rural community and family friendly atmosphere with a population of just over 17,000. Labelled by Forbes as one of the friendliest towns in America, Orinda is known for its excellent schools, excellent weather, and relaxed, gracious pace of life.
Orinda’s charming downtown shopping district is home to boutiques, dining and entertainment venues. The renovated, Art Deco-styled Orinda Theater, in the heart of Orinda Theatre Square, is home to the California Independent Film Festival along with theatrical performances, comedy shows and other cultural events. The internationally known California Shakespeare Theater, located in Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, performs from June to October each year delighting all with stellar performances in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Many suburban professionals choose to call Orinda home drawn by its many amenities and easy commute to the nearby business centers of downtown Oakland, Walnut Creek and San Francisco.