Why itís great to live in the City of Orinda
|photo credit: T. Pappas|
Residents of Orinda enjoy a friendly, small-town atmosphere with great schools and a low crime rate. The beautiful rural setting and pleasant weather make Orinda a favorite location for professionals who commute to San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek or other nearby business centers.
Orinda SchoolsThe schools are excellent, from K-12. The Orinda Union School District is made up of four elementary schools (grades K-5) and one middle school (grades 6-8). These five schools consistently rank among the top in the state in annual Academic Performance Index (API) testing by the California Department of Education.
Teens typically end up at Miramonte, which is one of the four high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District.
There are many preschools for younger parents to choose from, including parochial, non-denominational, play-based and Montessori programs. There are also private school options in Orinda for parents seeking an alternative for their children in grades K-12.
Downtown, Eating Out and Nightlife
Recent tasteful renovations have produced a charming downtown with lots of character. The South side of the downtown area is home to the refurbished art deco style
Orinda Theater and the newer Theater Square with shops, restaurants and office buildings. Known for its fried chicken and classic bar, Casa Orinda restaurant is also considered an Orinda landmark. The North side of the business district is called Orinda Village and features a wonderful community center with a playground, library and more shops and restaurants.
Highway 24 bisects downtown Orinda. The Caldecott Tunnel, completed in the late 1930s, and currently in construction for its fourth bore, provides easy freeway access to all points west. The BART train system, completed in the early 1970s, is another favorite commute option. Orinda also has a casual carpool pickup location near the BART station.