Orinda

The Art Deco Orinda movie theater was built in 1941 and thrives to this day with independent and mainstream films.

The Art Deco Orinda movie theater was built in 1941 and thrives to this day with independent and mainstream films.

Even if it wasn't my hometown, Orinda would be dear to my heart. It’s beautifully quaint. It’s surrounded by legendary hiking and biking trails. It’s just a few BART stops from San Francisco.

But perhaps my most favorite thing about Orinda is the people. Families who want to raise their children in a peaceful environment with room to roam. Empty nesters who treasure the long-time neighbors. Older folks who love being close to their grandkids. 

And while it’s a bit smaller than Lafayette—about 18,500 people—it still has plenty of amenities for modern families including terrific restaurants, a grand movie theater, world-class schools (every Orinda school is a California Distinguished School), and plenty of recreation opportunities.

I’ve lived in Orinda for almost my entire live, and most of my family still lives here, too. I know and love every inch of it and can give you a unique insider’s perspective that can help you pick your perfect home.