Just twenty minutes from downtown San Francisco lies the scenic city of Orinda, California. Located in southwest Contra Costa County, Orinda has a population of 18,300 residents. The city was first established in the 1880’s when Theodore Wagner, the current US Surveyor General for California, built an estate that he called Orinda Park. Over the next hundred years, the area would grow into the charming city that Forbes would go on to name the second most friendly town in America.
So it’s no surprise that the second most friendly town in America boasts a score of community activities. From May until November, visit the Orinda Farmers Market. Also during the summer, catch a concert or movie hosted in beautiful Community Park. There is a thriving arts scene in Orinda, which includes theater, film festivals and arts promotion by the Lamorinda Arts Council supporting visual and performing arts in schools since 1950. Orinda Theatre Square is a popular destination for shopping, dining and catching a movie. The members only Orinda Country Club, founded in 1924, offers a stunning golf course, swimming, fitness, tennis and an impressive Spanish Mediterranean style clubhouse. The hidden jewel of this delightful city is 12-acre Orinda Oaks Park. This picturesque green space is equipped with picnic tables, barbeques, horseshoe pit and playing fields. Adjacent to the park is 111 acres, on which to hike and take in the striking view of Mount Diablo and rolling hills surrounding.
Orinda spans a total of 12.6 square miles. It is a mere nine miles from both Berkeley and Oakland and seventeen miles from San Francisco. There is a BART station conveniently located downtown with over 1,400 parking spaces for easy commuting. The median listing price of single family homes is $1,500,000. For townhomes and condos, the median is just under a million dollars. With a range of lots, many homes offer ample space, vegetation and privacy. Homebuyers in search of a family friendly, community oriented city, Orinda is a must consider.
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