Orinda The City of Orinda is the first residential development on Highway 24 on the east side of the Caldecott tunnel. The freeway bisects Orinda resulting in the Crossroads business district to the south and The Village business district to the north. Orinda lies on portions of the Rancho de Laguna de los Palos Colorados and the Rancho El Sobrante, which were Mexican land grants to the Moraga and Castro families. In the 1920’s when about 1200 acres were designated the town site of Orinda, city people began building summer homes in the wooded hillsides. It was only when the Caldecott Tunnel to Oakland, about eight miles away, was completed in 1937 the area began to develop. Today Orinda offers gracious country style living to San Francisco and Oakland commuters who enjoy its rural setting and village-like atmosphere. Population:
Winter range: 30’s – 60’s Summer range: 50’s – 90’s Average annual rainfall: 33”
Public: Four elementary schools and one intermediate school operated by the Orinda Union School District (tel.: 925-254-4901); Miramonte High School operated by the Acalanes Union High School District (925-935-2800). Private: Several preschools include Montessori; John F. Kennedy University.
Orinda Community Center offers a wide variety of classes for children and adults; numerous private and public swim, golf and tennis facilities including the prestigious Orinda Country Club.
All denominations are represented in Orinda and neighboring communities.
Hospitals in Oakland and Berkeley, John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek (925-939-3000).
County transit buses serve the Orinda BART station.
Orinda offers stores and services in the Village and Crossroads areas and are just minutes from the Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, a premier outside shopping mall featuring Nordstrom’s, Macy’s and national upscale specialty stores. Major grocery chains are represented.
Area Code: (925)
Zip Code: 94563