Located east of Oakland and within 30 minutes of downtown San Francisco (see map), Orinda is situated in southwest Contra Costa County, California. Orinda incorporated as a City in 1985, after more than 100 years of gradual development. Arguably the most beautiful city in Contra Costa County, Orinda is the proud host of the California Shakespeare Festival, and celebrated its ten-year anniversary over the 1995 July Fourth weekend.
The City of Orinda is a family-oriented community which offers its 17,000 residents a serene setting in contrast to the more urban existence of the surrounding area. The tree-studded hillsides of the 12.8 square-mile City contribute to Orinda's aesthetic beauty. Natural beauty, excellent schools, safety, history, culture, serenity and its proximity to major San Francisco Bay locations and activities make Orinda a delightful place in which to live, visit, and shop.