Rating 3.72 out of 5 46 reviews
Lovely atmosphere, and the people are incredibly friendly. Social justice is something that's important, and the whole community rallies together to bring about change.
While I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities and resources available through the well-funded schools, I am disappointed with how detached neighbors are. While fronting efforts to promote acceptance, behind closed doors and social media, students and adults in the community are judgemental and hateful. There is conditional support for those who conform to the community's expectations and most activities and events turn into a cruel competition.
Orinda is a very safe and quiet town with amazing public schools. It is a great place to raise a family.
A nice suburb only suffers from a lack of diversity. Amazing schools!!!! Schools are some of the best public school in the United States.
It is a wonderful town in which I feel so safe. We don't even lock our doors!! Everyone is extremely friendly and honestly it is a gem in California.
Orinda has a very beautiful downtown. I like the schools, and the restaurants downtown are very nice. One thing I think should improve is the racism, homophobia, and sexism that is rampant in the school districts as well as in the city. BIPOC are constantly questioned because we look "suspicious" to them
Diversity in this town sucks. I guess I am not used to this because I lived out of the country before. Many people here live in a bubble too. But it is a nice, safe town to live in. Many hard working people here, but many people who are just rich.
If you are white and want to live in a "bubble" away from the "others", then you will fit right in! Along with Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Danville and Alamo, Orinda is known for being unwelcoming to people of color.
Very bad there, I have been looked at there cause of my color. And my suggestion is that if you are Black, Hispanic, Arab, Muslim and Islamic you should go to Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Napa, Sacramento or San Jose and Modesto.
Made up mostly of a rich Caucasian community with very little diversity. I worked in the town for a few years and mostly I hated it. If you are not Caucasian or rich you will be belittled. Don't work here, there's a lot of racism here. The people here act like you should bow down to them or that they own you and can get you fired if they want to. The males are really sexist towards women as well. They're horrible to their wives and call them names. They might be rich but most of them seem absolutely miserable and will take it out on you even if you make an honest mistake, you're not human to them because you are not like them (rich or white). This town is made up of rich, entitled adults who whine worse than their children if they don't get what they want. Very toxic community. 1/10.
The thing I love about Orinda is its community. I grew up in Orinda and never have I once disliked living there. Orinda is also fairly small compared to other cities but everything is near each other so commuting to the supermarket can be done in 10 minutes roundtrip.
No black people and if you are a person of color... go to Oakland or Berkely where the vibe is younger hipper and less beige.
I love Orinda because it has amazing public schools, it is a super safe community and I never have felt in danger in my 17 years of living. It is nice to live in a suburb, but also San Francisco is only 30 minutes away so I never get bored.
Very good schools in this area and very secure. The community is great, and feels very safe, yet it is slightly expensive.
What a lovely place to grow up. Quiet, safe, clean, fun activities, great weather. Of course there is no nightlife other than the local movie theatre--which a charming, historical gem!
Love orinda! Great place to live. While there is diversity lacking, it's close to Berkeley and Walnut Creek. Pretty good restaurants, very family friendly, and safe.
Orinda is a dream of a town! We are Brooklynites and we have lived in some great cities, including: Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver BC, Paris, Philadelphia, Boston and LA (meh on the last two) and Orinda became a perfect fit when we had to raise two kids. SF has many great aspects, but it became somewhat unfriendly for kids. We bit the bullet and moved to Lamorinda. All places are great, but Orinda is so ideal for us. Competitive schools (top notch), close to BART, close to Berkeley, SF and other great areas. Besides Brooklyn, it's been our favorite place to live!