Orinda is a suburban, semi-rural city of under 18,000 people. Numerous parks and recreation areas border the city of Orinda, including: Briones Reservoir, Briones Regional Park, Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area, Orinda Oaks Park, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Reserve, and Tilden Park. Only 17 miles from San Francisco, Orinda is the perfect refuge for those who equally enjoy evenings in the city and weekend hikes. Boasting some of California’s top public schools, Orinda is the perfect place to raise a family. Highlights of the town include the Orinda Theatre, which originally opened in 1941, and the Bruns Ampitheatre, which showcases Shakespeare productions by the award-winning Cal Shakes Theater Company. Many residents belong to Orinda Country Club to enjoy golf, tennis, and swimming as well as a delightful social atmosphere.
The town of Moraga is located in the beautiful East Bay Area hillside between the cities of Orinda and Lafayette and was rated one of the top 100 best places to live by Money Magazine in 2007. Honoring the Lafayette-Moraga-Orinda emphasis on education, Moraga is home to St. Mary’s College. For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, Moraga is bordered by the Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area and is also home to Moraga Commons Park and the Moraga Country Club, which offers golf, tennis, and swimming, in addition to social activities. Moraga offers incredible public schools and an amazing community oriented feeling.
Lafayette is a small city located between Orinda and Pleasant Hill. Home to a quaint downtown area, oak tree-studded hills, and the Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area, Lafayette is the perfect place to both work and play. Like its neighboring towns, Lafayette is home to some of the best schools in California. In addition to its beautiful scenery and emphasis on education, cultural programming is another asset of Lafayette. Opened in 2003, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center hosts numerous cultural events and educational programs for the community. The Town Hall Theatre Company is a community organization featuring theatrical performances as well as performing arts education.
Known as the heart of San Ramon Valley, Danville is located 30 miles east of San Francisco. Featuring farmers’ markets, art galleries, shops, museums, and a theater, Danville takes pride in its community-oriented nature. For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, Danville offers a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Tennis and bocce courts are available for rental, and the town is bordered by Mt. Diablo and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Area.
The City of Piedmont is a charter city of approximately 11,000 residents located in the beautiful Oakland Hills, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The city consists of established, high-quality single family homes on quiet tree-lined streets. Piedmont is centrally located within a few minutes from Oakland and San Francisco on the west and Concord and Walnut Creek on the east. Within Piedmont’s 1.7 square-mile area there are five city parks and numerous landscaped areas which offer wooded paths, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, dog parks and picnic facilities. Piedmont offers top-rated public schools and a wonderful community atmosphere.
Oakland’s diverse population, hip arts scene, Mediterranean climate, and world-class attractions make for an exciting place to call home. There are abundant parks and open spaces, a vibrant waterfront and lakefront, varied recreation options, palate-tempting restaurants, and a bustling nightlife. You’ll find historic architecture and many charming neighborhoods within walking distance to shops, restaurants and public transportation.
Bordered by Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Alamo, and Clayton, Walnut Creek serves as Lamorinda’s entertainment and business, and shopping focal point. Among Walnut Creek’s many arts and culture organizations are The Lesher Center for the Arts, the California Symphony, the Center Repertory Company, the Festival Opera, and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, Walnut Creek is home to numerous parks and open space preserves, the Boundary Oak Golf Course, swimming and tennis facilities, an ice skating rink, and a skateboard park.
Situated between Walnut Creek and Danville, Alamo is a small unincorporated community with a population of under 15,000 residents. Despite encompassing such a small area, Alamo is home to Andrew H.Young Park, the Alamo School Sports Field, Hap Magee Ranch Park, Livorna Park, and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Area. With each of Alamo’s three schools receiving top rankings, Alamo is the perfect place to raise a family in a small town environment without sacrificing nearby urban conveniences.
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