Retire in Orinda, California

Retire in Orinda, California

We spend a lot of time in the Bay area and would love to retire in Orinda, California.  It is located just east of the mountains from the San Francisco Bay area, so it misses the foggy cold weather, yet is close enough to enjoy all the big city has to offer.   The BART train stops right downtown so the commute is easy.    It’s also an easy commute to Walnut Creek and all the towns up and down the valley.   The little town center has a movie theatre, some restaurants and shops, and a huge BevMo Liquor store with an exceptional wine selection.   Orinda Village, on the south side of the freeway, has more shopping, a market and a really excellent Indian Restaurant.  Orinda is a sleepy little town with few amenities, but as they say in Real Estate, location, location, location!

But, Orinda isn’t cheap.   The average home price is in the 1.25 million range.  The homes in the valley are on little neighborhood roads that wind in and out, up and down.  The area has mature oak trees and many homes have a pool.  There are 18,000 people living here and 20% are over 65.   The crime rate is extremely low for both California and the nation.   There are some apartments and homes for rent in the area which is significantly cheaper than buying a home if you want to make Orinda home.

We just love this area.  The back road to Lafayette through Moraga is a beautiful drive and there is certainly plenty to do.   The city is about 40 minutes away on BART. 

Location, location, location!

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Michael is a retired, single, world traveler who enjoys being outdoors, a good pint of beer or glass of wine, and museums.