Orinda / Moraga Real Estate
Orinda real estate is located in Contra Costa County, California. The town is east of the city of Oakland and many professionals commute to the Oakland, Walnut Creek and San Francisco area. This is a location enjoyed by many who find the parks and trails a peaceful and relaxing destination. The area that is present-day Orinda was originally located within four Mexican land grants. Containing summer cabins and ranches, in the late 19th century it was named Alice Marsh Cameron for the poet, Katherine Philips who was known as the “Matchless Orinda.” Today, Orinda homes for sale include many single-family homes. A high percentage was constructed between 1940 and 1969 and between 1970 and 1994. In addition, many historic homes and newer construction is located in Orinda.
Residents of Orinda real estate are served by two school districts. The four elementary schools and middle school are under the Orinda Union School District and the high school is part of the Acalanes Union High School District. The schools within both districts are noted for their academic excellence. Each one is the highest ranked in California in its category on the Academic Performance Index.
Residents have a number of recreational and entertainment options. The Orinda Film Festival began being hosted by the city in 2002. The festival is held at the historic Orinda Theatre. In 2009, the California Independent Film Festival announced the theatre was their new home and the first event was held in September of that year. Residents of Orinda real estate also have the internationally known California Shakespeare Theater. The theater performs from June to October and the theater’s conservatory features programs throughout the year.
There are several summer league swim teams in Orinda that compete in championships. The city is located near many areas of natural beauty. The San Pablo Reservoir, Lafayette Reservoir and Briones Open Space as well as Tilden Park are nearby. The Tilden Park Golf Course provides golfers with an experience that satisfies the most experienced. The course is a William Park Bell, Jr. design and features a challenging 18-hole, par 70 course. There are practice putting greens and an on-site bar and grill. Lessons are available at the Bay Area Golf Learning Center.
Moraga real estate is located in a small town in the hillsides of East Bay. Between the cities of Lafayette and Orinda, Moraga is a town with a rich history and has a population of 16,642. The town was named after Joaquin Moraga, who was the grandson of Joseph Joaquin Moraga. He was the founder of San Francisco as well as the founder and first commander of the Presidio. Moraga homes for sale include single-family homes and small to medium apartment buildings and complexes. The area contains about the same amount of homes that were built from 1970 to 1994 as from 1940 to 1969. New construction and historic homes are also present.
The home built by namesake, Joaquin Moraga in 1841 is still standing on a small hill in Orinda above Miramonte High School. The home is an adobe that is accessed by a poplar-lined driveway. It is a private home and is a designated California Historical Landmark, likely the oldest existing building in Contra Costa County. The home was part of a ranch where the family lived and had one room with a wooden floor, which was the dancing salon.
Residents of Moraga real estate are served by the Moraga Elementary School District. There are four schools within the district with an enrollment of 1,723. There are many options for entertainment and recreation within the town as well as the neighboring cities of Orinda and Lafayette. The Moraga Country Club includes a golf course with terrific views of the countryside. The course has been mentioned on Golf Review and accolades include “beautiful fairways, greens and scenery.”
The Hearst Art Gallery is known for the museum-quality exhibitions as well as educational programs and publications. The Gallery includes more than 2000 works in its permanent collection. It is an accredited art museum and has numerous art collections and exhibitions. The Redwood Regional Park Trail is located in Moraga and combines the Stream, West Ridge, French and Orchard trails. This regional park is the only one in East Bay where the redwoods have been preserved since being logged quite heavily in the 1800s.