Orinda, CA Real Estate News

By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
The January 2009 median home price in Orinda CA was $775,000 for single family detached homes*. There were 9 home sales of single family detached homes in Orinda CA, the highest priced home sold for $1,700,000 the lowest price home sold for $572,000. The average selling price of detached single family homes for January 2009 in Orinda California was $930,834. Your Orinda California real estate market update was written February 11th, 2009. These homes were on the market an average of 51 days. See below for information on single family homes sold on the low and high end:     Home sales activity is UP in Orinda CA. There are currently 11 single family detached homes pending sale in Orinda CA (or under contingency contract). The listing prices of these homes ranges from $579,000 to $1,595,0...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
The December 2008 median home price in Orinda CA was $985,000 for single family detached homes*. There were 13 home sales of single family detached homes in Orinda CA, the highest priced home sold for $1,735,000 the lowest price home sold for $500,000 (that says "Value is in the land."). The average selling price of detached single family homes for December 2008 in Orinda California was $1,070,723. Your Orinda California real estate market update was written January 5th, 2009. These homes were on the market an average of 67 days. See below for information on single family homes sold on the low and high end:   Home sales activity is UP in Orinda CA. There are currently 15 single family detached homes pending sale in Orinda CA (or under contingency contract). The listing prices of these h...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
The November 2008 median home price in Orinda CA was $874,849 for single family detached homes*. There were 6 home sales of single family detached homes in Orinda CA, the highest priced home sold for $1,240,000 the lowest price home sold for $738,000. The average selling price of detached single family homes for November 2008 in Orinda California was $962,783. Your Orinda California real estate market update was written December 13, 2008. These homes were on the market an average of 55 days. See below for information on single family homes sold on the low and high end:     Home sales activity is UP in Orinda CA. There are currently 18 single family detached homes pending sale in Orinda CA (or under contingency contract). The listing prices of these homes ranges from $599,900 to $3,400,0...
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By Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
(Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
  The state goal for all schools is an 800 API. Only 31% of all schools in California meet that goal. Less than 15% of all high schools state-wide meet the goal. *The API is the cornerstone of the state's academic accountability requirements. The API is a numerical index (or scale) ranging from a low score of 200 to a high score of 1000. It reflects a school's or district's academic performance based on annual results of statewide testing at grades two through eleven. Elementary Schools   Del Ray Elementary                                     949   Glorietta Elementary                                    948   Sleepy Hollow Elementary                             977   Wagner Ranch Elementary                            951    Middle Schools   Orinda Intermediate                           ...
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
Orinda Neighborhoods: Orinda is a small upscale community.  The community has almost perfect weather due to its micro-climate.  The micro-climate is defined by a set hills that protects Orinda from the encroachment of ocean fog, but on the other hand, allows the fog to influence Orinda's temperature 10 degrees lower than the hot valley during the hot summer months.  Why is Orinda so desirable? Is it the Culture? The Perfect Climate all year around? The Highly Rated School Systems where over 95% of the Graduates go to college? The Uniqueness of Orinda's urban setting? The ease of access to all of the San Francisco Bay Area's Activities? No matter why Orinda is so desirable, you should check out all the neighborhoods before you purchase a home, your new home in Orinda California.  Northe...
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
Orinda California Orinda California is an upscale family-oriented community located 30 minutes from Downtown San Francisco and right next to Lafayette.  Orinda is in the middle of soft rolling, tree-studded hills; a sharp contrast to most urban communities.  Orinda's natural beauty, history, excellent schools, culture and proximity to all of the San Francisco Bay Area make it a much desired area to raise a family.  Today, many of Orinda's founding family names are still familiar to the community: Glorietta, Casa Vieja, Nelson, Bryant, Miner, Lautewasser, Wagner and deLavega.   The growing number of official landmarks shows how Orindians appreciates their community's history. Orinda's Beginning Orinda was originally settled by the Saclan Indians, a part of the Bay Miwok Indian tribe, ro...
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By Nicole Bailey
(Residential Properties)
I spent the afternoon by the pool, at my Orinda open house.Something about today, something about the weather. I was reminded of summers growing up, the heat, the lush greenery and that pool I was so tempted by. This house has something for everybody.When I describe the kitchen as a gourmet cook's kitchen, you really have to see it to get it. The space is compact, but efficient. There are two Meile dishwashers, a large Wolfe Range with a six burner cooktop, a separate Wolfe oven, and warming oven, plus microwave. The cabinetry and tile work are all custom and lovely. The flow from kitchen to dining room is easy, creating a formal dining room that actually gets used daily.There is a deck off the kitchen and living room with steps down to the garden, for meals alfresco. This makes meal cl...
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By Mary Robbins
(Empire Realty Associates)
Here's a few of the local attractions in Orinda, California.  Stay tuned for more in depth, local information about this bedroom community near San Francisco, California.   Neighborhoods: Orinda Country Club, Castle Gate and Glorietta Schools: Schools, API scores Public Transportation: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Business Parks: Shadelands (Walnut Creek), Bishop Ranch (San Ramon) Farmers Market: Orinda Farmer's Market Food and Entertainment: Orinda Theatre, Casa Orinda, Serika, Siam Orchid Shopping: Orinda Square, Safeway, Beverages and More Recreation: Lafayette Reservoir, Briones Reservoir Nearby Golf: Orinda Country Club, Tilden Park (public), Moraga Country Club Events: 4th of July Parade, Orinda Film Festival Cool hotels: Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa   Mary Robbins, Partner Empi...
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By Mary Robbins
(Empire Realty Associates)
Briones Reservoir is one of my favorite hiking finds in the East Bay....not too far from the communities of Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. Its picturesque beauty, wonderful hiking trails with an occasional wildlife siting help me to feel one with nature. Lamorinda, as these three communities are often referred to, is a most desirable location because of its beautiful neighborhoods and exceptional public schools. There is something for everyone: single family homes that range in price from $750K to $1M and above and townhomes and condominiums which start in the low $400K and apartments to rent. My husband and I have found another exceptional recreational area in Lamorinda..the Lafayette Reservoir which is owned and maintained by the East Bay Municipal Utility District. It offers numerous...
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By Matt Irvin, Experience & Dedication
(Century 21 MM)
If your interested in free Contra Costa County MLS information please visit my website at http://www.mattirvin.com/Orinda is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 17,599 at the 2000 census.Orinda is a well-known community in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is home to many wealthy professionals who commute to downtown Oakland, San Francisco and Walnut Creek.Originally a rural area mainly known for ranching and summer cabins, the land which became the town was named by Alice Marsh Cameron in honor of the poet Katherine Philips ("Matchless Orinda" being a nickname for Phillips).[1] Orinda's popularity as a year-round place to live increased after the Caldecott Tunnel was completed in 1937 which provides quicker access to points west, including San Fran...
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By Nate Ellis, "Mr Danke Schoen"
(HomeWay.tv - Keller Williams Realty East Bay 925-337-8489)
So you are looking to buy a new home in Orinda and are wondering what Down Payment Assistance is available.  The City of Orinda does not offer any assistance directly.  But there may be assistance available from the County and State of California.Contra Costa County offers the American DreamDown Payment Initiative (ADDI) to assist eligible buyers with up to 6% in down payment assistance.The State of California offers up to an additional 6% in assistance through several programs designed to help First Time Home Buyers, plus a bonus of $7,500 because Orinda is a high cost area.Special financing may also be available, including additional Down Payment Assistance and Below Market Interest Rates.  Restrictions Apply.To see if you are eligible for assistance contact Nate Ellis.Or Call 888-808...
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
Please visit my active blog at www.lamorindarealestateblog.com     Please visit my website at www.BobWegener.com I look forward to participating more in the Active Rain community in the future. For now, most of my tech-time is devoted to my blog and website mentioned above.I specialize in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, (Lamorinda) and the surrounding areas in residential representation of buyers and sellers.  Bob WegenerHacienda Real EstateOrinda, Moraga, Lafayette, California 
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
This Proposition may be known as the "Orinda Roads, Drains and Water Supply Bond Measure" or as "Measure E". "Orinda Roads, Drains and Water Supply Bond Measure. To implement the Orinda Infrastructure Finance Plan which will provide funds to repair damaged roads, collapsing drains, and inadequate water supply, shall the City of Orinda issue fifty eight point six million dollars in bonds, requiring an annual independent audit, requiring monitoring by an independent citizens oversight committee and mandating that bond proceeds will only be spent to improve Orinda streets, storm drains and water supply?"By approval of this proposition by at least two-thirds of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the City of Orinda shall be authorized to issue and sell $58,600,000 in bonds to ...
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
Orinda Census & demographics The links below show demographics, education, environment, genealogy, and other information for 94563 ZIP code.Orinda population Ancestry of people in Orinda Housing in Orinda Income in Orinda Marital status of adults in Orinda Place of birth of people in Orinda Residence in 1995, of people in Orinda School enrollment & education levels in Orinda Transportation & commute times in Orinda
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
Hospice Tree LightingSaturday, December 8 - 4:00 p.m.Location: Bank of America parking lot, 31 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
July - 20074th of July ParadeWednesday, July 4 - 10:00 a.m.Location: Downtown Orinda, CAChamber Hot Dog Stand Wednesday, July 4 - 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Location: Orinda Community Park
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
Get ready for fresh fruits and vegitibles.  Break out your Market bags because the Orinda Farmer's Market comes back to town! Beginning Thursday, May 10th, start stocking up on the freshest fare in town. Be sure to get there early so you can get the best pickings of this year's spring crop, including ripe and green tomatoes, sweet strawberries, freshly cut flowers, luscious peaches (maybe), and more.
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By Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
(A Large Bank in America)
CAL SHAKES is opening it 2007 SeasonOn May 24th, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, the Orinda City Government and the Orinda Chamber of Commerce will host "Orinda Solutes Cal Shakes" at Theatre Square (behind the Orinda Theater).  The event will Honor our Community Partner, Cal Shakes, and the Opening of their new ticket off in Theatre Square.  There will  be live entertainment by Cal Shakes, music and a short presentation from the OIS Middle School.  Drinks and Food will be available.  Come and be part of this wonderful event.
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By Taryn Clancy, Broker Associate, Lafayette, California Real Estate
(Security Pacific Real Estate)
If you love thai food you will love Siam Orchid.Someone told me the Mexican restaurant next door was good.  Has anyone eaten there?  There is also another Thai place down the street that is pretty good, but not as nice.There is always one of my family's favorite places - Casa Orinda....best fried chicken ever.I also really like the Greek place next to the Theater - great Gyros.
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