Wilder’s hometown, the City of Orinda, is situated in southwest Contra Costa County, which is a Spanish name meaning “opposite the coast.” Life is relaxed and congenial within this semi-rural setting, and the County—in the words of its own mission statement—is committed to innovation and partnerships that enable its residents to enjoy a safe, healthy and prosperous life. With natural beauty, excellent schools, and plenty of history and culture, this family-oriented region is a delightful place in which to work, live and play. And it’s all just minutes away from the many diversions of San Francisco, Tahoe as well as the wineries of Napa Valley.
Connect to Everything that Matters
Enjoying top-rated schools near San Francisco is just one of the things that makes Orinda’s Wilder a great place to call home. With a desirable location just east of Berkeley, Orinda puts you in the center of it all. Orinda’s charming downtown is just minutes away, and a short and scenic drive to the north brings you to the world-class wineries of Napa Valley. Of course, downtown San Francisco is just 25 minutes away, which is very good news for Bay Area tech entrepreneurs choosing to raise families in Orinda.
THE TOWN OF ORINDA
Forbes magazine was so impressed with the California City of Orinda, they named it the second friendliest town in America. As you can imagine, life is relaxed and congenial in this family-friendly hometown of Wilder. Located in Contra Costa County, Orinda is known as a safe haven of semi-rural landscapes with a colorful city history and more small-town charm per square mile than just about anywhere. Families come together at year-round events, everything from summer concerts, open-air Shakespeare plays, even a film festival.
- Great news. The youngest residents of Wilder will attend the region’s top school district. In fact, Orinda, California has some of the highest ranked schools in the nation.
- Miramonte HS is ranked #28 in California and #207 nationally according to U.S. News National Rankings Best High Schools
- 2017 Best Public High School in America was awarded to Miramonte HS
- Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality and high school ratings
The legendary city by the bay is home to a little bit of everything, and for those living at Orinda’s Wilder, the heart of downtown San Francisco is a short, 25-minute drive away. In practically no time, you and your family can be exploring it all. From dining, shopping, nightlife, recreation, arts and culture to exciting events in every season, San Francisco is truly one of the most engaging big cities in the world.
BART connects San Francisco with Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and other cities in the East Bay. BART provides fast transportation to downtown offices, shopping, entertainment, universities and other destinations. Orinda has a BART station, just east of the Caldecott Tunnel and minutes from Wilder, with an island platform in the center median of State Route 24.
Whether it’s a silky Pinot Noir, full-bodied Chardonnay or a world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon, any oenophile craving of those living at Orinda’s Wilder is easily satisfied. The more than 400 wineries of Napa Valley are a short 45-minute drive away from Wilder, and so are all of Napa’s other diversions—from lavish resorts and quaint B&Bs to unforgettable cuisine and hot-air ballooning. For a different way to experience it all, hop onboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and enjoy fine dining and incredible scenery as you relax aboard an exquisitely restored vintage rail car traveling along 25 miles of track through the heart of Napa Valley.
Lake Tahoe is a haven for outdoor adventure and fun—in every season. In just a couple of hours, you and your family can be swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, hiking, golfing, fishing, lounging outside in the summer, and skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating in the winter. And for those who prefer indoor fun, there’s a lot of that to explore as well.