Burlingame, California

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The City of Burlingame: Overview

Located in San Mateo County, Burlingame sits just south of San Francisco, approximately 17 miles away. It borders San Francisco Bay to the east, Millbrae to the northwest, and San Mateo to the southeast. Burlingame is known for being a sought-after place to live among Silicon Valley workers, thanks in part to its proximity to San Francisco and the San Francisco International Airport. Burlingame has multiple multi-million dollar homes, with the median home price in the low millions. The city is especially lauded for their public school system and dense, walkable downtown area. Several major companies are also headquartered in this city.

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Originally a popular location for candy makers and automotive retailers (leading the city to be nicknamed “Auto Row”), Burlingame has diversified in recent years and is now home to multiple biotechnology companies and technology firms that have defined the Bay Area’s economy in recent years. Burlingame was originally settled by a retired San Francisco merchant, who planted eucalyptus trees on his property. The city has gone to great lengths to protect that legacy, with the board of trustees prohibiting the cutting or destroying of trees, lending the city the nickname the “City of Trees.” Today, the city has over 18,000 trees on public property. The city’s tree-lined, highly walkable downtown area make it unique among suburbs, and the area often hosts seasonal festivals, sidewalk sales, and First Fridays.

The cost of living in Burlingame is higher than the state and national averages, largely due to its close proximity to San Francisco. The high cost of living can be attributed mostly to the increase in the cost of housing. Even by California standards, the cost of living in Burlingame is quite high.

Burlingame is located along the US-101 Highway, and it’s also just a short drive away from Interstate 280. These highways provide access to San Francisco, which is just approximately 17 miles north of Burlingame, or San Jose, located less than an hour south. Burlingame residents can also take the Caltrain or BART trains to reach San Francisco, or a combination of train and VTA bus to reach San Jose.

The city’s lone high school falls within the San Mateo Union High School District, while the Burlingame School District operates the city’s elementary and middle schools. Most of the schools in Burlingame are considered some of the best in the state and are consistently rated well above average in terms of college and career readiness, according to GreatSchools. In addition to the highly rated public schools, Burlingame also home to multiple private schools, including Mercy House, a Catholic, all-girls school, which is located in the historic Kohl mansion.

Burlingame is home to the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, which houses a huge collection of dispensers from the classic candy that has become a pop culture icon. Burlingame is also home to Washington Park, which offers playgrounds and baseball and soccer fields, as well as tennis and basketball courts. For rotating art exhibitions and installations, residents enjoy visiting the Peninsula Museum of Art, located on a 13,000-square-foot complex that also houses the Peninsula Art Institute. It’s-It Ice Cream, Virgin America, and video game company Natsume are headquartered in Burlingame. Burlingame also has a thriving downtown area, with plenty of national retailers and chain eateries to choose from.


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