Charming mid-peninsula city with a small-town feel
Welcome to Burlingame
Burlingame is a charming city with a small-town feel located between Millbrae and San Mateo on the San Francisco Bay shoreline. This lovely community has a peaceful suburban vibe, with a walkable downtown area and more than 18,000 trees. Burlingame’s 1894 Spanish Colonial Revival-style train station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an active Caltrain stop, transporting residents to San Francisco Station in around 26 minutes. Four highways also pass through Burlingame, allowing for an easy commute to SF and other Silicon Valley communities.
Real estate within Burlingame is an enticing mix of old and new. There are many refurbished properties from the early-to-mid-20th century, along with modern single-family homes and condominiums. Many of these attractive homes are built in Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired styles, along with Tudor Revival and classic California Craftsman. The Burlingame Hills create a private oasis from the busy downtown, with sought-after properties enjoying exquisite view of the Bay.
What to Love
Eclectic and attractive homes
Quiet residential neighborhoods
Historic Caltrain station
Exquisite Burlingame Hills
People & Lifestyle
Burlingame is a major hub of biotechnology firms, along with other hi-tech companies and startups. Its convenient highway and Caltrain access means many residents also commute into San Francisco or other Silicon Valley locations. Burlingame boasts both calm and convenience, with quiet residential streets and commercial areas featuring an eclectic selection of shopping and dining options. The Burlingame Bayside enjoys views of Downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Airport.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The streets running southwest of Burlingame’s historic Caltrain station comprise the main downtown area, with hundreds of unique stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Copenhagen offers a delectable selection of Danish-style pastries. The Studio Shop has been a Burlingame institution since 1915, exhibiting and selling the works of a varied mix of up-and-coming and mid-career artists. Another shopping and dining area runs southwest from the Broadway Caltrain station. Highlights here include Preston’s Candy & Ice Cream, a family-run establishment that has sold freshly-made sweets since the 1950s. There are also shops and restaurants running along Bayshore Freeway and on the SF Bay shoreline, with Nini’s Coffee Shop to Burlingame’s northeast serving a hearty menu of breakfast foods and American diner classics.
Things to Do
Burlingame is a leafy community with many parks and green spaces. Washington Park, on the former grounds of the Gunst estate, features children’s play areas, tree-shaded lawns, and two pillars remaining from the mansion house which once stood here. The Burlingame Hillsborough History Museum inside the historic Burlingame Train Station displays artifacts that give fascinating insight into the community’s rich heritage. The Bayside also contains trails, allowing pedestrians and bikers to gaze upon amazing views of the Bay.
Burlingame’s public schools are operated by the Burlingame Elementary and San Mateo Union High School Districts. Highlights include:
Franklin Elementary School, Public, K-5
McKinley Elementary School, Public, K-5
Washington Elementary School, Public, K-5
Hoover Elementary School, Public, K-5
Lincoln Elementary School, Public, K-5
Burlingame Intermediate School, Public, 6-8
Burlingame High School, Public, 9-12
Mercy High School, Private (All-Girls, Roman Catholic), 9-12