The City of Trees, Burlingame, has a population around 29,000 and 18,000 trees. With top schools from
Kindergarten through senior high school, it’s a great place to raise a family with a community very willing to support both the elementary school system and the high school district.
Located just south of SFO, it’s an easy commute north to San Francisco or south to Silicon Valley. Public transit runs through the city with CalTrain and just north in Millbrae the BART line starts.
Homes sit in the flat lands all the way up to steep hills with amazing views of San Francisco and the bay. Homes in the hills rise as much as the hills do. Overall, home prices are high in Burlingame.
The land the city sits upon was originally inhabited by Native Americans before the Spanish founded the Missions. After Mexico gained independence in 1821, it seized the church’s lands and sold them to private owners. The land continued to be sold to the wealthy for decades.
The town really took off after the 1906 Great Quake when San Franciscans discovered the town’s beauty. The founding of the Burlingame Country Club made the name Burlingame permanent. The club members worried that the “village”, as they called it, was getting too commercial so they broke away and formed Hillsborough. The town incorporated in 1908 and was named after Anson Burlingame, the Ambassador to China, who once owned 1200 acres nearby, although he never lived there.
The streets are lined with eucalyptuses, magnolias, sycamores and more, where the 18,000 trees often grow into the streets causing great battles between the homeowners and the city about removing them.
There are fifteen parks and playgrounds, a Bay Trail, many sports fields for outdoor recreation. The vibrant downtown has many shops and restaurants and is always filled with people strolling along the sidewalks.
Sitting part way up Burlingame Avenue is an historic train station, still being used today. Built in 1894 to
serve the country club, the land surrounding it was wide open except for occasional mansions. The tiles on the roof of the station were salvaged from Mission San Antonio de Padua and the San Mate Mission hospice. There is a second business district on Broadway, that also has many shops and restaurants and has
become a magnet for locals.
Burlingame sits between 101 on the east and 280 on the west. It’s a family friendly community with high priced homes. Most of the homes were built between the 1920’s and 1960’s. Any new construction today is because an old home was torn down and a new structure built in its place. Mild weather, good public transit and great schools are what keeps Burlingame a favorite for many Peninsula citizens.