Located in Northern California’s San Mateo County, Burlingame is a growing upscale community with small-town charm. Perfect for both families and professionals, it is ranked #70 of the 2018 Top 100 Best Places To Live in the United States. Burlingame has a lengthy shoreline that follows along San Francisco Bay. People often refer to this beautiful city as the “City of Trees” because of its aromatic eucalyptus groves.
Explore Burlingame By The Numbers
- It has an ethnically diverse population of 29,941.
- The median income is $94.5K, a high average due to the fact that many residents are high-tech industry employees.
- The median home value is $1.25M.
- The nearby, highly-rated Mills-Peninsula Medical Center ranks as the #43 regional hospital in California and #6 in the San Francisco metro area. It also earns a High Performing rating in three adult procedures/conditions.
- Don’t have a car? No problem, check out pedestrian-friendly Downtown with a wide variety of shops and boutiques. With 3,502 residents, it is a popular neighborhood with a Walk Score® of 91 and Bike Score of 74.
Discover Burlingame’s Points of Interest
- Completed in 1914, Kohl Mansion is a 63-room brick Tudor. Architects Howard and White built it for Bessie and Frederick Kohl. The 40 acre estate originally included tennis courts, greenhouses, a rose garden, a carriage house and a 150K gallon reservoir. Sold to the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, it was a convent until 1931 when it then became the current private Catholic all-girl Mercy High School.
- Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia has over 1000 examples of Pez candy dispensers on display, besides other classic toys. There is also an exhibit that features banned toys, including Lawn Darts and an Atomic Energy Laboratory circa 1951.
- Shorebird Sanctuary is a natural marsh located at the mouth of Mills Creek. Founded by Luanna Hammett in 1973, it is home to 10-15 species of migratory birds.
- The Peninsula Museum of Art opened in 2013 and also houses the Peninsula Art Institute. The 18K square foot complex boasts five galleries, 30 working artists’ studios, an art resource library, a classroom, and a gift shop. Founded by Ruth Waters, a sculptress, the museum’s mission is to promote community interaction with professional artists. Admission is free.
- Washington Park is one of many popular dog-friendly outdoor recreation locations in Burlingame. There is even an off-leash area on the east side of the grounds. There is a picnic area, a playground, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts.
- The Burlingame Train Station is included on the National Register of Historic Places. It also houses the Burlingame Hillsborough History Museum which is open the first Sunday of every month (except July).
- You can find Burlingame’s main retail districts between the parallel-running Broadway and Burlingame Avenue.
- The Burlingame Library. Established in October 1909, this Library underwent reconstruction following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Its architecture even garnered a feature in Library Journal and became a cover story for American Libraries.
Hollywood Comes To Burlingame
- In John Huston’s 1941 film noir classic, The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) rescues Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) at 26 Ancho Street in Burlingame.
- Scenes for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds were shot on the campus of Burlingame High School.
- The 1997 movie Flubber was filmed at the historic Kohl Mansion.
All-in-all, moving to Burlingame provides opportunities of big-city life without the hectic hustle and bustle.
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