The City of Burlingame is an American suburban city in San Mateo County, California. It is located on the San Francisco Peninsula and has a significant shoreline on San Francisco Bay. The city is named after Anson Burlingame who was an attorney and a diplomat. Burlingame was settled by wealthy San Franciscans looking for a better climate.
It is known for its high residential quality of life and is often referred to as the City of Trees. Industrial growth was spurred in the 1960s and 1970s by proximity to the San Francisco International Airport
By car, Burlingame is about thirty minutes from downtown San Jose and twenty minutes from downtown San Francisco.
Burlingame referred to as the sunny suburb of San Francisco has small town feel but with big city perks. The city is home to an assortment of hotels, many shopping and dining establishments, top-rated schools and two beautiful public library locations. The vibrant downtown comes to life on weekends filled with shoppers, diners and friendly residents. Farmer’s market is held every Sunday in summer and fall at downtown.
Single Family Homes: 6,301
Burlingame was once advertised as “San Francisco’s Sunshine Suburb” because of its temperate climate. Sheltered by hills from strong winds and heavy fogs, the city has temperatures ranging from a low of 54 degrees to a high of 82 degrees in July and a low of 39 degrees and a high of 57 degrees in January. A light jacket is sufficient most of the year; a medium-weight weatherproof coat is adequate protection year-round.
There are nineteen preschools in Burlingame. They are A Child’s Way, Palcare, Stepping Stone, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Bridge Point Academy, Burlingame Montessori, St. Paul’s Co-Op Nursery School, Learning Links, Morning Glory Montessori, Sunshine Family Child Care, United Methodist Co-Op Nursery School: Toddler Room, Kiddie Lab, First Presbyterian School, and Tout About Toys.
Burlingame High School is the city’s sole public high school.
San Mateo Union High School District operates local high schools while the Burlingame School District operates elementary and middle schools.me Intermediate School is Burlingame’s sole public middle school. There are five public elementary schools serving Burlingame. They are Franklin Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Washington Elementary. According to the 2009 Base Academic Performance Index (API) Scores from the California Department of Education, the Burlingame School District ranks among the best in the state, with 4 out of their 5 public elementary schools (Roosevelt Elementary, Washington Elementary, Franklin Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary) scoring well between 880-925, and with ratings of 9 or 10. Burlingame school district enrollment has continually been increasing as young families move to the city. The city has passed two bond measures to add new facilities to fit all the new enrollment with new buildings added to Lincoln, McKinley and BIS. There are still students in portable classrooms so, the school district also has purchased and is renovating the Hoover School, which was built in 1931 and needed modernization. A lawsuit was filed by neighbors of the school, but it has since been resolved and the school is on schedule to open for the Fall 2016 term.
Mercy High School is the only private Catholic all-girls high school in Burlingame. It was founded in 1931 by the Sisters of Mercy. The School itself is located in the prestigious Kohl Mansion which is a Historic Landmark. Also Our Lady of Angels School and St. Catherine of Siena School are located in Burlingame. In 1921, the silent version of the film Little Lord Fauntleroy, with Mary Pickford, was filmed in the Kohl Mansion.
Burlingame Library is located in Burlingame. It was established by city ordinance October 11, 1909. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 the City approved a bond issue to reconstruct the library. The architecture has won awards and was featured in Library Journal as well as earning a cover story in American Libraries. There is a secondary location on Easton Drive, which is substantially smaller than the main branch.
Parks and Recreation
The City of Burlingame has 17 park and open space areas that our citizens can enjoy. We feature numerous children’s play areas, sports facilities, open areas, dog parks, and natural preserves. With fiscal tightening and budget constraints, our city staff welcomes additional volunteer and financial resources that make a major impact in our community.
Burlingame residents and the surrounding community enjoy recreation classes that cater to all ages and interests. We also host many youth sports organizations.
There are four highways passing through Burlingame. Highway 101 runs near the bay, coming from San Jose and going to San Francisco. Highway 82, also known as El Camino Real, follows a parallel course. Highway 35 connects with Interstate 280.
Caltrain has been serving Burlingame since 1985 when it bought out Southern Pacific. It used the same depot that was used in the early 20th century. It was labeled Burlingame, for the country club. In the early 2000s (decade), Caltrain reduced the service at the station on Broadway from a daily basis to weekend-only service.
Bay Area Rapid Transit has its final stop in Millbrae, just north of Burlingame. BART’s tracks are within Burlingame city limits.
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