Burlingame is a residential city bustling with energy. Home to approximately 29,000 residents, the city is nestled along the San Francisco Peninsula, just 10 minutes south of SFO and 45 minutes north of Silicon Valley.
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About Portola Valley
Known as the City of Trees, Burlingame was settled by wealthy San Franciscans looking for a better climate. It’s known for its high quality of residential life – Burlingame residents love the city’s small town environment, appealing amenities, and strong sense of community.
Burlingame offers some of the finest dining in the Bay Area, as well as a lively shopping corridor along trendy Burlingame Avenue, the heart of the city. BroadwayAvenue offers a quieter shopping experience with a variety of restaurants and mom-and-pop stores. Burlingame Plaza serves surrounding neighborhoods with a drug store, grocery store, service providers, and other small stores. The city’s easternmost border is located along the San Francisco Bay. Sometimes called “Hotel Row,” this area boasts numerous large hotels and dozens of restaurants.
The Parks & Recreation Department’s mission is to create a better place to live, work, and play. In addition to maintaining its 17 beautiful parks, Parks & Rec offers hundreds of classes, sports, and activities for preschool, youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Burlingame Aquatic Center features a 50-meter outdoor pool conveniently located at Burlingame High School. The Burlingame Golf Center rounds out the city’s recreational resources.
Transportation in Burlingame is exceptionally convenient. The city is positioned just moments from San Francisco International Airport, with accessible Caltrain and BART stops, as well as five free shuttles that serve the city.
Burlingame has a plethora of preschools, and its public schools are highly acclaimed. Burlingame School District operates five elementary schools, including Franklin Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Washington Elementary. Burlingame Intermediate School is the sole public middle school. Burlingame High School, operated by the San Mateo Union High School District, is the city's one public high school. Private schools include Mercy High School, located in the historic Kohl Mansion, Our Lady of Angels School and St. Catherine of Siena School. The city also offers two public library branches.