Burlingame strikes the perfect balance as a small town with world-class offerings. Its residents experience big city amenities in a charmingly laid-back, small-town atmosphere.
Burlingame has a population of 31,386. The median sold home price in 2024 is $2.8 million and the price per square foot is $1,200.
Burlingame has an extensive shoreline on the San Francisco Bay. It is connected to the rest of the peninsula by a network of three nearby highways (101, 280 and 82). For those who travel a lot, San Francisco International Airport is just 10 minutes away. And even better, there is an array of public transportation options with the Caltrain station conveniently located downtown. The train links the peninsula communities with San Francisco on one end and San Jose on the other.
The Burlingame Park neighborhood is small and lush, bordered on one side by Hillsborough and walking distance to Burlingame Avenue.
The neighborhood is the crown jewel of Burlingame real estate, the most desirable address in a city full of most desirable addresses. Bordering ultra-high-end Hillsborough, Burlingame Park holds its own with its leafy neighbor. It offers spacious traditional homes. Many homes are modern rebuilds whose classic style follows the lead of their pre-war neighbors.
Burlingame Park also has easy access to Burlingame Avenue’s chic boutiques and myriad restaurant choices. With a WalkScore of 88 and a serene overall vibe, Burlingame Park offers its fortunate residents the best of luxurious small-town living.
Small Town With World Class Offerings
Businesses are an important part of the community. Because of this, shoppers are able to enjoy a variety of boutiques and stores. The town also boasts a medley of unique stores offering everything from wine to jewelry, toys, antiques, and health food. Learn more about the new Town Square Burlingame is developing as well.
Family Friendly Parks and Recs
The Parks and Recreation department hosts free family-friendly events throughout the year. The newly developed Burlingame Community Center is now open.
The city has 17 parks and open space areas. The parks feature numerous children’s play areas. In addition to those, they also feature sports facilities, open areas, dog parks and nature preserves.
Burlingame’s Pet Parade
For years, Burlingame has hosted a Pet Parade in September. It draws as many pets as people! Surely you’ll want to mark your calendar for this year’s 18th annual parade!
RIBBONS ARE AWARDED FOR:
- Best Dressed Pet
- Most Unusual Pet
- Best Pet Trick
- Best School Float
- Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category)
- Grand Prize Winner
Excellent Public Schools
San Mateo Union High School District operates the local high schools while the Burlingame School District (BSD) operates elementary and middle schools. The BSD teachers are ranked in the top 15% in California. Burlingame High School is the city’s only public high school. The neighborhood you live in will determine which school you attend. Click here to learn more.
Burlingame is a bit of a hidden gem in terms of dining. Satisfy your hunger with a wide range of styles and cuisines. Restaurants range from fine dining to casual eateries and coffee shops.
Here are a few of our favorites:
A neighborhood destination in Burlingame, bringing people closer to one another and to their food with plant-based culinary storytelling. Jaime describes the decor as ‘straight out of a high-end design magazine!’ You’ll agree! (reservations)
This is Jaime’s favorite Thai restaurant in Burlingame. This menu offers all of the traditional Thai dishes plus some! (no reservations required)
This restaurant has a terrific ambiance and it has a big outdoor section if you want to bring your dog. It has an upscale vibe feel, but you can bring your family too! The tuna poke is incredibly flavorful and delicious, but you can’t go wrong with any dish you order.
Amazingly fresh casual Mediterranean! The menu features Greek, Turkish and Middle-Eastern dishes. Jaime loves going here and sitting outside so she can bring her dog and her new puppy, Louis. (no reservations required)
One of our favorite places for brunch and/or coffee in Burlingame! We covered it well in a blog about Burlingame recently: click here. (no reservations required)
Double your pleasure by also hitting their San Carlos location too. Even better – it’s available to rent for a party (think: adult birthday, baby shower, book club). The gorgeous white space is a blank canvas for you to host your kind of party too. For more: click here. (no reservations required)
Burlingame Neighborhood Map
Burlingame Coffee Shops
In operation since 1977, the Copenhagen Bakery in Burlingame is more than a coffee shop as they serve three meals a day. Their homemade soup is really good. Their pastries and snacks are unmatched. They include flaky croissants, gooey cinnamon rolls, and savory breakfast sandwiches as highlights. Fun Fact: Jaime ordered her wedding cake here.
Feng Cha Teahouse
Don’t be fooled by the name, Feng Cha Teahouse also serves really good coffee. But they are known for Dirty Boba and Smoothies too.