Referred to as the “City of Trees” because of its many public eucalyptus groves, Burlingame is known for its walkable downtown area, warm and dry summers, and an overall high quality of life. This high standard of living may be due to the fact that Burlingame is home to many chocolate and candy companies including See’s Candies, Guittard Chocolate, Powell’s, Preston’s, Aida Opera Candies, and Nuts for Candy. If you feel like you overloaded on candy while in Burlingame, do not fear. The city of Burlingame is also headquarters to many biotech companies and startups who may be able to help you with your health concerns. If you are visiting Burlingame, be sure to stop by the Burlingame Library, Burlingame Station, Kohl Mansion, and even the Museum of Pez, which claims to have every Pez dispenser ever sold. These are all notable sites and landmarks you won’t want to miss.
The city of Burlingame is situated on land that was previously owned by William Davis Merry Howard, a San Francisco merchant. After the big San Francisco earthquake of 1906, hundreds of plots in Burlingame were sold off to displaced Californians looking to build a new life. In 1908, the town of Burlingame was incorporated and named after diplomat Anson Burlingame. There are now several neighborhoods in Burlingame including Burlingame Estates, Burlingame Gardens, Burlingame Gate, Burlingame Hills, Burlingame Park, and Burlingame Terrace, with the median home value at 2.8 million dollars and the Burlingame population now at over 30 thousand people. Some Burlingame citizens past and present include Dianna Agron, David Bakhtiari, and Marc Benioff.
Let’s talk about location. Burlingame is within San Mateo County on the San Francisco Peninsula. With an area of 6.1 square miles, 1.7 square miles being water, Burlingame has a significantly sized shoreline on the San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco Bay is one of California’s most important ecological habitats, supporting a number of endangered species and ecosystems. The Bay is protected by the California Bays and Estuaries Policy, helping to secure the integrity and cleanliness of the body of water.