The Top 8 Reasons to Live in Burlingame

Raziel Ungar

September 6th, 2011 - 1 min read

I was asked last week by a prospective client what I felt the advantages of Burlingame are compared to another local town in the Bay Area which they are considering moving to. Below are eight of the top reasons why you might consider moving to Burlingame.

  1. Two very walkable, popular downtown areas (Burlingame Ave and Broadway), plus a good size shopping center at Trousdale and El Camino
  2. Town character and community feel -- annual events ranging from Art in the Park, Chili Cook Off, Pet Parade, Car Show, movies in the park, and even the largest kid's cycling race in the country!
  3. Extremely responsive city government, and also well funded (significant "extra" tax revenues come from all the SFO hotels which are on Burlingame land, and many car dealerships as well); citizens vote to support nearly every bond or property tax put forth for city infrastructure upgrades (most recently passing a $30+ million storm drain measure to prevent flooding) and school needs
  4. The #2 library system in the state for towns under 40,000 people (Beverly Hills is #1), the metric for this stat being per capita library spending; also last year over 5,000 elementary school students met face to face with a librarian
  5. Incredibly high parental involvement in the public elementary schools resulting in no loss of academic or extracurricular services, also due to the Burlingame Community for Education Foundation
  6. A vibrant Burlingame Mothers Club (over 1,900 Burlingame area moms are members, tons of activities)
  7. Lots of parks and plenty of youth and adult athletic opportunities, plus Burlingame High has the largest public pool between SF and Santa Clara as well as a state of the art all weather track and multiple year round fields
  8. An incredibly diverse melting pot of residents (over half of my buyer clients are foreign born, Western educated) who are attracted by our warm weather, tree lined streets, friendly community, excellent school system, and our proximity to both San Francisco and Silicon Valley (and SFO)
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