Circa 1914 Gem with a Cherished History
This enchanting property, with roots dating back to 1914, is steeped in Burlingame’s history and today still showcases its original architectural heritage. The home was purchased in 1972 by Bob May and Martha Rosman, who at the time, and until just last year, owned the home next door. This home was purchased in part so that the walk-in basement could be used for the ever-expanding collection of Bob’s model toy trains. Eventually, they offered tours to model train enthusiasts who arrived on bus tours. The couple was steeped in Burlingame history, with Martha renowned for her great contribution to the Burlingame Historical Society, which was founded in the neighboring home.
The all-shingled exterior with classic portico showcases an early Craftsman style embellished with a unique signature detail of symmetrically carved blocks spanning the roof and dormer window – legend has it this is a “dragon” that wards off evil spirits. All around, lushly planted verdant foliage borders meandering natural paths outlined in brick beneath the shade of a heritage tree. A few steps ascend to the portico, perfectly framed with a series of linear columns topped with simply carved corbels supporting the graceful flair of the rooftop. A glass-paned door opens to a traditional foyer with original hardwood floors inset with contrasting dual feature strip. The fine craftsmanship of the era is evident throughout with hand-brushed millwork, wainscot paneling, a striking staircase with brass handrail, and elevated Doric columns framing the entrance to the living room. Glass doorknobs, brass electrical switches, and vintage lighting are all reminders of the home’s early beginnings.
There are two levels, plus the walk-in basement. The formal living room has a heat-efficient wood stove insert in the fireplace and a mantel detailed with vintage egg and dart moldings. Plate rail moldings encircle the room and continue into the formal dining room, which showcases vintage wallpaper set between carved pilasters. A classic representation of the home’s early heritage is seen with the built-in china cabinet with mirrored backsplash, glass fronts, and fluted Corinthian columns. Rounding out the main level are a butler’s area, the kitchen, an adjoining sitting room with rear yard access, an enclosed service porch with laundry, plus a half-bath and a sizeable bedroom ideal for an office. There are two upstairs bedrooms, one with large enclosed adjoining porch plus direct access to a dual-entry bathroom finished in hex and subway-set tiles. Completing the property is a detached oversized 1-car garage with extra-large storage room
Rooted in history and tradition, this home is ready to reimagine into your own vision for the future from a wonderful location on a surprisingly large lot for the area, just 8 blocks from famed Burlingame Avenue shops and restaurants, as well as Caltrain. And, with access to acclaimed Burlingame schools, this is an excellent opportunity not to be missed.
Facts and Figures
- Offered at $2,100,000
- 3 bedrooms 1.5 bathrooms
- 1,780 sq. ft. home, per county records
- 7,140 sq. ft. lot, per county records
- Built in 1914
- Washington Elementary, Burlingame Intermediate, Burlingame High School (buyer to verify)
- Listed on September 24th, 2021
Listed by Raziel Ungar