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Old 01-01-2007, 11:14 AM
 
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I am considering relocating to the Burlingame area because of a job offer
that is located in Burlingame. Please tell me everything about the community of Burlingame. I am a single parent of a 17 year old girl. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Cathyb
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:09 PM
 
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I grew up right next to Burlingame, in San Mateo Park, and spent most of my teenage years hanging out there... it's a great town!! Most of it is middle-class to upper-class, with apartment buildings east of & along El Camino, and nice homes to the west. Burlingame Ave. is the official "downtown", and it's a beautiful shopping street. It used to be full of unique & locally-owned shops, but now it's mostly upscale/yuppy chain stores - like J. Crew, Bebe, Ann Taylor, Sephora, Pottery Barn, Starbucks, etc. There are still some great "mom & pop" shops left, if you look carefully, and wonderful places to eat! Check out Copenhagen Bakery for some REALLY yummy pastries and coffee. Also try Towle's Cafe, which has awesome sandwiches, and La Scala or Coconut Bay (Thai fusion) for dinner. Here's a listing of all the businesses on & near Burlingame Ave. - http://www.downtownburlingame.com/ & this site has general info on the town - http://www.burlingame.org/

As for living in Burlingame, it's a very safe and quiet town for the most part... some "bad areas" exist, mainly around Broadway & California avenues, but even that's not really dangerous. My first choice would be to live near Burlingame Ave. & Ralston or Floribunda, where they have many nice apartment complexes & small-ish homes. It would be great to live walking distance from all that shopping! The downside is that it's pretty expensive, so expect to pay around $1300-1700+ for a decent 2-bedroom place. Not sure if you're planning to rent or buy, but it will be pricey regardless! If your daughter is still in high school, she would attend Burlingame High, which is pretty good... they're really big on sports, and rival San Mateo High (where I went for senior year). What else? The weather is pretty typical of the Bay Area - fairly mild summers, and cool winters with a decent amount of fog & rain. Anyway, it's a great place to live if you can afford it, so I think you'd be quite happy! If the prices are too high, consider the nearby cities of San Mateo, Millbrae, Belmont or San Carlos. Good luck!

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Old 01-01-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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A couple more things... Burlingame is very convenient to San Francisco, and shouldn't take more than 20-30 minutes without traffic (which is rare, LOL). And if your daughter decides to attend college out here, we have lots of great choices within driving distance - SFSU, UCSF, USF, Notre Dame de Namur, Stanford, Santa Clara U, San Jose State (my grad-school alma mater ), etc. There are also quite a few community colleges... College of San Mateo is nearby, and it has an excellent reputation.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:19 PM
 
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Smile Hey gizmo

Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it. Do you know how/where a person could connect online with others from the Burlingame area to talk? Some kind of forum or blog? I've done the Google thing and did find this site so that worked some, just took me about an hour to get here the first time. Thanks again for your input. What information I've been able to obtain about Burlingame so far has been very positive. (with the exception of the cost of housing of course!) Happy New year to you! Cathyb
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:29 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it. Do you know how/where a person could connect online with others from the Burlingame area to talk? Some kind of forum or blog? I've done the Google thing and did find this site so that worked some, just took me about an hour to get here the first time. Thanks again for your input. What information I've been able to obtain about Burlingame so far has been very positive. (with the exception of the cost of housing of course!) Happy New year to you! Cathyb
Happy New Year to you too! Have you tried sfbay dot craigslist dot org? If you select "pen" (short for Peninsula) at the top, it will be specifically for that region of the Bay Area. They have a community forum, but expect a lot of political debates & possibly "shocking" comments... we're a colorful bunch of people out here. You can also check out rental listings, jobs, and general classifieds on their site. That's the only one I can think of now, but I'll let you know if I discover any more. It really is a nice town, so all the positive feedback you've heard is well-deserved.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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Eek... I just did a rental search in Burlingame, and prices are even higher than I thought! Lowest priced 2-bedroom was $1500, and they go well over $3500. Can you share a room with your daughter? LOL.
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Burlingame, CA
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Yes, we also found that rentals were pricey. Our 2b/2ba was $2400 but for a brand new condo conversion. We chose this over a bigger 3bd house for $3500. One extra room is not worth the difference for us. Coming from LA, we found Burlingame to definitely have a small town feel. Everything, everywhere seemed safe and nice and clean. It was green, with so many trees and beautiful landscape that my 5 year old kept asking, "Are we in the forest? Are there wolves here?" We loved the suburban, residential areas of Burlingame and Millbrae with their beautiful homes that ascend up the hills and have gorgeous views. All the schools in Burlingame/ Millbrae were excellent as far as we know. And I'm going to be really happy to move there this July. Happy rental hunting cathy.
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