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Lenore and A…, Real Estate Pro in Vista, CA

Why do you think Burlingame is so expensive?

Asked by Lenore and Alex Wilkas, Vista, CA Fri Jun 1, 2007

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Many of your answers are the reasons however we have great weather, award winning schools, very active parent group at schools, close to airport and San Francisco, great public transportation. Best of all small town living. We are considered one the safest communities I have lived and worked in this community for over 30 years and raised my children. It is a wonderful place to call home. I have access to properties that are not on MLS, give me a call and lets make Burlingame your home.

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 7, 2009
Burlingame has a little bit of everything, beautiful homes priced from $800k-$900k for a 2 bedrooms, 1 bath to, $2.4M (median price is approx. $1.4 - $1.5 M at the moment), 2 nice downtown centers, one around Burlingame Ave. – Primrose Ave.) and another around Broadway - with an abundance of wonderful shops, great restaurants (yes – this city is alive in the evening) and a few clubs providing entertainment - for some too much and for some not enough till late at night - and very good schools, both public and private (several elementary schools, Burlingame Intermediate, Burlingame High School and Mercy High School to mention some of them). You can find more on the subject by clicking on the link below.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 28, 2007
Artur Urbans…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
I think there are a couple of factors; there is limited supply of homes but demand is pretty high as it's close to san francisco, san jose and local airports. In addition, the schools are very good and the weather is less foggy than san francisco.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 3, 2007
Many of the reasons below are the same reason I moved here. Main reasons were the schools for my kids and the incredibly low crime rate. The downtown area/ restaurants and the proximity to the SF as well as SJ also played a key role..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2014
6 years later, and it isn't getting any different. Still pricey, if not pricier!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 20, 2013
Lenore, you pose a question that has a thousand possible answers, but in its simplest form, the end game of all commercial endeavors, buying a house being probable the biggest one most American families entertain, is the law of supply and demand or vice versa. If there is a demand such that "price is no barrier," values are pushed up, especially if there is a limited supply. Such is the case in areas where people desire to live -- more people interested in the limited amount of houses. Have you noticed all the new construction -- mostly apartments, condos, and some form of "row housing" -- insufficiency of buildable land. So, all things being equal, you can buy more affordably where there is less demand, but, overall, the Peninsula has plenty of money floating around with many of the tech companies in the nearby areas. In this case, what goes up, will tend to stay that way.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 20, 2013
Burlingame is so valuable for various factors: it has outstanding schools - each of the 5 (Franklin, Lincoln, Roosevelt, McKinley and Washington), and soon to be 6 (Hoover), elementary schools are excellent as well as the middle school (BIS - Burlingame Intermediate School). In addition, there is an incredible sense of community in this town. It is big enough so that one doesn't remotely feel confined yet small enough that the comraderie and pride of residency resonates throughout the town. It is an outstanding place for families - with parks, libraries, amenities, activities, camps - and yet sophisticated enough for executive style living as well.

In terms of geographic location, it is ideally situated between the City and Silicon Valley, and also right next to the biotech centers in SSF. The weather is excellent. The City is also dedicated to constant improvement so you will see the current downtown (The Ave) being highly remodeled in order to elevate the consumer experience while shopping or dining in downtown.

If you make Burlingame your home, you will be more than pleased!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 20, 2013
Burlingame is a beautiful city with an incredible sense of community, as noted in many of the answers already posted. Beyond that, one of the main driving forces behind Burlingame's consistent, high property value is that it is known for its outstanding schools. Home to five elementary schools (Franklin, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Washington and McKinley), Burlingame Intermediate School, and Burlingame High School, Burlingame boasts some of the most dedicated teaching professionals one could ever hope to find, as well as incredibly dedicated parents who participate in all ways to maintain an oustanding level of commitment to superior education.
Most recently, Burlingame Intermediate school has announced an advanced social studies program the will be implemented beginning this fall to run parallel with the advanced mathematics program already in place.
Also, with the mounting cuts in school funding, Burlingame's BCE (Burlingame Community for Education) raised first one million dollars in its annual community giving and then an additional $500,000 in 3 months from a Game On campaign designed to make up for the last minute additional cut that was levied against the school district in the Spring of this year. This allows Burlingame to maintain its commitment to the fundamental core teachings (reading, writing, and arithmetic), but also to maintaining smaller class sizes, music education, art, and physical education.
We know property values tie in closely to good schools, Burlingame is a shining example of this.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 29, 2011
Burlingame, known as “The City of trees” is located approximately 17 miles south of San Francisco. It has always been a desirable bedroom community accommodating families. The schools are award winning and rated some of the highest in the state. The location is ideal for commutes to San Francisco as well as the south bay. Its motto is “A Great place to Visit a Better Place to Live.”

Most of the homes were built in the early 20th century, which gives them a traditional charm. The newer homes are located in the Mills Estate area circa 1950’s and anything newer are the result of remodels or complete rebuilds, because there is no vacant land available for residential construction.

Burlingame offers an array of family oriented activities from youth and adult sports to arts and wine festivals. It is well known for its dining experience with restaurants located on Burlingame Avenue, Broadway, and hotel row. Restaurants include Rocca, Sapore Italiano, Barrracuda, Ecco, Isubne,Il Fornaio, Stacks, Benihana, and many many more. The Dining experience can be elegant to casual.

Shopping has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Local merchant shops have given way to larger corporate chain stores on Burlingame Avenue. The discriminating shopper can now visit Polo Ralph Lauren, Apple, The Gap, Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, , and the newest addition Bevmo. There is the opportunity to refresh yourself at Pete’s Coffee, Starbucks or indulge in a pastry at Copenhagen’s Bakery. Broadway has somewhat maintained the local atmosphere with a smaller and more quaint genre. One local favorite is Preston’s Candy, where they make all the candy and ice cream on the premises and have been doing so for over 50 years.

In all Burlingame has something for everyone.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 10, 2011
Have you driven through the Easton Addition? When I first did so 12 years ago; I thought to myself that this was the nicest neighborhood I’ve been seen. Now that I’ve worked as a real estate broker in this very community, I still think it’s the nicest neighborhood I’ve ever seen; and I’ve seen many expensive communities.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 27, 2011
The simple answer is people love to live there, meaning there higher demand. With a fixed supply and high demand, people will pay more to get a home. The root of the demand can come from anything, such as schools, weather, services, etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 2, 2011
Privacy, Attractive Neighborhoods, Central Location, Super Weather, Beautiful Architecture and Landscape, Top Rated Schools, Downtown Fine Dining, Quality Shopping and Professional Services Available,
Awesome Public Library, Extremely Low Crime :)
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 23, 2011
Demand. People want to live there - location, schools, neighborhood, etc. Prices go up with limited supply and increasing or high demand.

Simple as that. If people are willing to pay those prices to live there then thats the value.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 15, 2010
Popularity of the city may be a major reason, you know, the law of supply and demand. If the area is in short supply of inventory and high demand for anything that comes on the market, prices will tend to stay strong, if not high relative to other areas. Another reason I have seen for this is that it is close enough to S.F., but certainly away from the usual S.F. chill and fog. Have you noticed that when S.F. has it's typical foggy day Burlingame is in all its glory, basking in the great California sunshine? Drawbacks, proximity to the SFO (airport noise), but otherwise a nice community with nice homes, particularly those in the hills that boast of views and tranquility.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 15, 2010
Proximity to Hillsborough. I lived there for years and didn't like it all that much. Quiet if you're away from ElCamino.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 1, 2007
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