Burlingame is a small city just south of the San Francisco International Airport that lies on the shores of San Francisco Bay. It is one of several cities along the southwestern shoreline of the bay, and is located between Millbrae and San Mateo. It is now called the “City of Trees,” due to regulations against damaging local trees, such as the many Eucalyptus trees that exist in and around the city. The climate is mild and stays in the 40s and 60s for most of the year. Summers are sunny, while winters are cloudy and rainy, and do not get cold enough for snow.
Downtown Burlingame is a fairly affluent neighborhood, like many locations in the Bay Area. Apartments in Downtown Burlingame rent from the mid-$1,000 range to more than $3,000, depending on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and amenities you are seeking. Many of the apartments are pet-friendly, and some also have pet parks. Apartment buildings often include other perks in the cost of monthly rent, such as swimming pools, fitness centers, and clubhouses.
There are three main neighborhoods in Burlingame that offer dining, shopping, and entertainment: Bayshore, which is near the shoreline, Broadway, the older section of town that has shopping and restaurants, and Burlingame Avenue, with fine cuisine and high end stores. Downtown Burlingame offers a number of fine dining experiences, from Greek and Mediterranean to Italian, Vietnamese, and Mexican. With such a small population, Burlingame is not the center of nightlife for the Bay Area, but there are some bars, such as Hola or Behan's Irish Pub, that can get loud on the weekends.
Many of the Downtown Burlingame apartments are pet friendly. The city has one official off-leash dog park, called the Bayside Dog Exercise Park. There are, however, other locations very close by, such as the Seal Point Dog Park in San Mateo. You are allowed to take your dog to almost all of the California State Parks in the Bay Area, as long as you keep your dog on a leash.
The Bay Area, including Burlingame, has some of the worst traffic in the nation. Highway 101, the main highway that runs through Burlingame, gets extremely congested during rush hour. Off the highway, in the city of itself, traffic will be more manageable, but travel across the the San Mateo Bridge or north-south via 101 can take a big chunk of time from your schedule.
Fortunately, there are a few good mass transit options if you are commuting from downtown Burlingame. There are two choices for travel by train, which keep the same schedule regardless of traffic conditions. The Millbrae-SFO BART station is very close by, and can get you into San Francisco via Daly City. Caltrain runs closer to the shoreline, and can take you either north to San Francisco or south to San Jose.
Burlingame is a family-friendly area, and you can find everything nearby, from elementary schools to graduate schools. There are several high schools near downtown Burlingame, including Burlingame High School and San Mateo High School. There are other elementary schools and middle schools scattered throughout the city, as well as several Montessori schools and specialty schools.