5.5 out of 10

Lyon Hoag

37.5820070216292 -122.338635006704
Great for
  • Schools
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Older Middle Class Neighborhood"

Lyon Hoag is definitely one of the oldest parts of Burlingame. About half of the homes here date back to first quarter of the 20th Century. So these are smaller homes (lots of bungalows and similar style homes), which in your average East Bay neighborhood would not go for more than $500K. But since we are in the Penninsula, prices start at around $700K, with the median price hovering around $850K.

Lyon Hoag is more of a middle class neighborhood, and as such, you do find a bit of an uptick in crime. It is not a huge problem, but still one worth noting. In the last six months, there have been a handful of assaults and more than dozen thefts.

One very nice thing about his neighborhood is its location. The proximity to the downtown means that just about everything that you need to live in this neighborhood is right at hand. You can do everything from go out for a meal to take the Caltrain up to work.

Overall, however, this is one of the more affordable neighborhoods in Burlingame, at just the right price point for smaller families trying to make in the Peninsula, I think.
  • Relatively Affordable
  • Good For Commuters
  • Great Schools
  • Older Home Problems
  • A Touch of Crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Schools 4/5

"Rough-looking, suburban anonymity"

Lyon Hoag is a bayside, somewhat rough-looking neighborhood nestled deep into the Burlingame community. It is almost exclusively residential, spanning about 0.4 square miles with hardly any commercial activity. For the perspective resident, the district provides a bit of an unpolished suburban look to it, with small homes packed along patched up streets. Yet it’s most accommodating characteristic is its proximity to the San Francisco International Airport.

Lyon Hoag’s residential quarters offer the typical middle-class suburban anonymity with streets organized in a grid-like formation and homes being somewhat small (mixed between one and two-story homes) and mildly attractive. Most residences sit on properties with shallow, squarish and grassy yards. If you’re looking for nicer homes, they are situated closer to the San Mateo School. Elsewhere, you can find a plethora of gritty apartment buildings lining Anita Drive and Myrtle Road. For numbers sake, the average home is priced below Burlingame’s normal residence. Most asking prices for homes are estimated at around $950,000 (although it doesn’t count the 40% of the population that rent). Moreover, median household incomes are just less than $75,000. Demographically speaking, the neighborhood is predominately white (approaching 75%) with a somewhat large hispanic minority.

The area itself is bounded by Peninsula Avenue, North Humboldt Street, Burlingame Avenue and California Street. For young families, San Mateo High School lies just adjacent to the neighborhood. The school boasts a solid academic reputation and has garnered a 4-out-of-5 stars on greatschools.org. Also, the small, somewhat unkempt Washington Elementary School is located along Arundel Road. For your commercial needs, most residents do their quick shopping at the Wood Lake Shopping Center located across the street from Peninsula Avenue (although it doesn’t give you many options). If you’re the outdoorsy type, Washington Park is located just off Burlingame Avenue. The area provides picnic tables, public tennis courts and hosts a couple youth sports leagues.
Recommended for
  • Professionals

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