The northernmost section of Burlingame was established by the annexation of the major portion of the estate of Darius Ogden Mills in 1954. The land, from Mills Creek in the south to Millbrae Avenue in the north, was also originally part of the Buri Buri Rancho, and was inherited by José de la Cruz Sanchez in 1843. Like his brother, Chino, he was plagued by financial problems and lost his property, which was bought by Mills and his wife around 1860. A magnificent mansion was built and the home was enjoyed by three generations of the Mills family, largely as a vacation retreat, until the 1950s. The heirs of D. O. Mills sold the property to the Trousdale Development Corporation, and following a prolonged dispute between the towns of Burlingame and Millbrae over annexation, in 1954 it was decided to divide the property along what is now Murchison Drive, the southern portion, from Mills Creek to Murchison, going to Burlingame and the northern portion, from Murchison to Millbrae Avenue, going to Millbrae. In addition to the residential area that was created west of El Camino Real, a commercial and light industrial complex was developed on the eastern section of the estate.
After more than 100 years, Burlingame retains the very qualities that impressed and attracted its first residents.
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Updated: 20th August, 2019 12:42 AM.