The village was once considered an expensive area in the Southern Highlands (among others including residential areas including Mount Gibraltar, Knotts Hill, Central Bowral, Kangaloon, and East Kangaloon). This is because Burradoo is home to a few historic manor houses and large modern architectural homes on small acreages. Often Burradoo is compared to parts of England largely reflected in the architecture & gardens.
Burradoo comes from an Aboriginal phrase meaning many brigalow trees.
Chevalier College is built on the estate of Riversdale House, the former home of the descendants of Henry Osborne. It is a relatively rare example of the smaller scale domestic buildings of John Horbury Hunt in the Arts & Crafts style of Federation architecture and includes a house, ballroom and two chapels. Whilst the School originally was a boys boarding school in the 70's it became a co-educational collage including day students. In 2003 the boarding houses were shut and college is now the largest in the Southern Highlands and also the largest single employer in the Southern Highlands.