Neighborhood Spotlight: South Hill

This weeks neighborhood spotlight is about the South Hill neighborhood. Located on the hill South of Western Washington University, this neighborhood is filled with historic homes and provides astounding views of Bellingham Bay. The vast majority of the homes in the neighborhood are single family homes rather than apartment buildings, and the homes are extremely well kept for the most part. The homes in the area are split into two different sections, the Ridgeway area and the area south of 17th street. The Ridgeway area has the “newer” houses of the two areas, with most of houses built around the 1940’s. South of 17th is a fair amount older than Ridgeway, with many of the houses being built in the early 1900’s.

South Hill

South Hill Activities

Activities are in no short supply when living in the South Hill neighborhood, especially if you’re looking to go outdoors. Located right on the edge of Bellingham Bay is the popular Boulevard park. The park is a beautiful area perfect for walks, relaxing and spending time with loved ones. The newest addition to the park is the Taylor Street Dock. This dock provides a perfect place to take a stroll and just soak in the spectacular views that the Bellingham Bay provides. There is even a Woods Coffee located in the park! Boulevard park is the perfect destination for hot or cold weather.  

Taylor Street Dock South Hill

South Hill Schools

Residents living in the South Hill neighborhood are provided an excellent school system from elementary through high school. Elementary schoolers living in the area attend the historic Lowell elementary. Open for over 100 years, Lowell has been educating students since almost the beginning of the city of Bellingham! Once reaching middle school, students attend Fairhaven Middle School. High school students attend Sehome High School, located directly next to Western Washington University.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: South

This weeks neighborhood spotlight is about the South neighborhood. Not to be confused with the South Hill neighborhood (which is next week), the neighborhood is located west of I-5 on the southern edge of the city limits. It is one of the least populated neighborhoods in Bellingham, with only 1,500 people, mostly due to the large amounts of undeveloped property. Many parts of the neighborhood are unable to be developed due to the physical restrictions of the area. This however, allows the South neighborhood to be filled with beautiful northwest scenery. The low density housing mixed with the lush scenery makes for a wonderful and secluded area that remains close to the heart of the city.

South Neighborhood Activities

What the South neighborhood lacks in indoor activities, it more than makes up for in outdoor activities. Some of the most popular areas include Arroyo Park and the Fairhaven Park & Rose Garden. Arroyo Park is a 67 acre park located on Chuckanut Creek in the Southern part of the neighborhood. The park includes scenic trails that run along the creek, perfect for walking or running, and perfect for pets if you have them! The Fairhaven Park & Rose Garden is a 17 acre city park that is one of the city’s original community parks. The area includes a playground, giant fields and walkways as well as a gorgeous rose garden.

Arroyo Park South Neighborhood

South Neighborhood Schools

The school system for the South neighborhood is pristine, providing its residents with an excellent education. Elementary school aged kids attend either Happy Valley or Wade King Elementary, depending on location within the neighborhood. All students come together once reaching, middle school, with everyone attending Fairhaven Middle School. Sehome High School is the education provider for high school aged students.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Silver Beach

This weeks neighborhood spotlight is about the gorgeous Silver Beach neighborhood. Located on Lake Whatcom on the eastern edge of the city, this neighborhood is filled with beautiful homes. The vast majority of homes are single family, due to the smaller plots of land that don’t accommodate large apartment buildings. You’ll have plenty of personal space living in the area, as it is one of Bellingham’s less populated areas. Roughly 3,300 residents call the Silver Beach home. The neighborhood includes several miles of lakefront on Lake Whatcom, and also boating access to the lake through Bloedel-Donovan Park. If beautiful views and a stunning lakefront is your cup of tea, then living in Silver Beach could be right for you.

Bloedel-Donovan Silver Beach

Silver Beach Activities

When it comes to activities, this neighborhood is anything but lacking in fun things to do. Its main draw is the popular Bloedel-Donovan Park. Bloedel-Donovan has both land and aquatic activities, with a basketball court, playground, boat launch, and a swimming area. It even has a multipurpose building that includes a preschool and gymnasium. If you’re looking to relax, Big Rock Garden is the place to go. Boasting 39 different sculptures made by different artists as well as beautiful plants and trees, Big Rock Garden is the perfect location or people who just want to take a relaxing walk with nature.

Big Rock Garden

Silver Beach Schools

The Silver Beach neighborhood provides a quality education for all of its kids. All elementary schoolers living in the neighborhood attend Silver Beach Elementary (shocker, I know). Once reaching middle school however, students are split into two schools. Most students attend Whatcom Middle School. The small portion of students living in the southwest corner of the neighborhood will attend Kulshan Middle School. Once reaching high school, the Whatcom students will attend Squalicum High School while the Kulshan kids will attend Bellingham High School.   

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Sehome

One of Bellingham’s Originals

This weeks neighborhood spotlight is about the Sehome neighborhood. One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, the neighborhood was once a part of the original towns that came together to make up Bellingham. The neighborhood is located on a relatively steep that gives houses, with few exceptions, an immaculate view of the city and Bellingham Bay. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, the area is densely populated and most houses are between 20 and 50 years old. There are many different houses that are considered historically significant in the area as well. The properties have mature landscaping for the most part, with tree lined streets that many consider iconic to Bellingham.

Sehome Neighborhood

Sehome: Home of Bellingham Icons

While the Sehome neighborhood is for the most part filled with residential property, there are still plenty of activities in the area. On the southern border of the neighborhood is the Sehome Arboretum. The Arboretum is a tree filled area co-owned by Western Washington University and the city of Bellingham. The area is filled with trails and trees, many of which provide astounding views of the city and Bellingham Bay. Some of Bellingham’s most iconic food spots are also located in the neighborhood, the most popular being Boomer’s Burgers. Make sure to stop by in February for Boomer’s famous Boomuary sale, where every burger on the menu is only $3!

Boomers

Students living in the Sehome neighborhood receive an excellent education that lives up to the Bellingham standard. Elementary schoolers in the area attend either Happy Valley Elementary or Lowell Elementary depending on where they live. All students come together in middle school, with everyone attending Fairhaven Middle School. Once reaching high school, all the students attend Sehome High School. Western Washington University is also located directly south of the neighborhood.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Samish

This weeks neighborhood spotlight is about the Samish neighborhood. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet away from the city noise, then this neighborhood may be for you. Located on the southeastern edge of the city, the area is filled with moderate sized homes on larger lots that are spaced apart. While most of Bellingham is filled with beautiful trees and wildlife, Samish is truly engulfed in northwest scenery. Although located close to downtown and other populated areas, the neighborhood feels decidedly country-esque and secluded, making it perfect for families looking to settle down. It is also a haven for outdoorsy folk, with various trails and other outdoor activities around every corner.

Samish Neighborhood

Samish: The Outdoorsman’s Paradise

The Samish neighborhood is home to some of the best outdoor activities the city has to offer, with the main attraction being Lake Padden. Lake Padden is incredibly among Bellinghamster’s, and provides activities for all interests. With kayaking, fishing, hiking trails, a children’s playground and an 18-hole golf course, Lake Padden has no shortage of activities. Another popular area is the Samish Crest Trail, a popular trail for runners, walkers, and bikers. While indoor activities are not this area’s specialty, Bellingham is thankfully a relatively small city. You are never more than ten minutes away from fantastic shopping, food and other indoor activities when living in Bellingham. If you’re looking to be surrounded my nature or want to escape the noise of the city, Samish may be the perfect place for you.

Lake Padden Samish

Students living in the area receive a fantastic education. Elementary schoolers living in the Samish neighborhood attend either Happy Valley Elementary School or Wade King Elementary School. Middle Schoolers all attend the same school, Fairhaven Middle School. Once graduating from middle school, all the students attend Sehome High School.

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