The city of Bellingham is located in the Northwest corner of Washington State. Bellingham’s formation, as a city, is very unique and interesting. There are 23neighborhoods or districts within Bellingham and many of these have their own Neighborhood Association. These Neighborhood Associations are not homeowner’s associations with dues and CC&R’s. They are simply associations that interface with the City of Bellingham on issues that affect the quality of life in each neighborhood. As a group all of these neighborhoods form up the Association of Bellingham Neighborhoods (ABN). ABN and most of the individual neighborhood associations have monthly meetings that are open to the public. A list of Bellingham neighborhoods has been provided below. There are links to each neighborhood’s web-site (if on-line) along with statistical information on Bellingham Real Estate and Bellingham homes for sale mentioned for each neighborhood.
Alabama Hill Neighborhood‘s location provides panoramic views of the city and Bellingham Bay to the west and gorgeous territorial views of Lake Whatcom to the east. Alabama Hill is a well established neighborhood with a wide range of styles and ages of homes in this area but the majority of the homes are 1960’s and 1970’s vintage homes. Homes throughout the neighborhood have access to Whatcom Falls Park at the south end of the Alabama Hill neighborhood and Big Rock Garden Park to the east.
As of the first week of November 2019 there are only 3 homes for sale in this neighborhood. The lowest priced home is $489,500, the next is $549,500 and the most expensive is $850,000. On these Active listings, the average cost per square foot is $$254.41. As of the first week of Nov 2019, 19 homes have sold in the Alabama Hill Neighborhood in the past 6 months ranging in price from $314,000 to $600,000. The Median Sold price was $501,000. The Average sold price per square foot was $261.89/sq.ft.
Barkley Neighborhood could be said to be one of the fastest expanding areas of Bellingham. The Barkley Neighborhood lies north and east of Downtown and includes the Barkley hill area and subdivisions such as SpyGlass, a higher end area with distant salt water views.
Barkley Neighborhood has so much to offer that you may not have to leave this neighborhood for anything! Here you will not only find single and multi-family living but shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, banking and much, much more. Many homes above Barkley Village offer breathtaking views of the city and Bellingham Bay.
As of Nov 2019, there are only 4 homes on the market in Barkley with the minimum price for homes for sale in this Bellingham neighborhood being $525,000 the maximum being $749,950. There are currently 7 Pending transactions. Over the past 6 months, 20 homes have sold in the Barkley Neighborhood ranging in price from $350,000 to $855,000. The Median Sold price was $507,870 and the Average sold price per square foot was $262.60/sq.ft.
Birchwood Neighborhood has the unique quality of having a high percentage of half-acre to one-acre lots within the city limits and is a very family-friendly neighborhood. You’ll have plenty of room not only for outdoor entertainment but space for flower and vegetable gardens as well. For those that enjoy relatively flat topography for easy walking and biking, Birchwood may be a good neighborhood to consider.
As of Nov 2019 there are only 3 homes on the market in Birchwood. The asking price for each of these homes is $412,000, $459,000 and $509,000. There 4 more the are under contract (Pending). And, over the past 6 months, 26 homes have sold in the Birchwood Neighborhood ranging in price from $307,000 to $542,000. The Median Sold Price was $420,000. The Average price per square foot was $282.91/sq.ft.
Columbia Neighborhood is quiet and primarily made up of many character homes from the late 1800’s to 1940’s and 50’s . This neighborhood is the second oldest neighborhood in Bellingham and the Columbia district has a strong sense of community. It’s very common to drive through the area and see Columbia residents out talking with each other. Unlike most Bellingham Neighborhoods, Columbia is a relatively flat section of town which makes it a great area to walk and bike. Along the southwest end of Columbia lies Eldridge Avenue overlooking Bellingham Bay and many of Bellingham’s historic homes can be found along Eldridge and within a block or two. As of Nov 2019 there are only 2 homes on the market in the Columbia District, one for $450,000 and one for $625,000. There are currently 7 homes that are under contract (Pending). And, over the past 6 months, 23 homes have sold in the Columbia neighborhood ranging in price from $235,500 to $650,000. However there are homes in this neighborhood that sell for higher than this, just none of those homes have been on the market recently. The Median Sold price was $435,000. The Average price per square foot was $379.23/sq.ft.
Cordata Neighborhood is one of the more popular neighborhoods in which to live in Bellingham. It hosts large retail chains such as Bellis Fair Mall, Best Buy, Petco, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Costco to name a few. In addition to having extensive retail accommodations, the Cordata neighborhood also has single-family homes, multi-family and senior living available as well as several nice condo complexes in the area and many newly-constructed homes. This neighborhood is also home to the Whatcom Community College and the North Bellingham Golf Course.
The minimum price for homes for sale in the Cordata neighborhood is $352,900 with an average of $378,750 and a maximum of $419,000. As of January 2018 there are 6 homes for sale in this neighborhood. In the past 6 months, 3 homes have sold in the Cordata Neighborhood. These ranged in price from $325,000 to $373,575.
Cornwall Park Neighborhood is very well known and consists largely of single-family homes. At the heart of this neighborhood is Cornwall Park that hosts a large playground, a variety of trails, tennis courts, picnic areas, ball fields, etc., all in beautiful wooded surroundings. The park is very well known and attracts park goers from all neighborhoods of Bellingham.
Homes in Cornwall Park vary in age from the early to mid 1900’s. This Bellingham neighborhood has the character of an established neighborhood and has great access to I-5 as well as Bellingham’s Bellis Fair Mall.
As of November 2019 there is only one home for sale in the Cornwall Park District. The asking price is $599,000. There 5 homes that are under contract (Pending). Over the past 6 months, 13 homes have sold in the Cornwall Park Neighborhood ranging in price from $275,000 to $739,000. The Median Sold Price was $448,750 and the Average Price per square foot was $357.24/sq.ft.
Downtown Bellingham. This area is really thriving and has so much to offer anyone. Not only does the area support a number of urban dwellings but is also the home to many local businesses and shops. You will find the local Bellingham Farmer’s Market at the end of Railroad Ave on Saturdays, custom clothing shops, bookstores, home furnishing stores, niche coffee shops and much more. As this is a downtown area there are few if any single-family homes in this district, however there are a number of downtown Bellingham condominiums. Many of the buildings have some form of commercial use on the ground floor with residential condos on the upper floors. Plans are in the works to redevelop the Bellingham Waterfront District as well.
Edgemoor Neighborhood is a much sought after neighborhood. In this area you will find upscale homes with well maintained properties and parks. The Edgemoor Neighborhood sits on the waterfront, and just south of beautiful Fairhaven. Perfectly situated, sloping up from the shores of Puget Sound, a high percentage of the homes in Edgemoor have unobstructed saltwater views. Unlike many waterfront areas where the lots are narrow and deep to allow more homes/properties to be built, Edgemoor is full of large 1/2 acre +/- lots that are wide and allow for larger rambler/ranch style homes. Many of the homes in Edgemoor feature large water-view windows all along the entire west facing side of the home.
As of November 2019, the starting price of homes for sale in Edgemoor is $750,000 and range up to $2,595,000 with a Median Asking Price of $1,100,000. Currently there are 11 homes for sale in the Edgemoor neighborhood, 1 home Pending and 21 Sold homes over the past 6 months. The sold homes ranged in price from $435,000 to $1,825,000. The Median Sold Price was $839,000 and the Average Price per square foot was $349.72/sq.ft.
Fairhaven Neighborhood is located on the southern end of Bellingham and shares one of its borders with Bellingham Bay. The downtown area of Fairhaven is bustling with activity and commerce with many local shops, restaurants, retail storefronts and the summer time there’s the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema showing movies shown on the side of a building at the Fairhaven Village Green. This is also the resting spot & host for the last leg of the famous, annual Ski-to-Sea race. This neighborhood is a mixture of urban living condos and businesses. In Fairhaven proper there are only a few single family homes and most of those are found along the southern edge of the district. As of November 2019 there are only 2 homes for sale in Fairhaven. One for $1,000,000 and the second for $1,100,000. At this time the are zero homes under contract and in the past 6 months there has only been 1 single-family home sold in Fairhaven and it sold for $435,000. There are currently 2 condos on the market in Fairhaven, one for $525,000 and one for $1,795,000. There are 2 Pending condos and over the past 6 months there have been 15 Sold condos in Fairhaven. These Sold condos ranged in price from $235,000 to $1,800,000. The Median Sold Price was $380,000. The Average cost per square foot was $438.00/sq.ft.
Happy Valley Neighborhood is a melting pot of diversity. Here you’ll find a variety of multi-family residences and single-family homes, having access to Western Washington University, South Bellingham, Fairhaven, Edgemoor, Chuckanut and Bellingham Bay. In this neighborhood you also have the Interurban Trail leading to the waterfront and down Chuckanut – great for hiking or biking. As of mid Nov 2019 the median price of homes for sale in this Bellingham neighborhood is $$474,450. There are only 4 homes current on the market ranging in price from $359,000 to $1,290,000. Currently there 4 homes the are Pending (under contract) in the Happy Valley Neighborhood. Over the past 6 months, 20 homes have sold in the Happy Valley Neighborhood of Bellingham ranging in price from $275,000 to $777,000. The Median Sold Price was $452,500 and the Average Price per square foot was $316.39/sq.ft.
Irongate Neighborhood. This is the industrial neighborhood of Bellingham. The Irongate Neighborhood is about 900 acres in size. It’s located east of I-5 and north of Sunset Drive to the northern city limits. The King Mountain Neighborhood is located to the west and the Barkley Neighborhood is to the south. Irongate is zoned almost entirely for industrial development (821 acres of it) and is characterized by industrial and commercial development (3 acres of it) in the Irongate industrial area and along Hannegan Road. The area has become one of the major employment centers in Bellingham. The balance of the land in the neighborhood (76 acres) is zoned Public, including Sunset Pond and open space along the Squalicum Creek corridor.
King Mountain Neighborhood lies northeast of downtown and out near the Cordata and Bellis Fair Mall area but east of Guide Meridian Street. New construction is creeping up King Mountain and as one goes up the hillside there are some homes with great city, Puget Sound and mountain views. The Village at King Mountain is one of the few areas of new construction in Bellingham and homes do feature panoramic views of the Chuckanut Mountains, downtown Bellingham and views of Puget Sound. As of the mid November 2019, there are 7 homes for sale in this Bellingham Neighborhood. The low price is $395,000 and the high is $999,900 with a Median asking price of $470,000. Currently there are 5 Pending homes. Over the past 6 months, 23 homes have sold in the King Mountain Neighborhood ranging in price from $335,000 to $925,000. The Median Sold Price was $430,000 and the Average Price per square foot is $271.24/sq.ft.
Lettered Streets Neighborhood is family-oriented, and friendly! The homes in this Bellingham neighborhood were built in the early 1900’s to 1950’s. You will find some lots with newer homes and some multi-family units but 90% are single-family. The reason the neighborhood is called “Lettered Streets” is because all its streets are named with letters! Another unique feature about the Lettered Streets neighborhood is the the street grid is rotated 45 degrees for the typical North, South, East, West layout. There is minimal commercial and mostly residential in this neighborhood. At the moment, mid November there is only one home for sale in the the Lettered Streets Neighborhood of Bellingham. It is priced at $599,000. There are 3 Pending homes. Over the past 6 months, 5 homes have sold in the Lettered Streets Neighborhood. Sold prices ranged from $380,000 to $580,000. The Median Sold Price was $470,000. The Average Price per Square Foot was $300.49/sq.ft.
Puget Neighborhood is along the Lakeway corridor and joins up with the Geneva Neighborhood. Puget is a somewhat hilly neighborhood with the pros and cons coincident therewith. Many homes in this neighborhood have beautiful city and salt-water views. There are single and multi-family homes available. Here you will finds shops, restaurants, grocery stores, schools and other local businesses very close by. You are just a short jaunt to Whatcom Falls Park & Lake Whatcom from this Bellingham neighborhood. As of mid November 2019 there are 3 homes for sale in this Bellingham neighborhood starting at $425,000 and going up to $649,000. Currently there are 5 Pending transactions. Over the past 6 months, 24 homes have sold in the Puget Neighborhood ranging in price from $320,000 to $797,500. The Median Sold price was $454,500. The Average Price per square foot in the Puget Neighborhood was $243.96/sq.ft.
Roosevelt Neighborhood is diverse with single-family homes, multi-family and large multi-family complexes in addition to some commercial and local businesses. A walking trail connecting the downtown area to Whatcom Falls Park runs through the middle of Roosevelt. This centrally located Bellingham neighborhood has great access to all parts of Bellingham and the I-5 freeway. As of Mid November 2019 there is only 1 home for sale in the Roosevelt Neighborhood and it is a fixer priced of $199,000. Currently there are 9 Pending properties. Over the past 6 months, 39 homes have sold in the Roosevelt Neighborhood. The Sold Priced ranged from $225,000 to $525,000. The Median Sold Price was $379,000. The Average Price per Square Foot was $286.21 $/sq.ft.
Samish Neighborhood is situated on the southeast corner of Bellingham. The neighborhood is bordered on the north by Consolidation Street (where the old drive in movie theater was) and extends south to the Lake Padden area sandwiched between the freeway to the west and the Puget Neighborhood to the east. Here you will find a hilly, wooded neighborhood and wonderful Lake Padden and Golf Course. Several developments lie within the Samish Neighborhood. And older 80’s development of Ridgewood as well as the new and newish exclusive developments of Samish Highlands, and Parkhurst. There are single-family homes in this Bellingham Neighborhood as well as multi-family homes. This neighborhood and the Sehome neighborhood are ideal for anyone working or attending Western Washington University. As of mid November there are 10 homes for sale in the Samish Neighborhood ranging in price from $499,000 to $1,495,000. The Median Asking price is $824,450 and the Average cost per square foot is $296.69/sq.ft. Currently there are 8 Pending transactions. Over the past 6 months, 69 homes have sold in this neighborhood ranging from $250,000 to $1,750,000 which shows the diversity in the geographically large neighborhood. The Median Sold Home Price was $539,900. The average price per square foot was $257.86/sq.ft.
Sehome Neighborhood shares it’s neighborhood with Western Washington University and hosts an Arboretum in a beautiful location. While Bellingham has several pockets of historical homes in various parts of town, Sehome hosts the city’s official Sehome Historical District. The neighborhood sits on the side of a hill sloping up towards the north and many homes have views of Downtown and Puget Sound. These are mainly of single family homes and a few condominiums. These are a mixture of owner-occupied homes and college rentals. This area has great access to both downtown and Western Washington University (WWU). Currently, there is only 1 home for sale in this neighborhood.
Over the past 6 months, 3 homes sold in the Sehome Neighborhood of Bellingham. Sold Prices ranged from $259,700 to $337,500. The Average Sold Price was $299,733. The Average Price per square foot was $255.59/sq.ft.
Silver Beach Neighborhood is a cute neighborhood which is just inside the city limits of Bellingham and rests along the western edge of Lake Whatcom. Historically, Silver Beach was the site of an amusement park as well as docks for shipping natural resources down a short rail line to the waterfront. The homes in this neighborhood start at a minimum of $220,000 with a maximum of $679,000. There are often lakefront homes in this Bellingham Neighborhood priced over $1M. One of the great features of this neighborhood is Bloedel Donovan Park with picnic tables, playground, walking trails, sports courts, and a boat launch to Lake Whatcom.
Over the past 6 months, 23 homes have sold in the Silver Beach Neighborhood. They ranged in price from $295,000 to $1,400,000. The Average Sold Price was $575,207. The Average $/sq.ft was $249.05 $/sq.ft.
South Neighborhood is located in the southern end of Bellingham, this neighborhood consist mainly of single-family homes but does have some multi-family homes. This Bellingham Neighborhood lies just south of Edgemoor. Historical Chuckanut Bay is located in this neighborhood as well as Arroyo Park.
As of January 2018 there is 1 home on the market in the South Neighborhood of Bellingham priced at $439,000. Over the past 6 months, 6 homes have sold in South Neighborhood. The sold prices ranged from $389,000 to $640,000. The Average Sold Price was $472,917. The Average Price per sq. ft. was $255.11 /sq.ft.
South Hill Neighborhood. This Bellingham neighborhood is within walking distance of Fairhaven. It is an older, well-established neighborhood with many large, saltwater view homes. Because of the proximity to Fairhaven, the large character homes and saltwater views this is one of the most sought after Bellingham Neighborhoods. Also there are many historical homes such as Wardner’s Castle.
As of January 2018 there is 1 home for sale in the South Hill Neighborhood, for $799,000. Over the past 6 months, 20 homes have sold there with prices ranging from $439,500 to $1,290,000. The Average Sold Price was $771,276. The Average Price per Sq.ft was $342.40/sq.ft.
Sunnyland Neighborhood is largely a single-family residential community and is centrally located within the City of Bellingham. It shares it’s borders with the Lettered Streets and Cornwall Park neighborhoods and Roosevelt being just across the breadth of the I-5. There is some commercial shopping and local business in this Bellingham neighborhood. Most homes have the character of a 1920’s bungalow but mixed in here and there you will find homes from the early 1900’s. The neighborhood is quite diverse. Industrial uses (some located in older homes) dominate the southern third of the neighborhood. Multi-family and single-family areas surround a neighborhood commercial area at the Alabama/James Street intersection. This is where one can find Trader Joe’s, Youngstock’s Outdoor Market and the popular Kulshan Brewing Co. with it’s summer outdoor beer garden along James street. This neighborhood, home to over 2,200 Bellingham residents, also includes open space and play fields at the reconstructed Bellingham High School, Sunnyland Park, Sunnyland Elementary School and adjacent Memorial Park.
The northern section of the neighborhood contains low density residential uses, and the western part, higher density residential uses. The residential character of this neighborhood is generally one of single-family, two-story older homes, with families having lived there for many years. Many of the homes in the neighborhood have been well maintained.
Over the past 6 months, 17 homes sold in Sunnyland Neighborhood. The price range of homes sold was $225,000 to $625,000 with an Average Sold Price of $353,124. The Average Sold Price per square foot was $270.72/sq.ft.
Whatcom Falls Neighborhood is not only its own neighborhood consisting of single and multi-family homes but this Bellingham neighborhood also hosts Whatcom Falls Park with biking & hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds and also has a waterfall all within the city limits! The minimum price on homes for sale in this Bellingham neighborhood is $265,000 with a maximum price of $1,350,000. Over the past 6 months, 31 homes have sold in the Whatcom Falls Neighborhood with an Average Sold Price of $456,972 and the Average $/Sq.Ft came in at $246.46.
York Neighborhood was established in the late 1800’s and hosts a variety of Bellingham’s character Craftsman and Victorian homes that were built from 1890 and 1920. Columbia, Sunnyland, South Hill & Sehome also have a fair amount of older character homes. This neighborhood consists mostly of single-family homes and has an active neighborhood association. Homes in this Bellingham neighborhood currently start in price from $369,000.
Over the past 6 months a total of 11 homes sold in the York Neighborhood and the Average Sold Price was $328,441. The average $/sq.ft came in at $257.16/sq.ft.