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Ferndale has enjoyed steady growth in recent years, rising to a population of 11,080 in 2009. Owners of Ferndale real estate find it the ideal community for raising a family, bolstered by an award-winning school system and its proximity to big-city amenities.

Much of Ferndale lies just west of Interstate 5 exits to the north and south. Plenty of business, restaurant and entertainment options are available in Ferndale and Bellingham (6 miles south). Ferndale also is only an hour south of Vancouver, B.C. and less than two hours north of Seattle, which makes it an ideal location to own a piece of Pacific NW real estate.

Ferndale enjoys an excellent job base due to three industrial plants just west of it: Alcoa Intalco Works, an aluminum producer, and two oil refineries, BP Cherry Point and Conoco Phillips Ferndale. The community also is prepared for business growth with approximately 250 acres of commercially zoned land available. Searching the Ferndale MLS will help you locate a great property in this Pacific Northwest location.

The community also is blessed with a dozen parks, led by Hovander Homestead Park and Pioneer Park. Hovander Homestead Park features an historic Victorian home and hosts the popular Scottish Highland Games festival the first weekend of June. Pioneer Park has one of the largest collections of original log homes in the Pacific Northwest and also is the site of the annual Old Settlers Picnic, a weekend celebration conducted each August. Ferndale residents are also looking forward to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

An expert Ferndale realtor can help you find a property in this area where recreation opportunities abound. The Nooksack River, which runs through Ferndale is favored by steel head anglers and canoe enthusiasts. Hikers, skiers and snowboarders are within 90 minutes of Mt. Baker, while boaters and fishermen are within 20 minutes of major saltwater marinas in Bellingham and Blaine.

Golfers can choose from Riverside Golf Course in Ferndale, Grandview Golf Course in nearby Custer or two of Washington's top three public golf courses (as rated by Golf Digest, 2005), Loomis Trail Golf Club and Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, both just 15 minutes away. Another half-dozen quality courses are within a half-hour. Another major draw for sports enthusiasts is the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games just across the border in British Columbia.

For recreational and business travelers, Bellingham is served by Amtrak and multiple airlines, including Delta Airlines, Horizon Air and Allegiant Air. It also is the southern terminus for the Alaska ferry system.

Bellingham's Western Washington University, which has approximately 14,000 full- and part-time students, provides numerous educational, cultural and entertainment options. Bellingham also is home to many medical specialists and St. Joseph Hospital, a leader in the care of heart, cancer and senior patients.
The perfect Ferndale real estate opportunity is waiting for you. A Pacific NW realtor with an expertise of the Ferndale area is ready to assist you. Susan Stecher is the Ferndale expert you need. Contact her today to get started.

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