Bellingham, WA 98225
One of Bellingham’s oldest neighborhoods, the Columbia neighborhood in northwest Bellingham boasts some of the city’s most breathtaking homes. Built since the 1880’s and extremely well-maintained, these beautiful Victorian houses exude the refined, classic style of a bygone era. The Eldridge Historical District, located in the southernmost part of the neighborhood, is especially sought-after for its grand, historically significant homes and unparalleled views of Bellingham Bay. Columbia’s 4,000 residents take pride in their history: throughout the neighborhood, it’s common to see small signs indicating the year a home was built, along with the name of its first occupants.
Despite its ornate, dignified architecture, the Columbia Neighborhood retains a laid-back, peaceful air, due in part to its simple grid structure. Residents enjoy leisurely strolls around the block after dinner, and bicyclists often take advantage of the flat terrain for easy travel. Elizabeth Park, located on a full block in the center of the neighborhood, offers a place for residents and visitors to play and relax beneath the shade of century-old maple, chestnut and walnut trees. Park-goers take in live local music throughout the summer, and for those seeking additional recreation, larger Cornwall Park is only a trek across the street from Columbia. Carl Lobe and Lorraine Ellis Park also provide room to play, especially for families with small children.
Columbia is only minutes from Bellis Fair Mall, Meridian and Downtown, offering fast, convenient access to shopping and work. Elementary-aged children attend Columbia Elementary while middle-schoolers attend nearby Whatcom Middle School. High schoolers go to Bellingham High School.