Bellingham, WA 98225
Founded in the 1880’s, Fairhaven grew from a bustling pioneer settlement on Bellingham Bay to officially become a part of the City of Bellingham in 1904. Its core is the Fairhaven Historic District, home to 17 of Fairhaven’s original brick and sandstone buildings. These venerable, well-maintained structures lend a classic old-world feel to the neighborhood, and draw tourists from far and wide to visit its many shops and restaurants. Any newly built structures conform to Fairhaven’s distinctive 19th-century architectural style, per city code.
Fairhaven’s residents have many housing options, living in single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums. Though close to I-5 access and downtown, they are also within walking distance of a grocery store, unique clothing and gift shops, and the Fairhaven Public Library. They also enjoy recreation on the South Bay Trail, which connects to Fairhaven Park and the Chuckanut Mountains, or at Marine Park, a 2-acre park along the waterfront. Fairhaven’s Village Green is home to farmers’ markets, concerts and an outdoor movie series during the summer, and those with a literary bent can enjoy readings from talented authors multiple evenings throughout the year at Village Books.
Also vital to the community is Fairhaven’s Terminal, with ferry runs to Alaska and Victoria B.C., as well as an Amtrak Station and Greyhound Bus depot for easy travel to Everett, Seattle and beyond.
Schools are conveniently close for Fairhaven students—they attend Larrabee Elementary school, Fairhaven Middle School, or Sehome High School.