Bellingham, WA 98229
Nestled in the southeast corner of Bellingham, the sprawling Samish neighborhood offers residents the chance to live in gorgeous natural beauty without sacrificing the comforts of the city nearby. The wooded, country-like atmosphere gives residents plenty of room to play and relax.
A major part of the Samish community is Lake Padden, Whatcom County’s third-largest lake and a favorite destination for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. A 2.6-mile trail loops around the entire lake, and whether you’re holding a leash or pushing a stroller, you’ll find the packed dirt and gravel trail a pleasant trek through the woods.
Lake Padden Park also offers a wide variety of other recreational activities within its 152-acres, with picnic tables, basketball courts, tennis courts and softball diamonds drawing kids and adults alike. Non-motorized boats are also common on the lake, as fishermen take advantage of the trout-stocked lake. Your dog will love Padden as well—the off-leash dog park is a popular place for dogs to run, chase, and fetch. And for those still chasing after the perfect golf swing, 18 holes of elation (or frustration) await at Lake Padden Golf Course.
Most of the homes here are single-family homes on spacious lots, and their style ranges from older starter homes, to established, well-maintained houses, to impressive luxury homes built in the last 2 to 5 years. Some of the more notable developments in the Samish neighborhood include Ridgemont, Wildwood, and Padden Hills. Many of the homes here have expansive views of Lake Padden, Bellingham Bay, and the San Juan Islands.
Travel to Western Washington University, shopping, access to I-5 and other conveniences are only minutes away. Sehome Village, off Bill McDonald Parkway, is home to Haggen’s grocery, a busy-yet-friendly Starbucks, Northwest outdoor favorite REI and more. Students in the Samish neighborhood attend Happy Valley or Wade King Elementary Schools, Fairhaven Middle School, or Sehome High School.