Bellingham, WA 98225
Located on Sehome Hill just north of Western Washington University, the Sehome neighborhood rests on a steep bedrock formation rising 650 feet from Bellingham Bay. Many homes in hilly Sehome have spectacular views of Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker, as well as outlooks over Bellingham itself.
Settled largely because of coal mining activity in the area, the Town of Sehome was one of four original towns consolidated to become the City of Bellingham near the turn of the century. Built prior to 1930, many of these architecturally impressive homes are also important historically, and several are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Though most of the homes here are still single-family residences, some of the more sprawling older homes have been converted into apartments and studios. Many Western students have leased homes here and enjoy living in a warmer, more personal setting than the dorms might offer. Though the areas closest to campus are mostly student housing, other parts of the neighborhood are an ideal place for those with families.
Another major feature of the Sehome neighborhood is the Sehome Hill Arboretum, a 165-acre park right next to Western’s campus. Owned and managed jointly by Western Washington University and the City of Bellingham, the park offers over 5 miles of woodland walking trails and dramatic views of Bellingham Bay. A favorite destination in the park is the observation tower at the top of Sehome Hill.
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 Sehome neighborhood attend Lowell or Happy Valley Elementary Schools, Fairhaven Middle School, or Sehome High School.