Bellingham, WA 98226
SILVER BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD
People who live in Bellingham’s Silver Beach neighborhood have no shortage of pristine scenic beauty and outdoor recreation, and they take great pride in their special way of life. This lakefront community on the north shore of Lake Whatcom and the eastern edge of Bellingham showcases some of Bellingham’s most lavish homes, with a few smaller vacation homes here and there. Though the community is clearly upscale, there are a wide variety of homes to choose from, since the land was platted into small lots and developed a long time ago. The Northshore area in Silver Beach is a particularly luxurious part of the neighborhood, with spectacular estates that stretch both the imagination and the wallet.
Lake Whatcom (from the Lummi word for “loud water”) is over 12 miles long, and provides drinking water for 85,000 Whatcom County residents. The lake is a favorite place for endless water activities—kayakers, boaters, swimmers, and fishing enthusiasts all take advantage of Lake Whatcom’s cool water, especially during warm summer days. Neighborhood kids lucky enough to live right on the lake eagerly splash into the water on their rope swings.
All throughout the year, you can find people playing and taking it easy at Bloedel-Donovan Park, a popular 20-acre park right on the waterfront. The park provides easy access to the lake, a swimming area, kayak rentals, volleyball, playgrounds, basketball courts, and open fields. Miles of meandering trails lead from Bloedel-Donovan Park west to Whatcom Falls Park, and beyond.
Businesses are limited in Silver Beach, but restaurants and shopping in Barkley Village is only minutes away, and Alabama Street is a quick route to the heart of Bellingham. Children from Silver Beach attend Silver Beach Elementary or Geneva Elementary, Kulshan Middle School, or Squalicum High School.
Residents here in Silver Beach feel like they’re on vacation away from it all, but they remain handily close to everything they need.