Bellingham, WA 98229
SOUTH BELLINGHAM NEIGHBORHOOD
West of I-5 on the southern edge of the city, the South Bellingham neighborhood is one of the more spacious areas the city, with only about 1,500 residents. Varying styles of residences on large, secluded lots strike a nice balance with acres of undeveloped and protected land, giving those who live here plenty of room to appreciate the beauty of their natural surroundings.
One of the area’s most beloved places is Fairhaven Park and Rose Garden, a 17-acre park with tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, open fields, and groomed trails. Located on the border of Old Fairhaven and South Bellingham, residents from all over Bellingham savor the park and garden. Nearby is Arroyo Park, 67 acres of untouched forest beckoning to be explored by hikers who like a little peace and quiet out in the woods. Students attend nearby Larrabee Elementary, Fairhaven Middle School, or Sehome High School.
In the southernmost part of the neighborhood, Chuckanut Mountain rises dramatically out of Chuckanut Creek. The Interurban Trail stretches from Fairhaven six miles south into Chuckanut Mountain, with opportunities to connect to other popular trails. Hikers on Chuckanut are rewarded for their efforts, with dizzying views high above Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands.
At the very southwest edge of the neighborhood, South Bellingham shares tideland beaches with Edgemoor to the north. This area boasts some of the most impressive views in Bellingham, but like much of South Bellingham, the land is still protected from too much expansion. Though this area is sure to see further development as more and more people discover the quiet beauty here, the rugged landscape and protected status of much of the area will ensure this neighborhood remains boundless and wild.