The Guide Meridian neighborhood is one of the fastest growing in Bellingham. The Guide Meridian Street (for which it is aptly named) runs northeast through this developing part of Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and finally into Canada.
The most significant landmark in the Guide Meridian neighborhood is Whatcom Community College. Over 12,000 full-time and part-time students attend this two-year college. Some students attend directly out of high school, while others are returning to school after facing (or during) “the real world.” WCC attracts many residents to live in the Guide Meridian neighborhood, and the multi-family housing units are booming because of this.
While the Bellis Fair Mall is not in the bounds of the Guide Meridian neighborhood, a few other major shopping centers stemmed from the popularity the mall created. A mile down from the Guide Meridian, one can find another shopping hub. This center contains major retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Michael’s Crafts, and more. Across the street, a hotly debated yet busy Wal-Mart stands. Not all of the stores in the area are national companies, however. For instance, the Spice Hut, a family-owned spice and loose tea store, is doing well.
Restaurants of all flavors are found in the Guide Meridian neighborhood. Chains such as Applebee’s and Taco Del Mar are quite popular, as are locally owned restaurants such as Pad Thai and Goji Bistro. No matter what you are craving, you will find something to please your taste buds in this part of town.
Many offices and other businesses make their home near the Guide Meridian. PeaceHealth Medical Clinic is home to the offices of dozens of doctors and medical facilities. Driving down “the Guide” (as some locals call it) you are bound to encounter gyms, car mechanics, and a number of other services. For some, the neighborhood satisfies their every need.
Since many of the people moving into Bellingham choose to live in the northern part of town, apartments, condominiums, and other multi-family housing units are being built quickly. Some investors have discovered this, and homes are being sold at a wide range of prices. Only a small portion of the Guide Meridian is zoned for single-family houses, so most future development will be focused on high-density living.
While some argue that this area is too “suburban sprawl,” the City of Bellingham is conscious about keeping its town beautiful and efficient. Instead of “sprawling” and destroying the surrounding environment, Bellingham requires its builders to preserve the outlying wilderness. Also, greenbelts and parks are currently in the works to provide a green oasis for residents of the Guide Meridian area.
To learn more about the living and investing opportunities in this quickly-developing area, contact the Home4Investment real estate team.