Bellingham Sehome

SehomeThis neighborhood is located just north of Western Washington University on Sehome Hill and is home to many college students as well as other residents.

The area was used in the early 1850s for coal mining and was one of the four original towns that now make up Bellingham. The Sehome neighborhood is a hilly section of town, offering sweeping views of Bellingham Bay and the city. The neighborhood nestles against the Sehome Hill Arboretum.

Among Bellingham’s older neighborhoods, Sehome includes a number of turn-of-the century structures, along with an array of Craftsman-style bungalows. Many of the homes in the historic district were built before 1930 and retain most of their original features.

The south campus of St. Joseph Hospital is within the neighborhood’s boundaries. It provides elder care, chemical dependency rehabilitation, and mental health services.


The Sehome Hill Arboretum is an 180-acre park adjacent to the campus of Western Washington University. The Arboretum was the focus of both mining in the 1870s and logging operations as recently as 1906. The land became a park in 1922 and an arboretum in 1967, with the closure of the park to automobiles. The hilly, naturally wooded arboretum is jointly managed by both the university and the city. The park offers students and city dwellers over five miles (8 km) of public trails to explore. Unique features of the park include an 80-foot wooden observation tower atop Sehome Hill, with aerial views of Bellingham Bay to the south. There is also a large tunnel, cut into rock, through in which hikers can walk.


Sehome Village provides convenient shopping with a Haggen grocery store, restaurants, offices, and shops. Samish Way is a strip of restaurants, motels, convenience stores, and gas stations. A short drive away, you can find the Fred Meyer shopping center. Across Lincoln Street, Lakeway Center features a variety of shops like Menchie’s, Little Caesars, Crazy Mike’s, and a smoothie shop.

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