South Hill is one of Bellingham’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Nestled elegantly between Western Washington University and Bellingham Bay, it features magnificent views and historic homes in a family-friendly atmosphere.
With Downtown Bellingham to the north, Fairhaven to the south, WWU to the east, and Bellingham Bay to the west, South Hill is surrounded by beauty and activity. Residents can roam up to campus any day of the week to enjoy concerts, art shows, distinguished speakers, dancing lessons, or any of the other many events that occur daily.
Though the university borders South Hill, few students live in the neighborhood. The homes here are so fiercely sought-after that once a buyer finds one, they are uncomfortable letting anyone else live in it. Therefore, most residents are raising families or retirees.
For those who want to keep busy but avoid the hustle and bustle of the city, the South Hill neighborhood has one of the best parks in town – Boulevard. Accessible by road, trail, or kayak, Boulevard Park draws visitors of every kind. Boat watchers can stroll on the rocky, half-mile long beach and enjoy weekend sailboat regattas. Groups often spend the evening barbecuing and throwing frisbees, while others find solitude in combing the shore for shells. The colorful sunsets are universally popular.
Most South Hill residents get to appreciate those sunsets on a daily basis. Homes built on the hill are organized perfectly so that few buildings block one another from the panoramic beauty of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, the Olympic Mountains, or the Canadian Cascades. In addition, it seems that everyone on South Hill is a gardener and an architect. Houses that weren’t built in the 1900s still have the classic charm and mature landscaping of the historic buildings. Rocking chairs on porches, neat sidewalks, and lifelong residents make for a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Condominiums, though not historical, hold similar appeal. Most were built on State Street, the connection between Old Fairhaven and Downtown Bellingham. Therefore, these condos not only have the incredible views that the single-family houses do, but they are also just a hop, skip, and a jump from I-5 and the rest of Bellingham. Many condo-owners think of Boulevard Park as a front yard that they don’t even have to maintain.
Few homes go up for sale in this area, and when they do they are snatched up quickly by those in the know. To speak to the most prepared realtors in town or to search for Bellingham WA real estate, contact the Home4Investment real estate team.
Visit the South Hill Neighborhood Association