Bellingham Sunnyland

SunnylandThe Sunnyland neighborhood is a diverse mix of residential and commercial developments.

The southern end of the neighborhood is home to several local businesses and restaurants lining busy James Street, from hardware and tire stores to an open-air market. Shopping is easy, with Downtown to the south, Sunset Square to the north, and a host of businesses along James Street.

Moving north, businesses and warehouses give way to quaint houses on the typical small lots found in the center of Bellingham. The homes vary between rentals and permanent residences, and the condition of the old homes also varies. Lots and homes become larger toward the northwestern side of the neighborhood.

Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 2116 Cornwall Ave, is a prominent neighborhood landmark, a handsome example of Gothic revival architecture in red brick. Next door is Assumption School.

This neighborhood might be a good choice for anyone needing convenient access to St. Joseph Hospital and the medical offices that surround it. The hospital campus is just a few blocks north of the neighborhood boundary.


Memorial Park, established to honor war veterans, is off Illinois Street behind Sunnyland Elementary School. The newer Sunnyland Park is on the other side of Alabama Street. Community members rallied together to get the park built, providing kids from the other side of the neighborhood a safe place to play.

Cornwall Park is a short distance to the northwest. It is a sprawling, forested park that includes tennis courts, horseshoe pits, woods trails, open playing fields, playing grounds, a disc golf course, and a wading pool.


Groceries are available at Trader Joe’s at James and Alabama Streets. A bit farther away is the Haggen grocery store, to the northwest on Meridian Street.

A short drive to the southeast is Fred Meyer Shopping Center. Sunset Square, which features a K-Mart, a Rite Aid pharmacy, restaurants like El Gitano, and several other stores, lies to the west across Interstate 5.


Sunnyland Elementary School
Parkview Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
Whatcom Middle School
Kulshan Middle School
Bellingham High School

Visit the Sunnyland Neighborhood Association website.