Located east of Interstate 5, near the shores of Lake Whatcom, the Bellingham neighborhood of Whatcom Falls is an upscale area adjacent to Whatcom Falls Park, a beautiful 244-acre nature preserve with scenic cascading waterfalls, and more than five miles of biking and hiking trails meandering through the lush wooded Whatcom Creek Gorge.
Many of the expansive homes in the Whatcom Falls neighborhood are on spacious lots, and many have views eastward toward Whatcom Lake and Mount Baker.
The major thoroughfare through the community is Lakeway Drive, and the residential area of approximately 2000 homes lies along Whatcom Creek, near the Bayview Cemetery, the only memorial park in Bellingham. The wooded backdrop of the Whatcom Falls Park and the cemetery add scenic beauty to this area.
Whatcom Falls Schools
The Bellingham Public Schools in the Whatcom Falls area have fine academic records and the elementary and middle schools are close by, less than two miles from the subdivision. The public high school that serves the area is the Squalicum High School, about five miles away. There are also a number of private schools in the area.
• Geneva elementary School
• Kulshan middle School
• Squalicum High School
• Bellingham Christian School
• Catch the Son Preschool and Kindergarten
• Evergreen Christian School
Whatcom Falls Lifestyle
Because of its easy access to both Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, Bellingham has become an excellent choice as a retirement community, and the easy, casual lifestyle of the area makes Whatcom Falls a great place for retirees, but also a wholesome, safe neighborhood for raising a family. There are a wide array of things to do in the area. Year round recreational activities make Bellingham an excellent choice for an active lifestyle.
Fresh Water Fishing: There are a dozen freshwater lakes in Whatcom County, including Whatcom Lake just a stone’s throw from the Whatcom Falls neighborhood. Kokanee, largemouth and smallmouth bass, cutthroat trout, rainbow and brown trout, and yellow perch are among the plentiful species found in local lakes.
Salt Water Fishing: Saltwater fishing in Whatcom County is excellent for Chinook, Coho, and Silver salmon and there are countless places to catch a limit of bottom feeders or crab.
Boating: Bellingham, with its close proximity to the Straights of Juan de Fuca and beautiful San Juan Islands, offers some of the best boating anywhere in North America.
Hiking and Biking: Whatcom Falls Park has scenic trails along Whatcom Creek with waterfalls, wooded areas, and broad meadows for picnicking and leisure activities.
Winter Sports: Nearby Mt. Baker offers reasonably priced skiing and snowboarding and it is seldom crowded. Just an hour away, the more advanced winter sports resorts of Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb and and Stevens Pass have challenging terrain for any skill level.
Shop, Dine, And Enjoy
The Whatcom Falls neighborhood has a small shopping center with a convenience store and gas pump, and a little shop with ice cream and donuts. Grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and other stores are only minutes away and the Bellis Fair Mall is just west at Interstate 5. Downtown Bellingham, the Meridian Street District, and the Fairhaven District offer branded stores and eclectic shopping with many restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. When visiting Canada, Bellingham residents can enjoy some duty free shopping for alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and gift items, too.
Living In Whatcom Falls
Most of the homes in the Whatcom Falls area are custom built with prices starting at about $250,000. Whatcom Falls boasts the highest percentage of owner occupied homes in Bellingham, and at only four parcels per acre, it has a very low average population density. Several tracts of land at the southern and eastern edges of the neighborhood remain undeveloped. A tremendous value for the active family, living in Whatcom Falls is living indeed.