Known for its university, outdoor recreation, and local breweries, it is a marvelous place to relocate

Welcome to Bellingham

Bustling coastal town with ample places to plan outdoor adventures
Known for its university, outdoor recreation, and local breweries, Bellingham is a marvelous place to relocate. Situated on Bellingham Bay, residents have direct, year-round access to the waterfront. Locals also appreciate the city’s lively Central Business District, home to top-rated restaurants and retailers. Bellingham currently has a population of 88,764 individuals. It is located approximately 89 miles north of Seattle and about 55 miles south of Vancouver, BC.
Prospective buyers will find everything from centrally-located condos to stately suburban homes when searching for a place to live. Inland neighborhoods brim with storybook-like charm and are situated minutes from all top conveniences. Those who choose to live closer to the water (in the center of town) will find the area to be walkable and bikeable.

What to Love

  • Coastal community surrounded by parks and preserves
  • Western Washington University
  • Vibrant Central Business District
  • Tranquil suburban neighborhoods

Local Lifestyle

Bellingham overflows with personality and charm. Sprawling and full of life, this is one of northwestern Washington’s most vibrant cities. Even in the middle of downtown, the area exudes small-town, easygoing vibes. Residents and visitors alike can spend their days boating on the bay, craft brewery hopping, touring local museums, or unwinding in nature. With so much to love, feeling at home is effortless.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Scattered throughout Bellingham is an impressive collection of places to eat and shop.
Spending time downtown? Indulge your palate in a wide array of flavors and cuisines. Strolling around the area, make plans to try local favorites such as Bayou On Bay, Brandywine Kitchen, Black Sheep, The Local Public House, Fiamma Burger, Cosmos Bistro, Storia Cucina, Bantam, Old Town Cafe, and The Wild Oat Bakery & Cafe. Elsewhere in Bellingham, there are even more must-try eateries. Enjoy an exceptional meal at B-Town Kitchen And Raw Bar, Anthony's Hearthfire Grill, and Keenan's at the Pier.
Shopping is extremely convenient in Bellingham. Locals have access to a myriad of top retailers just minutes from home. No matter where you choose to reside, enjoy being close to stores such as Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Fred Meyer, Haggen, and many others.

Things to Do

Fill your social calendar with days of fun and merriment when living in Bellingham. Between the museums, breweries, and outdoor spaces, there is no shortage of things to do.
In the city center, locals of all ages can find exciting activities to fill their off days. If you’re an avid museum-goer, be sure to spend time at SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention (a highly interactive museum geared toward families), and at the Whatcom Museum. Downtown Bellingham is also home to hotspots such as the Mount Baker Theatre, Maritime Heritage Park, the Lightcatcher Building, the Bellingham Farmers Market, and a selection of top-rated breweries.
Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty to explore throughout Bellingham. Across the area, notable places to visit include the 180-acre Sehome Hill Arboretum, Whatcom Falls Park, Lookout Mountain Open Space, Bellingham Golf and Country Club, and Big Rock Garden Park.


Schools throughout Bellingham are highly-rated at all grade levels.

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