You’ve decided to relocate to Bellingham, WA–congratulations on making one of the best decisions of your life! Before long you’ll be referring to this community as the locals do: “Bellinghome”.
Bellingham is an incredible city to live, work and play in. It’s known for being beautifully sandwiched between the Salish Sea and Mount Baker—stunning views can be found around every corner.
Some folks like to promote that Bellingham is geographically located about 90 minutes from world-class urban cities of Seattle and Vancouver, BC, but why would you want to fight through the traffic in those cities when Bellingham has similar things to offer?
Things to do in Bellingham, WA.
Mount Baker Theater in Downtown Bellingham serves as a hub for high quality plays and musical productions. The Pickford Film Center shows an amazing array of independent films, and The Upfront Theater, owned by actor (and fellow Whatcom County resident) Ryan Stiles, showcases local comedic talents.
Your hunger for sporting events can also be fed in Bellingham—we have Bellingham Bells games in the summer, Bellingham Blazers hockey matches in the winter and Bellingham Slam basketball games in the spring…oh, and let’s not forget Bellingham Roller Betties as something new and fun you can check out!
Then there is skiing. Living in Bellingham means Mount Baker skiing is just an hour away. Downhill, snowboarding and cross country skiers alike will love living so close to the ski lodge.
Job opportunities in Bellingham, WA.
Career opportunities in Bellingham are diverse. Industries include technology, healthcare, education, manufacturing, construction and government—major employers include Western Washington University, PeaceHealth Medical Center, City of Bellingham, Anvil Corporation and FaithLife.
Related: Port of Bellingham assembled this list of major employers in Whatcom County.
Buying a home in Bellingham, WA.
When you’re ready to buy a home in Bellingham, know that the housing market is tight (summer 2016). Working with an experienced realtor is going to be key to finding, and buying, your Bellingham dream home.
The right realtor will be able to educate you on the current market, and they will have a diverse network of contacts to tap into (property owners, fellow real estate agents) to find a home that meets your needs.
Experienced real estate agents in Bellingham, like Jon Hansen Realtors, will know when homes in your targeted neighborhoods are coming on the market…sometimes before they hit the MLS. They can help you make an offer quickly and negotiate terms that will seal the deal and lock out competitive offers. Working with a realtor will give you a leg-up in the Bellingham real estate market.
Congratulations again on choosing to move to Bellingham, WA. Whether you’re relocating here for work, or if you chose to retire here, you’ll be glad you made this community your “Bellinghome”.