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South Hill Neighborhood Bellingham WA - 06/25/07 12:33 AM
South Hill Neighborhood Bellingham 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. (0 comments)
The South neighborhood of Bellingham is characterized by space. Located between Edgemoor and Samish, South Bellingham shares the respect for nature and convenience to Fairhaven with each. One of the most notable features in South Bellingham is Fairhaven Park. Located just below the Old Fairhaven District, it brings visitors from throughout the area to play tennis, walk the gravel trails (appropriate for wheelchairs), watch salmon spawning in Padden Creek, or have a crazy afternoon in the kiddie pool. The covered picnic areas and large, open fields make it an ideal destination for group outings. In the center (0 comments)
Silver Beach is as lovely as it sounds. On the northern shore of Lake Whatcom and the eastern edge of Bellingham, the area is predominately made up of lavish homes with the affordable gem scattered here and there. Lake Whatcom is an integral part not only of Silver Beach, but the entire City of Bellingham. It provides the town with drinking water, recreation, and a highly valued piece of nature. At over 12 miles long, much of it is still wild. Boaters, kayakers, and hikers have access to even the least-explored areas of Lake Whatcom. Recently, the (0 comments)
The Sehome neighborhood is just north of Western Washington University, providing housing and services to students and non-students alike. Most notable in the neighborhood are Sehome Hill Arboretum, the outlying commercial areas, and the diverse selection of homes. Western Washington University and the City of Bellingham jointly own and maintain Sehome Hill Arboretum. It is a 180-acre natural forest habitat that provides space for wildlife, hikers, and folks who simply want to surround themselves in the beautiful nature oasis. Anyone can explore the 5+ miles of winding trails, and many find that a walk through the (0 comments)
The Samish neighborhood is perfect for runners, shoppers, commuters, and everyone in between. With acres of parks and undeveloped space as well as quick access to Interstate 5 and shopping, Samish can accommodate every lifestyle. Forty percent of the Samish neighborhood consists of Lake Padden Park. This park, aptly named after the 152-acre Lake Padden, has everything a park should have and more. Motorized boats are banned from the trout-stocked lake, keeping the lake clean and giving shore, dock, and rowboat fishers a chance. Kids, adults, and dogs can be found swimming in several areas of (0 comments)
Puget Neighborhood Bellingham WA - 06/25/07 12:09 AM
Puget Neighborhood Bellingham Washington Puget may be the place to live if you don't want to leave your neighborhood for anything. With stores, services, jobs, schools, and homes, the Puget neighborhood provides residents with everything they need. (Of course, it's also next to I-5, just in case you need to leave the area for same strange reason.) Puget and Toledo Hills provide great views of Bellingham Bay, the Canadian Cascades, and the rest of town. Most of this area is already developed with single-family houses on medium sized lots. These are desirable homes, as they are well-landscaped and maintained. Other areas (0 comments)
The Mount Baker neighborhood has everything a person could need. Located in the northeastern part of Bellingham, homes here well-built, the commercial areas are attractive, and there is plenty of space to get outside and enjoy nature. Visitors from around the country have discovered this neighborhood and promptly moved here, making it one of the fastest growing areas in the city. Barkley Village is the main stop for many Mount Baker residents - they can buy groceries, deposit their paycheck, grab their morning coffee, chat with their stockbroker, and even go home to a modern, (0 comments)
The Meridian neighborhood is characterized by a bustling economy. The Bellis Fair Mall spurred most of this growth with its creation several years ago. Many visitors are drawn from around the region, especially across the Canadian border, to shop in the Meridian neighborhood. The mall leases to larger retailers such as Macy's, Target, JC Penny, Kohl's, and Sears. Inside you'll find dozens and dozens of stores, including Build-a-Bear Workshop, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hot Topic. The food court is usually busy as shoppers take advantage of the numerous restaurants, including Kojo of Japan, Ivar's, Cinnabon, and (0 comments)
The Lettered Streets, located on the waterfront in central Bellingham, date back to the 1850's. At that time, settlers were drawn to the area by the Whatcom Creek Waterfall, which provided energy for the saw mill. Today, residents of the Lettered Streets are attracted by the convenience and charm of the neighborhood. Located just northwest of downtown Bellingham, individuals can easily access any part of Bellingham and come home to a simple, quiet neighborhood. Unlike other historical neighborhoods in Bellingham, most of the century-old houses in the Lettered District were renovated in the 1960's. Since then, the (0 comments)
The Happy Valley neighborhood is one of the most popular in Bellingham, and it has even more room to grow. Its 6,000 residents range from students to retirees and everyone in between. Happy Valley lies between Fairhaven, South Hill, South Bellingham, and Western Washington University. Near the college, apartment complexes abound. Many of these were built in the sixties, seventies, and eighties, but even more are in the works to accommodate the growing university. Further south, homes range from gorgeous, older, well-landscaped homes to cute, recently developed duplexes. All of the neighborhoods are quite safe and are (0 comments)
Fishing report - Winthrop Washington - 06/24/07 11:43 PM
Well another fishing trip has come and gone in the mighty fishing state of Washington. This weekend I was joined by 3 buddies for a 3 day camping and flyfishing retreat. We drove over the cascade mountains to a nice country western town. Winthrop is located along the northern border of washington state almost to Canada. We decided to fly fish the Chewuch River and Cambell Lake. The Chewuch is higher then normal but still is holding some nice trout. The weather was hot enough to fry eggs on car hoods. I am still feeling the sunburn underneath my tee-shirt. Very (1 comments)
The Guide Meridian neighborhood is one of the fastest growing in Bellingham. The Guide Meridian street (for which it is aptly named) runs northeast through this developing part of Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and finally into Canada. The most significant landmark in the Guide Meridian neighborhood is Whatcom Community College. Over 7,000 full-time and part-time students attend this two-year college. Some students attend directly out of high school, while others are returning to school after facing (or during) "the real world." WCC attracts many residents to live in the Guide Meridian neighborhood, and the multi-family housing units are booming (0 comments)
Edgemoor boasts some of the finest living in Washington. Located in the southernmost area of Bellingham, most homes have a view of sparkling Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. Fairhaven Middle School, built as a high school in 1903, welcomes you to the neighborhood with its noble, grand charm. It is one of the best middle schools in the district, and its well-landscaped lawn give you a taste of the rest of the Edgemoor neighborhood. Much of the neighborhood lies on Chuckanut Drive, arguably the most beautiful road in the state. (Try to be the (0 comments)
Downtown Bellingham has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for gourmet food, live music, or just a relaxing afternoon on the waterfront, downtown Bellingham has what you need. Unlike the downtown areas in other cities, you can find safe and comfortable housing throughout the neighborhood. Condominiums are particularly popular. Purchasing a condominium in downtown Bellingham is not only a wise investment; it also guarantees you a wonderful quality of life. A few high-rises will be built downtown soon, helping Bellingham avoid sprawl and keep the wilderness wild. This means more opportunities for you to live in (0 comments)
Cornwall Park is named for the neighborhood surrounding (surprise, surprise) Cornwall Park. At 70 acres, the park accounts for over a tenth of the area, leaving the rest for a variety of homes and commercial uses. Unlike other parks with manicured lawns and shrubbery trimmed into the shapes of animals, Cornwall Park truly has a northwest feel. There, you can perfect your frisbee golf skills on its 9-hole course, escape the summer heat under its many trees, or picnic with some neighbors of Cornwall Park's tight-nit community. Cornwall has a few of the many tennis (0 comments)
Columbia Neighborhood in Bellingham Washington - 06/20/07 07:38 PM
Columbia The Columbia Neighborhood is one of the oldest, most sought-after residential neighborhoods in Bellingham. Located in Northwest Bellingham near Bellingham Bay, it is quiet, classy, and convenient. Development for this area began in the late 1880's, giving many of the homes a distinct, classic style. Only ten percent of the housing in the Columbia Neighborhood was built in the last 20 years. The now 4,000 residents dwell in unique, well-maintained homes with widely ranging lot sizes. The western portion of the Columbia Neighborhood borders Squalicum Creek. The water runs right through many houses' backyards, encouraging plants and wildlife. Certain homes (0 comments)
Bellingham Alabama Hill Neighborhood - 06/20/07 07:34 PM
Alabama Hill - Bellingham Washington The Alabama Hill neighborhood in Bellingham has every type of home you could hope for. From large, extravagant houses with million-dollar views to cozy, efficient studios within walking distance of shopping, Alabama Hill can be anyone's ideal place to live. Residents of the Alabama Hill neighborhood are never at a shortage of activities. The ever-popular Bloedel-Donovan Park, located on the west side of Lake Whatcom, can keep visitors entertained from dawn to dusk (though you may have to swat a mosquito or two during those later hours). On hot days, the park is filled with sunbathers, (0 comments)
In todays real estate market a digital camera is not an option but a requirement. I started with the 1.2 mega-pixel Sony and I have progressed from camera to camera over the last few years. When 80% of the buyers are using the Internet to search for homes the quality of pictures that is required doubles ever couple months. A year ago a 4-5 mega-pixel camera with standard zoom did everything a Realtor needed. Recently to make myself stand out from the competition I have been investing in more and more photo equipment. First I was hiring photographers to shoot (9 comments)
Seattle Homes for sale - 06/18/07 10:45 PM
Seattle Homes for Sale It is so easy to find a variety of home for sale in the Seattle, Washington area. Some look for the perfect retirement destination, others seek some of the unique homes seattle has to offer, while others want a city home that is close to nature. Many have found the perfect house in the attractive Seattle real estate market. Seattle's location is part of what makes it such a perfect place for so many different people; the amazing variety of homes and properties is also an important factor. Search for Seattle Homes If a home is more then you are (0 comments)
Bellevue Washington Schools - 06/18/07 04:44 PM
The Bellevue School District is one of the best in the United States according to Newsweek's annual list of the nation's Top 100 Schools. The International School (11th), Bellevue High School (32nd), Newport High School (49th), and Interlake High School (59th) were placed on this prestigious list based on the average number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge Tests taken per student. Honors like these aren't new to the Bellevue School District. The schools have placed on Newsweek's Top 100 list several times before, and Sammamish High School (a top 200 school) recently earned Washington State's Siemens Award for Advanced (2 comments)
I recently travelled to Las Vegas for Keller Williams Family Reunion. Family Reunion for those of you who don't know is a 5 day training event with an uncountable amount of classes. One of the classes I took was on negotiating with clients. After taking the class I thought a lot about some of my approaches to negotiating. I would like to share with all of you some of mine and some I learned in that Las Vegas class room. ne·go·ti·ate /nɪˈgoʊʃiˌeɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ni-goh-shee-eyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -at·ed, -at·ing. -verb (used (3 comments)
Bellingham Retirement Information - Assisted living options aroung Bellingham - 06/11/07 04:19 PM
Bellingham Assisted living options Bellingham has been repeatedly ranked among the top cities in the country for being a desirable place for retirees to call home. With its numerous activities and events, friendly community, moderate climate, and close proximity to all the excitement and beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it's no wonder active seniors are retiring in Bellingham. This remarkable city is also home to several retirement communities and assisited living facilities. These aren't your typical retirement places - they provide custom care for seniors who need a little extra help, while still allowing their residents to enjoy the comfort and freedom of independent living. (0 comments)
Bellingham Restaurant information One of the wonderful things about Bellingham is the variety of restaurants offered throughout the city. As you walk through Fairhaven or downtown Bellingham you might notice an array of locally owned, colorful restaurants each with their own unique character, lining the streets. Fairhaven Restaurants: Fairhaven is the famed historic district on the south side of town which overlooks the bay. The southern portion of Bellingham with its towering brick buildings make home for popular restaurants such as the Colophon Café, the Harris Avenue Café, Avenue Bread, Skylarks, Mambo Italiano, Win's Drive-in, A.W. Asian Bistro, Dirty (0 comments)
Skagit County Real Estate Market Update - 06/11/07 01:58 PM
For more information on home values and the real estate market in Skagit County please contact the Burlington and Mount Vernon Real Estate experts! (0 comments)
Questions regarding this information please contact your Bellingham WA Real Estate experts. (0 comments)
Another winter steelhead caught on the Olympic Peninsula - 06/11/07 01:18 PM
While fishing the Sol Duc River this year I ran across this little beauty. A winter run steelhead caught on a rainy wet day. It was one of 7 steelhead caught that cold day with my friend Jack Decook. There really is really nothing better then catching and then releasing a beautifull steelhead unharmed. For those of you who don't know much about the native steelhead it is the largest species of trout. Many assume that the steelhead is a salmon species in error. Like the Salmon, a steelhead minows are born in the rivers and they spend most of their lives in the oceans and then (7 comments)
Bellingham Washington - The place to live and visit - 06/08/07 03:40 PM
Bellingham Washington There is a reason thousands of people flock to Bellingham Washington each year. This jewel of the northwest is located 78 miles north of Seattle, 60 miles south of Vancouver, and rests along the waterfront of Bellingham Bay. The tree-lined streets of the city are threaded with art, music, and culture. The backdrop of the city scene is the great outdoors, which is why many people choose Bellingham as a place to live or visit. There are many interesting destinations within the city providing a unique place to explore. Bellingham is an experience in its own right, no matter (0 comments)
Fishing Washington State - 06/07/07 01:41 AM
When I am not practicing real estate in Bellingham or investing in real estate I am lucky enough to live in one of the best areas in the US for fishing. Whether you fly fish or use gear fishing our local rivers is a great way to escape the corporate world. I like to think about it as my therapy. Although I prefer to talk about real estate, fishing runs a close second. King salmon and steelhead are my two favorite to fish for. Enjoy the picture and remember we work to do the things we love. We cant take our (2 comments)
Bellingham Commercial Real Estate - 06/07/07 01:22 AM
Bellingham Commercial Real Estate is Booming. Major players in the business world are coming to Bellingham WA and leasing or building new buildings. In the commercial world these are called anchor tenants. Some rumor names worth mentioning: Banana Republic, Trader Joes, Nordstrom Rack .... When major services and major businesses start coming the others follow fast. If you are a savy real estate investor you might want to talk with a commercial real estate team like the us. Please if you are interested in commercial real estate in Bellingham WA contact us as soon as possible. With the revitalization of its historic waterfront, Bellingham (0 comments)
Bellingham one of the most over priced places to live? - 06/07/07 12:55 AM
There have been a few reports lately describing Bellingham WA as one of the most over priced areas in the state of Washington. Problems with this statement is that these calculations are done by bean counters located far outside the state of Washington let alone the Bellingham area. These calculations are normally done by looking at the average home price in Bellingham of $322,000 and comparing to the population, average incomes, and job growth. Bellingham has one of the highest job growth rates in the state of Washington. The population is steadily growing. The problem we have or at least the problem with these (0 comments)
Google PPC Tips and Experience - 06/06/07 06:28 PM
Google adwords can be the fastest way to generate web leads. It can also be the fastest way to clear out your marketing budget. Please read these tips I have learned from experience. Tip #1 WHAT EVER YOU DO !!!! DO NOT ALLOW CLICKS for the "CONTENT NETWORK" It is a waste of money and the clicks do not convert into real estate business!!!!! Tip #2Bid low on the high $ key words like "your city Real estate" These are the most competitive and highest costing clicks. Go for specific terms including property type, smaller towns, neighborhoods, and so on.Big high on (6 comments)
Home pricing strategies - 06/06/07 01:14 AM
Many agents price their homes at 299,000 or 299,999I think this is a mistake because ... think about how users on the internet or how agents search. They search ranges of $250,000-$350,000 or $200,000-$300,000 or $300,000-$500,000When was the last time you search $200,000 - $299,000 ???? Agent and consumers search $200,000-$300,000 and $300,000-$400,000So if we are searching those price ranges and we price our home at $300,000 we get included in both searches (200-300 AND 300-400k)This is my strategy if my home is priced near a 100k or 50k mark because of increased views.Another strategy that was recommended at a listing clinic was if the home (11 comments)
When consumers start thinking about relocating to a new state or town before they run out and buy the house we all would like to sell most buyers will research the area first. Consumers want to know about the neighborhoods, activities both indoor and out, restaurants, bars, shopping, children activities, major employers, and city information in general. Adding this information on sub pages of our real estate sites is not enough. For the real estate agent it is important for us to capture internet clients as early as a possible in their relocation process. One of the best ways I have found is creating (8 comments)
Whatcom County Homes for sale - 06/05/07 10:13 PM
Whatcom county currently has 1692 active homes for sale. We are in what the real estate industry calls a buyers market. There are more homes on the market then there is buyers. This gives buyers the advantage in negotiating and forces homes prices down. In may there were 268 homes sold in Whatcom county which means if no more homes were added to the inventory it would take 6.3 months to eliminate sell all available homes. Luckily for sellers lots of homes are still selling the difference is only the homes that are priced correctly and marketed aggressively are getting sold. For (0 comments)
What color is my sign? - 06/05/07 07:12 PM
In today's Bellingham real estate market does the color of your sign matter? Does going with one of the top 4 companies matter (Keller Williams, Windermere, Remax, John L Scott, Etc...) ? NO!!!! When picking the realtor that is going to list your home, what really matters? The truth is that you can get the best agent or the worse agent at any brokerage. Real Estate agents are independent contractors for the broker. The amount of knowledge, experience, and marketing vary from brokerage to brokerage. When picking a real estate agent in Bellingham Washington or anywhere in the united states you need to (0 comments)
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