Top of the Hill


With quick access to both downtown Bellingham and Western Washington University, this modern 3-bed 2-bath  home is a great option for those who aren’t afraid of a few stairs. 

Eighty-seven of them, to be exact. 

That’s how many you’d take getting from the mailbox to the deck off the second-floor master. I guess I don’t know why you’d necessarily need to get from the mailbox to the far end of the top room in the house with any regularity, but if you did  that’s how many steps it would take. 

The point is, this house is not a good fit for the week-kneed or for families that might include children whose tiny legs are not yet developed enough for them to scale 87 stairs on their own.  Continue reading

Urban Oasis

across the gardens toward the house from the southeast corner

What buyers are interested in this season isn’t made of granite and Brazilian Cherry, and it certainly isn’t 4,000 sqft. What the anxious buyer in Whatcom County is responding to in this transitional market is light, flow and setting.

Vualah! Witness this enchanting new listing on a shy half-acre right off the trails leading from downtown. This discreet pocket of the Whatcom Falls neighborhood is right across the southeast entrance to the Park, between the Falls and Lake Whatcom. The sunny non-through street features a spirited mix of architecture, from turn-of-the-century farmhouses to ultra modern villas. Our hero is a 1990s-built custom with design surprises at every turn. Oriented south to welcome the year-round sun into the 2-story living room windows, the home is flush with warming & illuminating natural light any time of day except night. Continue reading