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.

The grounds are truly a marvel. Thoughtfully planned zones for playing, relaxing, entertaining and gardening flow together in concentric rings around the home. Flower gardens, raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, greenhouse. Chicken coop (with chickens), 650sqft detached shop, woodshed, hot tub synthetic deck, patio, and even a small flat patch of weedless green grass just big enough for your annual Bocce tournament. Hardscape paths wind between stations tying the grounds together.

If you can ever bring yourself to come inside, you’ll find just as stylish and usable a setting inside as out. The open and bright floorplan features two true bedrooms and a full bath on each of the two levels. The ample windows, skylights and glass doors (exterior as well as interior) give the home an unmatched openness, connecting it with the lush greenery of the setting. Updated lighting & plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances and lots of new bamboo flooring throughout complete this spotless, modern package. 

Not only does this home have major league sex appeal, but it is also startlingly efficient. An energy audit performed by Opportunity Council/Sustainable Connections’ Community Energy Challenge in April assigned the home an Energy Performance Score (EPS) of 23,000– much more efficient than the Washington State average. In addition to having been well-maintained and insulated, this home boasts a new hi-efficiency wood stove and a brand new tankless hot water heater. The home is truly green, inside and out.

For buyers looking for total privacy a short trail pedal to town, this listing is a rare opportunity. Close the 10′ horse gate behind you and feel the day’s tension melt away.


3903 York Street

mls# 647281

4beds * 2baths

built 1999

shy half-acre lot * Bellingham schools * 2-car detached garage


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