Founded in 1893, Western Washington University is home to 16,000 students and has the nation's oldest environmental college. The neighborhood it’s named after surrounds the university and houses students, faculty, and families. The school itself is a four year college with celebrated programs ranging from engineering to performing arts, and nationally ranked NCAA division II sports teams. Citizens of Bellingham and residents of the neighborhood have access to many of WWU’s facilities, including their track, parks, pools, gyms, and statue garden. The school is one of the biggest employers in Whatcom County, and many employees choose to live in the WWU, Sehome, or Samish neighborhood.
The WWU neighborhood is full of tall, established trees and lush landscaping that gives a quiet feel to the homes and apartments spread out over hilly terrain. Many houses get a beautiful view of Bellingham Bay and the downtown, and the Fairhaven historic district is a quick 5 minute drive away. The Sehome Village is right next door, with the Haggen grocery store, REI, dollar store, and many other local businesses. Most errands require a car but the neighborhood itself is a pleasant walk with quiet streets and leafy trees.
The median price for a home in the neighborhood is 475k, and the many apartments have varying rent in part influenced by the university. This neighborhood is a wise choice for students wanting to live on campus, retired couples looking for rest, and families with work nearby who want a slower and quieter environment. The typical school track goes from Happy Valley Elementary to Fairhaven Middle to Sehome High, all excellent public schools. The market in the WWU has stayed remarkably stable thanks to the university, and a constant stream of demand for the apartments and small houses that the neighborhood contains. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an agent to see if the WWU neighborhood is the right fit for you!
Houses for sale in the WWU neighborhood
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