As one of the older neighborhoods in Bellingham, York is home to fine architecture, history, and a strong community. The majority of the houses were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and despite their age remain well preserved and maintained. These examples of Victorian architecture help the neighborhood stand out even as the surrounding city grows and changes. Although there are larger houses ringing the neighborhood, most houses are 1 or 2 bedroom single family units. York was one of the first middle class neighborhoods in a time when the middle class was emerging; as a result the houses are more closely packed together than is typical today. This closeness, however, has a distinct advantage: community. A strong sense of community is what really makes this neighborhood so welcoming and desirable to live in. An active neighborhood association monitors the wellbeing of its 2600 residents and helps maintain the beautiful parks and streets. Sandstone outcroppings, like the one at Harriet Spanel park, provide noticeable landmarks distinctive to York. Residents of all ages enjoy Harriet Spanel park, whether it’s the walking trails, accessible playground, basketball court, or open field. Additionally, residents work together to maintain the flower gardens at Rock Hill park, where citizens from all over the city come to enjoy the flowers and trails.
York is an excellent neighborhood for families with young children, as the schools and parks are both safe and highly rated. The streets in York tend to be lower traffic and slower, with plenty of space for children to play. The typical school track follows Happy Valley Elementary to Whatcom Middle to Bellingham or Sehome High.
Situated next to Sehome and City Center, the York neighborhood enjoys plenty of shopping and errand convenience while maintaining its residential status. Nearly all of the space in York is devoted to residential use, fostering a close community without sacrificing necessary businesses. Additionally, the eastern border is made up of I-5, giving residents quick access to the rest of the city and wider county. The Sehome Urban village, downtown Bellingham, Whole Foods, REI, and community co-op are a short drive away.
The median price for a house in York is 428k, significantly less than in previous years. Houses sell quickly on this market, with most closing in less than a week. Don’t let the speed intimidate, York is a desirable neighborhood but here at BNP we are experts at this kind of environment and would love to help you find your dream home! Don’t hesitate to contact an agent today with any questions or concerns.
Houses for sale in the York neighborhood
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