The surburban Mount Baker neighborhood is one of the fastest growing areas of Bellingham. The once semi-rural neighborhood has experienced growth in all areas; commercial, industrial and residential.
Residential growth has taken place throughout the neighborhood and includes apartments, multi-family housing, and single-family homes.
On Barkley Hill, several subdivisions of newer, single-family homes cover the western hillside. These homes are built near the top of the hill and enjoy stunning views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Cascades. These are all fairly large homes that were built from the 1990s to the present.
Most of the commercial growth in the neighborhood has occurred around the two neighborhood shopping centers, Sunset Square and Barkley Village. Together, these shopping areas meet most daily needs of area residents with two supermarkets, a variety of retail stores, and many restaurants.
Industrial growth in the neighborhood is primarily along Hannegan Road, where 640 acres of industrially zoned land was annexed to the city in 1998. This area north of Sunset Drive continues to expand in commercial/industrial use.
Sunset Pond is a nice park and nature area located behind Sunset Square Shopping Center. The park has some hiking trails and is an off-leash area for dogs. Public parking is located on James St.
Mount Baker Park is an open space located at the top of Barkley Hill and has trail access for area residents.
Northern Heights Elementary and Squalicum High School are both located in the Mt. Baker Neighborhood and provide open space. In general, young children living in the Mt.Baker Neighborhood attend either Sunnyland Elementary, Northern Heights Elementary or Roosevelt Elementary. Most middle school students living in this neighborhood are bused to Shuksan Middle School. A small area of homes south of Barkley Blvd fall within the Whatcom Middle School attendance area. Older students attend Squalicum High School.
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