The Geneva Neighborhood is nestled between the northwest shore of Lake Whatcom and the forested hillside of Galbraith Mountain just outside the Bellingham city limits. The neighborhood has many large evergreen trees and no commercial areas giving it a more rural feel than the city neighborhoods.
Most of the homes along Lake Whatcom have private docks and beach access. Many of the homes on the hillside above Lake Whatcom have nice views of the lake and Squalicum Mountain in the distance. The majority of homes in Geneva are single family with large lots and trees. The neighborhood has one gated community on the hillside of Galbraith Mountain at the end of Lakeview Street.
Lakeway Drive is the main access route to both Geneva and the Sudden Valley neighborhood about 4 miles beyond. Lakeway Drive has sidewalks and wide shoulders, but many of the other streets in this neighborhood do not. Traffic on Lakeway Drive is busy at certain times of the day, especially when schools are in session.
The Firs has a 30-acre Conference Center and Day Camp located in the Geneva Neighborhood which is well known to many Whatcom County residents.
Geneva has one small open space that borders Lake Whatcom between Euclid and Lakeway Drive. There are a few trails that lead to a small sandy beach on the lake.
The nearest public boat launch and city park with beach access on Lake Whatcom is Bloedel Donovan Park in the Silver Beach Neighborhood. It is a popular park for swimming in the summer. It also has an off-leash dog exercise area that is popular with dog owners (hours vary during the year).
Galbraith Mountain (common name for North Lookout Mountain) is an open space that is a very popular spot for mountain bikers. Galbraith Mountain is open to non-motorized use only and has trails that are maintained by the Whatcom Independent Mountain Pedalers.
Whatcom Falls Park is a short distance away and features beautiful trails for jogging, walking and bike riding.
The Stimpson Family Nature Reserve is located along Lake Louise Road near the southeast end of the Geneva Neighborhood. It features a hilly 3 mile loop trail through a beautiful forested area with a newer 1 mile loop side trail. It is open year round and is a great place to hike on a hot summer day, a little slippery in the snow.
Three schools are located in the Geneva Neighborhood; Geneva Elementary (public K-5), Evergreen Christian (private K-8), and the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School (private K-8).
In general, public school students who live west of Euclid Ave. in the Geneva Neighborhood attend Carl Cozier Elementary, Kulshan Middle School and Sehome High School. Students who live east of Euclid Ave. and along the western shore of Lake Whatcom attend Geneva Elementary, Kulshan Middle School and Bellingham High School.
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