Samish Hill Neighborhood
Samish Hill is a hilly, residential neighborhood located at the southern end of Bellingham. The neighborhood still maintains much of its original rural character from the past, but it is experiencing new residential growth like many areas of Bellingham.
Housing in the neighborhood varies. Most of the older homes in this neighborhood were built adjacent to Samish Way, the main entrance into the city before I-5 was constructed. Many of these older homes are located around Mill Street and on the western side of Samish Hill. These homes enjoy views of Happy Valley below and Bellingham Bay in the distance. Many newer homes have been built on the western hillside to take advantage of the same views.
The only apartments in the Samish Hill Neighborhood are located at the bottom of the hill on the northern edge of the neighborhood.
Ridgemont is a subdivision of contemporary, middle-income homes built in the 1970s on the hillside east of Samish Way in the northern section of the neighborhood.
Several newer housing developments are located higher up on the hillside east of Ridgemont and north of Lake Padden. Many of the homes here have a view of the Bay, the Islands, Chuckanut Mountain or of the valley below. Large homes near the top of these hillside developments enjoy sweeping views of the valley, Chuckanut Mountain, Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands in the distance.
Sehome Village is located just west of I-5 near the north end of the neighborhood. It includes a Haggen supermarket, Rite-Aid, REI, several restaurants and retail shops. Numerous restaurants, motels, espresso, and gas stations can be found lining Samish Way just north of the neighborhood. There is also a Food Pavilion supermarket located at the bottom of Samish Hill on Old Fairhaven Parkway.
Many annual events are held at Lake Padden Park including the Jr. Ski to Sea Race, several community races and the Padden Polar Dip on New Year's Day.
Ridgemont Park is a small park located within walking distance of Ridgemont residents.
In general, public school students living in the Samish Hill Neighborhood attend Happy Valley Elementary, Fairhaven Middle School and Sehome High School.
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