Sehome Hill Neighborhood
The Sehome Neighborhood is located on the northeast side of Sehome Hill, a steep bedrock formation rising 650 feet from Bellingham Bay. It is an older neighborhood and occupies the same area that was once the pioneer Town of Sehome. Sehome and the other early towns of Bellingham, Fairhaven and Whatcom consolidated to form the current City of Bellingham by 1904. The Sehome Hill Arboritum, a natural area for plant species indigenous to the region, is located at the top of Sehome Hill and forms a wooded backdrop for the neighborhood.
Since Sehome is an older neighborhood close to downtown, approximately 90 percent of the neighborhood is developed and the population density is one of the city's highest. Most of the homes in the neighborhood are at least 50 years old and are a mix of single-family and multi-family structures. Many older homes close to WWU campus have been converted to boarding houses and apartments for students. Most neighborhood streets have sidewalks and are in good condition, but are narrow by today's standards. Parking on the streets has been limited to residents only since it is so close to WWU.
The Sehome Hill National Historic District is located in the center of the neighborhood, south of Maple St. and north of Sehome Hill Arboretum. This district is located in the older residential part of the neighborhood and includes many large, architecturally impressive houses of historical value. Many of the homes here were recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. All homes in the Sehome neighborhood have mature landscaping and most are well maintained.
Most homes in neighborhood are built on the hillside of Sehome Hill and thus have good views of Bellingham Bay, downtown Bellingham, the Canadian Cascades or Mount Baker.
The South Campus of St. Joseph Hospital is located in the Sehome Neighborhood. This campus has inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, behavioral health inpatient center, an adult day health program and a therapeutic pool program.
Residents in the Sehome Neighborhood don't have to go too far to meet their shopping needs. A variety of fast-food and sit-down restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations are located along Samish Way. Sehome Village, located at the southern end of the neighborhood, has a Haggen supermarket, Rite-Aid, REI and a variety of retail shops, restaurants and services. Downtown Bellingham is located adjacent to the northern end of the neighborhood and has a wide variety of shops, restaurants and the Community Food Co-op.
Sehome Hill Arboretum is a 180-acre park forming the southern and western border of the neighborhood. This natural area is managed jointly by WWU and the City of Bellingham and is used for educational and recreational purposes. The arboretum has several miles of hiking trails and a lookout tower is located near the top.
Laurel Park and Forest and Cedar Park are two small neighborhood parks located here with some play equipment and open areas.
In general, public school students who live in the Sehome Neighborhood attend Lowell Elementary School, Fairhaven Middle School and Sehome High School.
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