Living

Mount Baker

Friends Hannah Dashiell, 11, (clockwise from left) Grant McKay, 12, Maddy Dashiell, 9, Mackenzie Devine, 11, and Paige Devine, 7, eat lunch at the outdoor tables at Barkely Village with moms Shawn Devine, back left, and Jeanette Dashiell. The families used to be neighbors in the Barkely Village area and Devine now works nearby.
Friends Hannah Dashiell, 11, (clockwise from left) Grant McKay, 12, Maddy Dashiell, 9, Mackenzie Devine, 11, and Paige Devine, 7, eat lunch at the outdoor tables at Barkely Village with moms Shawn Devine, back left, and Jeanette Dashiell. The families used to be neighbors in the Barkely Village area and Devine now works nearby. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

Mount Baker is a large, fast-growing and multifaceted neighborhood in northeast Bellingham, with Sunset Drive splitting the area into segments north and south.

On the south side, high-elevation homes and townhouses look over the city and Bellingham Bay from atop Barkley Boulevard.

At the foot of the hill sits Barkley Village, a 250-acre development with a commercial district, office and medical buildings, light industry, and condominium buildings.

North of Sunset Drive are pockets of residential development scattered among drive-by businesses and industrial areas along Hannegan Road, East Bakerview Road and Irongate Road.

HISTORY

Go-ahead for the hundreds of homes high on north Alabama Hill was given in 1991 when the city of Bellingham approved a funding district to finance construction of Barkley Boulevard from Britton Road on the east to Woburn Street on the west.

SCHOOLS

Northern Heights Elementary, Sunnyland Elementary, Kulshan Middle, Whatcom Middle, Squalicum High.

In fall 2009, elementary students will attend Aldrich Road Elementary and Northern Heights.

District: Bellingham School District, www.bham.wednet.edu.

PARKS

North Ridge, Railroad Trail, Sunset Pond.

QUOTE

“I live in Barkley Village, so I’m five minutes from the hospital, eight minutes from Bellis Fair and within walking distance of the post office and banks, investment brokers, Haggen grocery and all the little shops in between.”

Gea Goldfeder, Mount Baker resident for 11 years

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