Living

Sehome

Ashley McAllister carries food to a customer at Boomer's Drive In. The 
restaurant at 310 N. Samish Way offers a retro setting for fast food. Customers can use the car-hop service, order to go, or eat by the indoor fire. Many people look forward to 
bargain-price burgers during Boomer's anniversary sales.
Ashley McAllister carries food to a customer at Boomer's Drive In. The restaurant at 310 N. Samish Way offers a retro setting for fast food. Customers can use the car-hop service, order to go, or eat by the indoor fire. Many people look forward to bargain-price burgers during Boomer's anniversary sales. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

The neighborhood next to Western Washington University atop Sehome is home to a mix of retirees, families and college students. Many of the streets are narrow and lined with owner-occupied homes.

Closer to campus, along North Forest, North Garden and High streets, are small apartment complexes and older homes that have been converted into student rentals.

The core of the neighborhood is the Sehome Historic District, a quiet, family-oriented area.

Sehome has a few small parks, and Sehome Hill Arboretum offers forested trails and views for walkers and runners.

HISTORY

The area bounded roughly by Sehome Hill Arboretum and by East Maple, Jersey and Newell streets was named to the National Register of Historic Places on Feb. 13, 1998.

About two dozen Sehome Hill residents led the effort to research more than 150 homes in the area, which were largely built by Scandinavian carpenters and millworkers between 1895 and 1930.

SCHOOLS

Lowell Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary, Fairhaven Middle, Sehome High.

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

PARKS

Sehome Hill Arboretum, Pine and Cedar, Laurel, Franklin.

QUOTE

“The student influence is a big influence. It makes the whole neighborhood lively.”

Julia Burns, Sehome resident for four years

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