Living

South

Emma Starr, 6, plays on the bars at Fairhaven Park. Her family owns Four Starrs Boutique, in Fairhaven. Other attractions at the park include a spray park, a field with a baseball backstop, tennis courts and a basketball court. Charles X. Larrabee and Cyrus Gates donated land for the park in 1906.
Emma Starr, 6, plays on the bars at Fairhaven Park. Her family owns Four Starrs Boutique, in Fairhaven. Other attractions at the park include a spray park, a field with a baseball backstop, tennis courts and a basketball court. Charles X. Larrabee and Cyrus Gates donated land for the park in 1906. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

South neighborhood offers a pastoral setting, but proposed housing developments, if approved, will bring more homes and traffic to the area.

For now, many homes sit on large lots, sometimes large enough for horses. Much of the neighborhood is open space, with trails into Chuckanut Mountain and through Arroyo Park.

Access can be challenging, with many streets being dead ends or gravel roads.

A few businesses and retirement homes line Old Fairhaven Parkway, on the north edge of the neighborhood. Fairhaven Park and Chuckanut Drive form the western boundary, with Interstate 5 to the east and the city limits to the south of this quiet and still remote neighborhood.

HISTORY

The popular Interurban Trail follows the path of an old interurban electric railway system. Service between Bellingham and Mount Vernon began 1912, part of a larger rail-and-bus system stretching to Tacoma. Rail service in this area ended 1930.

SCHOOLS

Larrabee Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Fairhaven Middle, Sehome High.

In fall 2008, elementary students will attend Larrabee, Happy Valley and Wade King.

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

PARKS

Arroyo, Fairhaven, Interurban Trail, Hoag’s Pond, Samish, Teddy Bear Cove, Chuckanut Mountain.

QUOTE

“What I liked about it is that it was pretty quiet and very rural-looking. But it’s about to change, perhaps, so I’m kind of concerned what it could look like in the future.”

Steve Wilson, South neighborhood resident for 27 years

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