Living

York

Randy Roden and grandson Adam De La Garza, 2, both of Bellingham, shop at Nelson’s Market, 514 Potter St. The 112-year-old store offers groceries and a gathering spot for York residents. Jon Ostby, the owner since 1984, lives above the store with his wife, Anne Mackie.
Randy Roden and grandson Adam De La Garza, 2, both of Bellingham, shop at Nelson’s Market, 514 Potter St. The 112-year-old store offers groceries and a gathering spot for York residents. Jon Ostby, the owner since 1984, lives above the store with his wife, Anne Mackie. LUKE HARRIS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

York neighborhood is close to parks, downtown shopping and Interstate 5. The compact, dense neighborhood attracts people of all ages and occupations.

Businesses and apartments line the western edge next to downtown, while the area east of Ellis Street is full of Victorian and Craftsman-style homes. The narrow, tree-lined streets and sidewalks are often busy with family life.

Businesses also line Lakeway Drive, which runs through the neighborhood, but the neighborhood is saved from the commercial development east of the freeway. The neighborhood has a small-town feeling, especially by Nelson’s Market, a classic mom-and-pop grocery store.

HISTORY

Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St., began as Trinity Methodist Church in 1890. The church was torn down in 1910 and replaced by the large, Romanesque-style brick structure that stands today. The church’s current name is the result of several mergers and name changes over the years.

SCHOOLS

Lowell Elementary, Fairhaven Middle, Sehome High.

Elementary students will attend Lowell and Happy Valley in fall 2008.

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

PARKS

Rock Hill, Franklin, Civic Athletic Center.

QUOTE

“We have higher percentage of older homes built more than 50 years ago than any other neighborhood, and a gathering place at Nelson’s Market, so the neighborhood feels like a community.”

Barbara Davenport, York resident for 10 years

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