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Geneva

Noah Zucker, 8, from left, Ari Zucker, 12, Mary Piland, 13, and Rachel Zucker, 15, hang out at the playground at Geneva Elementary School.  Piland, of Austin, Texas, visited the Zuckers this summer. Nearly 600 kids  attend Geneva, making the school a local center of family life.
Noah Zucker, 8, from left, Ari Zucker, 12, Mary Piland, 13, and Rachel Zucker, 15, hang out at the playground at Geneva Elementary School. Piland, of Austin, Texas, visited the Zuckers this summer. Nearly 600 kids attend Geneva, making the school a local center of family life. NIKI DESAUTELS THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

OVERVIEW

With more than 2,300 residents, Geneva is a popular residential haven on the west shore of Lake Whatcom just east of Bellingham. It’s a dense neighborhood kept beautiful by wraparound views of the lake and of forested foothills to the east.

Geneva is anchored by a few local institutions, notably an elementary school, Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, a fire station for Whatcom Fire District No. 2, and The Firs, a Christian conference center with a popular day camp across the street and with Camp Firwood, a summer youth camp, on the lake just south of Sudden Valley.

Shops, businesses and public access to the lake are minutes away in Bellingham.

HISTORY

The Firs, a Christian conference center at 4605 Cable St., was founded in the 1920s by Otis and Julia Whipple. A son, Grant Whipple, later became director and arranged the purchase of 80 acres on Lake Whatcom in 1955 to create Camp Firwood, a popular summer camp for youths and teens.

SCHOOLS

Geneva Elementary, Kulshan Middle, Bellingham High.

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

PARKS

Euclid, Bloedel Donovan, Stimpson Family Nature Reserve.

OVERVIEW

“I like the sense of neighborhood here. It’s a safe place to walk and run and be outside. The outdoor and lake recreation is right around the neighborhood, too.”

Jennifer Johnson, Geneva resident for 11 years

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