This COVID-19 pandemic has made many people focused more on where they are spending all of their time….at HOME. When we are locked in our homes we start to really realize what is important, like family room space, kitchen work areas, and private offices. Due to COVID the gyms are also closed, so outdoor exercise and relaxation options have become more important too. During this time time we have also learned what we enjoy doing without, like commutes, traffic, and wearing pants. What is all of this realizing leading to? MOVING. Lots of people are relocating to their perfect homes, and their perfect locations because now they know what they want, and they know they can do it, and historically low interest rates are motivating many into buying more with their money.
Since people are staying home all of the time, they have the time and the energy to focus on what they DON’T like about their current homes!
For people seeking a change in their living situation moving to Bellingham seems to be coming up on a lot of radars. For years it has made “places to retire” lists,( like this one) and more recently it has become the favored place for climate change relocators. (Yes, that really is a thing. When people are experiencing the warming effects of climate change in their home town they are looking for more moderate temps year round, and Bellingham fits that bill) Bellingham has always been gorgeous with the beautiful bay, mountains for hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding, and lots of pristine freshwater lakes. Being able to take a day trip to many of the San Juan islands, or go to Seattle or Vancouver for shopping or a show makes Bellingham’s location very desirable.
Is Bellingham really the place for YOU?
- If you like to be outdoors walking trails between parks and lakes and the bay, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you don’t mind the rain, and think you can dress right and enjoy any weather, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you don’t mind driving 25-35 mph everywhere you go, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you would like to own a boat and go crabbing, fishing, and to the San Juan Islands, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you love colorful sunsets over the bay in almost any weather, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you love to mountain bike, or bike for your transportation, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you like the natural look, and don’t understand what is wrong with socks and sandals, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you ‘d like to be driving distance from Mount Baker for summer hikes and winter skiing, Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you want close access to both Seattle and Vancouver (whenever the border opens) Bellingham might be the place for you.
- If you like to talk about mantra, vibes, horoscopes, readings, or yoga, Bellingham might be the right place for you.
As perfect as Bellingham sounds, and I know I make it sound perfect, there are a few things to keep in mind before you decide to move here.
- The cost of living, and especially the cost of housing is high. Be prepared it will be difficult to find housing, AND it will cost you a pretty penny, whether you are buying or renting.
- It is very difficult to find a rental for your dogs, and even your cats. Bellingham is a very friendly dog city, but most rentals won’t accept dogs.
- The job market is bleak. If you are retiring or bringing your job with you, you’ll be ok, but other than that make sure you find work before you come here.
- If darkness bothers you know that around December and January it will be pitch black by as early at 4:30 in the afternoon. Many invest in SAD (seasonal affect disorder) lamps to cheer themselves up. Also, take lots of vitamin D.
Bellingham may not be the ideal place for everyone, but HERE’s why I chose it as my forever home. Here are More things you NEED to know if you are considering moving to Bellingham. Here and Here are surprises I had when I moved to Bellingham. Do your research, reach out and ask questions. Join my Facebook group Bellingham Living, and reach out to me with any questions you might have. I am happy to help in any way I can!