Noted as one of Whatcom County’s highly desired places to live, the Alabama neighborhood is perched at the top of Alabama hill overlooking the city of Bellingham or Lake Whatcom, depending on which side of the hill residents live on.
Most homes in the Alabama Hill Neighborhood are single-family homes built in the 1960s and 1970s. These homes are oriented towards the west to maximize their view of the city. In general, streets in the lower section of the Alabama hillside are straight and do not have sidewalks, but similarly spectacular views. Streets closer to the hilltop are broad with sidewalk-lined streets that wind around the crest of the hill.
The Alabama Neighborhood shares its borders with several sought after neighborhoods, making this a safe community most people desire. The Silver Beach Neighborhood is located to the east, Mount Baker Neighborhood to the north, Roosevelt Neighborhood to the west, and Whatcom Falls Neighborhood to the south.
As one of the main routes, the Alabama Street surrounded by this neighborhood remains the steep arterial most people take to get to Whatcom County’s main summer attraction, Lake Whatcom.
The popular 3 mile pedestrian and bicycle Railroad Trail winds through the middle of the Alabama Hill Neighborhood, venturing through Whatcom Falls Park and connecting Bloedel Donovan Park to Memorial Park in the Sunnyland Neighborhood. This trail runs adjacent to Roosevelt Elementary School and the Barkley Village shopping area to the west of the neighborhood. The pedestrian bridge over Alabama Street is part of the trail, providing a safe connection between the northern and southern sections of the neighborhood. The bridge offers a great view of the city and Bellingham Bay. The smaller Highland Heights Park and St. Clair Park are also in this neighborhood.