Bellingham’s Fairhaven neighborhood was a pioneer settlement and become part of Bellingham in 1904. Downtown Fairhaven consists of a mix of classical and modern buildings. 17 historical buildings are registered in the Fairhaven National Register Historic District. The historic and new buildings have provided many local businesses that serve neighbors and folks throughout the Pacific Northwest. Fairhaven’s 600 residents live in single-family homes, apartment buildings, and condominium complexes. They can walk to many services, including a grocery store, bookstore, shops, the Fairhaven Village Green, and the Fairhaven Public Library. The Fairhaven Village Green, in the core of Fairhaven, is a hub of activity in the commercial core with concerts, movies, bocce ball, farmer’s market, and folks soaking up the Fairhaven ambience. The Alaska Marine Ferry docks twice a week in Fairhaven at the Transportation Center, which also houses the Amtrak Station and Greyhound Bus depot. Padden Creek flows through the neighborhood providing an attractive greenbelt. Marine Park, a 2-acre park on Fairhaven’s waterfront, helps to emphasize the neighborhood’s marine orientation.
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