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Old 04-22-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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To sum it up, I'm looking for a place with affordable living in the Bellingham area. Just into Skagit county there seems to be a different animal in terms of housing prices / values. You can get a lot more house for $$ in the Mount Vernon-ish area. I only know Burlington from what it looks like from I5, and it looks like a shopping mall. What's the deal? Anyone got the 411 on it? Dump? Quaint? Good or bad vibe and why?

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Old 04-22-2012, 10:04 PM
 
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Burlington is the agriculture center in western Washington. It doesn't have a whole lot in common with Bellingham. Fairly conservative and as long as you're respectful (say your pleases and thank yous) you'll get along just fine.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:47 AM
 
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To sum it up, I'm looking for a place with affordable living in the Bellingham area. Just into Skagit county there seems to be a different animal in terms of housing prices / values. You can get a lot more house for $$ in the Mount Vernon-ish area. I only know Burlington from what it looks like from I5, and it looks like a shopping mall. What's the deal? Anyone got the 411 on it? Dump? Quaint? Good or bad vibe and why?

TIA!
Considering the price of gas, you might think twice about the price differences. That's 40 miles a day at least.

Alger and Bow offer a compromise, although limited access to amenities.

All the usual big box stores are in and around Burlington/Mt. Vernon. Skagit County is as mentioned far more conservative than Bellingham. The Hispanic influence is significant, as is the population ala agriculture. Restaurant choices are more limited than Bham with Mexican being the obvious choice.

It's inland, so the access to The Puget Sound and all its trappings that one enjoys in Bham like Boulevard park isn't there.

Traffic isn't horrendous, but it isn't great either. The two pinch points are Burlington Blvd and Hooper road (near Costco) and Burlington Blvd/Highway 20.

There are worse places to live. It's a safe place for the most part. I wouldn't live there if I was single and young though myself.
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