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Old 02-16-2017, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Out West
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Rkcarguy,

Your original post was 10 years ago, and in it you mentioned being somewhat captive to B'ham due to family reasons. Are you still tied down by family obligations? I guess I'm really wondering why you haven't left yet.

I've been to the city many times and still find it has a combination of physical beauty, access to recreation, quirkiness, and really nice people that make me very happy to spend time there. I have to think that if it were really so awful, Bellingham would not have had a positive net migration for the past 30 years.

We've owned (several) properties in Bellingham since 2003, and we plan to retire there in a couple of years. We've already purchased our retirement house and will not have a mortgage in retirement, so that should temper the cost of living somewhat.

With age I've come to realize that every place has it warts, you just have to spend some time in a place before they make themselves known. Over the past few years I've tried to focus on what I like and enjoy about where I live now, even though I know that I want to leave eventually. It helps to stop and see what others love about your location.

Anyway, if you are unhappy in B'ham, I hope you are able to plot your escape!
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:04 PM
 
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Just returned from a trip fo Nevada and am SO glad to be back home in Bham. We have only been here a year but have made several friends. Many we have met are, like us, from Seattle. This place is absolutely gorgeous with cool, clean air and a strong sense of community. I predict prices will increase astronomically in the next 5-10 years as the Seattle suburbs continue to spread outward and employers tap into the college grads at Western with computer science and engineering degrees. Tech will move here as the workforce relocates in search of a higher quality of life that includes less traffic. It is inevitable as our waterfront rebuilds. Mark my words, Bham will eventually become the place to live, work and buy. We have amazing views and access to nature, support our local small businesses, have countless breweries, lots of local festivals, lots of theater and independent film, extensive bike trails, easy access to mountain/winter and water sports, a good university, a large thriving farmers market, a few unique museums, a strong library system, well-rated schools, growing healthcare, access to Vancouver and Seattle, new hotels in the works, lots of undeveloped land in which to expand outward, access to farms or island culture, an OK public transportation system, gorgeous hikes within city limits, some beloved mainstream stores (ie. REI, B&N, Wholefoods, mall stuff), etc... All of the infrastructure is here. My only fear is that this area will become over-developed, stripped of trees in favor of highrise condos or boring tract housing, and plagued with traffic jams. Bham is a gem.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Out West
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Just returned from a trip fo Nevada and am SO glad to be back home in Bham. We have only been here a year but have made several friends. Many we have met are, like us, from Seattle. This place is absolutely gorgeous with cool, clean air and a strong sense of community. I predict prices will increase astronomically in the next 5-10 years as the Seattle suburbs continue to spread outward and employers tap into the college grads at Western with computer science and engineering degrees. Tech will move here as the workforce relocates in search of a higher quality of life that includes less traffic. It is inevitable as our waterfront rebuilds. Mark my words, Bham will eventually become the place to live, work and buy. We have amazing views and access to nature, support our local small businesses, have countless breweries, lots of local festivals, lots of theater and independent film, extensive bike trails, easy access to mountain/winter and water sports, a good university, a large thriving farmers market, a few unique museums, a strong library system, well-rated schools, growing healthcare, access to Vancouver and Seattle, new hotels in the works, lots of undeveloped land in which to expand outward, access to farms or island culture, an OK public transportation system, gorgeous hikes within city limits, some beloved mainstream stores (ie. REI, B&N, Wholefoods, mall stuff), etc... All of the infrastructure is here. My only fear is that this area will become over-developed, stripped of trees in favor of highrise condos or boring tract housing, and plagued with traffic jams. Bham is a gem.
west seattle gal,

I'm very happy to hear that your experience in B'ham has been positive. After many years of visits and to work on properties, we look forward to the time we can live there instead of just visiting. And I agree that with all it has to offer, Bellingham will become a west coast favorite over time. My hope is that the growth continues to be managed wisely.
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Old 02-18-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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Just returned from a trip fo Nevada and am SO glad to be back home in Bham. We have only been here a year but have made several friends. Many we have met are, like us, from Seattle. This place is absolutely gorgeous with cool, clean air and a strong sense of community. I predict prices will increase astronomically in the next 5-10 years as the Seattle suburbs continue to spread outward and employers tap into the college grads at Western with computer science and engineering degrees. Tech will move here as the workforce relocates in search of a higher quality of life that includes less traffic. It is inevitable as our waterfront rebuilds. Mark my words, Bham will eventually become the place to live, work and buy. We have amazing views and access to nature, support our local small businesses, have countless breweries, lots of local festivals, lots of theater and independent film, extensive bike trails, easy access to mountain/winter and water sports, a good university, a large thriving farmers market, a few unique museums, a strong library system, well-rated schools, growing healthcare, access to Vancouver and Seattle, new hotels in the works, lots of undeveloped land in which to expand outward, access to farms or island culture, an OK public transportation system, gorgeous hikes within city limits, some beloved mainstream stores (ie. REI, B&N, Wholefoods, mall stuff), etc... All of the infrastructure is here. My only fear is that this area will become over-developed, stripped of trees in favor of highrise condos or boring tract housing, and plagued with traffic jams. Bham is a gem.
I agree this was Seattle 15 years ago. Now it's an ugly rat race of a place.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:57 PM
 
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Whatcom county's market is hotter than ever and it will only continue.

Record year for Whatcom County real estate home sales | Bellingham Herald
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:30 PM
 
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Rkcarguy,

Your original post was 10 years ago, and in it you mentioned being somewhat captive to B'ham due to family reasons. Are you still tied down by family obligations? I guess I'm really wondering why you haven't left yet.

I've been to the city many times and still find it has a combination of physical beauty, access to recreation, quirkiness, and really nice people that make me very happy to spend time there. I have to think that if it were really so awful, Bellingham would not have had a positive net migration for the past 30 years.

We've owned (several) properties in Bellingham since 2003, and we plan to retire there in a couple of years. We've already purchased our retirement house and will not have a mortgage in retirement, so that should temper the cost of living somewhat.

With age I've come to realize that every place has it warts, you just have to spend some time in a place before they make themselves known. Over the past few years I've tried to focus on what I like and enjoy about where I live now, even though I know that I want to leave eventually. It helps to stop and see what others love about your location.

Anyway, if you are unhappy in B'ham, I hope you are able to plot your escape!
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Just returned from a trip fo Nevada and am SO glad to be back home in Bham. We have only been here a year but have made several friends. Many we have met are, like us, from Seattle. This place is absolutely gorgeous with cool, clean air and a strong sense of community. I predict prices will increase astronomically in the next 5-10 years as the Seattle suburbs continue to spread outward and employers tap into the college grads at Western with computer science and engineering degrees. Tech will move here as the workforce relocates in search of a higher quality of life that includes less traffic. It is inevitable as our waterfront rebuilds. Mark my words, Bham will eventually become the place to live, work and buy. We have amazing views and access to nature, support our local small businesses, have countless breweries, lots of local festivals, lots of theater and independent film, extensive bike trails, easy access to mountain/winter and water sports, a good university, a large thriving farmers market, a few unique museums, a strong library system, well-rated schools, growing healthcare, access to Vancouver and Seattle, new hotels in the works, lots of undeveloped land in which to expand outward, access to farms or island culture, an OK public transportation system, gorgeous hikes within city limits, some beloved mainstream stores (ie. REI, B&N, Wholefoods, mall stuff), etc... All of the infrastructure is here. My only fear is that this area will become over-developed, stripped of trees in favor of highrise condos or boring tract housing, and plagued with traffic jams. Bham is a gem.
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west seattle gal,

I'm very happy to hear that your experience in B'ham has been positive. After many years of visits and to work on properties, we look forward to the time we can live there instead of just visiting. And I agree that with all it has to offer, Bellingham will become a west coast favorite over time. My hope is that the growth continues to be managed wisely.
Must be a different Bellingham than where I live.

The above viewpoints are from people who don't need to earn a living or live here, really. If you aren't independently wealthy or a bum, Bellingham has little to offer. But, if you're one of those, Bellingham is great. For the bums, we got legal pot, alcohol pouring out our faucets, and a welfare system to die for. If you're of an alternative lifestyle, you will fit right in, too. There are more alts here than in the Bay Area.

If you're a single hetro male, be sure to get the Date Contract signed and notarized.

For the wealthy, there's no end of amusement to the struggles of the white working class. Watch us struggle to make ends meet! Har Har! So amusing! When it gets boring, just rent out your house and move to Palm Springs! It's Paradise!
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Must be a different Bellingham than where I live.

The above viewpoints are from people who don't need to earn a living or live here, really. If you aren't independently wealthy or a bum, Bellingham has little to offer. But, if you're one of those, Bellingham is great. For the bums, we got legal pot, alcohol pouring out our faucets, and a welfare system to die for. If you're of an alternative lifestyle, you will fit right in, too. There are more alts here than in the Bay Area.

If you're a single hetro male, be sure to get the Date Contract signed and notarized.

For the wealthy, there's no end of amusement to the struggles of the white working class. Watch us struggle to make ends meet! Har Har! So amusing! When it gets boring, just rent out your house and move to Palm Springs! It's Paradise!
There's definitely a dearth of good, high-paying jobs- and affordable housing. And those are certainly issues that need work. But your assessment of what the town has to offer- or how people make it work- is incomplete. There are clearly other ways that people can afford to live here. There are many entrepreneurs and people working remotely like myself that have busted their tails to get to where they are and have chosen Bellingham for many of the reasons that others have posted about. Besides, how do you have any idea that the posters above don't need to earn a living or live here? And how are their positive views of Bellingham any sort of proof that they're somehow amused by the struggles of the white working class?

Your resentment and overall salty comment begs the question of why you're still here, and haven't moved to a town more of your liking and attitude.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Out West
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Must be a different Bellingham than where I live.

The above viewpoints are from people who don't need to earn a living or live here, really. If you aren't independently wealthy or a bum, Bellingham has little to offer. But, if you're one of those, Bellingham is great. For the bums, we got legal pot, alcohol pouring out our faucets, and a welfare system to die for. If you're of an alternative lifestyle, you will fit right in, too. There are more alts here than in the Bay Area.

If you're a single hetro male, be sure to get the Date Contract signed and notarized.

For the wealthy, there's no end of amusement to the struggles of the white working class. Watch us struggle to make ends meet! Har Har! So amusing! When it gets boring, just rent out your house and move to Palm Springs! It's Paradise!

Actually, Baldy, my interest has been how I might someday start a business in Bellingham that would provide good paying jobs. Who knows, I might make a difference in a few lives, but I'm guessing yours won't be one of them. And for the record, I suspect it's not just the 'white' working class who has struggled.

p.s. It's never too late to improve yourself through additional education.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:47 PM
 
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There's definitely a dearth of good, high-paying jobs- and affordable housing. And those are certainly issues that need work. But your assessment of what the town has to offer- or how people make it work- is incomplete.

There are clearly other ways that people can afford to live here. There are many entrepreneurs and people working remotely like myself that have busted their tails to get to where they are and have chosen Bellingham for many of the reasons that others have posted about.

Besides, how do you have any idea that the posters above don't need to earn a living or live here? And how are their positive views of Bellingham any sort of proof that they're somehow amused by the struggles of the white working class?

Your resentment and overall salty comment begs the question of why you're still here, and haven't moved to a town more of your liking and attitude.
I bet you have a 206, right? And a BMW?

The biggest employers are the governments, hospital, and the college. Everything else is minimum wage. I bet if you lost your telecommute job, you'd be back to 206 in a heartbeat.

I see tourists like you and the other posters all the time. Easy to spot at Starmucks with your computers. Or living in the new mini-mansions that are so poorly built, a local wouldn't buy it at half the price.

I wish I could afford to move, tbh. This place has declined in the last 10 years. We're calling it Slumingham now. We got more bums per acre than Seattle. The city is kicking out three thriving businesses to create a legal shooting gallery and wino bar AT THE PORT.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:57 PM
 
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I bet you have a 206, right? And a BMW?

The biggest employers are the governments, hospital, and the college. Everything else is minimum wage. I bet if you lost your telecommute job, you'd be back to 206 in a heartbeat.

I see tourists like you and the other posters all the time. Easy to spot at Starmucks with your computers. Or living in the new mini-mansions that are so poorly built, a local wouldn't buy it at half the price.

I wish I could afford to move, tbh. This place has declined in the last 10 years. We're calling it Slumingham now. We got more bums per acre than Seattle. The city is kicking out three thriving businesses to create a legal shooting gallery and wino bar AT THE PORT.


I kinda get what you are saying, im 56 if I had to start over I would be totally depressed, now keep in mind im from Dallas so the pricing of homes etc was much much better in 1979 then it is now. I got my 1st house for 14K I kid you not and then my 2nd one for 34K then I moved 30 miles south of Dallas and got a foreclosure for 68 K . Nowadays here you cant get a tuna can for under 200K and that would need to be completely gutted and restored and on an income from Taco Bell? LOL aint gonna happen .

It is a different world now then it was when I was young,. I feel for todays youth..

I forgot to mention I was 17 when I got that 1st house. I used my income tax return to buy it too.
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