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So, we are considering moving from Seattle (where we have been living for the past 11 years) to Bellingham. I have always wanted to live in b'ham - looking for a change and also to simplify a bit. If we moved, I would quit my job which would allow me to stay at home with my dd. I really like my job and have never stayed home full time so I have no idea what that is really like which makes me nervous a bit. One huge benefit - selling our place in seattle would allow for us to be in a pretty good situation for housing (we are looking into a co-housing community which is really in line with our values).<br><br>
So, all you B'ham mama's - what is B'ham like? How long have you been there? What is the community like? Is it hard to meet new people? Are there "moms groups" and stuff like that??? I'm not sure how to find out about this sort of thing & thought this would be a good place to start. So, tell me what you love...tell me what you don't love...
 

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I love the area and I think you will enjoy it as well. I love the atmosphere- it's just comfortable. I think you will enjoy the slower pace, of course it is still faster than say... Blaine or Birch Bay. I like the stores and my favorite area is Fairhaven!
 

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I live in Bham and moved from Seattle. Love it. Am a sahm and love that. There are tons of kids, lots of school choices, moms clubs around, lots of playgrounds. Library has kids programs. You will meet people. There is always something happening for families.<br><br>
Are you meaning the cohousing project off Donovan? That is in the happy valley neighborhood and there are tons of kids. Close to Fairhaven for farmers market, shops, restaurants. You could do that by foot or bike. Local farm right down the street.<br><br>
Pros about bham: great coop grocery, nice ecofriendly community, thriving economy, lots of kids and families, public schools are good, private school choices, proximity to a lot of recreation, no traffic, mill has shut down and port will be redeveloped soon to look nicer, pretty good bus system, great trails all over town and playgrounds and parks galore, two farmer's markets, lots of choices for shopping and services even though it is a small city, very high artist per capita ratio, lots of festivals and music, etc.<br><br>
cons: lots of new development, especially on outskirts which increases traffic in those areas, housing prices are rising but not as high as seattle and that is the price you pay for thriving economy, grumpy old timers who complain too much about development and rising cost of houses.<br><br>
There is a yahoo group for local mamas and a MOMS club. When you get here, search in this forum for the bham mamas thread and you will find more.
 

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Hello.<br><br>
I actually lived in Sedro Woolley, but traveled to Bellingham a lot. I loved it up there. We used to go to the lake a lot, and go shopping at the mall. It was just a lovely place to be at. I wish that we had chosen Bham instead of SW, but exdb wanted to be closer to his children. I think you will enjoy it. Beautiful place to be.<br><br>
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thanks ladies...i appreciate the feedback. We are really excited - the move becomes more and more a reality every day! it will be a while (like over a year) before we actually get there since we will be building a house and developing the property. Lots of work to be done!<br><br>
The cohousing project is new - 7-8 houses in the Happy Valley area kinda near to the donovan cohousing. Lots of stuff still up in the air right now as things are getting figured out. We still have to purchase the property.<br><br>
Anyway, we went up there this past weekend and instantly felt at home in bellingham. I am sooooo excited!!!
 

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I love B'ham! It will always be home to me. I now live in Bellevue, which is sooooo different. We used to bike everywhere in the summer. So many great parks to explore. I thought there were 3 farmers markets: Fairhaven, downtown and Barkley village. The beer garden at Boundary bay has a kids play area and everyone hula hoops on reggae nite wed. Also u have to drive the kids to Hovander park in Lynden, it is my favorite park. There are ducks, pigs, rabbits, peacocks ect... Then right next door is tennant lake which has a fragrant garden of herbs and flowers and a board walk that takes you deep into the swamp where you can spot herons, and other creatures. So much fun. I think it is one of the best places to raise a family.<br><br>
We would move back in a second. However, it is very difficult to find a job for a computer scientist there.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love B'ham! It will always be home to me. I now live in Bellevue, which is sooooo different. We used to bike everywhere in the summer. So many great parks to explore. I thought there were 3 farmers markets: Fairhaven, downtown and Barkley village. The beer garden at Boundary bay has a kids play area and everyone hula hoops on reggae nite wed. Also u have to drive the kids to Hovander park in Lynden, it is my favorite park. There are ducks, pigs, rabbits, peacocks ect... Then right next door is tennant lake which has a fragrant garden of herbs and flowers and a board walk that takes you deep into the swamp where you can spot herons, and other creatures. So much fun. I think it is one of the best places to raise a family.<br><br>
We would move back in a second. However, it is very difficult to find a job for a computer scientist there.</div>
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Hovander Park is in Ferndale no where near Lynden.
 

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For some reason I alway get those two towns confused.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For some reason I alway get those two towns confused.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Lynden is a dutch town ferndal is not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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