Condo, park-like setting; small northwest city, btwn Seattle and Vancouver B.C.

Condo, park-like setting; small northwest city, btwn Seattle and Vancouver B.C.

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

Our condo, in a landscaped setting, is in a complex of separate units attached by their garages. Our living room has ample sitting and a gas fireplace. The kitchen has new appliances and a lot of counter space. There is a separate dining area looking out on the patio. A small sitting area is adjacent to the kitchen for conversation or tv watching. A half bath is on this floor. The master bedroom and the guest bedroom are upstairs. Both have queen-size beds. One of the upstairs bathrooms has a tub/shower combo. The other full bathroom has a good-sized shower and is part of the master suite. The master bedroom has a small sitting area with tv. We have a wireless connection to the internet. Every room looks out on trees or garden. Our nearby clubhouse has a whirlpool, sauna, and handball courts. There are tennis courts as well. The heated swimming pool is open during the summer. Our little condo complex is remarkably peaceful. We chose it because it borders Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham's largest. We are within 30 yards of its natural wooded trails. Lake Whatcom with its swimming beach, picnicking, and boating facilities is a five minute stroll away. We are a few blocks from the bus stop. Buses run downtown and to local shopping centers.

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Who we are

  1. We have completed exchanges in Spain and New York City. Since summer and fall is the best time here, we are open to trades which are non-simultaneous. Also, we would like to travel to other parts of the U.S. We are retired teachers who moved to Bellingham because we wanted an urban setting. We walk daily in the park next to us. It's almost as if it's part of our property. We like outdoor activities and figure it will be many years before we have covered all the islands, mountain trails, and Canadian sights close to us. We enjoy going to the musical events at the University. We read mainly about history, science, and politics. Tim volunteers at a public garden. As we travel, we look for places in residential areas or small towns where we can settle down for awhile, then explore the surrounding area. Or, in large cities, we want to be able to park the car and use public transportation or walk. Home exchanges seems ideal for our style of traveling. We don't require anything fancy but we do appreciate a place which is quiet for sleeping.

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www.bellingham.org We live in a residential section of Bellingham known as Alabama Hill. Bellingham is a city of 60,000 which prides itself on its liveability. Downtown and Fairhaven are two city sections with local stores and restaurants. The citizens actually raised their taxes to pay for the miles of trails which criss-cross the city, waterfront, and countryside. Since the city is right on the water's edge, there is both a marine and a mountain influence. Anyone who loves outdoor activities will be happy here. Western Washington University adds to the city's liveliness. The Interstate Freeway Hwy 5 goes through Bellingham. The center of Seattle is about 1 1/2 hours south;the heart of Vancouver BC is about 45 minutes north. There is a shuttle from SeaTac airport. We are connected to both places by train and bus as well. Bellingham has an airport served by Allegiant Air which allows for direct service from some cities. From April to October,there are both day and extended cruises through the San Juan Islands that leave from Bellingham.In nearby Anacortes, you can get the ferry to Victoria. The Alaska Ferry leaves from Bellingham. Bellingham is about 30 minutes from the Canadian border. Mt. Baker is almost always in view, as are the San Juan Islands. The city is surrounded by farms where one can buy or u-pick all sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables in season. The city is very oriented toward children with many activities for them. There is a children's art museum as well. www.bellingham.org

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