A 20-mile drive from Bellingham and a 10-mile drive to the Canadian border, Birch Bay is Whatcom County’s one and only beach town. It is popular for vacationers and second-home owners but is becoming an increasingly popular location for full-time residential living.
Birch Bay includes several beachside restaurants, coffee & ice cream shops (some seasonal), and even a new brewery. Activities include crabbing, clamming, fishing, and camping. The 194-acre Birch Bay state park is one of the most popular campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest. Family activities include the nearby Birch Bay Waterslides, go-karts, and mini-golf.
For home buyers, there are a wide variety of home buying options for nearly every budget. The condo complexes range from small, basic units to luxury bay view units. Many HOA’s allow you to rent as a VRBO. There are affordable smaller homes, manufactured homes, and mobile home parks. You can raise the budget and find high-quality homes, many with bay views or beach access. The largest and perhaps most sought-after is the gated community of Birch Bay Village, which has amazing amenities, 24/7 security, a 9 hole golf course, trails, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, private beach access, and a private marina.
Overall, Birch Bay is a charming area that offers incredible value. Home and condo prices typically are 5 to 20% below prices in Bellingham.
Birch Bay Positives:
-Many bay view homes and condos.
-Growing number of restaurants walking distance.
-Easy commute to Bellingham for full-time residents, but also affordable 2nd/vacation home location.
-Less rain than many other areas in the Pacific Northwest.
-Wide range of options for investing in Real Estate here.
-Some mobile home parks and less “well kept” developments in some sections do not put off a high-end feel to the community (excluding Birch Bay Village).