What’s Your Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Home Worth?

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Whatcom Falls Neighborhood

Don’t already live in the Whatcom Falls Neighborhood, but interested in learning more about it?

This neighborhood is home to Whatcom Falls Park, what is considered by most as the best green space available in Bellingham. The park is this neighborhood’s main resident occupying the northern third of the neighborhood. It is home to miles of walking and biking trails, a playground, tennis courts and a fish hatchery. Whatcom Creek cuts through the park, offering a special swimming hole for area locals.

The residential portion of this neighborhood is comprised of sidewalk lined streets with modest to large sized homes, clean lawns and gardens. Whatcom Falls boasts some of the lowest density housing in the city. If in the area don’t forget to check out the local ice cream and donut shop Lafeen’s located across from the park in the neighborhood’s only commercial zone.

Interested in living in Bellingham’s Whatcom Falls Neighborhood?

Click the neighborhood map below to search for homes.

For more specific real estate questions feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com today!

It’s Wassail Time! Our Favorite Holiday Tradition

Johnson Team Holiday TraditionsHope you and your family are enjoying the holiday season and all that it brings!

No matter what holiday you embrace and choose to celebrate, there is always some sort of tradition that symbolizes the holiday season to you. For The Johnson Team, that holiday tradition is Lylene making her famous “Wassail.” Wassail is a wonderful holiday drink that is a combination of fruit juices and spices that will keep your home smelling like the holidays and provide a cup of cheer for all ages. We all enjoy the incredible smell and holiday memories we hold dear.

If you would like to try making Wassail for yourself or your next holiday party follow the recipe below:

  • 1 can frozen apple juice concentrate
  • 1/2 can orange/pineapple juice concentrate
  • 3 1/2 cans water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10-12 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

Make in a pot on the stove, a crock pot, or a coffee maker used solely for wassail.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays from The Johnson Team!

Raspberry Oat Bars- From the Kitchen of Fawn Morgan

From Our Recipe Box To Yours

Raspberry Oat Bars from the kitchen of Fawn Morgan

“Raspberries are a local favorite and what ever way to enjoy them then in a sweet raspberry bar! These are one of our favorites around the Morgan house.” Fawn Morgan


1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 fresh berries mashed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 8 inch square pan, and line with greased foil.

Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Rub in the butter using your hands or a pastry blender to form a crumbly mixture. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

The Whatcom County Market is Active!

Pending Ratios Template (3)If you have been following the local real estate market you know it’s active and inventory is low. If you are thinking of selling now is the time!

The number of real estate signs you see in yards can be deceiving as to the number of homes actually for sale WITHOUT offers on them. If you are seeing new signs around your neighborhood and curious if any of those homes already have offers on them, we have your answers!

Every week we keep track of how many homes are for sale around Bellingham and Whatcom County and how many of those homes have pending offers on them. Pending is the time frame between when an offer has been mutual accepted between the buyer’s and the seller’s of the home and when the title actually transfers hands. This give the buyer’s time to get the financing, do inspection, review the title reports and more.

As of Friday, August 16th, the pending ratio in Bellingham was 48%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area by price range and how many of them are pending showing just how active certain sectors of the market are.

The Birch Bay Pending ratio was 30%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 41%

The Lynden pending ratio was 40%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 38%

If you are thinking of selling your home or property, Johnson Team Real Estate would love to help! We are here to help you will all your real estate needs! You can reach us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Bellingham Neighborhood Real Estate Search

Searching for real estate in a specific Bellingham Neighborhood?

Johnson Team Real Estate offers an interactive visual real estate search showing all homes currently for sale in each neighborhood. On our search maps  you can click on the real estate sign to view specific listing information, view a virtual tour or schedule a showing. Click our sample map below to visit a specific neighborhood real estate search map.

The City of Bellingham is home to 23 different neighborhoods. All of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods are unique in character and design, click on the different Neighborhood links to learn more about what Bellingham’s Neighborhoods have to offer.

Click a neighborhood name below to see an interactive map of real estate currently available in the neighborhood as well as neighborhood information and links.

Alabama Hill Neighborhood
Birchwood Neighborhood
Bellingham’s Central Business District
Columbia Neighborhood
Cornwall Park Neighborhood
Edgemoor Neighborhood
Fairhaven Historic District
Guide Meridian Neighborhood
Happy Valley Neighborhood
Lettered Streets Neighborhood
Meridian Neighborhood
Mt Baker Neighborhood
Puget Neighborhood
Roosevelt Neighborhood
Samish Neighborhood
Sehome Neighborhood
Silver Beach Neighborhood
South Neighborhood
South Hill Neighborhood
Sunny Land Neighborhood
Whatcom Falls Neighborhood
WWU Neighborhood
York Neighborhood

The Fair is Here!


Today is the first day of the Northwest Washington Fair! The fair, located in Lynden, runs from today through Saturday, August 17th.

“Six fun-filled days of carnival rides, great fair foods, awesome Grandstand entertainers, Demolition Derby, Rodeo, animal exhibits, quilts, canning, arts, photography, 4H and FFA exhibits……..we have it all! Whether this is your first time or your 50th, there is always something new to see or do.”

What is your favorite attraction at the fair? With so many things to see, it’s hard to choose! Without a doubt, there is something there for everybody!

For more information, visit the Fair’s website!

A Few Tips & Tricks to Turbocharge Your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you want to turbocharge your home’s appeal before you put it on the market, there are several tips you need to remember.

First, when buyers pull up to your house to take a look at it, keep in mind that its first
impression has to be good. Whenever we host an open house, it’s disheartening for us agents
to watch a buyer pull up to the curb, linger for a minute, and then drive on. Whenever this
happens, you know something is wrong with the home’s curb appeal.
To prevent this from happening to you, look at your house from the curb and see if there’s any
area that needs to be spruced up. For example, make sure you have a clean entryway with a
nice welcome mat. Also, make sure your doorbell works.
Once people come inside, you want to create the impression that nobody wears shoes in your
home. We’d then advise taking it a step further by actually putting up a sign in the entryway that
asks buyers to remove their shoes and have a chair for them to sit on so they can do it.
Next, make sure all the lights are on inside and it’s as bright as possible. If you have a few
shady areas, install some higher-wattage bulbs near them—this really makes a big difference.
Additionally, your house has to be super clean. It’s amazing how many houses we go into that
makes us wonder whether the seller has spent any time at all preparing it for sale. We’ve never
seen a buyer not walk into a kitchen and open the stove to see if it’s clean inside. If it’s not, it
sends a message that you haven’t really taken care of the house. Just a little effort in this regard
can go a long way.
After that, make sure the house smells good. There are a couple ways you can do this, the
first of which we’ve already mentioned: cleaning. After that’s done, try stopping by your local
hardware store and picking up an ozone machine to set out. That will take care of any lingering
odors and make the place smell great.
As far as the home’s structure goes, there are a couple of mechanical things you can do that will
help your cause. If there’s moss on the roof, for instance, have that cleaned off. Unless you do
these types of things ahead of time, the inspector will notice them once they conduct their
Lastly, declutter, declutter, declutter. The more stuff you take out of your house, the better it
will show. And remember—it’s an absolute necessity that you not be there during showings. If
you have pets, make sure they’re out of the house as well.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to showing your home in the best light
possible. If you want to take it a step further and hire a home stager, we have our own stage we
work with who we’d love to refer you to.
If you have any other questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach
out to us. We look forward to speaking with you. You can reach us at 1-888-713-3056 today!

Congrats to Lauren and The Whatcom Wolverines!


We are sending a big congratulations to Mike Bredeson, his wife Kim, and daughter Lauren for Lauren’s part in her team winning a USSSA Tournament in Kent this weekend. Lauren’s team, the Whatcom Wolverines, are a group of girls that play in the 16 and under category. Great work Lauren!

Reel Estate Update – Mike Bredeson Visits Bellingham Connections


Mike Bredeson visited Bellingham Connections as a guest speaker this week. He brought one of his famous fish filets of Chinook Salmon to raffle off and the lucky winner was Rick Joines with FSR wealth management. Mike said this one was quite the fighter too. Congrats Rick! And congrats on the big catch Mike!

Sunday Open House on Bellingham Lake Whatcom Waterfront

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Join Rich Johnson for an open house this Sunday, July 21st from 12pm – 2pm at 1502 Northshore Drive in Bellingham.

Live your dream with 132′ of Lake Whatcom west-facing waterfront property. Savor the quiet mornings on your enormous deck; stunning sunsets and starry nights on your secluded beach. Dock your boat and make that tough decision: lake or hot tub? Delight in your friends’ enjoyment of the lakeside guest house.

Artfully landscaped fenced yard and a gazebo give privacy to remodeled 4 BR+office main house. Sport court, 3 car garage, and abundant storage allow for all of your toys. Welcome to Paradise! Listed at just $1,800,000.

Click here for the virtual tour.