Bellinham and Whatcom County Relocation Information

Are you or your family considering relocating to Bellingham or Whatcom County? The Johnson Team Real Estate is here to help! Our website offers an abundance of helpful information to help you become better acquainted to Bellingham and other communities in Whatcom County.

Making a move a move to another area is a big decision and we recognize that it involves more than just switching homes, you are switching communities.   The Johnson Team Real Estate website is here to offer support with your relocation and to help you be as informed as you can about our area before arriving.  Whether you are looking for information on school and education in Bellingham to the top employers in Whatcom County, you have your answers!

Below is a list of relocation pages on our website to help you learn more about what Bellingham, Washington and the Whatcom County area have to offer!
Bellingham Relocation Packages
Request a free relocation information package on Bellingham and the Whatcom County area.

 

 Real Estate Search

See what kind of homes and properties are for sale in Bellingham and the surrounding communities such as Ferndale, and Lynden. Use our interactive maps search or text search to narrow down properties based on your housing needs.
Whatcom County Communities
Whatcom County is a very diverse area in terms of the various communities that it encompasses. The cities range from Bellingham with a population of 67,171 to Lummi Island with a population of 813. Learn more about other Whatcom County communities like Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine.

 
Photos of Bellingham and Whatcom County
View photos of everything Whatcom County has to offer from the hills of Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay and everything in between.

Education
Bellingham and Whatcom County offer a wealth of educational opportunities to residents. The area is comprised of seven public school districts, many private schools and several colleges including Western Washington University.

 

Whatcom County Employment
Whatcom County is a hot spot for employment with its central location between Seattle and Vancouver BC. The area is home to many companies and corporate headquarters. The top employers in the county vary from Western Washington University to the City of Bellingham.

Recreational Opportunities in Whatcom County
With the waters of Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker serving as borders, Whatcom County is sure to offer all kinds of recreational opportunities. You name it we’ve got it here from ocean kayaking to snow skiing you can do it all.

 
Arts and Entertainment
If you are looking for an area full of the Arts, then you have found the place. Bellingham and the surrounding areas are full of wonderful art venues. The Mount Baker Theatre brings in broadway performers and the Whatcom County Museum is full of lovely exhibits and artifacts. Whether you are coming to Bellingham on a visit or you live here, you are sure to find lots to do and see.

 


Moving Truck
Make your move easier with The Johnson Team Moving Truck. Available free to our clients and community organizations.

For more specialized information on Bellingham, Washington and surrounding areas feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today, we’d be happy to help!

Waterfront Real Estate Oppurtunities in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Whatcom County is a majestic place where the beauty of the surrounding nature, in particular Bellingham Bay, have inspired much of the architectural design there. The county hugs the saltwater from the Southwest along Chuckanut Drive to the Northwest border at Blaine’s Drayton Harbor. Waterfront properties are in abundance along this coastline and offer an array of locations to work the body and nourish the soul. Select from one of the communities listed below to learn more about the area and real estate available there. Search for all Waterfront Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County on our website here, sign up to receive new listings via email or search from the list below:

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Eliza Island Waterfront Real Estate
This private island escape is just a boat or plane ride from Bellingham. Tranquil and serene, Eliza Island is a is tranquil, Eliza Island is ideal for a weekend getaway or a permanent escape from city dwelling.

Lummi Island Waterfront Real Estate
A short ferry ride from Gooseberry Point will take you to Lummi Island. This wooded, rural island offers unspoiled natural beauty and is a favorite weekend escape among Whatcom County locals. Beachfront homes here boast spectacular views of Hales Passage, Mt. Baker and the City of Bellingham.

Sandy Point Waterfront Real Estate
This lovely waterfront community is breathtaking. Views of Mt. Baker and The Twin Sisters dominate the skyline to the east, while westward facing homes look out toward the Straight of Georgia and the San Juan Islands.

Birch Bay Village Waterfront Real Estate
Birch Bay Village is nestled between the rustic and charming cities of Blaine and Birch Bay. This gated community is truly an urban retreat, complete with private marina, golf course, club house, pool and other convenient amenities.

Drayton Harbor Waterfront Real Estate
This picturesque village is located just South of the Canadian Border and north of Semiahmoo. Characteristic of its neighboring communities, Drayton Harbor’s residents share unprecedented views and an uncommon proximity to the surrounding nature and wildlife.

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If you have specific questions about waterfront communities around Bellingham feel free to give us a call toll free at 1-888-713-3056

Let it Snow! Winter Driving Tips

SnowDrivingIt’s officially here!  Snow is currently lightly falling at the office with more expected throughout the day. The tips below are courtesy of AAA.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Stay warm and safe!

Burrrrrrr! How to Weather The Winter in an Older Home

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Burrrrrrrrrr! It’s cold outside today in Bellingham and around Western Washington!

Many Bellingham and Whatcom County were homes built  in the early 1900 and even late 1800’s. Weathering the cold and dark winter months is a challenge for anyone, but can be especially difficult if you live in an older home. Older homes carry a lot of appeal but older homes also come with problems and a lot of them are brought to light in cold winters. These are common issues that should be addressed and corrected so that your focus is on friends, family and holidays, and not with home repairs.

Many older homes come with beautiful glass work but unfortunately, these drafty, single-pane windows allow heat to escape, wasting energy and money. Replacement windows can be expensive but they are often the most effective way to increase energy efficiency and comfort.

Insulation overall can be a problem in older homes, and inadequate insulation should be supplemented with additional insulation, particularly in attics. In order to ascertain how much insulation you need, check with local sources to determine if minimum insulation ratings (R-values) are required in your area for new homes and then meet or exceed those levels in your older home if you can.

Outdated water pipes can cause huge problems if cold temperatures cause them to freeze or burst. Older pipes made of galvanized steel, iron, or lead may need to be replaced if they are not in good condition. Good replacement options include copper or CPVC.
Early sunsets can make the winter seem dreary and long, so simple steps to brighten the interior of your home can go a long way to lifting those winter blues. Add bright color to any room with pillow covers, flowers, or indoor plants. Likewise, giving a small space like a powder or laundry room a fresh coat of paint in a cheerful color can help brighten an indoor space without becoming a major project. If you’ve got a green thumb, you can also take this time to plan out your spring garden, reminding yourself of sunnier, longer days to come.

Thanks you to Jefferson Livingston with Pillar to Post Home Inspections for sharing this great information with us!  Stay warm everyone!

Reindeer Cookies, a Fun Festive Holiday Treat!

Reindeer cookiesChristmas week is here! Are you doing holiday baking?  These fun and festive peanut butter cookies are great to make with kids and taste delicious too! To make the reindeer cookies for your self follow the recipe below.

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Mini Brown M&Ms or chocolate chips
  • 1.2 cup shortening
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Regular sized M&M’s

Combine first four ingredients in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until blended. Lightly beat in egg. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add creamed mixture at low speed. Mix until just blended. Form dough into 1 inch balls. To make reindeer shape pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point and gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies approx 2 inches apart and bake for 7 to 8 min in oven preheated to 375 degrees.

Remove from oven and immediately press two mini chocolate covered pretzels in to the tops of the cookies to form antlers, two mini brown M&M’s for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose. Allow to cool for a few minutes on cookie tray before transferring to wire rack.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Christmas Lighting Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

Can you believe that Christmas is less than 10 days away? My how the time around the holidays flies by. If you are like many than you plan on decorating your home for the holidays. While decorating your home it’s important to take safety and not just “looks” into consideration. Hundreds of homes are damaged by holiday decoration electrical mishaps every year.

-Avoid using the larger seven-volt light bulbs. Sure, they are bigger and brighter, but they also burn much hotter than mini Christmas lights. One of the most common causes of holiday-time house fires results from these bulbs being too close to gutters filled with dried out leaves.

– Make sure that the strings of lights you are using outside have built-in fuses on the lines. Sometimes, these fuses are located in the actual plug.

– Make sure to use Christmas lights that are designated for outdoor use only. If you use indoor-rated lights, they may not be able to withstand the weather conditions which will cause them to break down much faster.

– You should only use Christmas lights and electric equipment that has been tested and verified by a reliable testing laboratory. Two reputable laboratories are UL and ETL. Any equipment or lights that have been tested safe will have one of their logos on the packaging. If it doesn’t have it, don’t use it!

– If you have a string of lights with a blown bulb, be sure to replace it with a bulb of the exact same wattage.

– Never tap into your home’s feeder line to power your outdoor Christmas lights or hang decorations on the line.

– Avoid using nails, tacks or metal staples to secure your outdoor Christmas lights. Use insulated hooks instead, and be sure your lights are strung tightly to avoid damage from the wind.

– Use only outdoor rated extension cords. Plus, avoid connecting more than three strings of lights to a single extension cord.

– All plugs should be plugged into a GFCI protected outlet when used outside.

– When it comes time to take your Christmas decorations and lights, never remove the strings of lights by pulling on the wires. This causes the wires to break free from the sockets and the bulbs to break.

Source: DoItyourself.com

Halloween Home Saftey Tips

Bellingham HalloweenHalloween is creeping up on us fast and so are some potential dangers to your home as a result of the fun holiday.  Below are some tips to help keep your home and family safe this Halloween:

– Be careful when placing candles in your carved jack-o-lanterns and keep them far away from any furnishings, drapes or Halloween decor that may be flammable and never leave them burning unattended.

– Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or movable decorative objects.

– Be sure and take time to check around our porch or sidewalk for any garden hoses, low lying tree limbs or decorations that might prove to be a tripping hazard for young children trick or treating at your home.

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Don’t Miss the Tulip Festival!

 

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It’s the last official weekend for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival just south of Bellingham.    Each particular field has it’s own set of activities and hours. Both the Roozen Garden and Tulip Town fields have beautiful displays ready for you to enjoy! There are many incredible photo opportunities and chances to sample and purchase local food and flowers. To learn more visit the Tulip Festival website today!

The tulip festival officially runs until April 30th, but some

fields are extending until May 7th, or as long as the flowers are still in bloom. Many other activities also surround the festival from the Tulip Run to Whale Watching Tours leaving near by Anacortes, it’s sure to be a great trip and day for everyone! For complete information on the Tulip Festival you can visit the event office at 311 Kincaid St in Mt. Vernon, WA or by telephone at 360-428-5959.

Sledding at Mt. Baker. Get out and enjoy the snow.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Looking for something fun to do this Winter?  You might consider going sledding. Although we have no snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County the Mt. Baker National Forest sure does!

Lots of people head up the Mt. Baker Highway for great sledding just below the ski area.  While there is no specific area in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has been set aside for sledding, and it’s banned inside the Mt. Baker Ski Area there is still lots of places to get in some great sledding!

Unofficially, you can go just  outside the ski area’s boundaries to sled down the hills around the frozen lakes of Highwood Lake and Picture Lake. The area around Bagley Lake also is great area to check out.   That being said be sure and pay attention on warm days or years when there is little snow fall to be sure the lakes are frozen solid and ready for sledding.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Directions:

Go east on state route 542 until you reach the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Park in the upper parking lot. Look for people carrying sleds or big tire tubes. You will find the lakes on your right hand side over the large snow banks. Little trails will be built in the snow bank to allow children and families to get up and over the banks and into the sledding area.

Be sure to back lots of warm clothes, water and snacks. Restrooms are available a shoMt Baker Sledding Maprt walk back up the hill in the upper lodge.  Also, traction tires are required and it’s advised to carry chains in  your vehicle. Just make sure you and your family are prepared for all weather conditions.

Tips to Keep Safe in Windstorms

Bellingham Wind Storm The wind is really howling outside! My weather meter just recorded a gust of 42mph at my office.

Below are some tips to help keep you and your home safe in a windstorm.

– Go out in your yard and collect any loose items that may blow away in a storm. Lawn chairs, lawn ornaments and even trampolines are example of items that tend to take flight in storms.

-Check out your fencing around your home that might need repair to assure the wind does not further damage it and potentially let your pets out of the yard.

– Be sure to check for loose or missing shingles on your roof or chimney flue caps which may have become loose. Damaged or loose flues can allow deadly carbon monoxide to enter a home.

-Be sure to have trees and branches trimmed back from your home to prevent damage when wind may batter them around.

-Have at least a 72 hour supply of food, water, flashlights, batteries, medicine & etc in case of power outages & the potential inability to leave your home due to blocked roads or other issues.

-Check your windows for cracks that may leave your windows vulnerable during a storm. If a window has a small crack it can sometimes spread in extreme winds causing it to shatter.

– After a storm be sure and remove debris from yard as this can attract insects and lead to problems in and around your home.

Hope everyone stays safe in today’s wind!