Stoney Ridge Farms- A Wonderful Fall Destination.

CIMG0032If you or your family have never visited Stoney Ridge Farms in Everson, this is the year. After 25 years this will be the family farms last Fall season. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October Stoney Ridge Farms has Fall Activities for everyone. They boast the largest pumpkin patch in all of Whatcom County, hay rides, farm animal viewing, corn maze, cafe with fresh apple cider and so much more.

My family has made Stoney Ridge a yearly tradition and we often spend the whole day at the farm. We love to walk in the barn and check out the piglets, goats, horses and donkeys. There is an abundance of animals to see and some that you can even feed. The pies from the cafe are wonderful and I highly recommend the carmel apple pie. We also purchase all our fall decorations from the farm each year including a large variety of small gourds and large pumpkins, they have it all.Stoney Ridge House

Every year we visit the farm we leave with wonderful memories, stomach’s full of fresh baked pie and a whole bunch of pumpkins and gourds to decorate our home.

During the month of December the farm will be open  to the public and is the go to spot to pick out your fresh cut Christmas tree from there large farm.  The barn is also home to a live animal nativity, holiday crafts and baked goods.

If you are interested in heading out to Stoney Ridge Farms they are located at 2902 Van Dyk Rd in Everson. From Bellingham head North of the Guide Meridian, East on the Pole Rd, and then turn left onto the Van Dyk Rd. Stoney Ridge  Farms will be on your right hand side with parking on your left. Opening day is Thursday October 3rd. I will do another post about the farm with more photos after my annual visit this year.

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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center- Bellingham Employer Spotlight

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital and Medical CenterPeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center is located in Bellingham, Washington and is one of Bellingham’s largest employers with over 2,600 employees and 253 hospital beds for patients.

The PeaceHealth facility boasts new state of the art cardiovascular facility, a cancer center and an award winning childbirth facility. St. Joseph hospital is a major hub for all medical services in Bellingham and around Whatcom County.

Employees of  PeaceHealth are offered competitive industry wages and generous benefit packages, and are provided with a safe and secure workplace. If you would like to see a list of current positions open at PeaceHealth in Bellingham visit their career openings page. PeaceHealth careers include surgeons, doctors, administrative support, nurses and more.

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If you are seeking employment at St. Joseph Hospital or any of Bellingham’s PeaceHealth medical facilities, we would be happy to provide you with an information and relocation package on the communities around PeacHealth St. Joseph Hospital.

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In your personalized relocation package you will learn about the city of Bellingham, statistics on area schools, art and cultural events, and local community and neighborhood information. If while waiting for your package to arrive you would like to further explore Whatcom County, feel free to visit the community virtual tours we offer on our website that give you a front seat tour around the sites and events of Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Bellingham is home to over 20 neighborhoods and provides a vast array of real estate options from luxury and waterfront real estate, to more modest subdivisions and historical neighborhoods: there is something for everyone in the area.  To get an idea of real estate available in the area visit the PeaceHealth and St. Joseph Medical Center Real Estate Page to search for homes or property specific to your needs.

Annual Deming Log Show Coming Up This Weekend!

Deming Log Show Fallen Logger’s Memorial

 

If you are looking for something new and educational to do this weekend, the Deming Logging Show is a perfect fit. The Deming Logging Show showcases the history of logging in Whatcom County, events highlighting the skills of loggers, local vendors, displays of heavy equipment and machinery used in the timber trade and sustainability practices of logging.

The Deming Logging show came to be in late 1962 when a logger was seriously injured while working in the logging industry, here in Whatcom County. At that time compensation from the State Dept. of Labor and Industries was very slow. Finley came up with the idea of having a Logging Show, put on by local loggers demonstrating what they do on a daily basis. The first show was considered a success, as 800 people paid $1.00 each and seemed to enjoy it. The money went to the injured logger. The Deming Log Show is also proud to provide scholarships to local high school students and other community events throughout the year including Oktoberfest and the Woodcrafter’s Show.

The Deming Logging Show has continued year after year, raising money to help those loggers and their families. Today, the tradition of the Deming Logging Show continues on drawing thousands of spectators and fans from across the nation and several foreign countries.  Events take place this Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th with the actual show starting at 1pm each day. Some of the events you can watch are the log processing exhibition,log loading exhibition, axe throwing, speed climbing, choker setting, hand bucking, double bucking and chain saw bucking.  There are also several local businesses who have booths and information on displays as well as a variety of food vendors.

 

The Deming Log Show grounds are located at 3295 Cedarville Rd in Deming Washington.  Admission to the show is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 years old and children under 6 are free. The show takes place Saturday and Sunday while festivities around the ground kick off on Friday.

Hope to see everyone there!

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Bellingham Real Estate Update

Every week we keep track of how many homes are for sale around Bellingham and Whatcom County and how man 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 Saturday, February 23rd the pending ratio in Bellingham was 33% . Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area and price range and how many of them are pending showing just how active certain sectors of the market are.

Birch Bay had a pending ratio of 20%

The Lynden area in East Whatcom County has a pending ratio of 30%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 24%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 42%

If you would like to search for Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County that is currently for sale visit

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What's Your Bellingham Home Worth? We can help give you an answer!

Have you been seeing homes sell in your neighborhood? Are you curious what your home’s value might be?  Inventory is low and homes are selling. If you have been thinking about putting your home on the market this might be the perfect time. The Johnson Team Real Estate can help you learn your home’s worth with our no pressure free home value report.  Just complete our online home information form to help us learn more about your home and we will provide you will a home value report emailed directly to your inbox, free of charge. Click here to complete the form and learn more about your home’s market value.

If you are thinking you might want to start looking for another home or piece of property in Bellingham or the surrounding communities of Whatcom County be sure and take a look at our real estate search page featuring a map search, address search, MLS number search, text criteria search and more! You can even search for properties by days on the market or waterfront. Whatever your real estate need might be the Johnson Team Real Estate is here to help!

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Education and School Information for Bellingham & Whatcom County

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham and Whatcom County are lucky to provide residents with many educational opportunities. Whether you are looking for a private school for a child in the family, a University for a higher education or a technical college to obtain some voacational training, it’s all available. Pick one of the educational categories below to learn more about school in Bellingham and the surrounding communities.

Public Schools
The Bellingham and Whatcom County School Districts are nationally recognized for their high academic achievements. There area a total of seven public school districts in Whatcom County. Check out the public schools page to learn more about the school districts and the opportunities they offer students.

Birchwood Elementary School

Birchwood Elementary School

Private Schools
Whatcom County has a wonderful choice of private schools to offer it’s residents. Check out the private schools link above to obtain a list of private schools in the area.

Higher Education
Bellingham is consistently recognized as one of the top college towns in the nation. Home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical School you are sure to find all the programs you will need to complete your degree.

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Search for New Listings in Bellingham and Whatcom County!

Are you tired of searching through all the home and property listings to try and find the newest ones on the market? The Johnson Team can help with our “new listing” real estate searches.

New Bellingham Real Estate Listings

Bellingham Real Estate ListingsBellingham has a small town feel with big town amenities. Located along Bellingham Bay and nestled in the shadow of Mt. Baker, it is easy to enjoy all that the outdoors have to offer here. The city is home to 23 very unique neighborhoods, all of which have their own amenities to offer their residents.

New Ferndale Real Estate Listings

Ferndale Real Estate ListingsFerndale is a thriving community surrounded by fertile farmland and famous for its “Baker to Bay” views. Ferndale real estate varies from great little craftman style homes in the heart of town, to farms and new developements.

New Lynden Real Estate Listings

Lynden Real Estate ListingsA charming Dutch heritage town that celebrates it’s history and takes pride in ownership. Enjoy lush manicured lawns and tidy homes. A great aray of housing types are offered in this area.

New Blaine & Birch Bay Real Estate Listings

Blaine & Birch Bay Real Estate ListingsNestled along the beaches of Birch Bay and the waters of the Puget Sound you will find Blaine and Birch Bay. It is one of the fastest growing areas in Whatcom County and has much to offer its residents from sandy beaches to gated communities – come see for yourself!

New East Whatcom County Real Estate Listings

Whatcom County Real Estate Listings The Eastern portion of Whatcom County is dotted with small towns along the westerly edge of the foothills. These towns include, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Deming and Maple Falls. The homes here tend to be on more acreage and some are more private than other parts of the county.

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Bellingham Arts and Entertainment

Just when you thought that Whatcom County couldn’t get any better, you learned of all the art and entertainment offered in the area. Check out the links below to learn more about what Whatcom County has to offer…

Mount Baker Theatre
Since 1927, the Mount Baker Theatre as served Whatcom County bringing in broadway shows and performers from around the world

Whatcom Country Museum of History and Art
Located in downtown Bellingham in the former City Hall building you will find a lovely museum featuring Whatcom County artifacts and history.

Lynden Pioneer Museum
Learn about the rich history of Lynden and its agricultural and Dutch roots

Bellingham Theatre Guild
Come check out the Bellingham Theatre Guild for a wonderful atmosphere and great performances

WWU Performing Arts Series
You can always count on WWU for exceptional shows and schedules

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and artistic life of our community, and offers people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to experience live symphonic music.

Bellingham Festival of Music
The Festival has been dubbed by Arts & Entertainment Television as the “Premier Northwest Summer Music Festival,” and R. M. Campbell of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote in August 2002 –

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Bellingham Farmer's Market Season Is Upon Us!

If you are looking for a great place to pick up local produce, try amazing food or purchase local crafts the Bellingham Farmer’s Market is the place to do it.   Every Saturday April to Christmas the Bellingham Farmer’s Market takes place at the Depot Market Squre at the corner of Railroad and Chestnut Street from 10am to 3pm, rain or shine!

The Depot Market Square is an open-air gathering space perfect or showcasing all the Bellingham and Whatcom County has to offer from gorgeous flower bouquets to locally grown vegetables and fruit there is something for everyone. If you are just looking to get out and take in the sights and sounds there is also talented local musicians that perform at the Market throughout the day as well.

In addition to the Bellingham Farmer’s Market on Saturdays there is also the Wednesday Market held in Fairhaven on the Village Green behind Village Books June to September from 12 to 5pm

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Bellingham and Whatcom County Real Estate Market Update

March 2012 – Whatcom County Real Estate Numbers

 Things are looking up a bit in the Whatcom County Real Estate market.  Let’s look at some examples:

  • March was up strongly over February in both units sold and prices in most areas of the county.  This is a typical spring occurance.  Bellingham sales increased 63%, average prices were up 15.8% and median price rose 7.2%.  Whatcom County sales increased 50%, average prices 18.5% and the median was up 11.2%.  All good.
  • Compared to March of 2011, the numbers were a bit more mixed, but still not too bad.  While Bellingham sales numbers were down 4.6%, that will probably change with some late reporting.  Whatcom County sales overall were up 9.7 %.  Average sale prices in Bellingham were up 7% over last March, while the median dropped 4.6%.  All of Whatcom County saw averages up 6.3% and the median down 0.4%.  Indications are that the market is holding steady relative to a year ago, with changes being relatively minor in most areas.
  • The first quarter relative to 2011 clearly showed the increased demand in areas outside Bellingham, with increases in number of homes sold from 15.0% in Blaine/Birch Bay to 51.7% in Lynden.  Bellingham sales were down 11.3% from the first 3 months of 2011.  Pricing was mixed, with the county as a whole, including Bellingham, down 4% in average prices and 6.3% in the median.

 So, to summarize, the shift of activity from Bellingham to the county seems to be continuing, prices have softened since a year ago, but are showing a bit more strength over the past 2 months.

 Sales numbers and prices are giving us some positive market indicators, and there are other factors worthy of attention. 

  • Last month we noted the decline in the number of short sale and bank owned properties listed for sale.  That continued in March.
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  • Inventory levels are remaining extremely low.  As sales increase, there could be upward pressure on prices. Throughout the county, the average number of days a property is on the market before an accepted contract is down by 10.4% from last year, to 146 days.  23% are selling within 30 days, at almost 98% of list price. 
  • While interest rates have bumped up a bit, they are still extremely low.

 

  • The distribution of sales in Bellingham in March showed more strength in the ranges over $300,000.  While the past few months had 70+% of sales in the under $300,000 range, March was back to a more typical under $300,000 percentage of 58.1%.  That could be the result of move up buyers as well as more incoming population.

 

In summary, underlying conditions are supportive of a stronger market through the spring.

To read the complete article and view additional charts and graphs on the local Bellingham Real Estate Market visit The Johnson Team’s Real Estate Market Report

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