Fairhaven is a neighborhood in Bellingham that was one of three pioneer settlements on Bellingham Bay. In 1904, Fairhaven merged with the other settlements to become the City of Bellingham. Today, the neighborhood is home to 600 residents who live in a mix of single-family homes, apartment buildings, and condominium complexes. The area is known for its walkability, with residents able to easily access many services and amenities, including a grocery store, bookstore, shops, the Fairhaven Village Green, and the Fairhaven Public Library.
The commercial center of Fairhaven is the Fairhaven National Register Historic District, which features 17 beautiful historic buildings. In recent years, many infill buildings that are designed to be compatible with the local history have been built in the area. These historic and new buildings provide many local businesses that serve residents and visitors from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Alaska Marine Ferry docks twice a week in Fairhaven at the Transportation Center, which also houses the Amtrak Station and Greyhound Bus depot. Padden Creek flows through the neighborhood, providing an attractive greenbelt, and Marine Park, a 2-acre park on Fairhaven's waterfront, emphasizes the neighborhood's marine orientation. The Fairhaven Village Green is a hub of activity in the commercial core, hosting concerts, movies, bocce ball, farmer's markets, and other events. The South Bay Trail connects Fairhaven with Bellingham's City Center, Fairhaven Park, and the Chuckanut Mountains. Overall, Fairhaven is a vibrant and historic neighborhood with a strong sense of community and many amenities for residents to enjoy.