Columbia is one of Bellingham's oldest and most highley desired neighborhoods, where stately Victorian-era homes and landmarks blend into a well-established commercial area, full of charming retail shops and restaurants. Originally developed in the 1880s as a residential area for coal miners, Columbia's long and colorful history is nicely preserved in historic buildings such as Columbia Elementary School, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The neighborhood also includes Eldridge Historic District, where a variety of beautiful historic homes are perched on a bluff overlooking Bellingham Bay. More than 90 per cent of homes in Columbia date back to the 1970s or earlier, giving the community a classic northwest feel at every turn. Local stores and restaurants within walking distance include; Mojo Music, Cascade Pizza, Haggen, Village Inn Pub & Eatery, Yeager’s Sporting Goods and Piper Music. Parks nearby; Elizebeth Park and Cornwall Park.
Newer homes in Columbia are located along Utter, Williams, Victor, and Lynn Streets. Development here tends to be more spacious than in other parts of the neighborhood, with many properties as large as an acre. The largest lots are in this area's northeast section, between Northwest Avenue and Meridian Street.
The Columbia real estate area also includes a variety of beautiful city parks, where open grassy areas, gardens, gazebos, and waterways complement the neighborhood's classic aesthetic, while offering peaceful green space in the heart of Bellingham.
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