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Crows Nest on Bellingham Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This apartment is on the upper floor and the view is over Bellingham Bay

This was the quintessential bachelor pad, ( my husband lived here when we first met) It is a stunning place on the very top of our building that was built 1908. This area was originally used as a billiard room, there is a wonderful bedroom at the front of the house and a kitchen to the back. The landing is reminiscent of a ships landing and overlooks the canopy of some beautiful trees. The front yard was recently renovated and we hosted a wedding here and sat 50 people outside. We are close to a beach, boardwalk and the university area where there are lots of trails to walk.

Christine Coder
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Christine Coder

My husband purchased this property because he fell in love with it while he was on a walk in the neighborhood. I moved to Bellingham 2011 and we live in the main unit. I took one of the rental units ( the building was a single family home and had been converted to accommodate nuns that worked in a nearby hospital in the 1940's) and renovated it, which is what we use as our vacation rental. This past summer we renovated the upper apartment, the crows nest I like to call it. I love meeting people from all over the United States. It is always amazing to meet people and see how similar we are, and celebrate the culture, share ideas, and be the host to others who are new in the area. I moved here from Vancouver B.C. Canada, and am anxious to meet people from around the U. S. to get to know my new country better. I have been to many cities in the world and love the Pacific Northwest.

Christine Coder purchased this apartment in 1985

Why Christine Coder chose Bellingham

This is a historical property on the bank over looking the bay. it was a single family home and was on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens in 1908. The article said it has all the modern convenience.... in the 40's is was divided in to suites for the nurses that were working in a hospital nearby. The building has all the charm and character of a building of its age. Radiator heating, this unit has an old gas stove, and beautiful leaded glass windows, as you can see in the photo. This is a very romantic place. I moved to Bellingham in 2011 and we decided to try a vacation rental in one suite. People love staying here, the view and the apartments are very unique. This past summer we started on vacation rental #2.

What makes this apartment unique

Enjoy staying in a unique historic building. All the charm and the quirks. All the windows at sofa height so you can see the beautiful view sitting on the sofa, or waking up in bed. Sloped attic ceilings provides a cozy feel, the climb up to the top of the stairs, feels like a ships quarters with the wood refinished to a gleam, and the railings all around. The bathroom with its old cast iron tub, ( no shower here... no place to stand under the eve) We think this house was a repeater station as it is perched high on the hill overlooking the bay. The occasional electrical plug has a sideways slot for plugging in an old fashioned radio. The yard is slowly being updated. You can see the many gardens that have been developed over time. The trees are mature and tower over our three story home. We have a very large dogwood that, when the season is here blooms from top to bottom.



South Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is typical of the era of the house, there is a new simple sink, new toilet, and the original bathtub with a hand held shower head. See photo. The old fashioned medicine cabinet adds charm. New linoleum, light fixtures and paint have made the place look fresh.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The bedroom is the best view of downtown Bellingham. It overlooks the bay and the windows are at the level of the bed, so when you wake up or go to sleep you have an amazing view.
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Crows Nest on Bellingham Bay
average rating of 4.4 based on 10 reviews

Characterful apartment in an excellent location with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

I had a very pleasant stay at the Crow’s Nest for a month after relocating for work. The listing reflects the property really well and if anything I would say it is more spacious than the photos show. The flat occupies the entire top floor of a historic house and the living room, in particular, is large. All the rooms, except for the bathroom, receive lots of natural light. The views of the sea from the windows in the living room and bedroom are stunning, plus there is access to a well-cared for garden that gives great views of the sun setting over the water. The apartment was clean, well maintained for its age and came well equipped; I found everything provided for that I needed during a month’s stay.

It is located in a quiet leafy neighbourhood and gives convenient access to all the many things the region has to offer. Within easy walking distance there is the interurban trail that gives off-road access to the restaurants, bars, cafes and shops of downtown Bellingham in one direction and Fairhaven in the other. The walk to Fairhaven is mostly through the Boulevard Park, which is a great spot in its own right. Slightly further afield, you can bike to beautiful places such as Larrabee State Park and Lake Padden, then Mount Baker and Vancouver B.C. are also easy day trips by car.

The owners, Christine and Patrick (who live on the ground floor of the house), provided excellent customer service, and they with the other neighbours made me feel very welcome. The Crow's Nest was a great place to stay for my first month in the area and I would happily recommend it to people and even use again myself for visiting friends and family!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We enjoyed having you very much and wish you well in the Bellingham community! Christine and Patrick
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Saint Petersburg, Florida

Complain complain immediately or you will pay to fix this old old old house for the landlords

  • 1 of 5

First things first! And most importantly because it is NEVER MENTIONED! If you like to hear incessantly blaring train horns and iron wheels rolling from the hours of 7:30 pm - 6:30 am EVERY NIGHT, then this is your ideal place. You notice there is no mention of the train tracks and incessant all night trains and horns blaring through waking you up all night. Stay here for your peaceful rest then.

The neighborhood is conveniently located between Fairhaven and downtown. The streets surrounding this home are horrible and your car will suffer. The home is located in an old beautiful neighborhood full of century old homes that have been lovingly restored. Sadly this is not one of them. I suppose this is what is called “quaint.” If this is your cup of tea, you will love staying in a smelly old home with windows that do not work - so you put wooden spoons in the windows to hold them up; where the plumbing does not drain and you have to wait for to continue using the kitchen sink; no modern kitchen amenities, no modern oven to cook in, not enough electrical outlets or counter space either in the kitchen or rest of house to plug your electronics or other devices, cannot stand or even barely sit up in the bathtub, where if you are 6 feet tall or greater you will invariably bump your head every day, where there is no free tv, no dishwasher; no clock, no ventilation AT ALL, except windows. So you can imagine this attic abode in the summer. One very small practically impotent window fan was installed in the living room – useless – and one rotating standing fan was supplied, so you would have to move this fan around from the bedroom where it was stationed, to the living room to the kitchen, if you wanted to stay cool during the latter part of the day and early evening…forgetaboutit! I cannot imagine how cold it would be in winter and I am not at liberty to comment on the heating elements since we did not use them.

There are hardly any amenities supplied as you may have come to expect from many homes available on VRBO. This is what we were supplied for a 9 night stay: 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 wash cloths, 2 dish towels, one change of bed linens, 4 rolls of toilet paper, ½ roll of paper towels. And all with no access to a washer and dryer. Now they will say that if you ask they will supply you more linens. Really?! Do we have to ask for this kind of amenity for the price paid? And it’s hard to ask when they are GONE for the last 4 days you are there!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please go by the history of reviews here. READ ON FOR THE NEXT GUESTS REVIEW.. IT ANSWERS THE POINTS REVIEWED. QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT ME...This is a story book cute neighborhood with a gorgeous view of the bay. I can walk up and down these streets admiring charming houses from 1925 and earlier, all day. Walking to the Commuity CoOp for food was easy and fun from Christine's Crow's Nest. I liked cooking in this kitchen. It's set up well for workflow, has plenty of non-toxic cast iron and All Clad pan options in various sizes (as well as teflon in good condition if you are into that) and cheerful morning light. I loved the electric kettle for making tea or coffee for a group quickly. I am buying one like it for home. In fact, everything she provided would be found in a well appointed home. Quality of the kitchenware was Crate & Barrel and above. This place has lots of storage: 1) two big closets with hanging space, space for suitcases, and organizer bins. 2) Three chests of drawers 3) lots of open cabinets in the pantry and in the kitchen. The view from the bedroom is wonderful and the unit's separation from others is complete so, it feels very private. Very good place for a romantic get-a-way. The sheets and comforter were sumptuous and spotless. The only downside was my partner complained about not being able to stand in the shower (the picture shows this but, it did not register with me). He got used to leaning his head on the sloped ceiling when facing the toilet and did not actually mind that. I believe the space was designed for nuns who worked in the hospital down the street in an earlier era. For fans of the BBC's "Call the Midwife," you can easily feel that this is an American version of Nonnatus House. Parking is easy in front. There are two flights of stairs to get into the Crow's Nest and no elevator which was fine for us but, an older person with a heavy bag might take a downstairs unit. I am a light sleeper yet I slept well there. There is a train a few miles away that comes by blowing a horn each night. It woke me up but, it's the only noise and so I was able to go right back to sleep. The unit has great airflow with lots and lots of windows. I was a little warm one of the five nights so, ended up using the fans they provide in the room to be comfortable. Christine and her husband are very gracious, reasonable, easy to reach, and willing to help. The internet was fast and consistently available. We were very comfortable and at ease here!
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Bellingham Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about how wonderful this apt was...very clean, warm, inviting and the views are just spectacular! The owners were exceptionally warm and inviting. Great location close to WWU in a well established up-scale neighborhood. What a wonderful home, what a wonderful stay! Would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We really do have a hidden gem, and I want to share it with others who will appreciate it like you did. I do hope you can return some day! Christine
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Lovely place, good people

  • 5 of 5

Nice, quiet place overlooking Bellingham Bay with easy access to WWU, the Bay Trail, downtown B'ham and Fairhaven. The owners are super, very easy to work with and responsive to needs or requests.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Great spot between Fairhaven and Downtown with wonderful views of the Bay.

Very welcoming hosts, and yet attic feels quite separate, spacious, and private.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bellingham Bay views from the Crow's Nest

  • 5 of 5

When you pull up to the large home to park you know your stay is going to be unique and fun. The old beautiful home proudly boasts workmanship from a day-gone-by and is clean well kept and inviting. As you walk up several flights of beautifully restored hardwood stairs you are transported back to early Bellingham when all the homes were unique, loved and crafted to last many decades. Upon entering the "Crows Nest" on the top floor is a fun adventure...the space is very clean, a bit eclectic, peaceful and inviting. Then you see the amazing view of Bellingham bay and think wow! I could actually live here forever...The space is not too far to walk to either Old Fairhaven or Downtown Bellingham which we did during our stay. It was nice to be able to walk back after visiting several wine tastings and bars in Fairhaven which is a big plus.

Anyway, I am originally from Bellingham and grew up on 13th street which is only minutes away walking distance from the Crow's Nest and have always loved the area and get back once a year. I highly recommend the Crow's Nest if you are planning a visit to the area!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 10.8%

Cancellation within 3 moths to arrival date: full refund

Due to missed bookings a cancellation fee of 25% will be charged on all cancelled bookings cancelled within 30-90 days.

Cancelled bookings within 30 days no refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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