The Birchwood neighborhood is well known for it’s older, well-kept homes built on large lots. Many of the deep lots in the neighborhood are 1/3 acre or more. These large lots, & mature landscaping, give a rural feel to the neighborhood. Apartment complexes have been constructed in the multifamily zoned areas primarily along Northwest Avenue and W. Maplewood in recent years . There is also a commercial area located near the intersection of Northwest, W. Maplewood and Birchwood Avenue providing services to the Birchwood, Cornwall Park and Columbia neighborhoods.
The Bellingham Golf and Country Club, the Squalicum Creek greenbelt, Bellingham Technical College, and Shuksan Middle School are all in this neighborhood.
Birchwood Park amenities including a playground, basketball court, picnic shelter and open play field. Shuksan Meadows adjacent to Shuksan Middle School provides a playground and half-court basketball, Lots of soccer games are played here. Squalicum Creek Park is a new community park acquired with Beyond Greenway Levy funds, this 42 acre park will includes lighted ballfields, multi-use fields, playgrounds, picnic shelters, enclosed pavilion building, and off-leash dog park.