Want to know what it's like to retire in Bellingham?
I am recently retired, in my 60's, after a long professional career in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area. My wife also retired from her career in the medical field when we relocated to Bellingham in the summer of 2014.
The initial appeal of the Bellingham area was the amazing scenery and the mild gentle climate. We were also impressed with the quality of life here and the community appreciation for the abundance of outdoor activities. I find the locals very receptive to recent retirees, especially when they learn we moved 2000 miles to live here.
The only negatives in my opinion would be the relatively high cost of residential real estate, and the assumption that anyone who chooses to live here already embraces consistent Liberal political views.
The reality that we can access so many services and activities on foot vs. driving everywhere. Some weeks we put more miles on our waling shoes than on our vehicles.
I would miss most the clean fresh air, the cool mild climate, and the incredible views from the Bay.
Bring money if you plan to buy a home! Also, expect real seasons of the year and anticipate an overall slower pace of life than is found in much of America today.
... check out John and Rose Ann's day in the life.