Edgemoor Neighborhood
by Ruth Baacke
 Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
 This quiet residential neighborhood, located in the far southwestern corner of Bellingham, is bounded on the north by Cowgill Avenue; on the south by Sea Pines Lane and Briza Court; on the east by Chuckanut Drive and on the west by Bellingham Bay.  The entire neighborhood is zoned single family residential with the exception of the 13 acre parcel where Fairhaven Middle School is located and which originally was the site of Fairhaven High School that burned on December 31, 1935.
Originally Lairmont Manor, as it is known today, was the only residence in present day Edgemoor.  It was built in 1914 to be the home of C.X. Larrabee and his family.  Charles Larrabee died before it was completed, but his wife, Frances, supervised completion of the home, living there until her death in 1941 and raising their 3 sons and 1 daughter there.  Its address then was #1 Hawthorn Road; now it is 405 Fieldston Road.  It is on the National Historic Register and is available for special functions such as weddings and other special events.  Lairmont Manor was followed in the 1920’s by # 2 Hawthorn Road, now 212 Hawthorn Road, built for C.X.’s son, Charles F. Larrabee and his wife Mary Adele.

Beginning in 1936, more estate-like homes were built and gradually most of what we now know as Edgemoor was developed.  Around 1950, Larrabee Realty first advertised lots for sale in Edgemoor and Viewcrest.  The name Edgemoor may date from this time, although there is evidence that early on the Larrabees referred to the land south of their home as "the moor.”  Much of the neighborhood’s development has occurred since the 1970’s and continues today.
Clark’s Point, a large, heavily wooded, steep peninsula in southwest Edgemoor, is protected from development by a conservation easement.  Large homes, often custom designed, with bay views on half-acre lots predominate in the western part of Edgemoor. The northern part of the neighborhood has been platted into smaller lots; homes there are predominately ranch, split level, or colonial.
Eleven communities, named for housing subdivisions, exist within Edgemoor: Briza, Clark’s Point, Clarkwood, Edgeridge, Hidden Hills, Madrona Pointe, Madrona Pointe West, Park Ridge, Shorewood, Viewcrest, and Woodlands.  The Bayside Swimming Pool is a unique neighborhood amenity.  There are few sidewalks in Edgemoor but streets are generally wide making walking and biking possible.  There are no city parks in Edgemoor, although the Post Point Dog Park in the adjacent Fairhaven neighborhood is popular with Edgemoor residents.    

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