The Birchwood Neighborhood has historically been an area consisting of single family homes built on extremely large lots. This neighborhood is characterized by older, well-kept homes on lots in excess of 400 feet deep. More recently, the Birchwood neighborhood has seen the growth of apartment complexes located primarily along Northwest Avenue.
The Birchwood Neighborhood also has a large commercial area located in the vicinity of the intersection of Northwest, W. Maplewood and Birchwood Avenue. Anther significant feature of the Birchwood Neighborhood is the Bellingham Golf & Country Club.