Having a variety of significant natural features and relatively little development, the physical characteristics of the South Neighborhood play a major role in the area's character. Chuckanut Mountain rises steeply from Chuckanut Creek in the southern most part of the neighborhood. This hillside provides a green backdrop for Bellingham to the south - one of the features which makes the city a unique and attractive place to live.
Most of the areas developed in the South Neighborhood are low density and the homes vary widely in age and condition. There are two exceptions to this, one being the area along Chuckanut Drive where there is an older motel and the other a relatively recently developed mobile home park and 7,200 square foot per lot subdivision.