The majority of the Whatcom Falls Neighborhood is a residential area consisting of newer homes on large lots, giving the area a suburban character. Most of the recent development has been in the form of well designed subdivisions that have minimized their adverse impacts on the neighborhood character.
Low density single family homes on larger parcels characterize most the area along Roland and Raymond Street. This is also true of Yew Street. A notable exception is a cluster of development on the southern portion of Yew Street. Most of the southern portion of the neighborhood is largely undeveloped and is designated for detached cluster development. This undeveloped hillside area also gives the neighborhood some of its character by serving as a wooded backdrop.