Fernview Apartments
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2160 Washington St.
Ferndale, WA 98248 (map)
Whatcom County

Property Category:


Properties for Individuals and Families

These properties have open eligibility in that they do not restrict occupancy to a particular age population (seniors) or disabled households. Most properties will require that the head of household be over the age of 18 or an emancipated minor. The number of persons in an apartment will be restricted to bedroom size, in most cases, and a few properties have set-aside certain units within their property for seniors and/or persons with a disability. Single persons, roommates, couples and families are welcome at these properties- unless otherwise indicated on the listing.

Please call the MAIN CONTACT on each property listing for specific program or property eligibility.

Approximate Wait:
No waiting list at this time

Availability Detail:

Openings will be listed at https://www.fernviewapartments.com/floorplans , where "Apply" would appear if a floor plan is available. We do not maintain a waitlist, and only take applications when there is an available apartment. If you are interested in an apartment, and we're taking applications, please fill out and electronically sign an application to maintain a spot on our contact interest list. Applications are reviewed and contacted on a first applied, first contacted application list. 

Special Eligibility:

We offer 7 project based subsidized apartments out of 30 total apartments through the Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authority (BHA) Project Based Program. Your rent will be based on 30% of your income for our project based subsidized apartments. The remaining apartments also offer affordable rents for low income households through the Washington State Housing Tax Credit Program. We also accept Housing Authority provided Section 8 vouchers. WSHFC Tax Credit at 60% income limits apply.


Fernview is small town living at its best! You'll have the best of both worlds. Located just outside the Historic Downtown Ferndale, you can appreciate the peace and comfort of a small town atmosphere, yet still be within an easy commute to Bellingham's workplaces and shopping. Our stylish and functional apartment homes are a great place to relax after a long day or to entertain friends.

Community Amenities: Affordable Housing; Covered Parking; Playground

Fernview Apartments is a complex consisting of 30 units on three floors, located close to downtown Ferndale, WA. Fernview offers 2 bedroom/1 bathroom and 3 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments with large living area and full kitchen. Each unit includes a dishwasher and washer/dryer in the units. The building is garden style, with exterior entries; the second and third floor units are accessed by an exterior stairwell. There are lots of bike racks and a play area on the property. Each unit includes one covered carport parking space. 

Professionally managed by Indigo Real Estate Services, Inc.

Main Contact for Inquires and Application

Name: Erin Kohlenberg Phone: 360-255-7490
Title: Community Director Fax: 360-746-8015
Company: Indigo Real Estate Services TDD: Call 711 for free relay service
Address: 978 Pacific Rim Lane Email: Fernview.AptFinderorg.Indigo@aptleasing.info
Bellingham, WA 98226 Website: https://www.fernviewapartments.com
Office Hours: The office in Bellingham is open M-F 8am-5pm
Management Contact

Name: Indigo Real Estate Services Phone: 206-230-9874
Title: Fax: 206-230-9879
Company: Email: indigo@indigorealestate.com
Address: 5415 California Ave SW Website: www.indigorealestate.com
Seattle, WA 98136

Program Type(s)

Properties that offer subsidized apartments through other City, Local or private funding

Properties that offer subsidized apartments through other City, Local or Private funding

Subsidy is available through a City, Local or private funding program to qualifying households.

Examples include:
1. Shelter Plus Care offers subsidy for disabled individuals involved with a participating agency.
2. Vash- HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing provides vouchers for subsidized rent to homeless veterans and their families as part of case management and services through the VA.
3. Salvation Army Homeless Family Assistance (HFA) Program assists homeless families with move-in costs, rental subsidy and case management to help maintain affordable housing for a specified period of time.

Please call the MAIN CONTACT on each property listing for specific program or property eligibility.

Properties that Accept Housing Authority provided Tenant-Based Vouchers

Properties that accept Tenant-Based Housing Authority Provided Vouchers

Properties in this category are private or publically owned properties that accept applicants with a Housing Authority provided Housing Choice Section 8 voucher or certificate. You must first have applied and received a voucher through your local housing authority program. You should contact your city or county Housing Authority directly for an application for their voucher/subsidy program.

All properties listed on our site that do not have Project-Based subsidy through another government program will take a Section 8 voucher. Vouchers are portable and transferrable because they stay with the household, not the property, once you move out of the property. Then you can take your voucher to a property that accepts them and receive a subsidized rent.

With a voucher or certificate, you will generally only pay 30% of your monthly household income for rent. Maximum rent amounts that the owner can charge are designated by the Federal Government and income limits apply. If an owner wishes to charge more than the maximum rent authorized by the housing authority, the tenant may be asked to pay all or part of the difference.

Please call the MAIN CONTACT on each property listing for specific program or property eligibility.

Properties that offer Washington State Housing Tax Credit Affordable apartments (non-subsidized)

Properties that offer Washington State Housing Tax Credit Affordable apartments (non-subsidized)

These properties have entered into a long term contract with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission to keep rents affordable to low income households for at least 21 years. In exchange for their commitment, owners of Tax Credit properties (LIHTC) are able to reduce their IRS tax assessment as long as qualified families are placed in their apartments and remain income qualified.

These properties do not have Project-Based subsidy, so unless there is another subsidy program "layered" into a Tax Credit property, or you have a Housing Authority Section 8 Voucher, your rent will not be subsidized. The rent you will qualify for at these properties are restricted by HUD rent limits and will depend upon your annual income level. These are called income set-asides. The property may have rent ranges, lowest to highest, but a family in a higher income level may not qualify for the lowest rent level. There may also be some other set asides at the property, called occupancy set asides, such as for large families, disabled households or farm labor households. Properties with these types of set asides would give preference for rents and units to households that qualify.

Waiting lists can also vary greatly at these properties. There are often much longer wait times for the lower rent amounts and may be no wait at all for the higher rent amounts at the property. In addition, often your annual income level may determine which unit you will qualify for. This can also effect the time you may need to wait for a unit to become available.

For example,
Let's say a property has a Tax Credit income set aside of 30% units at a rent of $350 per month. That rent is only available if your gross annual income is less than, for example, $15,000 per year. If all of the 30% units are currently occupied, your household could not immediately move-in to a 30% unit. You may have to either wait for a 30% unit to become available, or, if you can afford a higher rent, you can move-in more quickly.

Tax Credit properties usually have more than one income set aside, so units are generally offered at varying rents between 30%-80% area median income. They will also generally have a minimum monthly income requirement, such as 2x the amount of the rent.

Please call the MAIN CONTACT on each property listing for specific program or property eligibility.

Other Program Details:

7 project based units are through the Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authority (BHA).

Income Limit Category: Extremely Low, Low,
Income Limit Details:

Fernview provides rent-limited housing for residents whose income does not exceed the maximum allowable income for their household size. Fernview has set asides for households at the 35 and 60% AMI level; each unit is designated as a specific income set aside. Each vacancy will require a new household to income qualify at the designated set aside amount based on income and household size. 


Cable TV Hookup
Play Area
Covered Parking
Deck or Patio
Garbage Disposal
Garden Setting
Non-Smoking Property
Laundry in Unit
Off Street Parking
Pet Friendly

Handicap Accessible Units
Property offers Wheelchair Accessible Apartments

These properties offer apartments that are accessible to persons in wheelchairs or have features desirable and useful to persons in wheelchairs or with mobility impairments. Some properties have apartments that are fully accessible and some have apartments that have been adapted to include accessible features. In accordance with the Fair Housing Act and ADA, all properties that are not specifically exempt will have common areas, pathways and offices that are accessible, or must make arrangements at the property to accommodate persons with mobility impairments. Accessible apartment features vary from property to property, but may include one or more of the following features:
Walk in showers or adapted bath tubs
Grab bars
Hand held Shower
Widened doorways and larger rooms
Lowered cabinets and countertops
Accessible countertops and sink
Accessible appliances
Levered door and faucet handles
Accessible switches and plugs
Lowered peep holes in doors
Hard flooring (non-carpeted)
Visible doorbells, smoke detectors, braille signage and documents

Please call the MAIN CONTACT on each property listing for specific accessibility features available at the property and in the apartments.

Proximity to transit: Under One Block

Other Amenities:

Property pays for Water, Sewer and Garbage service. 

Background Screening Information

Accepting Comprehensive Re-usable Tenant Screening Reports
Not Accepting Comprehensive Re-usable Tenant Screening Reports

Screening Information and Cost (If Any):

Screening fee is $41 per adult applicant. 

A comprehensive re-usable tenant screening report (portable report) means a tenant screening report, prepared by a consumer reporting agency at the direction of and paid for by the prospective tenant, and made available directly to a prospective landlord at no charge. Reports are re-usable for 30 days for multiple landlords.

In accordance with Senate Bill 6413 effective 6/9/2016, landlords have the option to either accept or not accept portable reports, and the landlords decision must be included in the landlord’s posted rental criteria.

If the landlord indicates its willingness to accept a comprehensive reusable tenant (portable) screening report, the landlord may access the landlord's own tenant screening report, regarding a prospective tenant, as long as the prospective tenant is not charged for the landlord's own tenant screening report.

Bedroom Sizes and Rent Structure

These rent amounts are generally the lowest and highest rents currently reported at this property. Please call the main contact listed above for details and requirements.

# of Bedrooms
Rent Range
# of units
2 Bedrooms$688
$122816 Unit(s) 
3 Bedrooms$789
$141314 Unit(s) 

Total Units:Directly Subsidized (Project-Based) Units:
30 Units7 Units

Rent Detail:

Non-project based units are at the WSHFC 60% AMI income limit for household size; the household must have income of at least 1.5 times the rent amount which are the higher rent amounts. We accept Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers. 

Project based units are at 35% and 60% AMI income limits. You must go through the Bellingham Housing Authority to qualify for the Project based units; all other qualified residents can apply directly through the website at https://www.fernviewapartments.com/ . 

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This Page was Last Updated June 14, 2023

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