What are the association fees for those areas like Sudden Valley, that have a seasonal pool & golf course.?

Asked by naturewoman0123, Oak Hills, CA Wed Aug 28, 2013

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Rebecca Heat…, Agent, Bellingham, WA
Tue Mar 18, 2014
Hi Naturewoman0123,

It's very smart of you to consider Sudden Valley homeowner dues before searching for homes in this area. Dues can add significantly to the affordability of a home. In December 2013, Sudden Valley homeowners passed a dues increase to get more money into the reserve fund. This has resulted in a dues increase for developed lots of $95, not $65.

A lot of people aren't sure why or how dues in Sudden Valley went up in December, but it was because the homeowners themselves passed the increase. In particular, the roads and other infrastructure in this community need significant repairs and maintenance. Also, there have been quite a few issues with danger trees in this area. That said, I highly recommend Sudden Valley. I just bought a home here because it's a beautiful nature area with many wonderful amenities.
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Lila Brumback, , Bellingham, WA
Thu Aug 29, 2013
Sudden Valley dues are about $65 a month payable quarterly. The cover maintenance of the community's roads, trails, parks, marina, etc (Sudden Valley has many assets including buildings, a modern health club, a golf course, etc). It also includes reserves for the maintenance and replacement of long term assets. The current association dues are not quite enough to cover all necessary and desired assets and services. Some assets, like the golf course, the health club, and the swimming pools have their own cash flow that covers their operations. There are outstanding issues and it is best to check the website to be well informed. The specific costs for using the golf course, the swimming pool passes, and the health club facilities are posted in the website.

Birch Bay Village has higher dues but their additional cost for using the golf course is very modest. They have fewer amenities but still quite extensive with the marina, the club house and swimming pools. Their general dues have been about $100 a month for a long time, but it seems it has gone slightly up recently.
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Dave Hiller, Agent, Ferndale, WA
Wed Aug 28, 2013
One hesitates to consider taking on these dues for areas like Sudden Valley when they do not cover utilities like water, sewer, and garbage and means adding another separate bill to pay.
But the trade off needs to be taken into consideration as to quality of life and enjoyment of a community. Sudden Valley has a security force that will provide rides to your home if high up on one of the Sudden Valley gates during a heavy snow. Sudden Valley provides street maintenance, snow removal when necessary and maintains the secured mailboxes and landscapes common areas, maintains trails like the one around tiny Lake Louise. One has access to the 18-hole golf course, fitness center, marina, pool, tennis courts, dog park and soon a library then several spectacular beach and park areas around Lake Whatcom.
Another community like this in Whatcom County is Birch Bay Village which is the sunniest location in Whatcom County. Dues here are $120 a month. Again this does not cover utilities but you have a lifestyle. Here there is manned security guard 24/7 at the front gate. 900 homes that surround two lakes, 9-hole golf course and has access to a saltwater marina and dock, parks and beach access to sandy, flat Birch Bay beaches and also more rugged Strait of Georgia beaches. You have a pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and a variety of special interest clubs including gardening, wine, creative writing and various sports. Snow removal when needed. There is flat walking and biking all throughout the community and the 20 mph speed limit is strictly enforced. Your home is safe if on vacation or a part timer.
If the larger context of your question is the associate dues value for these types of areas, you have to make the call. Both of these areas have a particular fan base and if one like this type of community then one doesn''t mind the extra expense.
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Thanks for much for all your info. It is so appreciated & I believe the cost is really worth it. :)
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Grant LaMothe, Agent, Bellingham, WA
Wed Aug 28, 2013
Good morning ! Good question - all of the information on the Sudden Valley Home Owners Assn, and information about Sudden Valley in general can be found at this web address


Please, if you have any other thoughts or questions, don't hesitate to call or email.
Respectfully, Grant
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Damian Pro, Agent, Bellingham, WA
Wed Aug 28, 2013
Sudden Valley's monthly fees are $65.00 at this time.

Currently the following schedule represents the amount of the Annual Dues for the 2013 Calendar year:

Vacant Lot: $672.88 per year, billed quarterly at $168.22 per quarter.

Developed Lot: $777.56 per year, billed quarterly at $194.39 per quarter.

Dues cover three main costs: Operations (day-to-day operational activities, accounting, insurance, grounds maintenance, certain utilities), Capital repairs and replacements and Roads (55 miles of private roads must be maintained by the Association); the cost for the monthly Sudden Valley Views newsletter is also included. For more information on Dues and mandate of services, refer to the SVCA Bylaws, Article III, Section 19.

You can learn more about Sudden Valley Association on their website.


Let me know if I can be of further help.

Damian Pro
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Joy Brown, Agent, Bellingham, WA
Wed Aug 28, 2013
Hi there! Great question. So Sudden Valley Association dues are $65/month, billed on a quarterly basis. Those fees cover the maintenance of community areas like parks and other green spaces, and road repair/maintenance.

The golf course is a separate fee, but as a Sudden Valley resident you receive a discount. And there is a separate fee for pool membership as well.

Hope that helps, and please let me know if I can help you find a home in beautiful Sudden Valley. :)
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