Houses are the more traditional residential
option in Portland, but high-rise apartment
buildings are popping up with greater size
and frequency in most neighborhoods.
Real estate experts are now predicting that
as the influx of new residents continues
in Portland, the city will shift to one that’s
dominated by apartment buildings. Forecasts state that approximately 123,000
new housing units will be added to the city
between 2010 and 2035. Of those 123,000,
94,000 will be apartments or condos —
roughly ¾ of all new homes.
Renters should be ready to move fast when
searching for apartments in Portland.
Whatever it is you’re looking for — a downtown apartment, a Southeast Bungalow, or
month-to-month room — there are going to
be other people who want that, too.
Preparing your paperwork in advance of
viewing apartments in Portland is a must.
Landlords all have different requirements,
but it’s always a good idea to have your
proof of income in the form of W- 2 forms,
rental history, and references on hand.
Open houses will welcome plenty of worthy
candidates, and having the necessary paperwork to begin the approval process will land
you ahead of the line.
The apartment market in Portland might be
competitive, but considering the many desir-
able traits of this city — from the most bike
friendly streets to the booming craft beer
scene — calling Portland home is well worth
the effort. With a little time and patience,
you’re sure to find an apartment in Portland
that will soon feel like home.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT
Portland boasts a diverse array of neighborhoods to consider, which can make choosing
one a little daunting to newcomers. Luckily, no
matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to
find a part of Portland that feels just right.
First things first: Establish your priorities in
a living situation. Are you looking for an
urban environment or a quiet suburb where
you can have a yard? Would you like to take
public transportation to work, ride your bike,
or will you be driving your car? The variety
of Portland will give you a lot to consider,
but exploring the eclectic neighborhoods that
make up this city is half the fun.
And don’t let the Portland clichés fool you.
Sure, if you’re looking for a little slice of
Brooklyn, New York with locally-sourced,
artisanal soap stores and an endless selection
of craft breweries, you can find that. But you
can also find so much more.
Downtown: Downtown Portland is one-square mile of concentrated amenities that’s
easy to navigate and a joy to explore. A diverse selection of retail brands offer both local
charm and big-name splurges, all made even
more tempting by Portland’s lack of sales tax.
For those who enjoy stepping outside to a playground of possibilities, downtown Portland
packs it in. You’ll find just about anything you
could possibly need within walking distance,
but you’ll also have access to all of Portland’s
public transportation options for when you do
need to escape. Those who have cars may find
parking difficult. Most streets are metered and
renting spots isn’t cheap.
High rise apartment buildings dominate the
living options, with the heaviest concentration in the Southwest corner. Access to the
waterfront in the downtown area is a draw for
active types who can enjoy walking, jogging,
or biking along the riverfront.
Southeast: The young, hip crowd will be
drawn to Southeast Portland for the endless
options in dining, drinking, shopping, and
exploring — not to mention, people watching.
You’ll get a sense for why Portland prides
itself on being “weird” here, and why the city’s
tagline encourages you to keep it that way.
Street performers, traveling jewelry makers,
and roving groups of quirky individuals mix
it up with lines of brunching twenty-some-things on the weekends, and remote workers
crowding coffee shops on the weekdays.
The bus lines in Southeast Portland will get
you where you need to go, but many residents opt for biking or walking, as so many of
Southeast Portland communities are self-contained with plenty of options to keep you in
Photos courtesy of Travel Portland