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apartment. Houses are an obvious choice for
families, but singles can also find apartment
options in houses. Whether you’re looking to
rent your own, or split one with roommates,
the houses for rent in Portland are attractive
alternatives to apartments — giving you the
cozy comfort of a home (often with a yard!)
within the confines of a city.
Houses are the more traditional residential option in Portland, but high-rise
apartment buildings are popping up with
greater size and frequency in most close-in
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 multi-family 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 require-
ments, 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
desirable 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
The Russell. Photo courtesy of Greystar
Photo courtesy Park Avenue West Apartments