area is a draw for active types who can
enjoy walking, jogging, or biking along
Southeast: The young, hip crowd will
be drawn to Southeast Portland for the
endless options in dining, drinking, shopping, and exploring — not to mention,
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-somethings on the weekends, and
remote workers crowding coffee shops on
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 the neighborhood.
Southwest: You’ll find lots of apartment
options in Southwest Portland, where
the majority of high-rise buildings stake
their claim on the skyline. Three college
campuses also dominate this part of
town; Oregon Health & Science University, Lewis & Clark College, and Portland
Those who appreciate a quieter alternative
to downtown, with close enough proximity
to enjoy all of the city center’s options, will
find Southwest Portland fits the bill.
You’ll find yourself within a stone’s throw
from the river, where you can enjoy fresh
air and waterfront walks. The newest Portland bridge, Tilikum Crossing, connects
bikers and pedestrians in Southwest
Portland to the Southeast side of town,
without the stress of cars.
Northwest: A mix of various residential
and industrial areas make up Northwest
Portland. Beautiful homes cover the hills
that climb towards Forest Park, where you
can get meander along miles of trails and
forget you’re in a major city.
HOW TO FIND A PORTLAND
Finding an apartment anywhere can be an overwhelming process. Finding an
apartment in a popular city like Portland can be even more daunting. But with
a little patience and determination, you’re sure to find a neighborhood and
an apartment that suits your needs.
There are many options online for assisting in your apartment search the
Portland area. A popular option is Craigslist, but many people opt for other
websites such as Zillow.com, or by searching the classified section of the local
papers: OregonLive ( www.oregonlive.com) or Willamette Week (www.w week.
com). Since moving to the Portland area will be a new experience for many,
considering contacting an apart-ment locator service or Realtor is also a
very good idea. This way you can secure a local contact that can scout the
properties and help to file applications for apartments simultaneously. The
benefit of using an apartment locator or Realtor is that they are very savvy on
the different neighborhoods and considered to be local experts.
To avoid an onslaught of applicants, some landlords won’t bother listing their
properties online and will simply put a “For Rent” sign out front. If you have the
option to walk around the neighborhoods you’re in-terested in, this can be an
effective approach. Of course, those who are moving from out of town will
have less flexibility and knowledge in terms of searching by foot. If you have
friends in the area, have them keep an eye out for good deals.
When it comes to renting from homeowner landlords versus property manage-ment companies, consider the level of involvement you want from the person
who owns your home. You’ll often find a more person-able handling of the
rental process with landlords who only deal with one or two properties. As the
own-ers of these properties, they care about who is in them, and might be
more interested in meeting the po-tential applicant, rather than scrutinizing
On the other hand, management companies often come with more reliable
resources. Some manage-ment companies allow you to pay your rent or file
maintenance requests online. You can browse property listings directly through
management company websites. Some to consider are Greystar, American
Prop-erty Management, Rental Management Services, and Capital Property
Management. These offer a mix of apartment buildings, condos, and houses.
Pet owners will find the apartment hunt a little extra difficult. Despite the fact
that Portland is a very pet-friendly city, and a visit to any of the city parks would
give you the impression that every Portlander owns one, landlords can afford
to be picky with animal restrictions. Many buildings and management companies have strict rules against specific animals, like cats or dogs. Others have
weight limits on pets, or re-quired pet deposits. Consulting with your apartment
locator can also help in your search for a new apart-ment if you have a pet
by being knowledgeable as to which properties have special policies towards
ani-mals and which may have more flexibility.
And finally, the ultimate key to finding an apartment in Portland is being ready
to act fast. If you can give yourself flexibility to search once you’re here by
staying with friends or finding temporary residence in a vacation or short-term
rental, you’ll be able to establish a better understanding of the options available to you. If that’s not an option, a little research into the neighborhoods, and
a willingness to apply for some-thing without hesitation will help, too. Portland
does offer plenty of month-to-month rental agreements. If you’re unsure of
your decision, a month-to-month lease will leave you with the option to find
something better in the future.