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are in houses, and many Portland residents enjoy the affordability and amenities
of sharing a house over an 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 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 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 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.
The young, hip crowd will be drawn to
Southeast Portland for the endless options in
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