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 the neighborhood.
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 Community College.
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.
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.
The Pearl District and Portland’s West Hills
are two of the priciest and most desirable
places to live, if you enjoy the finer things
in life like high-end shopping and sweeping
views of the city. The Pearl District is home
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.
Craigslist is the go-to option for apartment hunting in Portland. The popular
listings website is used by private landlords, management companies, and
renters looking for roommates and subletters, giving you the ability to search
for a variety of housing situations.
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 required pet deposits.
Craigslist offers the option of searching specifically for cat or dog friendly
properties, making it easy to narrow them down.
Other options for finding apartments include the classified sections of
OregonLive ( www.oregonlive.com), the online version of The Oregonian, and
the Willamette Week ( www.wweek.com), a free weekly newspaper.
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 interested 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
management companies, consider the level of involvement you want from
the person who owns your home. You’ll often find a more personable handling
of the rental process with landlords who only deal with one or two properties.
As the owners of these properties, they care about who is in them, and might
be more interested in meeting the potential applicant, rather than scrutinizing
On the other hand, management companies often come with more reliable
resources. Some management 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 Property Management,
Rental Management Services, and Capital Property Management. These offer
a mix of apartment buildings, condos, and houses.
Ultimately, the 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 something 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.