With its walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, renowned multicultural dining scene, clusters of hops-heavy breweries, hip bars, urban green areas and endless options for shopping and entertainment, Portland packs big-city amenities and comforts into a quirky, small-town package.
Sitting on the banks of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, hemmed in by forested hills and rolling valleys, Portland‘s diverse neighborhoods offer something for every type of personality, from chic, trend-driven careerists to chill artists and creatives who love the laid-back lifestyle and everyone in between.
The most popular Portland neighborhoods for renters
So, hop on your bike (or rent one from the fast-and-easy bicycle rental places around town) and hit the streets to learn about the best areas of the city, and then take our Portland neighborhoods quiz to find which one is right for you!
Full of history and culture, Downtown Portland offers the perfect blend of work and fun, contemporary and historic. Walk from your office in the business district to home, passing local landmarks like Pioneer Place along the way.
For a taste of the outdoors, go for a stroll in the riverfront park or head to the verdant hills of Washington Park. With ample shopping and dining options to boot, downtown is the best of all worlds.
A one-bedroom apartment will cost you about $1,700 on average in this neighborhood.
This revitalized district on the southwestern bank of the Willamette River is easily Portland’s most up-and-coming neighborhood, with sleek condos and apartment buildings, trendy eateries and manicured riverfront parks and outdoor areas populated by joggers and cyclists.
Affluent and innovative, South Waterfront is perfect for the career-oriented, with its fast-and-easy access to the nearby Oregon Health & Sciences University, the downtown area and public transit.
Be prepared to spend about $1,750 on average for a one-bedroom apartment in South Waterfront.
Once the site of train yards and warehouses, the Pearl is now one of Portland’s most happening districts, perfect for those who like to live at the heart of things.
With endless restaurants, bars and breweries, cobblestone streets and red-brick buildings that have been renovated into upscale dining, retail, living and gallery spaces (the Pearl is one of the best places for art in Portland), you’re never more than a few feet from the action.
Pearl is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city, and rent prices reflect that. A one-bedroom apartment here averages about $2,320 a month.
Goose Hollow’s hidden charm offers fantastic value and location. For sports fans, there’s nowhere better, thanks to being the home of the Providence Park stadium, and nature lovers will enjoy being close to Washington Park, the Rose Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden.
With all the attractions of downtown and Nob Hill at your fingertips, Goose Hollow offers a leisurely respite from the hustle and bustle at the heart of the city.
You’ll spend an average of $1,830 for a one-bedroom apartment in Goose Hollow.
For a taste of classic Portland, Nob Hill is among the best. Located on the northwestern banks of the Willamette, not far from the Pearl and downtown, this sunny neighborhood is full of beautiful Craftsman and Victorian homes, as well as some of the best dining in the city.
Stroll from your house or apartment up to 23rd Street (or “Trendy Third”) to shop at cool boutiques or relax with a local craft brew.
An average one-bedroom apartment here will set you back about $2,030 a month.
Bring on the brews and good eats: Buckman serves up some of the best in town! This east-bank neighborhood is hopping with cool breweries, as well as many of Portland’s top restaurants like Tusk and Canard.
Coffee lovers will also enjoy the wide variety of roasters and coffee houses. Easily walkable, vibrant and funky, this blended-area of old-school Portland houses and contemporary outfits is always exciting.
You’ll spend about $1,900 for an average one-bedroom apartment in Buckman.
For a taste of small-town life, St. Johns in North Portland enclave of tree-lined streets, local stores and unique restaurants and bars hits the spot.
Discover vintage Portland homes, while away afternoons in Cathedral Park, have a pint with friends at favorite haunts like Occidental Brewing and enjoy the great outdoors at the nearby Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area. Best of all, one of Portland’s most famous icons, the St. Johns Bridge, is your next-door neighbor here.
If you want to live close to the action but with a bit of breathing room, this quiet, established district is just what the doctor ordered. East Portland is chock-full of charming homes, affordable apartments and neighborhood parks.
Each area, like Hazelwood or Powellhurst-Gilbert, also has plenty in the way of local and national retail and dining. And all the thrills of downtown are just a short drive away.
You’re a little further away from downtown, so it’s most affordable in East Portland. An average one-bedroom apartment is only $1,100 a month.
Find the best Portland neighborhood for you
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Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory of one-bedroom apartments. Data was pulled in August 2020 and goes back for one year. We use a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
Published at Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:59:00 +0000
In some places, 800-square feet is still considered small — but it’s one of the biggest you’ll find among the small apartments.
Modest square footage and decorating restrictions don’t help when trying to decorate your 800-square-foot apartment.
If you’re having a tough time creating an orderly and usable apartment that still has style, here are a few ideas for you.
How big is an 800-square-foot apartment?
Eight hundred square feet is about as big as five parking spaces or a room that’s just bigger than 28 by 28 feet. And it’s a little smaller than three school buses put together.
What does an 800-square-foot apartment look like?
An 800-square-foot apartment will get you a simple one- maybe two-bedroom layout. While the rooms may not be huge, they’re usable and will give you plenty of room to move around and live your life comfortably.
You’ll likely get a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom and maybe extra closet space for storage or a dining room if you’re lucky.
Source: The Grove at One92
5 ways to decorate your 800-square-foot apartment
It can be intimidating to decorate small spaces because we hear about so many things we shouldn’t do and we wonder what we should do to make the most of our living space.
Whatever you do, invite a little bit of luxury and a lot of your personality into your apartment décor and you can’t go wrong.
1. Choose statement pieces
Instead of cramming your apartment full of big pieces of furniture and décor, stick to a limited number of pieces that make a big statement. Choose one or two elements to define each room that really grabs your attention.
Use a bold coffee table or a large piece of wall art and center everything else in the room around it. Or, if your kitchen cabinets are bland and you’re not allowed to paint them, find eccentric peel-and-stick tiles to put on the floor to add interest to the room.
2. Embrace the dark
In a space that’s extremely small, too many dark colors are a mistake. But with 800 square feet, you can make good use of the dark. Play with darker tones to add depth to the room — like adding dark navy curtains to contrast a white wall or using a deep gray rug for the floor.
If you’re a little skeptical of using dark colors in your apartment, you can always start small by testing out little elements — try a bold, black frame around artwork and add a few pillows with darker fabrics to your couch. Have fun with it and you’ll be surprised by the results!
3. Add molding
You usually won’t find molding in cheap apartments — it’s often used in luxury settings. To make your apartment look and feel more luxurious, you can add molding. You can buy removable molding that’s actually reusable, so you can take it with you if you move or even change where it is in your current apartment if you decide to mix things up. You’ll be amazed by what a few simple pieces of wooden molding can do for a wall.
4. Mix in metallics
If you’re unsure of what colors to add to an apartment, you can, instead, opt for metallics. Metallics pair well with most colors and the different metals and finishes can easily be mixed and matched.
There are metallic elements that can play into your theme, whatever it may be. If you want a high-end feel, try polished gold or silver. And if you want a rustic or vintage setting, use copper and metals that are tarnished and worn.
5. Go monochromatic
When you’ve got a few rooms to decorate, you want them to be different but still flow together. Cue the monochromatic theme. Stick to one color and use various shades and hues of it in each room. Especially if you’re worried the colors you choose might clash, using one color will make it easier on you and it will still have a positive effect on your apartment.
Living in an 800-square-foot apartment
You have a little more room than most other small apartments, so use your freedom and have fun with it! There’s no harm in experimenting with colors, metals and different styles of décor. Use what makes you feel good!
Published at Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:00:04 +0000