Rent Crawl: 5 Portland Apartments for Under $2,000

We scour apartment listings so you don't have to.

By Shannon Daehnke January 14, 2022

A two-bedroom loft is available for rent in this cottage off of SE Hawthorne Boulevard.

Renting a place in Portland can be a bit of a blood sport—so let us here at Portland Monthly help you. A couple of times a month, we’ll be compiling a quick list of digs for rent in the city right now, at a variety of price points. This time, all our picks are under $2,000/month. We’re on the lookout for non-cookie-cutter spaces—think antique detailing to useful amenities—without breaking the bank. This week: homes with an on-site coffeehouse, a vintage sage green bathtub, double French doors, and a rooftop patio.   

Inner East Side:

$1,250, Lynnwood Studio 

This studio on SE Hawthorne is the perfect place for those who appreciate a period detail but also want a refrigerator made in this century. On the outside, there’s a 1920s brick exterior (complete with adorable flower-filled planters adorning each window and a shared outdoor patio with twinkly lights). But inside, find plenty of modern upgrades, like stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and walk-in closets. 

 $1,495, Aberdeen One-Bedroom

Built in 1923, this 735-square-foot one-bedroom apartment (just across the street from the Lynnwood) gets major points for its vintage hardwood floors and checkerboard tiling in the bathroom. The real showstoppers, however, are the double French doors (swoon) that open to a living room with a fireplace, a massive window, and tons of natural light—a plant lover’s paradise. There’s also another set of French doors leading to the bedroom.    

$1,725, Vintage Loft, Two Bedrooms

An airy, light-filled two-bedroom loft located on the top floor of an adorable cottage with a cheerfully loud bright blue exterior, a small porch and wooden front door. Inside, you’ll find a rainbow of pastel tiles and exposed brick in the kitchen, a sage green bathtub, and shower tiles with honest-to-goodness little faces on them.  

$1,250 and up, The Strauss on Burnside, Varying Floor Plans

Beyond the chic, modern architecture and funky art, the Strauss boasts a fitness center open 24 hours, a lobby coffee bar with an industrial fireplace, common spaces on every floor, and patios galore. The highlight, however, is the massive rooftop deck (equipped with fire pits and tons of outdoor seating) and the view that goes along with it. Oh, and the rooms are really great too: stainless steel appliances, floor to ceiling windows, and–wait for it–in-home washer and dryer. 


$750–975, Regency Apartments Studio

Located in historic downtown, this place has serious character at a good price. The 1927 red-brick exterior gives way to a retro lobby, with the kind of cool couch usually found only overpriced at a consignment store, or in my grandparents’ house. The complex on SW Broadway is surrounded by greenery and the tiny-but-mighty studios include hardwood floors, ceiling fans and European-style amenities.  

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