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 in the shadow of Portland’s favorite volcano. We’re on the lookout for non-cookie-cutter spaces—think antique detailing to useful amenities—without breaking the bank. This week: homes with a basement mother-in-law suite, retro kitchen tiling, and bay windows. ￼
$1,105-$1,750, Mt. Tabor Apartments
Just a few blocks away from the northwest tip of Mt. Tabor Park, these apartments are in a prime location in the greenest part of Portland east of the Willamette. The Mt. Tabor apartment building, with its russet red brick and geometric spires, is Art Deco through and through, but with large windows and close proximity to major bus lines and the MAX, they have some unexpectedly modern touches. Available units range from studios to 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom layouts, and from 320 to 1,237 square feet.
$999, Amhurst Apartments
Even a 500-square-foot one bedroom in this apartment building can feel roomy with an open floor plan and tall, arcing doorways. Black and white tiling in the kitchen gives the place a mod attitude, while close proximity to Mt. Tabor Park, with its hiking trails, tennis courts, off-leash dog park, and bike paths makes it an ideal spot for those who like to keep active.
$2,695, Couch Street Casa
Two sets of bay windows keep this 1,900-square foot bungalow feeling wide open and roomy. The newly updated kitchen, with its solid wood cabinetry and granite countertops, really shines, while the fully finished basement has its own kitchenette for late night snackers. With two schools, a best-in-class comics store, and Mt. Tabor Park all walking distance away, this spot is well-suited for families.
$1,095, Hacienda Apartments
The exterior of this apartment building has a Spanish Eclectic flair, with barrel roof tiles, arched doorways and windows, and ornamental ironwork. Meanwhile, the interiors boast wide open floor plans and lots of closet space. The apartments also abut the Rosemont Natural Bluff Area, a woodsy spot that's great for dogwalking. Just a few blocks south of this 815-square foot, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit, you can find sushi, Burmese food, pan-African cuisine, Vietnamese dishes, and, of course, pizza.