Real Estate

Rent Crawl: Four Great Finds Under $3,500

We scour apartment listings so you don’t have to

By Michelle Harris April 1, 2022

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. We’re on the lookout for non-cookie-cutter spaces—think antique detailing to useful amenities—without breaking the bank. This week: homes with spiraling staircases, outdoor patios and porches, a virtual reality game room, and rooftop views of Mount Hood and the Willamette River.  

Interior of the Richmond bungalow.

Two Bedroom Bungalow $2,700  

Nestled in Portland’s vibrant Richmond neighborhood, where you’re just a hop and skip away from Division Street’s restaurants and shops, this spacious two-bedroom home has all the modern amenities but with plenty of old-school charm preserved. Natural lighting and hardwood floors give the living room a bright, cheery feel, and the rustic-style kitchen features old-fashioned white, wood-paneled cabinets and lots of counter space—perfect for decorative plants and your cookbook collection. A sky-blue clawfoot tub dominates the bathroom, while the porch out front and the backyard allow plenty of space to read outside, start a garden or grill dinner come summer. 

The shared roofdeck in John's Landing.

Waterfront Apartments $1,425 - $2,290 

This modern waterfront apartment complex sits right along the Willamette River, with easy access to the Willamette Greenway Trail and the riverfront. Located in southwest Portland’s Johns Landing neighborhood, just moments from downtown, these luxurious, pet-friendly apartments include sleek, stainless-steel appliances and hardwood flooring, along with a washer and dryer in each unit.  Each unit has a patio or balcony, providing the perfect nook to sip your morning coffee. Or, head up to the shared rooftop terrace to take in city views while sipping a nice cold beer. There are currently studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom aparrtments available. 

Loft Apartment in Victorian Home $1,525 

Get cozy by the fireplace at this remodeled Victorian loft apartment located inside a historic Queen Anne building, that dates from 1886. Right off NW 23rd, you’re just steps from tons of restaurants and boutique shops in Portland’s Nob Hill neighborhood. The interior is just as charming, with high ceilings, tall windows overlooking the street, and a whimsical spiral staircase that adds a fairy tale quality to the place. The kitchen keeps things modern with updated appliances and there’s air conditioning included in the unit, so you’ll stay cool during those unbearably hot summer days (and nights). 

Apartments with Eco-Friendly Flooring $1,669 - $3,220 

This trendy pet-friendly complex in Portland’s Buckman neighborhood, where you’re just within reach of some of Portland’s most beloved bars and microbreweries, features elegantly designed kitchens with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances, along with sustainable wood-plank flooring and designer lighting throughout each unit. Available apartments, which range from studios to two-bedrooms, each boast lots of natural lighting, even on the gloomiest days, but with summer just ahead of us, you’ll probably want to kick it back on the rooftop deck, where on a clear day, you’ll see Mount Hood looming in the distance. The most unusual feature is the building’s community virtual reality gaming room; so perhaps you won’t even have to leave home for your next big adventure.  

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