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Rent Crawl: Apartments in SW Portland for Under $2K Per Month

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

By Shannon Daehnke April 29, 2022


Rooftop patio at 2020 Building Apartments. 

Image: Candice Loft

Renting a place in Portland can be a bit of a blood sport—so let us here at Portland Monthly help you. Every so often, we compile 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 luxury rooftop lounges, bamboo sliding glass doors, and bay windows.  

$1,150 and up, The Brown Apartments  

Two words: Bay. Windows. That’s really all you need to know about this antique, red brick treasure—it has got bay windows, perfect for hanging macrame plant holders or cuddling up with a book. Should you need more information, however, rooms at The Brown (studios and one bedrooms only) come complete with period details— checkerboard kitchen tiling, claw foot tubs, murphy beds, built-in custom cabinetry—although, do check to make sure that the tub is not the only bathing option provided in your unit. The Brown is a quick six minute jaunt to the cardamom lattes, late night concerts, and exceptional hummus that await you nearby at Never Coffee, The Crystal Ballroom and Lil’ Shalom (respectively).  


Interior of 2020 Building unit. 

Image: Candice Loft

$1,425 and up, 2020 Building Apartments 

At first glance, this re-vamped 60’s era apartment is your standard, all-around solid apartment choice; nothing too flashy, but it checks all the boxes: nice hardwood flooring, updated appliances, tons of open space. A design enthusiast, however, may pick up on the subtle details, from the sleek wood cabinets, a massive kitchen island,  large windows (some of which are positioned for optimal views of leafy trees just outside), funky light fixtures, and more. Our favorite part of this place, though, has to be the rooftop deck—the teak flooring and patio furniture give off poolside resort vibes (rooftop pool unfortunately not included). The location is also a huge plus, depending entirely upon how big of a Timbers fan you are—this place sits directly across from the stadium.  

$1,356 and up, North Hollow Apartments  

Considering how bougie this place looks, we definitely wouldn’t have expected to find it in the ‘under $2K’ price range, but here we are. Whether intentional or not, North Hollow seems to belong somewhere other than Portland—perhaps Los Angeles, or on a renter's edition of Architectural Digest? From its luxury hotel-looking exterior (are we on the set of Gossip Girl?) to the golden hand-shaped chair in the common area, to the in-room bamboo sliding doors and quartz countertops, to the high-brow choice in amenities—they’ve got on-site housekeeping, laundry, and even pet services— this place is, in fact, bougie to the extreme. And if all that weren't enough, there’s an incredible rooftop deck with twinkly lights, panoramic cityscape views, an outdoor movie theater, and fireplaces... need we say more? The only con, in our opinion, is that the studios are a little small, and that modern design can feel a little stark—but that’s an easy fix with décor.  


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