Real Estate

Rent Crawl: Apartments in North Portland for Under $2,500 Per Month

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

By Michelle Harris May 13, 2022

Apartment building in the Overlook neighborhood.

Image: Ken Clark

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 $2,500/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 stainless steel appliances, private patios, and kitchen islands. 

$1,395, Sunny 1 BR, Arbor Lodge  

Roomy and modern, this one bedroom has all the space you need for that entertainment center you’ve been dying to get, paired with a nice cushiony sectional (hey, when in Rome). The bright and airy living room, complete with shiny wood grain vinyl flooring, could easily double as a personal yoga studio. The open kitchen is ideal for hosting company, with a long, wide bar-style counter looking out into the living room, along with stainless steel appliances, a built-in microwave, and sleek cabinetry. Like the rest of the apartment, the bedroom also has extra space to spare. Bonus points for the washer and dryer right inside the unit. Cyclists take note: the complex also has communal indoor bicycle storage racks. Located in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood just a few blocks from the Rosa Parks MAX Station, you’re just steps away from The Arbor Lodge coffee shop, Nite Hawk, and New Seasons. 

Two-story apartment in Arbor Lodge.

$1,945, Pet-Friendly 2 BR, Arbor Lodge  

Pet parents, listen up! Your fur babies are welcome at this cheerful, newly built two-story apartment which includes a washer and dryer in the unit so you can spend even more time with Fluffy and Fido. Set on a quiet, leafy North Portland street, you’re within minutes of grocery stores, the MAX Station, and local coffee shops. Show off the spanking new hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances to guests while prepping meals in a kitchen that’s big enough to include tons of counter space and plenty of room for some bar stools. The best part? You’ll also have your own covered porch-style balcony, as well as a side porch for morning coffee on sunny days. 

Open-style kitchen with lots of sunlight.

Image: Ken Clark

$2095, Luxurious 2 BR, Overlook 

Get ready for summer lounging: this sleek two-bedroom apartment comes with your very own private patio—a covered one at that. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a master suite with an attached master bath and walk-in closet, this apartment is well-priced for what you get. Tons of windows let in enough sunlight to keep plant babies happy; the kitchen's got on-trend quartz countertops and an island. There's also a washer and dryer in the apartment and a cooling unit for summer heat waves. Situated in the very bikeable Overlook neighborhood, you’re just a few blocks from N Willamette Boulevard and a short jaunt to local hangouts like Blend Coffee and Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill, along with easy downtown access.  

$2150, Cheerful 2 BR, Mississippi-Williams

Completed in 2021, this stylish new two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit sports swanky, high-end appliances, including your own washer and dryer, plus plenty of windows to let in light on grey Portland days. The best perk is the location itself, situated just a block from all the action at N. Mississippi Avenue, a short walk from neighborhood bar The Rambler, food trucks at Prost! Marketplace, and local shops.  

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