$1,199 - $1,250/mo
$1,425 - $2,849/mo
When considering a rental property in Portland, OR, there are multiple options available to suit every need. The Rose City is situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and the city is much more a part of its environment than most. The parks, rivers, and open spaces are integral to Portland's identity.
Understanding that Portlanders, for the most part, hold their city in high esteem and every much enjoy living in it is important when selecting an area to search for your best rental. The options are plentiful.
If a detached, single-family home rental is what you are looking for, consider if you want a home near downtown or a suburban house in a planned development. Portland's downtown is a destination and a desirable area to live, but houses are more expensive when they are available. The Goose Hollow neighborhood near Jeld-Wen Field has some to offer.
The area immediately north of downtown is trendy and fashionable. The Pearl is full of high rise units, some offering rentals. It's the chic part of town, with art galleries and high-end eateries.
Cross the Willamette River to the east or go north or west, and more options open up. North Portland and the Saint Johns area offer affordable older houses, duplexes, and Section 8 homes. Inner Southeast is fairly industrial, but just beyond are neighborhoods like Buckman, Sellwood, and Richmond. Out along Hawthorne Blvd or Belmont Street and the area has a distinct vibe. Bike commuters, co-ops, a post-hippie arts scene, and condos can be found.
Further to the east are suburbs like Gresham, Sunnyside, Gladstone, and Troutdale. The areas near 82nd and the 205 freeway aren't as desirable as either closer in or farther out. Here you will find more duplexes and a few lower-end mobile home parks.
Northwest has stately homes with nice yards. Go up the hills and the prices will climb exponentially. Forest Park, the largest urban park in America, straddles the crest. Further out are the high tech suburbs of Hillsboro and Beaverton, both have everything from 55 and older manufactured home parks to trendy condos near the light rail transportation corridors.
One option to consider is going across the Columbia River to Vancouver, Washington. It's for the most part a suburb with some bad planning which has lead to sprawl and transportation issues, but there are plenty of rentals available of almost every type. Just be aware that the commute down to Portland to work can be arduous.
Some of the best rentals can be found in the communities that aren't right next to downtown, yet are not as far out as Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Gresham. The Hollywood District centers an area with affordable small apartments. Laurelhurst has established homes with history.
To the south and southwest, consider Tigard, Wilsonville, Tualatin, and Sherwood. All have large apartment complexes along some of the major streets and quieter tree-lined streets with homes and a few duplexes set off. They are all within a fairly short commuting distance from Portland proper.