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Guide to Portland
Portland Apartments For Rent
Wooded hills wrap around the city of Portland, which appears to grow organically from the foothills of the Tualatin Mountains. The snowy point of Mt. Hood shines like a glittery beacon in the afternoon sunlight, a stunning backdrop for the City of Roses. The Willamette River winds through the heart of the city, dividing it neatly into east and west. Looking at the wild beauty that surrounds Portland, it’s easy to see why this city is leading the way in sustainability.
Portland is considered the most “green” city in the nation and one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the world. It is also one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, with the highest number of commuters biking to work in the nation. It is one of just three cities in the country to have a Platinum-level rating from the League of American Bicyclists.
Famous for food trucks, distilleries, vineyards, and coffee, Portland is the perfect city for those craving organic produce, farmers’ markets, specialty food stores, world-famous and niche restaurants, wineries, and coffee houses. The Willamette and Columbia Rivers and the nearby mountains create an outdoor playground unlike any other. Beautiful parks, sidewalk cafes, and open green space allow residents to enjoy the stunning landscape. Apartments in Portland are definitely trendy, but this is a city you’ll quickly fall in love with.
Things to Do in Portland:
With 250 miles of bike lanes, paths, and trails, the first thing you should do after finding an apartment is to get to know Portland – on your bicycle! In Portland, residents like to eat local, recycle, and ride their bicycles. What better way to discover all of Portland’s hidden treasures, such as your new favorite corner café that serves the world’s-best herbal latte?
You may also discover one of Portland’s many amazing parks, such as downtown’s Lan Su Chinese Garden, a gorgeous and authentic Ming Dynasty style garden that is located in the historic Chinatown District. Or you may stumble upon the Portland Japanese Garden, a stunningly beautiful park in a riot of colors and a cascading waterfall. It is considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Asia. The park includes streams, walkways, an authentic Japanese tea house, and a fantastic view of Mount Hood.
Another park with terrific views of Mount Hood – and a sweetly-scented location, as well – is the Portland International Rose Test Garden. This garden has more than 10,000 roses and is the oldest public rose test garden in the US. Both the rose garden and the Japanese Garden are located in Washington Park, considered Portland’s signature park. The park covers 159 acres and also includes the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children’s Museum, and the World Forestry Center.
But when you want the urban jungle – literally – then Forest Park is the perfect location to explore. Forest Park covers 5,156 acres – all within Portland, just minutes from Downtown. The park has 70 miles of trails and is popular with runners, hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Be sure to check out Wildwood Trail, a 30.2-mile trail that winds through the park. Also, be sure to visit Pittock Mansion, an opulent house museum that was built in 1914.
When you can pull yourself away from the spectacular parks, forests, rivers, and mountains Portland is famous for, you can enjoy something else Portland is famous for – food! Portland is a foodie’s paradise. You’ll discover boutique food shops, coffee houses, wineries, microbreweries, microdistilleries, niche restaurants, food trucks, farmers’ markets, and more. There’s so much great food and drink available, Portland is award-winning, considered to have one of the nation’s best food and bar scenes. It is also one of the nation’s most vegetarian-friendly cities. It is also the food truck capital – Portland has more than 600 licensed food carts, one of the highest numbers in the nation.
And while your new Portland apartment is sure to have a fine living room, you may spend more time at Portland’s Living Room – Pioneer Courthouse Square. It is called “Portland’s Living Room” because this public square in the heart of downtown is a popular gathering spot. It has chess tables, an amphitheater, and public art. It is considered one of the best public squares in the world – topped only by two other squares, one in Venice and the other in Siena, Italy.
Of course, there’s plenty of shopping in Portland – charming, locally-owned boutiques and art galleries as well as large shopping malls. Portland has no sales tax, making it a very popular shopping destination. Be sure to check out the shops downtown, which ranges from specialty shops and boutiques to high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton and Nordstrom. The Pearl District offers a unique shopping experience with trendy boutiques and art galleries. If you still haven’t dropped, head to Lloyd Center, the largest mall in Oregon. Looking for something more hip and trendy? Shop at the 811 Building – this unique destination features indie stores, art galleries, and vintage clothing.
What to Consider When Moving to Portland:
Portland is the cleanest, greenest city in the US. It was one of the first cities to ban the use of plastic bags, and it uses 33 percent renewable energy – the national average is 13 percent. Portland isn’t just beautiful – it has the cleanest water of any large city in the US and it has the cleanest air. Portland is the number one most pedestrian-friendly city in the nation, and it offers a well-developed mass transit system that consists of buses, the MAX light rail system, and a commuter rail. The city also operates the Portland Streetcar. The Portland Transit Mall, located along Fifth and Sixth avenues downtown, is restricted to public transit vehicles only.
Portland State University is located in downtown’s University District. The high-ranking university is located on 50 acres. The school offers internationally-recognized programs in urban planning and business administration. The PSU Vikings basketball team participates in NCAA Division I, and the football team is part of Division I AA.
If you’re not sure which neighborhood you’d like for your new apartment in Portland, you’ll have some research to do – there are 95 officially-recognized neighborhoods in Portland. If you want an apartment near Portland State University, then look in the Southwest section, which includes Downtown Portland. If you’re looking for a loft, then look in the Northwest section’s Pearl District. This neighborhood contains former warehouses that have been converted into lofts. There are also brewpubs, art galleries, shops, and restaurants in the neighborhood. And if you want a neighborhood that’s hip and progressive, you’ll want to find an apartment in the Hawthorne District, located in Southeast Portland.
Why Portland Apartments Are Hot:
It is one of the greenest cities in the world. It has amazing mountain views and thick, green forests. It offers outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding. It offers some of the most beautiful parks in the world, such as the International Rose Test Garden. It is hip, offering a terrific indie music scene, coffee houses, film festivals, and plenty of artists. It has no sales tax and is home to many companies, including Adidas, Daimler Trucks, and Vestas Wind Systems. It is home to Stumptown Coffee Roasters and the Portland Brewing Company. Apartments in Portland are hot because this city has it all, from terrific festivals such as the Portland International Beerfest to the trendy Portland Saturday Market.
- Old Town - Chinatown
- Lloyd District
- Goose Hollow
- Goose Hollow - Southwest Hills
- Northwest District
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Western Business College
- Art Institute of Portland
- Pacific Northwest College of Art
- Heald College Portland
- Portland State University
Nearby Military Bases
- Environmentally-friendly Portland is one of the greenest city in the world.
- Mountain views, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Willamette River.
- Amazing coffee houses, film festivals, artists, and a hip indie music scene.
- Outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding.
- Restaurants, vineyards and wineries, breweries, festivals, museums, and theaters.
- Portland State University, the Oregon Zoo, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.