Rent Crawl: 4 Homes in Downtown Portland

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Renting a house in Portland can be a bit of a blood sport, so leave us here at Portland Monthly Help you. Twice a month, we compile a quick list of places to rent in the city right now, at various prices. (This time all of our picks are under $2,000/month!) We’re looking for cookie-cutter-free spaces (think antique details to useful amenities) without breaking the bank. This week: houses with an on-site cafe, fire escapes, accent walls, and rooftop terraces.




$1,295 Roosevelt one bedroom

This one bedroom located on the eighth floor of the Roosevelt, a 1924 hotel turned apartment complex, has us seeing red, from its brick exterior untouched since who knows when to its dark red hardwood floors and cabinetry.



The living room, although attached to the kitchen, feels separate and spacious, thanks in part to two large windows with city views and a ceiling fan – something about a ceiling fan makes a room more chic, You do not think ? The bedroom has a black accent wall, perfect for a gallery wall of framed prints, which gives the space some dimension, as well as floor-to-ceiling sliding mirrors for the closet doors, wooden parquet aforementioned red and a cute little hanging shelf that matches the accent wall and would be an obvious potential home for hanging plants and knick-knacks. Utilities are also included in the rent which is a big plus.

$1,430 Carmelita one bedroom

This light-washed brick building has the most beautiful green-trimmed windows and overhangs, some very retro-looking, slightly spindly fire escape stairs, and a ton of vintage details. The available unit is quite large at 860 square feet, but cooks should beware, as very little space is dedicated to cooking. The living room, however, is massive; at the end of the corridor there is an equally large bedroom. (The hallway features a vintage telephone—perhaps you can use it to call someone to record your concerns about the small kitchen?) The bathroom houses a clawfoot tub, matching both the aesthetic and the age of the hallway telephone, and the period tiling. .

$1,513 and over, Sky3 Apartments




For those looking for a modern, updated option, Sky3 fits the bill. The exterior has a hotel vibe, but the interior common areas look like they were designed by a very well-heeled mom with impeccable taste.




Too niche? Maybe, but it will make sense once you take a look at the planters with carved faces, the massive bookcase, the elaborate pendant lights, and the leather bar stools. The apartments available are very modern, well lit and equipped with energy efficient stainless steel appliances. The place has tons of amenities: a rooftop patio with outdoor fireplaces, a game room with a pool table, and a seemingly connected Coava coffee roaster. Sky3 also dedicates 20% of its apartments to affordable housing options based on income.

$730-915 Regency Studio

This place on SW Broadway has serious character at a good price. The 1927 red-brick exterior gives way to a retro lobby anchored by a pair of chic leather sofas. Regency Apartments is surrounded by greenery, and the tiny but mighty studios include hardwood floors, ceiling fans, and European-style amenities.

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