​Apartments in Portland

Moving to Portland? We don’t want to bury you in a stack of superlatives, but this city definitely tops lists for natural beauty, environmental responsibility, and well, coolness. Encompassing five counties in Oregon and two in Washington, metro Portland passed the 2 million-person milestone in 2002 and approached 2.3 million in 2012. The city’s superior land-use planning and investments in public transportation have attracted international acclaim. Historical architecture and old, quaint bookstores are juxtaposed with the latest in LEED technology and a plethora of wifi hotspots. Every neighborhood in and around Portland has its own loveable quirks, but no matter where you live you can expect a distinctly eclectic culture of coffee shops, parks, brew pubs, and farmers markets.  Residents also take part in year-round outdoor activities, enjoying all four seasons despite the region’s propensity for rain. Perhaps this is just a small insight into the city’s popular mantra, “Keep Portland Weird.”

Portland is incredibly commuter friendly, as are these NALS Apartment Homes communities. We offer luxury apartment homes for rent in Hillsboro, OR and Vancouver, WA, both a half hour drive from Downtown Portland and wonderful cities in themselves. The tech-heavy Hillsboro is home to major offices for Intel, Wells Fargo, Yahoo!, and SolarWorld. All apartments are pet friendly, offer flexible lease terms, and provide access to a number of resort-style community amenities.

Renting Near Portland

Portlanders like to rent. Young people in Portland primarily reside in rental housing (71%), overtaking their peers across the country (66%). This tendency is actually reflected in every age bracket, producing a wide range of rental needs, expectations, and options.  

When apartment shopping, there's a lot of factors to consider outside the space itself. We recommend that you explore the neighborhood, compare commuter costs, utility providers, and savings from the included community amenities. If you have a pet, be sure to consider pet rent and pet-friendly amenities!  Moving to a new apartment and a new city can be dizzying... but your leasing staff would be happy answer all your questions and help you feel right at home.​

Featured Apartments
    The Colonnade Luxury Townhome Rentals
    $1335 - $3672
    The Colonnade Luxury Townhome Rentals
    8911 NE Colonnade Dr.,
    Hillsboro, OR
    Beds: 1 - 3
    Baths: 1 - 3
    Sq Ft: 802 - 1532
    The Park at Mill Plain
    $1229 - $3524
    The Park at Mill Plain
    206 NE 126th Avenue,
    Vancouver, WA
    Beds: 1 - 3
    Baths: 1 - 2
    Sq Ft: 865 - 1277

Hillsboro, OR
Portland residents who crave more fresh air often relocate to Hillsboro.  Located about 17 miles west of Portland, Hillsboro is often called Oregon's "Silicon Forest" due to a high concentration of technology employers.   Moderate weather and big green spaces provide residents with plenty of options for outdoor activities year-round.  Those seeking city excitement enjoy an easy commute back into the city.

Vancouver, WA
This city offers an easy commute to downtown Portland, but also enough distance to maintain it's own distinct small-town vibe.   Vancouver's blend of Pacific Northwest beauty and history is a great inspiration for those craving culture outside the Portland scene.  The community hosts a diverse array of festivals and recurring events such as art walks, farmers' markets, and summer concerts.​

Portland Business Climate 

Portland’s economy made a steady, albeit very slow recovery from the recession, leveling at the national unemployment rate of 7.1% in the past year.  The outlook for 2014-15 is more positive, projecting above-average growth in multiple sectors. The metro area has two Fortune 500 Companies: Nike and Precision Castparts. Most companies in Portland are small to mid-sized, but Hillsboro still hosts a number of large tech employers such as Intel and TriQuint Semiconductor. Other major employers in the metro region include Providence Health Systems, Safeway, Oregon Health & Science University, Fred Meyer Stores, and Kaiser.

Interestingly, it is small service-based operations such as micro-breweries, ad agencies, and apparel design firms that have experienced marked growth in past years. These mom-and-pop shops often have a progressive bent that places more emphasis on social benefit rather than pure revenue.  In the same vein, job seekers may notice a high concentration of non-profit or ‘green’ focused operations in Portland.

Public Transportation
Cars are still the primary mode of transportation in Portland, but the city is well-networked to provide amblers and commuters with greener alternatives. The extensive bus and rail system is operated by TriMet, and includes 79 bus routes and four Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) lines that reach out to Hillsboro and the Interstate Drawbridge to Vancouver.
Plan a trip with the Interactive TriMet Map!
Central Portland is served by a streetcar line, Commuter Rail, and far-reaching Amtrak trains. The city is also dedicated to providing safe and convenient routes for pedestrians, bikers, and skateboarders, and plans to make continual improvements to their transportation network in years to come.

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