Resident · 2009 - 2010
I lived here a while back for about a year. In my view it's absolutely hands down the most bang for your buck based on location. Yes it's small and the building is older. Yes the appliances and "kitchen area" are small. However, the unit I was in had really good hot water and really good pressure. I was on the 3rd floor. For any inadequacies or lack of amenities, I knew I could always take a good clean, hot shower. I never saw any bugs, management is fully competent and professional. I read quite a few of these reviews, most seem on par. The place does provide a basic level of service and although perhaps only "average", it's smack dab downtown Portland. Things are what you make of them. If I was a student or just needed a warm roof with utilities for a year or so, I would move back there in a jiffy. It's ideal for people who just need a place to crash, where the tenants are reasonable respectful and people respect one and others privacy. In the city you have to realize everything is literally so close, you are going to pay a premium for square footage. Although this was the most expensive place I've ever stayed based on the size of the unit, it was also the closest in proximity to everything the city has to offer. Farmer's market, shopping, any type of food you could ever ask for, art, music, trees, good conversation, beer, coffee, train, bus, trolley...you name it. Within a five mile square radius easily traversed on foot, literally hundreds of thousands of options exist for all income levels. I'm going to go ahead and give it a 5, because I looked around before I moved in, and everything else I found was very similarly priced and many were higher and/or further away. This is a good place to sleep, study with headphones on, use as a second pad or getaway spot to be literally in the center of the city, as an adventure spot. I found every day I spent outside while living there, really was an adventure, the actual unit is what it is, the backdrop and culture and rich history of the city make it so the price you pay in money to have a place to crash, is really irrelevant. Believe me, I was a low income individual during my time there, but the location and ease of use and proximity to public transit and everything else, really sealed the deal. You haven't experienced Portland, if you haven't spent a few months Downtown exploring. I found new things just walking on foot, each and everyday I lived there.