We’ve seen some truly remarkable changes in housing rent schedules in the Portland Oregon Rental Market of 2016. There is currently an inventory deficit which includes apartments and detached housing. Rents are hyperlocal; you might pay an average of $1.10 per square foot in most parts of the city, but if you are in highly desirable areas like the Pearl, First Edition Lake Oswego or parts of NE Portland, you will pay $2.00 or more per square foot. An apartment with 2 beds and 1 bath in 2014 would cost about $850.00 per month to rent, whereas in 2016 you’d pay $1200.00 for the same apartment. There are approximately 6,000 apartment permits issued in 2016 that may become available in early 2017, but this is far less than the demand. Before the recession, the demand for detached homes in new construction was 1,500,000 units per year. Now we are seeing less than $600,000.00 nationwide in new permits. Thus, we will be seeing inventory depletion for many years to come.
It rains in Portland. A lot. Yet that shouldn’t mean your family should be stuck at home! Portland is home to a diverse number of indoor fun hotspots. If you’re hike or fishing trip was cancelled due to inclement weather, take your family to one of these awesome places:
OMSI- The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is an educational indoor adventure. From the IMax Theater to the Planetarium, from astroonauts to dinosaurs, there’s something for every member of the family here. If you’re looking for a more grown-up evening, try OMSI After Dark, a series of after hours events with adult beverages and an ever-shifting array of themes and topics. I recommend planning your trip online beforehand, as there are a ton of different films being shown in the theater at any given time, and the exhibits are always being updated. Be sure to check out the USS Blueback, the torpedo submarine parked in the Wilamette just outside, or the Motion Simulator, in which you can shoot through space, fly over mountains, or dive under the sea in a series of ultra-realistic simulations. If you’re moving to town or just visiting, I promise that OMSI will quickly become one of your favorite indoor hangouts.
One of the biggest reasons my wife and I decided to move to Portland was for the food scene. Portland’s food trucks have a reputation of being some of the best in the country, a product of this city’s passion for food, culture, and identity. If you’re downtown around Pioneer Courthouse Square, on Hawthorne or Belmont, or in countless other neighborhoods in Portland, you’re sure to find a variety of truck options. These are just a few of our favorites in and around the city:
Viking Soul Food – This one tops the list because of its originality and its consistently great food. Viking’s Lefse is amazing, and I strongly recommend trying wraps from both their savory and sweet menus. The Fiskekaker ( fried cod cakes and saffron cream) and Lemon curd are favorites, and be sure to try the Mjollner, Vikings house made, beet based hot sauce. 4255 SE Belmont St.
Through the cold and dark of winter, the people of the Pacific Northwest certainly know how to bring back light and warmth. From the woodlands to the racetracks, featuring everything from ice skating to bonfires, and with plenty of warm drinks to go around, here are ten of Oregon’s most popular light displays.
Over 1.5 million lights will be lit throughout the zoo, with displays celebrating both the animals and the holidays. Parking tends to fill quickly, so visitors are advised to find a spot early or take the IMAX.
$4.95-$14.95, free for members and kids 2 & under
Nov. 25-Jan. 1, 5-9 pm or later
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Welcome to Portland, one of the worlds great Culture Capitals! It’s about time you became a fan of theater and film, and you’re in the right place for it.
The Armory on NW 11th is home to Portland Center Stage, which recently held a production of Little Shop of Horrors, which was incredibly well received by critics and fans alike. The scale of the play was huge, and the puppetry involved in bringing the botanical behemoth, Audrey II, was incredibly impressive. Check out the review here, and don’t forget to visit the Armory and see the next performance from Center Stage’s talented troop!
The Portland Oregon Japanese Garden is a traditional Japanese garden occupying 5.5 acres located within Washington Park. Exploration of this garden is for everyone and can serve as a cheerful stopping point on a busy sightseeing agenda in Portland, Oregon. In addition to these gardens, Washington Park also boasts some of Portland’s favorite destinations, such as: Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, Oregon Vietnam Memorial, Hoyt Arboretum, and the acclaimed International Rose Test Garden.