The 5 Best Neighborhoods for Short-Term Renting in Portland, OR

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The City of Roses has a lot to offer from its beautiful public gardens and green spaces to quirky food establishments to its undeniable love for outdoor activities. Often described as “eccentric”, it’s no wonder that the city’s unofficial motto is “Keep Portland Weird.” Fortunately, if you find bike-friendly cities with vibrant artist communities appealing, then you’d be glad to know that plenty of apartments in Portland can be rented for a temporary visit.

So, in order to make your search a little bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of the five best neighborhoods for short-term renting in Portland.

Boise

This walkable neighborhood is home to Mississippi Avenue, one of the best examples of Portland’s famous quirkiness. A lively area, Boise is popular with many young professionals who are attracted to its easy access to various colorful storefronts, including a plant nursery and the ReBuilding Center — a 40,000-square-foot building filled with recycled home materials. What’s more, almost three-quarters of residents here are also renting.

Goose Hollow

Despite the quirky name, renters don’t need to be concerned about coming face to face with any feathered menaces. Rather, this neighborhood has a dense, urban vibe to it — perfect for college students or young professionals who want to be near several Portland attractions, such as the Portland International Rose Test Garden, Oregon Zoo or the Portland Theater.

Kerns

This eye-catching neighborhood is a hit with renters, evidenced by the fact that more than half of the residents here are renting their homes. With quick access to the 28th Avenue shopping and dining district; several parks, such as Buckman Field and Oregon Park; as well as plenty of gorgeous architecture, Kerns is a perfect choice for young professionals.

Montavilla

This charming neighborhood is a hit with young professionals, who are likely to fall in love with its mix of mid-century, beautiful architecture and gorgeous parks. Health-conscious renters, in particular, will be delighted with Montavilla’s weekly farmers’ market. Meanwhile, the Academy Theater, restored in 1948, is a great stop for cinephiles looking to discover the magic of second-run movies.

Vernon

To the east of the King neighborhood lies Vernon, a quiet and welcoming spot popular with young professionals and families alike. The main points of attraction here are Alberta Street and Killingsworth Street, which offer quite a few restaurants and bars to visit. Meanwhile, those looking for a relaxing walk on a weekend afternoon can check out Alberta Park and its jogging trail.

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Adina Dragos is a creative writer at RentCafe, with a passion for reading, research and cats. As a fellow renter, Adina's articles cover various topics such as the state of the real estate market or how creative interior design choices improve the experience of living in a rental. She also enjoys exploring subjects like urbanization, green living and historical buildings. Adina has a BA in English and Norwegian Language and Literature.

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