When we first moved to Portland we stayed at an apartment complex at Oswego
Pointe in Lake Oswego, towards the river. It was a 3 bedroom apartment, a decent
size and a good start to get us settled. We chose it while still in Scotland
from the Apartments for Rent on-line
web-site. We selected those that looked interesting and contacted them by e-mail
to request brochures. Unsurpisingly, but disappointing none the less, not all
our choices responded. From the brochures we chose the apartments on Foothill
Drive and called them. The lady we spoke to did an excellent job of selling
the place, mentioning several features that were of specific relevance to us
(e.g. the school bus stop was right outside the compound), and we placed a booking.
Normally they request a deposit, but when we pointed out that we were across
the water she just said not to bother, they'd trust us.
Sure enough, our first day in Portland saw us turn up on their doorstep and
walk straight into out new apartment. They even gave us directions to several
stores to get bedding, furniture and kitchen stuff, and we were in that night.
We stayed there for about 9 months, and it was a great starting point. They
were trying to sell the apartments as condos, so were looking for month to month
leases, which suited us fine.
||A frontal view of the apartment. There were four in the block, ours was
the upper left as you look at it. Next door were a group of students, who
were (mostly) very quiet, but pleasant to speak to when we bumped into each
other. For the greater part the apartment below was empty, which was probably
just as well...
||The living room at about Christmas time (that tree is a dead giveaway).
I'll try to locate some more, but that appears to be all the interesting ones.