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Voting in Portland!



Midterms are here in Portland and we want you to know: YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
Curious about what’s on the ballot? Check out the state-issued, nonpartisan Oregon Voters
Guide , a handy tool to understanding local and statewide ballot measures and candidates.
This year, we’re proud to support Loretta Smith for Portland City Commissioner for her track
record of success and dedication to issues like low-income housing.
No matter how you vote, we thank you for doing it! If you’re voting by mail, be sure to send
your ballot in ASAP with a forever stamp. Mail-in ballots MUST be received (not postmarked) by
11/6 at 8 p.m.
We’ve also created a helpful list of ballot drop box locations based on the Oregon Secretary of
State drop box locator and have included it below for our Bristol family of residents!
Ballots are due to drop box locations on Tuesday, November 6th by 8 p.m. don’t forget!

Beat the Portland Heat!

A heat wave is upon us here in Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest and everyone is feeling it! Not to fear, we’ve got some heat hacks for you.

Here’s a great list from the Centers for Disease Control on how to keep yourself and your loved ones and pets from heat-related illnesses this summer!

**Also a friendly reminder if you’re using a portable AC unit, avoid brown-out by not using appliances like microwave and hairdryers while it’s running!

Celebrating Independence Day!

As one of Portland’s small,  independently-owned business, we want to share in the joys of that opportunity by celebrating independence day and thank you for being a part of our community!

For the safety of all our Bristol family of residents, we do not allow fireworks on location at any of our more than 30 properties. We also want to remind everyone that our pet residents are also very sensitive this time of year. Here’s a helpful resource from the American Veterinary Association on how best to ensure our four-legged friends are safe!

PDX Pipeline has created this amazing list of events to go enjoy the festivities this year and we’ve also outlined the neighborhood viewing locations below! We hope you enjoy.

  • SE: Hawthorne Bridge
  • SE: Inner SE Morrison
  • SE: Mount Tabor
  • SE & NE: Eastbank Esplanade
  • NW: International Rose Test Gardens
  • SW: Top of PSU parking garage on 6th and Harrison
  • SW: Portland City Grille
  • NE: Marine Drive docks (for Ft Vancouver fireworks)
  • NE: Rocky Butte (for Ft Vancouver fireworks)
  • SE: Sellwood Park (you can see both Oaks Park and downtown from here)
  • West Hills: Terwilliger near OHSU has many spots.

Oregon Summers Can’t Be Beat!

It’s no secret that summers in the Pacific Northwest are magic, with the abundance of natural beauty, proximity to the ocean, mountains and the vibrancy of Portland’s city life.  From sunsets and sailing to hikes and hot toddies, Oregon has it all.

We want our Bristol family of residents to know about all the best summer activities in and around the Rose City. Our Portland community knows how to do summer right. Check out the list below for your own summer activity inspiration.

In Portland

  • International Rose Test Garden— FREE wanderings through some of Portland’s most beautiful and aromatic grounds. Featuring more than 10,000 rose bushes with 650 varieties.
  • Pittock Mansion— Just a few short minutes from the Rose Garden, the grounds of the Mansion offer stunning views of Portland and Mt. Hood.  Take in the majesty of this historical gem for a small fee.
  • Springwater Corridor–Enjoy a leisurely bike ride? Look no further than Portland’s own Springwater Corridor connecting the city’s Central Eastside to the uniquely beautiful Sellwood neighborhood. Enjoy your pedal through a nature preserve on the 3-mile ride.
  • Sauvie Island–This agricultural wonder offers a nice escape from the buzz of the city. Stroll the beautiful trails or pick your own bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Take a nice paddle on the river or soak up the heat of Collins Beach, just a 20 minute drive from the city.
  • Portland Walking Tours–Enjoy your brews, booze and nosh with one of Portland’s several walking tours. Great for group activities or just getting to know your way around town. Certainly a fun way to walk!
  • Portland Flea–Experience Portland’s world-class maker culture firsthand at the monthly Portland Flea events. Browse handmade goods, vintage finds and all the best in local.

Near Portland

  • Mt. Hood TerritoryHikes, bikes, skiing and all the best mountain adventures you can handle. Just an hour’s drive from Portland the Mt. Hood Territory will NOT disappoint.
  • Columbia River Gorge–The majesty that is the Columbia River Gorge is hard to put words to. Go see it for yourself via the many waterfalls, little towns, Hood River’s tasty wine tours or Washougal’s river dipping spots! So much to experience in this 80-mile magical stretch.
  •  Oregon Coast–The Oregon Coast delivers a wide range of experiences. From the cheese in Tillamook to the oysters in Netarts Bay to Astoria’s own sea-lion friendly Buoy Brewing. Don’t miss your chance to explore this exciting Pacific Northwest feature.

Harnessing the Power of Good Communities

As a locally owned and operated company since 1990, we’ve had some time to get to know our communities pretty well. Many of us live in the lovely little neighborhoods that our Portland apartments call home. The Bristol Urban family of renters is more than 1,300 people strong in the Rose City. They are your neighbors, your colleagues, your friends and your relatives.

That’s why we made it a priority to create opportunities for our residents to harness their collective momentum, get involved and impact the greater good for the communities where they live.

Throughout the next year, we will be partnering with Portland-based nonprofits that are dedicated to creating lasting change for the city’s under-served populations. Whether it’s gathering school supplies, donating food, coats, health products or volunteering. We each have an opportunity to be a force for good. Why not do it en-masses alongside our thoughtful tenants?

We are excited to announce that our first community engagement opportunity will be a clothing drive to benefit the Portland Rescue Mission. As one of the city’s longstanding institutions serving our homeless population, the Portland Rescue Mission opened in 1949 and has seen a steady increase in need since that time.

Each of our properties will have a donation bin in the laundry room where residents can drop clothing items like new socks, underwear, coats and other gently-used garments. We will be collecting donations from now through June 15 and look forward to making our donation at the end of the summer.

Interested in more? Contact your building manager.

Fun Resources for Renters

Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest are magical places to live. And it’s not just because of the charming vintage apartments like ours that get people excited. Check out the amazing video below from Travel Oregon about the state’s seven natural wonders. It’s understandable that people are moving here in droves.

We at Bristol Urban KNOW that moving is not easy, so we’ve created a little list that might be helpful to checkout. Whether you’re moving across the country or across the street, sometimes a little help can go a long way! Happy clicking.

Some of our personal favorites!!!

Businesses that are headquartered here, for a larger list, click here.

Benefits of Joining the Bristol Family

It’s no secret we love Portland. That’s why we’ve been working to preserve the city’s historic vintage apartments since 1990. With 38 properties in Portland’s loveliest neighborhoods that play home to over 1000 Portlanders, we’ve touched a lot of lives in our nearly 30 years.

Renting with Bristol comes with a few benefits. First, we are locally owned and managed. People who are from here, who know the landscape and who appreciate the unique wonder that is the Rose City.

Second, with such a roster of amazing properties, those in our Bristol family have the option of transferring to another unit or building after only 90 days with us. We’ve found our residents appreciate this benefit in such a competitive rental market.

We’re also pet friendly! We love animals at Bristol. We love them so much we allow tenants to have up to three pets and we don’t even charge pet rent, just a small deposit.

There are also some very exciting community partnerships we’re working to secure for the benefit of our residents! Stay tuned as we reveal more on our Instagram and Facebook!


March Moving Madness

Spring has sprung and it’s the high season for property management companies throughout the United States.

This time of year, Bristol Urban sees a big increase in rental inquiries for our Portland neighborhoods. Being in Portland and the Pacific Northwest, two widely-popular destinations, we know the rental market is extremely competitive for renters and that oftentimes people feel the pinch to move quickly.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you start shopping for a new apartment in a popular market:

  • What are your non-negotiables? Need parking? Looking for a bustling community in an urban setting or do you prefer rural? Be sure to know what things you need in a new living situation.
  • Research the neighborhoods! Do they have an association? What amenities like transit, schools and shops exist there?
  • Get personal! Get more clarity faster by speaking with a property management company in person vs. online.
  • Ask friends for referrals! Chances are you know a friend, colleague or relative who rents from a great property management company or landlord. Ask them for an introduction.
  • Know your market. Never go in blind to an apartment search. You should know the following key information for any city you’re looking to rent in:
    • Average security deposit
    • Average rent for the size of apartment you’re looking for
    • Total additional costs: parking, laundry, utilities, etc., always be sure to know your numbers

Moving can be overwhelming, don’t be afraid to meet with a property manager one-on-one and ask for answers to all of your questions. That’s why property managers exist! We hope you find the apartment of your dreams! Also be sure to Instagram and Facebook and don’t ever hesitate to connect with us if you have any questions!


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