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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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