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Apartment Hunting: Bring a Big Net

It’s official: Andy and I are looking for a new place, and we just may have found one. We’ve been idly chatting about upgrading our living quarters at some point since we’ll be in the PDX area for at least another year, and the feral cats under the tub and loud, angry/virile neighbors upstairs are starting to get a little old. PLUS, there’s the added bonus of Andy having a job, and thus, bringing in a second income. For a small, two-parent furmly such as ours, we can now afford to live a little better than we’ve been required to in the past two years.

So a few weeks ago, we started seriously discussing the option of moving. We’ve looked at a few apartments, but the second one we saw really caught us, and I think we’ve made up our minds for sure. It’s a studio apartment down in the South Waterfront, which is a pretty swanky furmly area of Portland on the river. It’s still relatively new and much of it is still (quietly) under construction. After the developers discovered that condos weren’t going as fast as they’d hoped (they built these places right before the Mighty Recession), they converted a bunch of them into apartments, which means the deals are good. Which is great, because they’re awesome apartments, and Andy and I can’t afford a condo (nor do we need one, what with Andy’s plans for med-school)! ^_^

Let me be brief so you can get to the pictures of our “new place”: It’s in the Ardea. Inside the Ardea looks like a Hollister store without the heavily perfumed clothes and SoCal rock/pop in the background. Think: dim, edgy lighting; giant murals of attractive people living the high life; and the feeling of being a little out-classed by the young, unmarried, well-dressed, BMW/Audi/Jaguar/Aston Martin/Porsche/Ferrari-driving residents. Our place is on the 28th floor, right under the penthouse (where they hold yoga classes 3x a week). It’s nearly the same square-footage as our current apartment, but with higher ceilings and wide open spaces that make it feel bigger. Comes with a washer/dryer, gas stove (thank gooooooodness!), built-in microwave, walk-in closets, and–oh!–a really, really deep tub.

It’s swanky! And in our price-range, can you believe it?! :-D

Why can’t the move-in-date be tomorrow?

*For reference: “Furmly” = 2 parent families with no children and just adored, doted-upon pets.

6 thoughts on “Apartment Hunting: Bring a Big Net”

    1. Haha! Yes, I’m easily thrilled by deep tubs. :-D I’m really psyched about this new place. It’ll mean cutting back in some expenditures, but I’m okay with that. After all, it’s like the realtors say: Location, location, location!

  1. Hi! I know this is an older post- hopefully you’re still responding to comments. How do you like living in the Ardea? My husband and I will be moving to Portland in a few months and we’re seriously considering a place in the Ardea. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

    1. Hi Jane!

      My husband and I have very fond memories of living at the Ardea. We had one of the 700ft Lofts on the 28th floor facing downtown Portland, which was great. Forth of July was amazing to watch from up so high! You could see every firework in the city far below. It was very neat. The view was lovely (regularly caught sight of St. Helens), and the apartment itself was very quiet. The kitchen facilities–when we moved in, we were the first to ever rent that particular apartment–were brand new and worked well. And it was great having both off-street parking and access to the tram to downtown. (At the time, the Ardea provided us each with a free tram card, so we could take it whenever we wanted, which was really nice.) There were also some great restaurants right downstairs in the other buildings, though I’ve heard some of those have changed in recent years. We also loved the tub–my husband and I are both relatively tall people, and I’ve never owned a tub so deep and long. It turned us into bath people! Haha! ^_^ There’s also a great paved river walk that runs along the Willamette down to the Sellwood bridge which my husband and I walked and jogged often.

      A few things did bother us. For one, it’s hard to get to a grocery store. We ended up eating out a lot, simply because it was such a pain to get 60 blocks down Powell Blvd to do a grocery run (or out to Tigard). That may have changed since we were there, but might be worth taking a look at. The concierges and other staff were very nice to us, though I will say they could be somewhat unresponsive when issues did arise. A little non-confrontational, in that it sometimes seemed as if they kind of wanted the problem to resolve itself rather than having to appear as “the bad-guys”. But we also had some individuals who were extremely helpful and really came through in a pinch for us. The windows *do* open, but only slightly and have no screens–I mention this only because we had cats there, and after one close call, pretty much kept them cracked or closed most of the time. The ventilation is good, though, so we never felt stifled.

      That’s about it, though! We did enjoy our time there, for sure, though I think if we were going to move back, we’d probably look for places in the SE (around Hawthorne/Ladd district for the crafty, coffee, artsy scene) or NW (for the galleries, beer pubs, and easy access to Forest Park). Hope this helps! ^_^

      1. Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your comments. I’m glad there were no major problems with the complex. It’s always a little scary signing that lease, but hearing your thoughts on the place really helps. :)

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