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Looking for housing in Portland Oregon

Hi,
I am testing the waters for a move back home to Portland Oregon where we lived for 10+ years. If you have a pet friendly landlord with multiple properties could you pm me or respond here? I have a small parrot, 7 gouldian finches, 5 garter snakes, a couple 50 gallon reef tanks, 30 gal quarantine/frag tank, couple small dwarf seahorse tanks, 20 10 gallon freshwater tanks, a 50 gallon FW plant tank, 20 gal FW plant tank, and a few smaller 1.5-5 gallon plexi ones. Boyfriend says I need to get rid of all the tanks except the 2 reef ones and quit having a fishroom but I am still hoping to find a place with a garage, greenhouse, outbuilding or basement I can insulate and use, doesn't have to be fancy and I can Drylok the walls first. Am assuming I will have to part with some of these pets but the parrot is not negotiable. We have no kids, no mammal pets, no punk rock bands. Can't rule out Klezmer though :).

Am thinking a multiplex setup but am flexible, love old architecture, don't like carpet. I would far rather keep my fishroom if at all possible. I am in the middle of some really cool species maintenance and rare fish breeding projects involving endangered/extinct killifish, would hate to ditch them. Prefer SE Portland close in but am flexible, even all the way out toward Lake Ego is ok, long as it is near buslines.

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Kate B
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Hey Kate
I think that most places would let you get away with one or two smaller reeftanks (like 50 gallons) with a deposit and proof of renters insurance. Both of the apartments I have lived in here have been cool about fishtanks. They might want to interview the parrot to see how noisy it is.

However, I can't imagine any moderate to nice apt. complex letting you keep 20+ tanks of any size. I don't know how you would get them all wired up safely in any normal apartment anyhow.

I think you should be looking for a house with basement - and in close in SE that will run you around 900 - 1200 a month, IME. I would start with Craigs List and work with independent landlords, they are usually the most flexible.

Just my .02 and good luck!
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Thanks, what part of town are you in? That matters a little, depending where the jobs are.

If necessary I will ditch the fishroom, just hoping... It's a lot simpler than marine, I have one central virtually silent air pump that's hooked to the tanks, and can ditch the "big tanks" (10 gallons). Light is not required but I put a single strip of t-5 over the top row of tanks and planted them. No sense keeping beautiful fish if you can't see em right? They don't need heat. Parrot can be noisy but not every day or any specific time, it's kind of up to her mood. Most of the time she plays quietly, sings opera or sleeps. I'd say any dog or child puts out more volume than she does. Also have a somewhat soundproof cage for her to sleep in and for while we are at work.

I am hoping for more of the duplex type of deal as you suggested, because then I can keep my garden (this is going to be an interesting move!) but wouldn't have to pay all the utilities like we would with a house.

So I might ask for your landlord's number later. If he will allow 2 marine tanks then maybe I can put all my reef stuff in one and keep the fw plant tank, ditching the other reef tank. I could fit the whole fishroom in one closet and hopefully make everyone happy, too.

That would be handy if you are there, I could hire you to dose the tank and check it daily if I am not there between trips. Plus we could house sit for eachother during vacations. Not that I know you enough to presume you'd trust me :)
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Apartments in Portland

Hey Kate
I will try to help a fellow reefer anyway I can...we have to stick together you know. I think that you will find Portland to be a super place to live if you are into saltwater...we have some awesome local shops and lots of cool people here VERY into the hobby. Besides, the city, IMHO, is probably one of the best places to live in you could want, provided you can find suitable employment.

I just moved from close in SE to Beaverton about 6 months ago to get closer to work. Having a short commute (less than 7 minutes) was my main criteria for an apartment. Also, having close proximity to the MAX system was high on the list. Close behind this was air-conditioning. Luckily I found all three in a place I could afford. I think that those are the things I would look for again if I decided to move or had to (I don't plan on moving again for a long time - I want to give my new tank some real growing time).

Anyhow, if at all possible I would try to nail down your place of employment and use that as your search area...you don't want to move to Beaverton and then end up commuting to Gresham everyday. Failing that, you might just have to go for a central location in Portland proper so no matter what, you don't have too far of a trip to work.

Hope this helps...probably nothing you haven't already thought of however.
Later
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Or better yet, Try living in Vancouver. Its a nice place....but not as quiet as it was a few years back.

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for cost i would look in the sherwood-newberg area. the apartment complex i am in is very nice and they will work with you, just be ready for a big pet deposit wherever you go.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I don't really work for serious income myself, if I do it will be at a fish store so it is not important where I live. I'll just pick the nearest store and wait for an opening :) My capacity for hard work is not what it was when I was 20 something.

We lived there for 10+ years and prefer inner SE but that has become very expensive. I was also thinking on the max line out Beaverton way because my boyfriend is a programmer and he is the main source of income, most of the tech jobs are there. I can then take mass transit. I can't see well enough to pass the drivers license process at this point though I may have surgery soon. Cornea transplant, mmm. Or lens removal/replacement. So mass transit access is important. Ben says he is willing to commute from anywhere but I think it would be mean of me to make him drive too far.

Sellwood is also a great spot. He is against Newberg because of the traffic, every time we drive through there it's brutal. Didn't use to be like that, guess it's from the casino out toward the coast. I really like Newberg.

So, the apartment near the max with the AC is sounding real good! :) Fair to everyone. My friend runs World of Wet Pets and wants me to work there, eye surgery or not, you know if it is close enough to bike to? I want to rehab his reef section and turn it into what it should be, and he wants me to-he knows enough to run both fresh and saltwater but I think he just needs someone to focus on SW so he can keep on FW. That store is huge, one of the top 4 and largest freshwater stores in the nation. But the marine section, while it has very good stuff when it is stocked, tends to suffer in appearances and everything good sells out too fast. It's partly my fault too, I brought the red hair algae. Oops. Another store said they would hire me too so I guess whoever is handy is where I will work. I too prefer a short commute.

There are a lot of rentals in Beaverton if we go with a cottage. I just don't miss shoddy landlords. With all the computers and halides I really prefer wiring that is up to code and floors that don't flood when it rains. I know, that's a lot to ask. You'd be amazed at what I have rented in the past. Like living in the Amityville Horror house only with water pouring in instead of blood. :) You got a hot tub? That's a clincher right there :)
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you may need to do an apartment if your looking in beaverton. the max does not run out to WWP so you will have to ride. look for something around hwy 217 between walker and farmington.
 

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Where in the world is World of Wet Pets?

I thought I knew all the local fish stores but this is not on my list.
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Sherwood and Newberg are not low rent areas.
You can find low cost housing in any area.
I'm not sure who would want to live in Newberg, there's not anything out here.
 

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I think the rule is the farther from downtown you get.. the more sq footage you get for your money!!! good luck
 
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