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Winter is Coming: How to Prepare

Winter is coming and we want you to be prepared! Below are some common things to keep in mind as we move into the chilly months of the Pacific Northwest. 


Staying warm is tops! But, on a rare occasion, if the heat does go out we want you to know what to do! First, submit a work order online via your Appfolio resident portal and then contact your property manager to let them know. They can provide you with an electric heater while we expedite the repair. This allows our maintenance team to prioritize your needs! Don’t know how to submit? See our tenant portal for more. 


Breath deep and be sure your apartment home is properly ventilated in the cold months too! Especially during/after showering and cooking. We are located in the lovely but humid PNW, and because many Bristol buildings are vintage and don’t have modern HVAC, be sure to crack a window. Failing to ventilate, especially in cold weather, can cause an increase in humidity inside and create that oh-so-sticky feeling that nobody loves.

Heating Temperature

As the temperature drops, the humidity in the air rises and so does the potential for damage. To that end, do not turn off your heat when you leave for work or vacation. Feel free to drop your heat to 65 degrees, but we suggest maintaining that as a minimum temperature to avoid any risk of added moisture in your unit to mitigate the potential of damage, especially in very cold weather when pipes can freeze.  

Furniture a Flame

Furniture too close to heaters becomes a quick fire hazard! Love your stuff? Preserve it by ensuring it doesn’t get scorched on a hot register, live fireplace or gas stove. Bonus: it keeps the community in your building safe, too! Everybody wins!

Noise Awareness

With rainy season upon us, inside fun becomes the norm. And SOMETIMES, noise from inside the building may increase. As a reminder, please be aware of neighbors and keep noise levels reasonable. Unavoidable eavesdropping makes it awkward for everyone. 🙂


Taking the garbage out in the rain is no fun! But what’s even LESS fun is picking up wet trash off the ground when it doesn’t make it into the bins! Be kind, “make the basket” so your neighbors aren’t picking up that wet rubbish. Bad day? Take your frustrations out while you break the cardboard boxes down, too. Then send that negative energy sailing when you put the obliterated cardboard in the proper bin. If the garbage/recycling has a lock, relock it out of consideration for the safety of others in your community. Trash panda memes are cute, but raccoons in person are dangerous. 


Bristol Urban Halloween Contest: A Scary Good Time!

It’s a spooky fun time of year in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve got some real creatives in our Bristol Family of residents. Check out these hauntingly good entries for the Broadmoor Manor pet costume and porch decoration contest! Thank you to everyone who 

Please send us your vote via email: and put your vote in the subject line!!  Voting will be open until Monday at 6 pm! Winner will be announced via Instagram story on Tuesday 10/27. Winner will be notified via email! 






















































We Choose Local


Since 1990, we’ve acquired and renovated more than 30 historic and vintage buildings in Portland.

Keeping these buildings from being demolished supports three goals:

    • Helps preserve Portland’s rich architectural character
    • Simultaneously creates an affordable housing stock, rich with charm
    • Supports the local skilled-trade industry with ongoing opportunities for renovations and updates

We love what we do, but it quite literally DOES take a village. If we acquire a building that’s been sitting in dangerous disrepair for years, the renovation list can run long and take time. And as with any vintage beauty, be it a car, a boat or a building: ongoing maintenance and repairs are common and to be expected.

Here’s what a typical acquisition renovation list could include:

    • Electrical updates
    • Mitigating fire safety hazards
    • Plumbing repairs and updates
    • Window replacements
    • Landscaping
    • Painting
    • Structural repairs
    • Flooring replacements

We’re proud to acknowledge that we work diligently to source the majority of our certified vendors from reputable service providers locally, here in Portland. Exceptions do occur from time-to-time, but that being said, all vendors we choose to partner with, are Oregon local.

Ensuring that all of our 34 buildings are exceedingly up to code requires deep, strategic partnerships and we’re proud to say that we’ve worked with some of the finest skilled-trade talent in the state.

To our residents who keep us alert and aware: thank you for stewarding these beautiful buildings alongside us. To our vendor partners: we couldn’t do this without you!


Fun Fall Festivities – Portland & Beyond

Autumn is truly a magical time in the great Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re new to the area or a longtime resident, one thing’s for certain: fall sure looks beautiful on Portland and the surrounding areas.

With the bounty of harvest season in full swing and the colors of change vibrant like the crisp air, it’s a time to enjoy those last few fall adventures as winter nears. Portland’s closeness to Sauvie Island, and the Columbia River Gorge make access to fun fall activities relatively easy!

We want our Bristol family of residents not to miss out on any excitement, so below, we’ve curated a list of the greats for your enjoyment!


Plumper Pumpkins

      • ABOUT: All you need to know in three words: “pumpkin flinging machine.”
      • HOURS: Daily, 9am – 5:30pm (pumpkin flinging on weekends only)
      • COST: $12 weekend general admission adventure pass, contact directly for other options
      • LOCATION: 11435 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd., Portland, OR 97231

Fazio Farms

      • ABOUT: Goats, a corn maze, hayrides, bouncy slides and all the fun at Fazio Farms!
      • HOURS: Monday-Friday: 4pm – 8pm and Saturday-Sunday: 9am – 8pm
      • COST: Varies from $1–$8 per activity (token packages also available online)
      • LOCATION: 9028 NE 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97211


Bella Organic Corn Maze

      • ABOUT: With lengthy weekend hours and generous weekday hours, this 7-acre, 2.7 mill start-to-finish corn maze is sure to keep you guessing!
      • HOURS:  Sunday-Thursday: 9am – 6pm and Friday-Saturday: 9am – 10pm
      • COST: Corn maze: $6 (ages 6-12),  $8 (ages 13+) , haunted maze $20
      • LOCATION: 16205 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231

The Pumpkin Patch

      • ABOUT: Free pumpkin picking hayrides, a big red animal barn, a bigfoot maze, carmel apples, elephant ears, kettle corn and more, this is a one-stop-fall-fest shop!
      • HOURS: Daily, 10am – 6pm (some attractions until 10pm Saturdays)
      • COST: Free parking, free entrance, free activities
          •  0-9 lbs = $3.00
          • 10-19 lbs = $5.00
          • 20-29 lbs = $7.00
          • 30+ lbs = $10.00
      • LOCATION: 16511 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, Oregon 97231


Packer Farm

      • ABOUT: Pumpkin bowling, hayrides and human foosball make this Hood River farm a great place to fall for fall!
      • HOURS: Daily, 10am – 5pm
      • COST: Mon-Thurs – $5/person, Fri-Sun – $7/person
      • LOCATION: 3020 Thomsen Rd., Hood River, OR 97031


Inspiring apartment decor designs

Our vintage apartment homes ooze historic charm. Unique layouts, beautiful original details like ornate light fixtures, crystal doorknobs, built-in cabinets and wood floors make these spaces rich with character. Not to mention they are beautifully situated in Portland, Oregon, a gem of the Pacific Northwest.

We love seeing how our Bristol Urban family of residents show their personalities throughout these spaces. Our Instagram, Facebook and Lifestyle photoblog give a glimpse into some of the most unique apartment decor styles these historic buildings have likely seen!

Need more inspiration? We’ve rounded up the top 5 apartment decor tips from publications like Apartment Therapy, Domino Mag, Elle Decor and more.

  • Layer it up: Brights, whites, prints, patterns. When done well, these combos can make any space feel huge. Peep the vibe in this unique Brooklyn apartment.
  • Sneaky Storage: Consider in-plain-sight storage solutions! Stacks, shelves and tables can make storage that looks like art. Better Homes & Gardens shares several fun ideas.

Go Green: Plants can make a space feel lush, vibrant and large. Consider adding easy care houseplants to your decor theme. Here are some great examples from Pop Sugar.

For the Love of Architecture and Color

Bristol’s birth in January 1990 was the result of a lifelong dream that the creative designs by architects and builders of the past would have renewed appeal to urban apartment dwellers of the future.

Slowly emerging out of one of the worst recessions in a lifetime, Portland in the early 1990’s was an urban area with a damaged soul. Blight was pervasive on both sides of the Willamette River with neighborhoods like Northwest Alphabet and SE Hawthorne riddled with empty storefronts and deteriorating pre-WWII commercial and multifamily buildings. Living, dining, and shopping downtown was not viewed as a desirable lifestyle people moving to Portland for work chose the suburbs for a better quality of life.

Bristol’s bet was simply that vintage well-located apartments in the urban core had artistic character and presented an affordable and attractive lifestyle option to renters. Looking back to new apartment construction in the 70’s and 80’s developers were focused on the then modern amenities of larger more functional kitchens, decks with sliding glass door access, one-piece fiberglass tub/shower bathrooms, and off-street parking amenities.

Bristol properties provided renovated original architectural features including hardwood floors, tile bathrooms, solid wood cabinets, cast iron bathtubs, and interior common hallways featuring color and style with period lighting, stylish carpeting, and faux painted trim and entry doors. Bristol’s staff and vendors skilled at working on the building materials of the ‘20s and ‘30s painstakingly focused on all surfaces and infrastructure with the goal of delivering sparkling, well-functioning apartments at an affordable price.

Beginning with the acquisition and renovation of two properties in NW Portland in 1990 (29 years later we still own the Greenway Apartments at 1958 NW Irving) Bristol now owns and manages 35 historically significant urban properties located in Portland’s vibrant neighborhoods and continues to grow every year.

Bristol properties are easy to identify as many are painted with vibrant colors and restored grand front doors adorned with period exterior light fixtures.

As a local owner Bristol’s goals are significantly different from other companies in the industry. Our first two priorities as a housing provider are 1) service to our residents; and 2) maintaining our properties for very long-term ownership. Our highly trained professional staff measures success by resident satisfaction which is monitored daily by surveys and feedback tools. We are very proud of the consistent positive feedback we receive from our residents in all phases of our operation.

Bristol and its staff have supported many non-profit and social service organizations over the past 29+ years and view our involvement and commitment to the community as a vital part of our mission.

Significant gifts to the Oregon Food Bank, Central City Concern, Northwest Pilot Projects and The Freshwater Trust coupled with our volunteer efforts at Potluck in the Park reaffirm our connection to the community and the environment.

We look forward to celebrating our 30 year anniversary in 2020 and look forward to what the future will present us in our beloved city of Portland.

Portland Pride

Portland is a unique city full of vibrant and wonderful people, amazing food culture, beautiful nature, abundant amenities and more.

Needless to say, we are proud of the community of residents we’ve helped make this magical place home. Next year, 2020, will be our 30th year offering inviting spaces for people to settle into and build their Portland lives.

When we set out on this dream to preserve and restore Portland’s vintage charm in 1990, we never thought we would have grown to restore 30+ buildings.

In these past 29 years, our historic buildings have been home to thousands of people. Many who’ve gone on to make an impact in their own communities and in the greater Pacific Northwest!

Our love letter to Portland has become a novel. We wait with wonder-filled eyes to see what the next 29 years brings. We couldn’t be more grateful for these opportunities and for that, we say Thank You.

What A Year!!!!


Portland is growing by leaps and bounds as a focal point of interest in our dear Pacific Northwest.

And as city’s the population continues to grow, the need for community-based supported services also increases.  As a small, locally-owned Portland business, supporting our community is a top priority.

Throughout the past 12 months we’ve donated $5,000 to the Oregon Food Bank, $5,000 to the Oregon Humane Society and lead a massively successful clothing drive for the Portland Rescue Mission. We also continued our commitment to the NW Pilot Project, a nonprofit organization ensuring Multnomah County’s most vulnerable senior populations have access to affordable housing and transportation.

Looking back, 2018 brought a tremendous amount of growth. Not only for the city, but for us as well. We’ve added two properties to our community portfolio with the Bradford, a 10 unit–multifamily building and the John C Burns a 2 unit – commercial building.

Our community also expanded further into the digital world with a bigger, more robust blog, photography portfolio, as well as a newly updated Facebook page and our first Instagram profile. The support we’ve received from our digital community has really exemplified the curious, fun and community-minded nature of our Portland family of residents and we couldn’t be more grateful.

As we dive deeper into 2019, we’re excited about what the next 12 months can bring. From being more actively engaged in the  Portland area to expanding our offering of vintage apartment homes even further. Our team enters this new year with gratitude and warmth that we hope finds you all well and headed into an amazing 2019.

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!


Eclipse – August 21st, 2017


Portland in the spotlight: flood of people expected for the Great American Eclipse

One million people are expected to head towards Portland, Oregon to witness an astronomical event that hasn’t taken place in the US since 1979 – but this city is familiar with population booms

 Sunset over the iconic Portland, Oregon Old Town sign in downtown Portland, Oregon
 The solar eclipse will reach Portland at 10.19am local time. Photograph: Alamy

On the morning of 21 August, several hours after daybreak, a solar eclipse will plunge the city of Portland, Oregon into a twilight-like state. The temperature will drop; birds and other wildlife will start making noises, tricked into thinking they should prepare for bed. At 10.19am, the moon’s shadow will pass over the sun in the state’s most populous city, blocking 99.44% of the glowing orb at its peak. For mere minutes, viewers will have a chance to experience a rare astronomical event that hasn’t been visible in the US since 1979.

The Great American Eclipse, as it’s been dubbed, will first make landfall in a small town on the Pacific coast and within about 90 minutes streak across the country until it disappears in Charleston, South Carolina. One million people are expected to head toward the path of totality, an approximate 70-mile wide band where the entire sun is blocked by the moon’s shadow.

The population influx is something Oregonians are not unfamiliar with. For the past couple of years, Portland’s reputation as having an affordable yet high quality of life has resulted in sudden population growth – which, in turn, has spiked property values and led to rapid gentrification.


Bristol Urban Apartment Employees taking a break to see the Great American 2017 Eclipse…..


Street Fairs in Portland

Just Steps Away from Fun This Summer!!!!

August street fairs in Portland


With three music stages, a beer garden and 300 local vendors, the Alberta Street Fair attracts 20,000 visitors to Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District. Also check out Last Thursday — the district’s monthly street fair.


The Fremont Festival celebration in this quaint Northeast Portland neighborhood features a kid and pet parade to go with the array of local food and vendors.


The Multnomah Days festival in Southwest Portland’s Multnomah Village is really just one day, but it’s jam-packed with a small-town-style parade, live music and food and craft vendors.


One of Portland’s favorite streets — and its longest-running street fair — the Hawthorne Street Fair pulls out all the stops with multiple music stages, two beer gardens and blocks of sidewalk sales at many of the more than one hundred local shops that line this original “shop local” stretch.

September Street Fairs in Portland


Technically, Art in the Pearl is a fine arts and crafts festival, but with live music, hands-on activities and food vendors, this Labor Day weekend party in the North Park Blocks of the Pearl District certainly belongs on the list of summer street fairs. Of course, it’s easy to enjoy the Pearl District’s art offerings with the monthly First Thursday art walk.


The street fair season winds down in style with the Belmont Street Fair, a party in another popular Southeast Portland retail and dining district.

Looking For A New Apartment?

Come live in one of Portland’s premier 1930’s buildings that lies in the heart of the city and everything you need is within footsteps of your door. . .The Metropolitan!!

This top floor eastern facing one-bedroom is as awesome as it gets.
Huge living space of 700 sq.ft with trees outside your windows and bright light year round.
Enjoy the refinished hardwood floors in kitchen/dining room, multiple closets, a floor to ceiling built-in armoire, dining nook, pedestal bathroom sink and restoration of original tile floor, lots of storage in kitchen cabinets, and so much more….

The Metropolitan is a blend of 30’s style and updated comfort.

Trader Joe’s, Stadium Fred Meyer, M bar, North 45, Cinema 21,  Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Coffeehouse NW, Providence Park Field, Muu Muu’s, Smokehouse 21, Kells Brew Pub and Dick’s Kitchen all within minutes. No need for a car; Tri-Met offers 3 different bus lines to choose from all within one block as well as MAX train and Portland Streetcar stops just as close and convenient.

Apply now at

Utilities are a monthly flat fee: water/sewer/garbage, hot water, HEAT & ELECTRIC only $105/month…
Building is also Wifi ready with Fast Mesh internet (plan prices vary)

503.473.4800 M-F 9am-430pm

Apartment available to view by appointment only!
It is a non-smoking building and cat-friendly!

Check out our site for floor plans (with exact measurements), more photos and overall information about the building and local management company, Bristol Urban…



New Policy Change: Air Conditioners

All of you have now been informed of the new policy in regards to Air Conditioning Window Units. Starting November 1st, 2016, Bristol Urban Apartments will now longer allow Window Air Conditioner Units.

Air conditioners have long been permitted to be used at Bristol properties. With that in mind, over the years Bristol made a change to the “Additional Rental Policies and Rules” adding a provision to prohibit the use of window air conditioning units. Window air-conditioning units cause the window sills and walls to dry rot due to condensation. Therefore, Bristol made the decision to add the following provision in the policy:

AIR CONDITIONERS – Window air conditioners are not permitted. Portable air conditioners are recommended.”

Effective November 1, 2016 window air conditioning units will no longer be permitted.

Bristol strives to offer modern amenities in vintage buildings while maintaining the properties to the highest degree and we appreciate your understanding on this matter. Again, we encourage everyone to utilize portable air conditioning units on wheels.

Delightfully large Vintage Double Studio in trendy inner SE Portland

Looking for a new amazing studio to rent?? Look no further!!

2434 SE Ankeny Street, #15 Poplar Apartments, Portland, OR 97214 Map

Welcome to the Poplar Apartments!

Applications are only $40.00.

Call Mary at 305-304-0019 for a tour…

This large, light-filled, top-floor double-studio is so charming. It has high ceilings to dream of big ideas, shiny hardwoods that create a warm atmosphere, a built-in dining table nook that harkens back to a simpler time of diners and heavy mugs of coffee, a long galley kitchen with lots of cabinets and miles of counter space for your friends’ favorite casserole dishes on game night, and a clawfoot tub in the ample bathroom, where a delicious soak could be just minutes away. Yes, it is that adorable!

And to top it off, the Poplar is located just down the street from Crema and Ken’s Pizza. It is just a short walk to famed Restaurant Row on SE 28th Street and convenient to Burnside. Off Street parking is available for $75/month. Kitties are welcome. This is a non-smoking building.

$60 monthly charge for Water, Sewer, Garbage, Recycling and Hot water

Click this clink for pictures!!

No A/C? Here’s a few ways to survive the heat!!

1. Choose cotton.

Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.

2. Feel the freezer burn.

Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first (unless eu de frozen pizza is your fave aromatherapy scent). Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.

3. Get cold comfort.

Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utilities charges down: Buy a hot water bottle. In winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty toes without cranking the thermostat. During summer, stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack.

4. Be creative.

If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.

5. Sleep like an Egyptian.

If there seem to be a lot of Egyptian references in this list, it’s because those Nile-dwellers knew how to do it right. The so-called “Egyptian method” involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.

6. Get loose.

Less is definitely more when it comes to summertime jammies. Pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts or underwear. Going full nudie during a heat wave is (unsurprisingly) controversial. Some people believe it helps keep them cool, while others claim going au natural means sweat stays on the body instead of being wicked away by fabric. We’re going to chalk this one up to personal preference.

7. Go old-school

Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Us neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.

8. Create a cross-breeze.

In this case, hanging out in the cross-hairs is a good idea. Position a fan across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze. Feeling fancy? Go buck-wild and set up multiple fans throughout the room to make the airflow even more boisterous.

9. Pamper your pulses. Need to cool down, stat? To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.

10. Get tech-y.

We can’t vouch for its effectiveness, but the chillow—a high-tech pad that stays cool through water circulation—seems like a genius idea.

11. Be a lone wolf.

Sorry lovebugs, but sleeping alone is way better than spooning for staying cool. Cuddling with a partner increases body heat, making the bed a sticky, sweaty pit of despair instead of a cool, calm oasis.

12. Release your inner Tarzan.

Feeling ambitious (or just really, really hot)? Rig up a hammock or set up a simple cot. Both types of beds are suspended on all sides, which increases airflow.

13. Fill up the tank.

Get a leg up on hydration by drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in the tank beforehand. (Pro tip: Just eight ounces will do the trick, unless you’re really into those 3 a.m. bathroom runs.)

14. Cool off.

A cold shower takes on a whole new meaning come summertime. Rinsing off under a stream of tepid H20 brings down the core body temperature and rinses off sweat (ick) so you can hit the hay feeling cool and clean.

15. Get low.

Hot air rises, so set up your bed, hammock, or cot as close to the ground as possible to beat the heat. In a one-story home, that means hauling the mattress down from a sleeping loft or high bed and putting it on the floor. If you live in a multi-floor house or apartment, sleep on the ground floor or in the basement instead of an upper story.

16. Turn off the lights.

This tip is pretty self-explanatory. Light bulbs (even environmentally-friendly CFLs) give off heat. Fortunately, summer means it stays light until eight or nine at night. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all (romantic candle-lit dinner, anyone?).

17. Hang out.

Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature.

18. Stay away from the stove.

Summer is not the time to whip up a piping hot casserole or roast chicken. Instead, chow down on cool, room-temperature dishes (salads are clutch) to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If hot food is in order, fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven. And swap big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you chow down on a huge steak than a platter of fruits, veggies, and legumes.

19. Encourage cold feet.

Those ten little piggies are pretty sensitive to temperature because there are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles. Cool down the whole body by dunking (clean!) feet in cold water before hitting the hay. Better yet, keep a bucket of water near the bed and dip feet whenever you’re feeling hot throughout the night.

20. Unplug at night.

As in, literally disconnect electronics. Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce total heat in the house (and save energy!) by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use.

21. Camp at home.

Got access to a safe outdoor space like a roof, courtyard, or backyard? Practice those camping skills (and stay cooler) by pitching a tent and sleeping al fresco.

22. Hog the bed.

Sleeping alone (see No. 11 above) has its perks, including plenty of space to stretch out. Snoozing in spread eagle position (i.e. with arms and legs not touching each other) is best for reducing body heat and letting air circulate around the body. Hit the hay in this sleep position to keep limbs from getting crazy sweaty.

23. Go rustic.

When temperatures soar, trade in that extra-comfy mattress for a minimalist straw or bamboo mat. These all-natural sleeping surfaces are less comfortable, but they don’t retain heat like a puffy, cloth-covered mattress.

24. Get creative with grains.

Rice and buckwheat aren’t just for eating! These cupboard staples can also keep you cool on hot nights. Stock up on buckwheat pillows, which don’t absorb heat like cotton and down. And for a cold compress on really hot nights, fill a sock with rice, tie it off, and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so. The compress will stay chilly for up to 30 minutes, definitely enough time to nod off.

Moving into a Bristol Property Soon??

Are you moving to one of our beautiful properties soon? has some great reminders!!

When you’re moving into a new place, you’re going to be in a state of chaos for a while. Between signing the lease and moving in your very last box, there’s plenty you need to take care of during this stressful time. To help ease the process of moving, we’ve created this checklist to help you out. From setting up Internet to decluttering, here’s a list of what you’ll need to take care of before, during and after your move.

Set Up Services – UTILITIES

Before you move in or shortly after you’ve moved in, you’ll want to set up utilities, Oz Moving and Storage Social Media Coordinator T.J. Peterson advises. After all, even if your apartment has electricity when you arrive, if you don’t switch it over to your name, it might be shut off when you’re unpacking. It can also take an Internet service provider a few days to get you a router and start service. Be sure to get the name of the electricity company from your property manager. Besides electricity, you may also have to put in your name water, Internet or any other providers that aren’t already set up.

If you can, it may help to stay with your current Internet, phone and cable company.

“These companies spend heavily on attracting new customers, but a little-known secret: They will spend even more to keep you. You can also save by combining services such as TV, Internet and phone,” says Wes Taft, co-founder of moveCHECK, a free mobile app that helps people throughout every stage of the moving process.

Complete a Change of Address Form With USPS

One of the biggest tasks before the move? Updating your address. You’ll want to start with the post office. You can either fill out a form at your local post office or complete a change of address online.

The post office will forward just about everything, with the exception of catalogs, to your new address. So take care of that one first. Peterson says you should also change your address everywhere else, including at your bank, any schools, medical providers, insurance providers (automobile), credit cards, voter registrations, mail subscriptions (magazines and newspapers), the IRS, the DMV, your place of work, Amazon account and anything else you can think of.

If you have it, be sure to update the address on your renter’s insurance pronto. If you don’t and something goes wrong in your new place, it might not be covered even if you’ve been paying for it.

Check to Ensure Everything in Your New Home Works

Be sure to conduct a thorough walk-through of your new home. Check that everything, including faucets, toilets, utilities, smoke detectors, the air conditioner and water heater, is in good working condition. Make sure water is running (including hot water), appliances are working, etc. Be sure to check for outside outlets too. You don’t want to move out and have the property management company charge you for appliances that were broken to begin with.

Photograph Your New Place

Chances are high that you’ll do a walk-through with either a broker or a property manager. During this time, he or she should mark any items in your apartment that are either broken or old on some sort of checklist form. After that, you’ll want to photograph the apartment closely to ensure you aren’t charged for damage you didn’t cause. If you notice something amiss after you move in (maybe a cracked floor tile), be sure to let the property manager know so he or she can take note of it or have it repaired.

Don’t Leave Anything Behind in Your Former Home

Check every nook and cranny of your old home before you move, advises Nancy Zafrani, general manager of Oz Moving & Storage. Your property manager may charge you to remove any items left behind. Unless you have an agreement with your property manager, don’t leave furniture behind either.

Go Through Your Belongings

You don’t want to pay a mover to relocate an item you really don’t want. Taft advises going room by room and organizing everything into three piles: keep, donate and discard. You can donate gently used goods to Goodwill or consign items that are in good shape that others might want. And some charitable organizations will pick up certain goods for you if you schedule a pick-up.

Move Your Pets

If you’ll be moving with pets, you’ll have to take extra steps to ensure they are OK during the transition.

“Before moving out of state, make sure your pet has a well-fitted collar with updated contact information, choose a travel kennel and get a health certificate from the vet. Make sure that your pet has enough food, water and treats for the journey,” says Taft. “Consider bringing along a favorite toy, blanket or pet bed. On the day of the move, make sure that your pet has a safe place to stay out of the way of movers. Once you arrive in the new place, check all rooms in the new house to make sure that there is nothing that could harm your pet. Take your pet on a few walks around the neighborhood so that they learn their way home in case of getting lost.”

If you feel comfortable, you can hire a service to help transport your pet. You’ll also want to register your pet with the county you’ll be residing in so if your pet gets picked up by the county animal catcher, it can be returned to you. You might want to consider having your pet microchipped, which gives vets the ability to “scan” your pet and track you down.

Check out these tips about moving on a budget, and find advice on easing your transition to a new community.

Fun Oregon Events: July

Are you looking for some fun summer activities throughout Oregon? Is your calendar empty and you need to fill it?

Gather some friends and start filling up your social calendar.

So many spectacular activities happen in the summer…check it out!!

Fourth Of July


We all love our pet residents and we love the Fourth Of July, but the reality is…fireworks aren’t very friendly to them.

Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.

Here are some great ways to help protect your pets!! Also a friendly reminder that fireworks are not allowed at Bristol Urban Apartment Properties.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information. I
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your pets – just in case.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Safety during July 4th celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.
  • Follow safe food handling and hygiene practices to protect your family and guests.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.


Our office will be closed Monday July 4th, 2016, and will reopen again at 9am on Tuesday July 5th, 2016.


Bristol Job Opening!!

Check out our new Career tab on our website at

We are currently hiring for the following positions:* Experienced Painter
* Multifamily Portfolio Manager
* Onsite Property Manager

More information on any of these jobs please see our Career tab – /careers/

Glass Half Full!!

We all know Portland is hitting a huge Rental Crisis. Rents, Landlord/Tenant Laws, Fair Housing…It’s all changing drastically. We all see the changes emerging and we are all affected. You can either look at the glass half empty or the glass half full. We are trying to embrace these changes and are looking at the glass half full!!

It was nice for us, Bristol Urban, to receive this email from a current tenant who received their yearly rental increase…

“I just wanted to reach out and thank you as a company for going against the current housing status quo and keeping my rent affordable with this small increase. I was genuinely worried about being able to stay in this awesome space due to the current housing climate. Bristol Urban is actively keeping Portland affordable for the regular residents!”

No April Foolin’ – Rent is Due Tomorrow

We’d love to say April Fool’s but the fact is…rent is due tomorrow. We just want post a reminder that we will no longer be accepting cash as of April 1, 2016.

Bring your checks, money order or; even more convenient, pay online through your Tenant Portal.  But…those greenbacks, coinage, banknotes will only be accepted for application fees.

If you haven’t set up your Tenant Portal feel free to stop into the Bristol Urban office on Everett and we can help you get started.  Currently, 66% of our resident have been using their Tenant Portal!  Pretty Awesome Folks!

Happy April!

Pet Rent??

Did you know that Bristol Urban Apartments offers NO PET RENT?

You heard that right!! WE OFFER NO PET RENT!!

If you are a looking to add a pet to your home, all we require is an additional $100 for your security deposit, and renters insurance!!

So go ahead, go get yourself a new pet!!

Spring Is Here

Can you believe that Spring is already here in Portland!! Flowers are starting to bloom, dogs are going to be walked more, BBQ grilling will begin and a lot more outdoor activities.

A few Policy Reminders to keep in mind as the weather gets warmer and the sun stays out longer.

1) Your pet(s) must be on a leash at all times. Also, your pet(s) waste must be picked up after each walking. Please throw your pet(s) waste bags in the proper disposal sites and this does not include the laundry room trash bins.  Find a dog park in Portland by clicking here.

2) Only Propane or Electric BBQ’s are permitted. There is no grilling allowed on patios, balconies or otherwise. Grills must be 10 FEET from the building while in use and while coals are cooling off. Some of our great apartment communities have BBQ areas you’re welcome to use.

3) All Bristol buildings are designated smoke free buildings. This rule also applies for your guests! No smoking in your apartment, building hallways, entrances, laundry rooms, courtyards or grounds adjoining the buildings or other common areas.

4) Window Air Conditioners are not permitted. Portable Air Conditioners are recommended.

We love having you as a resident and hope this Spring brings lots of sunny days!!


Bristol Urban Apartment Staff and their families enjoyed a great evening out with the Portland Winterhawks!!

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 Such a fun outing and the Portland Winterhawks ended the night with a WIN!!!!!


Bristol Urban Apartments has made a new policy change. Starting April 1st, 2016, we will no longer be accepting Cash when paying your rent, utilities, fee’s etc.

We know this will be a big change for some, as this is your primary way of paying. Please note, we still will accept the following forms of payment:

*Money Order
*Personal Check or ECheck (Through your bank or Via Tenant Portal – No Fee)
*Credit/Debit Card Payments (Via Tenant Portal – Fee will be applied)

The tenant portal is the easiest and most secure way to pay. If you have not set up your tenant portal please email

Lost Car keys?

A visitor to the Bristol Urban office  left vehicle keys behind on Friday evening.  If you are looking for yours call us and describe them. We will let you know if it’s a match.  Call Jess at 503-228-0645 ext. 14 or email at

Tenant Portal News

Wow!  59% of Bristol Urban Apartment Residents have signed up for their Tenant Portal.  54% of those residents are taking advantage of the convenience of paying rent online! They are also able to submit work order requests online, view their balance AND now they are able to review their entire ledger to see their payment history.

If you have not yet signed up for your Tenant Portal contact Jess at our office to find out how.  Jess can be reached online at  She can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Did you know that online payments are free of charge if you pay by ACH (that is using your check’s routing and account number)?  Debit and credit card payments are also accepted with a fee.  You can also set up automatic payments so you don’t have to worry about getting your rent in on time by the 5th of the month.

Sign up for your Tenant Portal today and access it from anywhere you have a WiFi signal!


Do you know someone in Grades 1-8? Do you think they would love to enter a poster contest? Wait until they hear this…

Fair Housing Council of Oregon is holding it’s 18th Annual Poster Contest. This year’s theme is: FAIR HOUSING OPENS DOORS!!

All they have to do is draw a picture related to that theme, and they have a huge chance of being the next WINNER!!!

Attached is the flyer with the Poster Guidelines, Entry Date and Process, etc.



Contact Bristol by Phone : 503-228-2810

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone service. Please contact the Bristol Urban office at 503-228-2810.

Thank you for your patience while we correct this problem.

Bristol Urban Apartments

Office Closed for Training until 2:30 PM Thursday

The Bristol Urban Apartments office will be closed for staff training for part of the day on Thursday, January 28, 2016.  Please visit our office after 2: 30 PM on Thursday.

To contact our office, please call 503-228-2810.

Thank you for your patience while we update our staff.

Bristol Urban Apartments

Welcome Lilianna

Our Maintenance Tech Carlos, his wife Denise and their 2 year old daughter welcome their newest addition to the Bristol Urban Family…Little Miss Lilianna, born December 10th, 2015!!


Bristol Urban Apartments accepts online payments!

How do you make your rent payments?  Over 50% of our residents pay their rent online through the Tenant Portal.  They are able to track their payments, see exactly what they owe any time and make payments from anywhere they go.  If the payment is made using a debit or credit card there is a fee, paying by ACH (using your checking routing and account number) is free of charge.  They can even set up auto-payments.  That way you don’t have to worry about getting rent paid on time.

Plus, using the Tenant Portal you can request maintenance for your apartment online!

Haven’t set up your Tenant Portal yet?  Contact Jess at the Bristol Urban office at

Welcome Jess Roberts!

Bristol Urban Apartments is pleased to welcome Jess Roberts to the Bristol office staff.  Jess will be taking the place of Kori Tapia as our new Residential Portfolio  Administrator.

She comes to us with extensive apartment management experience and looks forward to being a part of the Bristol Urban Team.  She is eager to assist current and future residents with questions and concerns. She may be reached at or by phone at 503-228-0645 xt. 14.

Welcome aboard Jess!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bristol Urban Apartments’ offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Friday, November 27, 2015.  We wish all of our residents, service providers and personnel a very happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Daylight Savings Time This Weekend

It’s that time again…Fall season in the Northwest; which means that we all get to “Fall Back”.  Remember to move your clocks back 1 hour on Sunday morning or Saturday night before you go to bed AND celebrate that one extra hour of sleep!

This is also a very good time to check your smoke alarm.  You should check your smoke alarms at a minimum every 6 months to ensure they are working properly.  If the battery needs to be replaced remember that it must be replaced with a long life battery, which are available at groceries stores.  If you do find a problem with your alarm that is unresolved by replacing the battery just send us a repair request so we can take care of it for you.  This is a great first step to the Holiday Season!

Have a very Happy Halloween!

Bristol Urban Offices Closed Today

Bristol Urban Apartment Everett St. and onsite offices will be closed today, Thursday, September 24, 2015, for training. The Maintenance Department will be performing maintenance as usual today.

If you have questions about your account you may find visiting Tenant Portal to be helpful. For other questions, please leave a voicemail at our offices so we may return your call on Friday.

We will be back in the offices on Friday. Have a good day!

Tenant Portal – Did you sign up?

Have you signed on to your Tenant Portal yet?  All Bristol Urban Apartment’s residents have been invited to activate their Portal. More than 30% of our residents have activated their Portal as of today!

Through the Tenant Portal, residents are able to check their balance, make a payment and request maintenance.  Login can be made from computers, tablets or mobile phone.  It’s so easy to access and get answers quickly any time of day!

If you have not received an email with your invitation to the Tenant Portal be sure to check your junk mail folder or contact our office to ensure we have your correct email.  Or if you have misplaced your electronic invitation we can email another to you.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the Tenant Portal.  We hope you will find this new feature helpful!

Welcome To Bristol Urban Apartments’ New Website

We are excited to introduce the new website for Bristol Urban Apartments.  This newest rendition of will bring a host of new features to our residents and prospective residents.  In addition to being able access many interactive features on the property pages, soon our residents will be able to view payment history and submit online repair requests.

Stay tuned…these exciting new changes will be available in the near future.  Meanwhile, tour all the pages and see what’s new!