This month at the Buckman Neighborhood Association meeting there was a presentation by Koz Development. They will be building a new apartment building with 87 micro units near the Imago Dei Community Church at SE 14th and Ash. According to their website, they have a number of additional projects in the works within Portland and beyond.
Their model is to offer apartments that fill a largely untapped niche. Since the units are small, they rent for about 30% less than an average-sized market rate studio in the same area. Utilities and wi-fi are included in the rent. They also come fully furnished with a Murphy bed, two burner stove, and even pots and pans. One of the architects mentioned it was very similar to living in an RV.
So, how small you might wonder? They will be 250 and 350 square feet, expected to rent for $900 – $1500. Some even have 8 square feet of balcony.
This building will not provide any parking for residents, the representatives emphasized that their marketing encourages minimalist, car-less people to move in. They want their tenants to be happy.
Koz Development will provide some percentage of affordable housing units, which people will qualify for through a government program. These will run around $700.
What do you think? Here’s their site to learn more.
Devil’s Dill is a scrumptious late night sandwich shop. They even have a gluten free option on New Cascadia baguettes. For me, half a sandwich is enough food for a meal. My two favorites are the number 9: cheddar, blue cheese crumbles, grilled asparagus, tomato jam and number 6: tuna, smoked olives, chow chow, red onion, and lemon aioli. They also have a lovely German potato salad, and huge pickles that they source locally.
They really do mean late night… make sure you know their hours. You can’t get a sandwich before 5, but they deliver for free until 2:30am!
You can find them at 1711 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214.
When I really want to give visitors a taste of that special Portland weirdness, I take them over to Rimsky’s for dessert and/or coffee. It’s not just a coffeehouse, it’s an experience not to be missed. Speaking of experiences, make sure to sneak upstairs to use the restroom at some point in your time there — it’s worth it!
Situated in an old Portland home, it feels like you’re sitting in the living room of a very extravagant neighbor. The interior is decorated with hanging photos, collages under glass tabletops, and very loud wallpaper.
Important to note is that it is a cash only establishment. The service can sometimes be a bit off, but sometimes it’s been great. There is often live-music performances, which are compensated solely by tip, so bring a little extra.
Also, most importantly — I should mention — the dessert is fantastic!
Here’s some historical information about it on Wikipedia.
707 Southeast 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
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We are so spoiled in Portland with dedicated gluten-free bakeries. New Cascadia Traditional is pretty close to my house; I’m a regular. My favorite treat is their pecan cashew bar, but everything is delicious. Funny thing, although I’m not vegan I do prefer the vegan cupcakes to the dairy version. The coffee bar is good, with alternative milk options. The rustic baguettes are incredibly hearty. (In a future post I will have to tell you about Devil’s Dill, which uses their baguettes for incredible gluten-free sandwiches.) Visit their website.