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7 Reasons Why You Should Live in the South Waterfront


Have you heard the news? The South Waterfront is the hottest thing since sliced bread! Okay, maybe those aren’t the exact words everyone uses describe our beloved neighborhood. But, it is true that the South Waterfront is a big deal….so much so that Osprey’s apartments in Portland’s South Waterfront are one of the most sought-after communities in the City.

There’s so much going on in our neck of the woods, we barely have enough time to cover it all in our blog. So, with all the amazing developments that have taken place, we thought it was worth taking the time to list out some of the best reasons you should Live in the South Waterfront.

1. A Fantastic Neighborhood With an Interesting History


*image from wikipedia

A lot has happened over the years to shape the South Waterfront into the perfect area for our Portland apartments. Some suggest humans occupied it 8,000 years ago, but official history books show the Chinookan natives lived, loved, and traded there in 1500 B.C. After that, there were years of European settlement, which set the stage for the 1800s timber industry that was the lifeblood for Oregonians.

Fast forward to the early 20th century and the tenure of the Zidell Family begins. Through ship dismantling and eventually barge leasing and construction, the Zidells became an integral part of the South Waterfront economy. Today, the Zidells are still active and are actually involved in a massive renovation that is turning the area near our Portland South Waterfront apartments into a beautifully landscaped, bustling public space.

2. Great Places to Grab a Bite In The South Waterfront


*Image from Hapa PDX’s Yelp

Portland has definitely earned its reputation as a foodie paradise. The most talented and revolutionary chefs call the Rose City home, and some are making a splash in the South Waterfront.


Located right next to the River’s Edge Hotel & Spa, Aquariva is where you go to spoil yourself a little. You can savor craft cocktails and fresh, award-winning seafood while admiring stunning views of the Willamette River.


Paiche is mind-blowing Peruvian fare that’s less than a mile from our Portland South Waterfront apartments. Chef Jose Luis creates innovative dishes that often make “best of” lists in the top Portland food magazines.

The Rise of the Food Trucks

Some say Portland has been at the forefront of the food truck revolution. Whatever you’re hankering for – Hawaiian, Korean, Vegan, Mediterranean, or just a hot dog – you’ll probably find a South Waterfront food truck for it!

3. Fantastic Nightlife


*Image from Departure’s Facebook

Sometimes, it’s nice to let loose with friends and a drink. Many of the best spots for a fun night out are right near Osprey’s Portland South Waterfront apartments.  


Departure is proof of Portlanders’ inventiveness. How about a cocktail with baijiu, blackberry, malbec, and black tea pepper syrup? Or cardamom flor de cana, coffee, and coconut? Thirsty yet?

Suki’s Bar & Grill

If you’re looking for some more activity in your night, hit up Suki’s. Here, you can enjoy karaoke, live music, trivia, and pinball machines. If you work up an appetite, there’s also a full American/Asian Fusion menu served into the night.

Cha Cha Cha

Scrumptious Mexican bites and mouth-watering margaritas? Yes, please! Plus, Cha Cha Cha is all about using healthy and sustainable ingredients.

4. Amazing Coffee


*Image from Upstream Coffee’s Yelp

The Pacific Northwest and coffee go hand in hand. Luckily, for people who live in the South Waterfront, there are places like Upstream Coffee. Not only is the coffee delicious, there are also delectable concoctions like matcha lattes and homemade horchata.

There’s also Oracle Coffee, which just opened up right around the corner from Osprey Apartments. Oracle is cool because it’s a multi-roaster coffee shop, serving from various up and coming roasters from all around the country. So there’s always something new to try, and Oracle’s dedication to the bean means that the coffee is always delicious. Easy to see how it’s quickly become a favorite of both the residents and staff at Osprey Apartments.


*image from Oracle Coffee Company’s Facebook

But wait…there’s more! Other wonderful coffee shops include Five Points Coffee Roasters, Pizza ‘A fetta and Coffee House, and Southeast Grind.

5. An Enviable Summer Farmers Market


Market is truly one of the most special things about the South Waterfront in the Summer, and we’re happy to help celebrate it alongside the other sponsors. We have a booth at the market every 3rd Thursday of the month, so if you’re a fan of the Market and you’d like some more info on Osprey Apartments, feel free to stop by!

From June to October, the South Waterfront hosts a spectacular Farmers Market. Local farmers and vendors fill Elizabeth Caruthers Park every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There’s a diverse selection of food and products – we’re talking donuts, German Sausage, vegan popsicles, kombucha, pet paw waxes, and so on. There’s also great live music.


6. Getting Your Exercise On


When you live in Portland South Waterfront Apartments, you have various ways of keeping your body healthy. In addition to the recreation and kayaking areas of the gorgeous Greenway, there are also multiple biking trails close by. Our favorites include the Waterfront Loop Trail, Leif Erickson Drive, Vera Katz Eastside Esplanade, and Spring Water Corridor. Plus, there are several nearby fitness centers to choose from:

7. An Awesome Apartment Community

Osprey Apartments

As you can tell, we LOVE where we’ve made our home. There’s pretty much never a dull moment! But, of course, no lively area is complete without businesses that actually care about the community. This is why we at Osprey blog about the South Waterfront often –  to provide PDX-ers and residents of our Portland South Waterfront apartments with insight into the phenomenal experiences and events that are all around them.

Speaking of our apartments, we’d kick ourselves if we didn’t mention that our homes are centered on what Portlanders need and want. Our amenities and features are purposeful and promote a balanced lifestyle. For example, an onsite gym, as well as bike and outdoor gear storage rooms encourage a healthy way of life. Also, a community lounge and our Eastside Terrace and Central Courtyards help people connect with friends and family. Overall, we just want Portlanders to live right and be the best that they can be!

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