Pearl Rising

A casual stroll through the Pearl District, especially the blocks north of Hoyt Street, reveals a neighborhood literally on the rise. Here’s the scoop on a few of the newest residential real estate projects shaping this thriving district.



Bora Architects designed the sleek, 28-story Cosmopolitan, a Hoyt Street Properties condominium overlooking Fields Park that will be the Pearl’s tallest condominium tower when it opens in summer 2016. Amenities include high-speed elevators, 24-hour concierge, guest suites, and fitness and community rooms. “We still have 23 available condominiums, including some penthouses with fabulous views,” says Hoyt principal agent Marilyn Andersen, who adds that about 85 percent of the units have sold. 1130 NW 10th Ave, 503-227-2000




Leasing is under way at this sleek new 281- unit apartment building comprising a five-story brick structure connected by an open courtyard with a glass high-rise tower that commands terrific views of Fields Park, Centennial Mills, and the Willamette River. Developed by Wood Partners and Hoyt Street Properties, Block 17 has fingerprint door access and wall-mounted touch panels in the gym to select programs and change screens. 1161 NW Overton St, 503-825-0510




SERA architects have designed this nine-story, 290-unit market-rate apartment building developed by Mill Creek on the North Pearl’s former Cash & Carry site. Environmental features of the LEED Silver building slated to open in June 2017 include an expansive eco-roof that captures and filters rainwater. A two-story, glass-enclosed amenity suite opens out to a green roof, and residents can gather in a smaller common suite with wine storage and a movie theater. 1420 NW 14th Ave




Named for Abigail Scott Duniway, who traveled the Oregon Trail and founded a newspaper dedicated to women’s suffrage, the Abigail is a six-story mixed-income apartment building that was about 55 percent complete as of fall 2015. When it opens in spring 2016, it’ll contain 27 market-rate apartments and 128 affordable apartments reserved for working families earning 30–60 percent of median family income. Amenities include a landscaped courtyard, a children’s play area, secure bike parking in a tool-equipped storage room, and underground car parking. NW 13th Ave and Raleigh St



Construction is expected to begin soon on two structures connected by a courtyard (featured image)—a 15-story apartment tower and a five-story office building—on the site, currently known as Block 136, where Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) was formerly located. Seattle-based developer Security Properties bought the land from PNCA in 2013 for $11.75 million, and Mithun architectural firm has designed the project. NW 13th Ave and Johnson St


Developed by Seattle’s Unico Properties, the 250-foot-tall angled building rising at NW 12th and Overton will feature lofts, townhomes, one- and two-bedroom units, and family-size apartments. NV’s expected completion is mid-2016. 1301 NW 12th Ave

—Michaela Bancud / Photography and renderings (from top to bottom, left to right) Courtesy Hoyt Street Properties; Mithun, Illustration by Mir; Wood Partners; Mill Creek; Bridge Housing