View from the Top

The city’s latest luxe apartment tower, NV, is a stunner.

Set to open later this summer in the Pearl’s northern blocks, the shimmering 26-story NV (1261 NW Overton St, tower promises an unparalleled level of sophistication, comfort, and personal guest services in high-end Portland apartment living. “It takes the concept of shared resident amenities to a level not yet experienced here,” says Julie Currier, senior development manager for NV’s developer, Unico Properties.

“It takes the concept of shared resident amenities to a level not yet experienced here.”

The building’s entire third floor, in fact, comprises an integrated indoor-outdoor space with a wraparound roof deck—it’s the ultimate living room, where NV dwellers can mingle, work on their laptops, soak up rays on sunny days, and lounge in the evening in front of glowing fire pits. Another choice perk: the building’s dedicated lobby concierge provides the level of hands-on, individualized services you might expect of an upscale hotel. These distinctive amenities “energize and personalize the experience,” explains Currier.


“The lobby will have a hospitality-style feel with retail that flows into the main entry area, a large concierge desk, large-format fireplaces, and multiple seating areas,” she adds.  Guests will also appreciate the striking, expansive water feature as well as outdoor game and yoga areas that connect with a top-notch exercise facility. Other noteworthy features include an electric-car charging station, nearly 500 bike stalls, an extensive green roof, eco-conscious stormwater management, and LED lighting.

Seattle-based Unico has built a number of notable Portland buildings, including the Pearl’s Asa Flats + Lofts, and the company owns and manages downtown’s iconic U.S. Bancorp Tower, a.k.a. “Big Pink.” ZGF Architects designed NV, partnering with Ankrom Moisan Architects on the sleek yet elegant interiors. The 250-foot-tall tower, rotated at a 45-degree angle from the neighborhood’s urban grid, rises above a full square-block, three-story pedestal. The angle creates panoramic views, allows more sunlight, and provides privacy from nearby buildings.


Guests will enter the lobby on Overton Street, which—along with a stretch of NW 12th Avenue—is home to the building’s retail tenants. The name NV plays on the French phrase autre ne veut, which translates loosely as “like no other.” Indeed, the tower promises a “one-of-a-kind experience,” says Currier, who adds that another remarkable feature—a first for the Portland market—are NV’s dazzling two-story sky homes. There are 284 units in all, ranging from live-work lofts and spacious town homes to both one- and-two-bedroom apartments.

Tours and preleasing begin in late summer 2016. Visit to add your name to the “early interest” list of prospective tenants. —Michaela Bancud