Michigan Ave. Coliving: A new coliving home opens in Portland
By Owen Gabbert, Owen Gabbert LLC
Panelist on SROs and More – A Reemergence of Co-living
The Michigan co-living project was built from the ground-up specifically for coliving – the first of its kind in Portland! It has 26 bedrooms across four separate structures connected by exterior courtyards. The existing house, originally built in 1890, was fully renovated and 3 new homes were constructed around it. The main house has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a larger kitchen with an oversized kitchen featuring two sets of appliances, dining area for the entire community and a separate living room. It is the hub of the overall community, retaining it’s charm with original fir floors, a large pocket door, and a historic exterior.
Each of the new buildings has its own kitchen and 7 bedrooms with private bathrooms. To maximize the volume of space and improve the experience for residents, all units have exposed fir ceilings made up of solid fir beams and 2x tongue and groove car decking. Floors are quality carpet over a soundmat and gypcrete to ensure minimal sound transfer from room to room. Vertically the rooms are separate by an open tread staircase with a screen wall so light floods all the way from top to bottom. Upper bedrooms will include a loft for extra space and amazing views of the area.
The property has an array of shared, furnished indoor and outdoor common spaces including communal kitchens, living rooms, dens, bike storage, laundry room, along with a multilevel courtyard incorporating stadium seating and a fire pit for gatherings of all types across the property. The property is located in North Portland, right behind Pistil’s Nursery on N Mississippi – home to many local retailers, restaurants, and bars – with nearby access to the bus and light rail.