I'm offering a fabulous (really) apartment on the first floor of my custom, beautiful house (nine years old) in a nice, new neighborhood on the north side of Mt. Scott (650 feet elevation, guaranteeing snow every winter). Two huge windows in the living room provide a beautiful view of southeast Portland and three Cascade peaks (Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams). About 1100 square feet, features a spacious great room, with a nice, bright, modern kitchen, dining area, and large living room.
Kitchen has granite countertops, a gas stove, and big apron-front (farmhouse) sink. Nice laminate flooring throughout (no carpeting), with porcelain tile in the kitchen and bathroom. Gas fireplace in the great room to keep you cozy, with a heat pump supplying base heat and air conditioning. Nine-foot ceilings to give a feeling of spaciousness. Bathroom has a walk-in shower and granite vanity top.
Spacious bedroom, with large windows to view the woods, with a door to your private patio, lawn, and woods. (I hope you like deer, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, woodpeckers, and raptors. Those with aversions to crickets and croaking frogs need not apply.)
All utilities (except cable upgrades and internet upgrades you might want) are FREE (included with your rent). You have your own high-efficiency washer and dryer right outside your bedroom. Plenty of kitchen cabinet space, pantry and other storage, linen closet, and bedroom closet space. The other door to your bedroom leads to the storage room (where you can have your own freezer), and past that is the oversized 3-car garage, where you can park your car.
Your patio has a large, retractable awning. The patio is surrounded by your own lawn, and is fenced. On the other side of the fence is your own private woods, with hiking trails going for miles. (In nine years of living here, I have never seen any sign of a human being in the woods.) I will also build a small deck a short distance off in the woods for you to read your book or have your morning coffee. (Trust me -- it's a beautiful, tranquil setting.) Also outside your front windows are large, raised-bed vegetable gardens that you can claim as your own, and you have access to a dozen multi-variety fruit trees on the property and many wild berries that I have cultivated (right outside your bedroom). A fairly private entranceway exits off the driveway and from the garage, and I have an intercom system for you to receive your guests (and for us to communicate).
Don't worry about others (me) that occupy the upper floors of the house -- the house is huge, with a large yard off to the other side of the house, and large deck.
So there you have it -- the best of both worlds. The convenience of a nice, spacious, modern apartment, owner-occupied so that things get fixed immediately and is well-maintained, but with the privacy and atmosphere of a home in a tranquil neighborhood, incredible grounds, surrounded by a natural environment. I just don't think you can find anything else like this in Portland.
(Sorry about the photos -- my cellphone camera doesn't work well unless it's very well lit. The apartment has lots of windows and lots of light.)