Dec 10, 2014
Lived here for 1.5 years while working at Intel in Hillsboro. and only left because I was relocating out of Portland for a job. I think a lot of the reviewers here have unrealistic expectations, i.e. if you don't want noise in your home, then don't live in a dense packed apartment building downtown. That said, despite the fact that my neighbors (college kids) would play music loudly, as you can tell from the hallway, the walls are dense concrete and basically block all noise inside your apartment itself. Hearing some music in the hall isn't a big deal, and my place was always quiet inside. Location is incredible, near the river, walkable pretty much anywhere downtown, right off the street car, and very close to the big farmer's market on Saturdays. My view from the 21st floor was also incredible of the west hills, and I imagine that facing east is even better. Apartment is clean and well kept up, especially considering the building's age. Management was always quick and helpful. I was working a job that at one point had me out of my apartment and out of downtown 10 hours a day 7 days a week (all hours the office was open), and the staff was accommodating enough to bring packages up to my apartment during the day. My only issue was the smoke. Everyone here seems to smoke, and on their balconies, which made it sometimes difficult to have windows open to enjoy the incredible climate Portland has. However, in my experience this can be an issue in any apartment building and is kind of a crap shoot on who you live next to. Overall I would highly recommend this building to young professionals, or PSU students that can somehow afford it. Families might want to be wary of downtown Portland, but if you are set on it this neighborhood is about the safest you're going to get and furthest from the bums (which are ubiquitous downtown).
Jan 20, 2014
This place was a huge disappointment. I loved the location and views, but hated everything else. The hallways are noisy. While sitting in your living room there is the constant sound of slamming doors that can be so loud, and frequent especially if you're unlucky enough to have someone that has many friends over - all the time, at all hours of the night. This place is basically a dorm room. The floors are populated by students who play loud music and smoke pot at all hours. The management's response is sympathetic but they don't do anything -- so it smacks of, 'that's YOUR problem.' My guess is that the students probably pay their rent for the entire semester(s) upfront and I believe that this ties hands. The building's 24 hour security is lame because they man several buildings -- by foot -- so if you need someone over to help ASAP, good luck. They'll get to you when they get to you. And lastly, this is supposed to be a smoke free building but each unit has a deck, so that means smokers are standing on their decks and smoking. The wind then blows the smoke into the hallway and into your unit. In my case, my unit was on the pedestrian trail side, and all the smokers would stand at that side door to light up. The smoke would end up blowing into the above apartments. And I can't blame the college kids for this one. There was an old guy that would smoke a pack of cigarettes every Saturday morning while he waited for his laundry. So at 6 am on a Saturday morning my bedroom would fill up with smoke and stay smoky for the next 3 hours. Another guy would sit on the bench and puff on a pipe right under the tenant's decks. The building wont do anything more than send an email to be mindful of the above tenants because the smoking was 'off premises" and while I agree with that, you wont be able to open your windows or deck door in the summer.
Jul 29, 2013
COLLEGE STUDENTS BEWARE- The truth Where do I begin? Perhaps how terrible my experience at Harrison Towers was, perhaps I should say that my financial woes here led me to counseling for my emotional turmoil. All I know is that I would like to share my experience in hopes you won't find yourself in such a stressful situation as I did. Beware, I have an inkling that most of these anonymous google"great reviews" are written by the staff. First off, Harrison Towers is a great place for middle-class adults with families. As a college student, live within your means. Harrison Towers would like you to think that you live within your means, even when they approve you for a house without any prior credit history or even rental history. So, you move in, everything's great, right? No. There are late fees for EVERYTHING. Leaf blowers at zero o'clock in the morning (just kidding, not that early, but at 7:30 or so), a rude staff (not the front desk girl, she's nice) but as for the rest, empathy is non existent. Don't expect compassion if you have an emergency. $100 for being late (understandable) as for anything later, $300+. Yeah... Let me stress again, late fees will get you. Oh and don't try to fix something on your own, they'll charge you for it. Yeah, you want to try and fix your washer because for some God-forsaken-reason it's broken and you desperately need to wash work clothes? Pray next time, because they will charge you. They will charge you for the entire washer. Yes, isn't that funny?! Hilarious. I would also like to mention we were promised a 24/7 gym and access to a common area, where you can get tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. I like getting my (financial because of this establishment) stress out through exercise, but interestingly enough a fire caused Harrison Towers to shut down their gym and common area. I understand they needed to reconstruct, but did they need to reconstruct for eight months? Eight months we went without a gym. Good thing it was winter, since everyone packs on the holiday pounds... No, I paid for the gym and I didn't get what I paid for. Not to mention our water heater kept having issues, the garbage disposal did not work when we first moved in, and our dishwasher had a continuous leak creating a soapy puddle on our kitchen floor. Needless to say, this is not a place for starting out college students. If you're looking to live here as a student or first-time lease, look somewhere else.
May 31, 2012
I've lived here almost 6 months and really like it. I've never lived in an apartment before, so I was pretty worried about neighbors, noise, etc... especially being in such close proximity to PSU. The mixed reviews of this place are kind of extreme IMO. The building is typically *very* clean, but c’mon, there are a lot of young people who live here so sometimes you'll see something you wish you hadn't in elevators - if you come home late, but it's almost always clean the next morning. What do you expect? The only other "mess" I ever see is wet footsteps in the lobby from people waddling back from the pool (which is also really nice BTW). Big deal. The units are pretty nice, and every one has a really nice patio. As far as noise is concerned, I NEVER hear noises from above or below, and street noise is cut out very nicely with the windows shut - but when they're open it can be pretty loud (street noise). Again, what do you expect - it's downtown! As for noisy neighbors, well, I think I have one of the noisiest neighbors you could ever have - right across the wall from my bedroom - so I'm in good position to speak on the subject. I'm talking 3-4 nights a week of loudness, karaoke, and staying up until the wee hours of the morning. From the hallway (outside the unit) it's very loud, but 75% of the time I don't really hear anything more than the occasional raised voice from my unit. Only when they are full on rocking out is it disturbing, and its actually not that bad considering how obnoxious my one neighbor is. It is also worth noting that although there are a lot of college students - it is far from a fancy college dorm. There is a good mix of young and old people. A lot of young couples. Not too many families with kids, but there are a few. Lots of people with dogs, but every one I've met has been very considerate, and their dogs are well trained (no crazy dogs allowed apparently). It really feels like a friendly community. We have a security guard on duty on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings which is really nice. It's an extremely safe feeling place to live. Oh - how could I forget the public transportation?! This place is actually on the outskirts of downtown, which I thought I wouldn't like (being too far away from the places I like to go), but with the Streetcar stop literally right in front of the building, and the Max station 2 blocks away it is amazing how quickly you can get around, how many different parts of town you can get to by train, and it's FREE! There are also several bus lines that stop in front of the building, but I prefer the trains. The public transport and close proximity of *everything* has actually enabled me to be carless! There are 3 or 4 ZipCar locations within a few blocks as well so whenever I can't walk or take public transport I can quickly hop in a ZipCar and scoot across town. The staff has been nothing but a pleasure to work with. I promise you you'll be impressed about how well they remember not only your name, but also all of the tenants as they come and go through the office. Extraordinarily friendly. In summary, its not perfect, but it is really very nice. 4 stars.
Jul 04, 2012
The management purposefully fails to do their jobs properly, which they use to charge you extra fees. Extremely overpriced and an overall frustrating place to live.