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In the media: North Rim Partners Announce Mont-Blanc Building Project

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In the media: North Rim Partners Announce Mont-Blanc Building Project

As we head towards completion of our latest project in the Lloyd District, we are excited to be meeting the needs for creative office space and commercial kitchens in NE Portland. Mont-Blanc is already being pre-leased to some fantastic local business owners, whom we are proud to call our Tenants.

Check out our recent press release!

Pitman II Building Construction - Phase 1

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Pitman II Building Construction - Phase 1

North Rim Commercial Real Estate in Portland, Oregon: Jeffrey Weitz

North Rim Development and Pitman Restaurant Equipment have broken ground on their second commercial kitchen building in the past two years. The first project, at Southeast 3rd Ave and Clay Street has been a great success, hosting several local food businesses in Portland's thriving food culture. Riding on the coattails of the last project's success, the new Pitman Building at 1430 SE Water Ave is already partially pre-leased despite being in the early stages of construction!

In this video, Jeffrey gives us an overall perspective on the project, as well as an update on our current status and next steps.

Production Kitchens in PDX: Supporting the Thriving Food Culture

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Production Kitchens in PDX: Supporting the Thriving Food Culture

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Commercial Real Estate in Portland, Oregon: Matthew Schweitzer

North Rim Development and Pitman Restaurant Equipment have broken ground on their second commercial kitchen building in the past two years. The first project, at Southeast 3rd Ave and Clay Street has been a great success, hosting several local food businesses in Portland's thriving food culture. Riding on the coattails of the last project's success, the new Pitman Building at 1430 SE Water Ave is already partially pre-leased despite being in the early stages of construction. In this video, Matt discusses what it is that makes these production kitchen projects so attractive.



Top 5 Things to Consider When Finding a Space for your Business

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Finding a Space for your Business

North Rim Commercial Real Estate in Portland, Oregon: Matthew Schweitzer

Searching for and ultimately deciding on a space to host your business can be a stressful and often daunting process. While at first one may think "I just need to find a space I like and can afford" is essentially what needs to be done, there are actually several variables to consider throughout the process, each of which is bound to be more or less important to you than it is to the next business owner. In this video, Matt discusses five of the most important factors to consider when searching for an ideal space for your business.


  1. How much space do I need?
  2. Where would I ideally like to be located?
  3. What "class" of space can my budget afford?
  4. How long of a lease can I commit to?
  5. Which amenities are important to me and my business?

Triple Net Investment Properties Explained

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Triple Net Investment Properties Explained

North Rim Commercial Real Estate in Portland, Oregon: Jeffrey Weitz

How do NNN Investment Properties work? How did they get started in the first place? What advantages do they provide to tenants? How does North Rim use a Triple Net structure to deliver both quality space to our tenants and clean investment opportunities to investors? Join Jeffrey in this sit-down chat for the answers to these questions and more!

Mt. Shasta Building Update

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Mt. Shasta Building Update

What better way is there to articulate what we do than to show you? Below you'll find a series of videos documenting progress on our latest project the Mt. Shasta Building at North Williams Ave and Shaver St in the North Williams Corridor.

North Rim Development: The Shasta Building

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North Rim Development: The Shasta Building

Construction on the Mt. Shasta Building is now well underway! As momentum builds around this exciting project along the thriving North Williams Corridor, we've continued to lease out these flexible spaces to an exciting mixture of tenants. We'll already be welcoming several high-quality, established businesses, ranging from a winery tasting room in our corner space on N Shaver Street, to a cafe with a courtyard in back at the north end of the building.

Read more: North Rim Development: The Shasta Building

North Rim Debuts New Project: 612 SW Grant Street

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North Rim Debuts New Project: 612 SW Grant Street

North Rim is ready to debut our most recent major renovation, and this time we've decided to hold an open house, as it's a unique, high-visibility property. You've probably driven right past this one a hundred times heading south from town on SW Broadway; it's just on the southern edge of Portland State University. Here's the building:

The lower, street-level unit is a potential live/work setting -- could be a street-level retail / office with living space in the back, or simply a nice 1,500 sq. ft. apartment. The two upstairs units are both apartments. All units are 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with washer/dryer, and beautiful, tall ceilings -- just across the street from PSU and walkable to everything downtown. Come see us this Sunday from 12-4pm. (Directions.) Matt Schweitzer will be on hand to chat & give tours of all units.

Appreciating Portland's Urban Growth Boundary

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Appreciating Portland's Urban Growth Boundary

North Rim Commercial Real Estate in Portland, Oregon: Matt Schweitzer has a new Blog at the Daily Journal of Commerce

It occurred me recently how fortunate we all are to live in a city where we have an imaginary line (Urban Growth Boundary) drawn around us, pushing us to utilize what we have to the best of our abilities. I know that historically the dream for prior generations was to get a good job, work hard and raise your 2.5 kids and dog in your very own slice of suburbia. For many, that remains the ultimate goal, and I can absolutely appreciate that desire. I do believe however, that the lifestyle ambitions of the younger generations entering their adult lives are being approached quite differently. They are much more interested in living near the heart of the city rather than trade that proximity for a bigger house and front yard. Fundamentally, I believe this one of the main benefits of our UGB. Instead of pushing out, we have the opportunity to think about improving the core of our most vibrant neighborhoods. Rather than finding untouched land and starting anew, we focus on revitalizing central neighborhoods that have seen better times.

Despite the current trend, it honestly won’t be a surprise to me if we start to see more of the older generations finding a way to get back to the city core as well. When I think of the quality of life that my parents are going to live as they get older, I can see a lot of benefits to them moving closer in verses staying in the suburbs. I am sometimes surprised when I see articles written about some of the “hot” areas around town; areas that may hold onto the spotlight because of new restaurants and shops, but lack basic conveniences of a more “full-service” neighborhood.

To me, the neighborhoods that are going to be the “hottest” in the future are the ones where most of your goods and services are within walking distance of each other. For example, if you look at a section of town like the Hollywood district, you will see an area where you can handle the vast majority of your personal business without ever having to get in your car. This of course is over-simplification, but you show me a high walkability score, and I’ll show you a neighborhood ready to thrive. Without our Urban Growth Boundary, I can’t honestly say that I’d feel the same.

Pitman Project Preview -- Production Kitchens in SE PDX

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Pitman Project Preview -- Production Kitchens in SE PDX

North Rim Commercial Real Estate in Portland, Oregon: Jeffrey Weitz

Here's a preview of the Pitman project at SE 3rd and Clay in Portland! We're excited to be in the final stages of this project (which will be finished in the next 60 days). For those interested in North Rim's development background, this video describes an example of our end-to-end capabilities from land acquisition through construction. For those interested in leasing opportunities within this space, please contact Matt Schweitzer at (503) 525-1925. We'll be posting a few more preview videos (one of an office unit, and one of a commercial production kitchen -- both still under construction). As you'll see, the space and views are both fantastic, so call us soon if you're interested.

For leasing information for these units, see our leasing page.

If we want density, parking must come at a premium

North Rim Commercial Real Estate in Portland, Oregon: Matt Schweitzer has a new Blog at the Daily Journal of Commerce

You may have noticed a fair number of articles lately regarding new in-fill multifamily projects that don’t contain any parking spaces. In my 15 years in business, starting with property management, then moving into real estate sales and development, I am constantly dealing with this question. I have had the opportunity to develop several commercial buildings in some of Portland’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Here is what amazes me: when I have a building that has no parking, the issue of parking rarely comes up. But, if I have a building with only two or three spaces, it will often be the main thing that every potential tenant wants to discuss.

I know that we all want to have our cake and eat it too, but when it comes to the issue of parking in the city, a compromise may be in order. The desires to have 20-minute neighborhoods, where we can walk to all of our goods and services, and have Walmart-sized parking lots, are diametrically opposed. If we are going to have 20-minute neighborhoods, then we have to start getting used to the idea that parking is going to be at a premium. Those who are opposed to a development project without parking are often not willing to look at what the increasing density can do for the services offered to the neighborhood. Increased density will bring people closer to the goods and services that are being offered in that neighborhood, as well as help to strengthen local businesses in the area.

Keep in mind, this is coming from a guy that would love to see what would happen if gas were being sold at $10 per gallon. Just think how drastically people’s day to day habits would change. Not only would transportation habits shift dramatically from personal to public, but people’s relationship with their community would be transformed as well.

Here's a link to Matt's latest blog post at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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North Rim Partners Business Specialties

  • Leasing and Selling Prime Commercial Triple-Net (NNN) Investment Properties in Portland, Oregon
  • Represetning Cash-Flow Investment Opportunities in Portland
  • Providing Excellent Locations for Successful Businesses
  • Commercial Construction and Development Services

High-end Office and Retail Leasing

While North Rim develops and leases prime commercial space to a wide diversity of tenants, the company has identified niche markets to whom we're particularly well fitted. Those markets are (1) creative office space users, (2) production / commercial kitchens, (3) retail suites, and (4) light industrial use space. For more information about our spaces for these niche markets, visit one of our niche pages: