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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Drive-by Astoria #4: "Oasis on Bond Street"

Astoria, Oregon ~ September 15, 2012
Bond Street Hill / Columbia View Apartments

Here we are at the top of the Bond Street hill. When I first came to Astoria from Colorado in the summer of 2001, there were about 6 or 7 apartments available in the entire city. Only the one in this building seemed remotely livable, and when I walked in I thought I'd found Heaven. It was affordable, it was clean, it was spacious, the building was secure, it had an incredible view of the river AND a back deck! 

The building actually has five floors. It has three on the street side, but since it's on a steep slope, there are two more floors down once you get inside. My apartment was the only one on the bottom floor, which was strange, because it didn't feel like a basement. One side of the apartment was dug into the hillside, which kept it from getting hot in summer, and the other side perched high above Marine drive and the shipping channel. It's one of the coolest places I've ever lived. The title of this post is what Erby called the place. She was the very efficient and friendly caretaker when I lived here.

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6 comments:

Lowell said...

It looks nice. Rather like a boarding house or dormitory. Good memories, though. Our first apartment Lois loved. It was tiny, and brand-new, and bare as the back end of a baboon. In Minneapolis. :-)

It's fun having you back again!

VP said...

Building on slopes are always interesting!

Halcyon said...

It definitely looks well-cared-for. The only thing I don't like are the satellite dishes, but I guess they're everywhere these days! It's fun to think back on the places we've lived. I'm glad your first experience in Astoria was a good one. First impressions are so important for anything. :)

Lee Spangler said...

Brings back fond memories of not only when you lived there but of hippy friends who lived there in the 1970's before it was set on fire by an arsonist in the 1980's

Nori said...

elegant color and well designed wall, windows also!
let me think to move there... ;)

Pat Tillett said...

It sounds like a fantastic place to live. Sometimes the best things happen purely by chance. It was your day to find a great place to live and you did!

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