Tag: John Olson

Mt Tabor Villas Opens to Residents

The twelve unit apartment building at 475 NE 74th Ave has completed construction and is now ready to rent. Named Mt Tabor Villas, this near Glisan Street building sits behind the Candle Light Restaurant. It features many high-end finishes that should attract renters to the area.

Project owner, John Olson, took over this development from another group that had started work on it a few years previous. Progress on the project stalled after the building permits were approved and eventually they sold to Olson. Taking on a project at this phase restricted the ability to alter the project significantly. However, he made his mark on the building by installing quality materials and fixtures. Throughout the apartment, wide door molding and base trim outline the rooms. Bathroom vanities are wall-hung, with linear tile mosaic backsplashes. Kitchens feature stainless steel appliances and subway tile extending from countertop to cabinetry. 

There is no carpet installed anywhere in the building. Instead, Olson selected woodgrain composite planks. Not only are they ecstatically pleasing and durable, but it also allows for most tenants to avoid charges after moving out. The material used for this project holds up well to daily use and requires minimal cleaning between renters. “Everyone wants their deposit back, so our job is to help make that happen.” Said Kaslynn Brewer, Property Manager with Edge Management, who represents this building.

The apartment building does not offer onsite parking and 74th Ave has limited parking on one side of the street. However, the building is well situated for bus and bike commuters. The TriMet 19 bus line runs along Glisan with stops nearby. A secure bike room on the first floor has direct outside access to the side yard, where bike commuters can safely enter the building away from the street. A second door from the bike room leads into the interior hallway.

Side yard provides bike room access from the street.

These apartments are different than most found in Montavilla. Apartments in the area are older and don’t offer secure building entry and convenient bike storage. Mt Tabor Villas is the first in what may soon become a wave of modern apartment buildings coming to the neighborhood. Future developments will likely continue on NE Glisan with Metro’s redevelopment of the TBN site

Move-in dates for Mt Tabor Villas start in October. Expect to see the building full of people in the coming months, making Glisan a bit more lively.



The front stairwell is full of natural light and offers nice views.


UPDATEAn earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that 74th Ave had parking on both sides of the street. Parking is prohibited on the east side of 74th Ave.