Ditch the car: Go by Streetcar, MAX, bus, bike: get every where in a jiffy. Eateries, watering holes abound. Budget-friendly! William L. Morgan designed The Mediterranean Arms just 2 years after the first apartment house was erected in Portland. Converted to a condominium 100 years later. Skip the lobby: take walkway around back to entrance to unit. Walk-in shower, laundry on same level -- avoid stairs, except for grabbing mail. Big eat-in kitchen. Maple cabinets, office nook, plenty of storage.