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Every Inner Southeast neighborhood is seeing new apartments rise -- including Woodstock

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - The fence and barricades have finally come down at the now-completed, and already almost-fully-leased, nineteen-unit Woodstock apartment/townhouse complex near S.E. 53rd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. The "Woodstock" is the name given the nineteen new apartments and townhouses that were recently finished on the south side of Woodstock Boulevard, between S.E. 53rd and 54th Avenues. The official address is 6006 S.E. 53rd.

"We like to name our constructions after the streets where they are located," explained Mark Madden, developer and owner of WDC Properties. Madden also owns "EkoLiving", a property management company.

WDC, which stands for "Wander Development Corporation", has been building houses and apartments around Portland for over two decades – a total of fifty-four projects. The three levels of units in the "Woodstock" are all designed to be eco-friendly, according to Madden.

"We use eco-friendly materials and all energy-efficient appliances. The units have high ceilings with ceiling fans, fireplaces, vinyl wood flooring, washer-dryers, and full kitchens. Most bathrooms have tubs," said Madden.

In the center of this new complex is a 20 by 100 foot interior courtyard that will have picnic tables and a barbeque.

The nineteen units include four studios, four one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom townhouses with one-and-a-half baths, three three-bedroom townhouses with two baths, and one four-bedroom townhouse with two baths. The one-bedroom apartments start at $1,295 per month. Madden remarks, "WDC builds at the threshold of affordability."

As with most recent developments, there will be no off-street parking since the city does not require any in most cases, but there will be bike racks.

Prior projects by WDC in THE BEE's readership area include the "Harold" apartments at 5490 S.E. Milwaukie in Westmoreland, the "Sellwood" at S.E. 6th and Spokane, and the "Powell" at 3754 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

WDC also has renovated the three-bedroom, one-bath older home at 6015 S.E. 51st Avenue, just one block west of the 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner of 52nd and Woodstock. The empty lot that borders Woodstock Boulevard next to the 6015 house will eventually contain four new apartments constructed by WDC that will collectively be named "Stock" – short for Woodstock, since the company already used Woodstock for their new apartments just five blocks east!

Almost all the apartments and townhouses at the S.E. 53rd Avenue "Woodstock" complex have already been leased, but you can check availability at 503/221-2900.

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