Finding the right dental office for rent in Portland takes research and persistence, but it really pays off.
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So, you’re thinking about space for your practice in Portland – exciting! Navigating the commercial real estate market is a little different than the residential one, so we’ve created this short guide of tips and key pitfalls to avoid when searching for a dental office for rent in Portland.
Where can you find a dental office for rent?
Commercial Real Estate Agents
Commercial Real Estate Agents use their local market knowledge and relationships alongside databases of properties to find and screen available properties for their clients.
Most commercial real estate agents specialize in either landlord representation or tenant representation. We almost exclusively represent medical tenants, the majority of which are dentists looking for the perfect location to set up their practice.
Hit the Street
Driving through neighborhoods you are interested in can be a good way to get a feel for what is out there on the market. When trying to find a dental office for rent in Portland, you’ll want to be sure to take note of any existing practices that are nearby.
The east and west sides of Portland are defined by the natural boundary of the Willamette River. The city is typically broken down into 5 distinct areas: North, Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest – an area that includes downtown Portland.
The North area consists of a diverse mixture of residential, commercial, and industrial space. This location is also home to the University of Portland.
The Northwest district contains the famous Pearl District, Old Town Chinatown, and Willamette. Much of the Pearl District is former warehouse space converted into residential and commercial sites.
Northeast Portland contains neighborhoods such as Irvington, King, the Lloyd District, and Hollywood. This area is also home to the Oregon Convention Center.
Southeast Portland is home to the neighborhoods of Hawthorne, Belmont, and Gresham. The area is famous as the home to Mt. Tabor, a volcano and popular Portland scenic attraction.
The Southwest portion of Portland contains the downtown area and is home to the campus of Oregon Health and Science University. This area contains dozens of exciting mixed-use districts including South Portland, Hillsdale, and Multnomah.
Keep in mind: if you go to the landlord’s broker without an agent to represent your interests, the landlord’s broker keeps the entire listing fee from the landlord instead of splitting it with your representative.
Some landlords won’t pay a tenant agent (your agent) if you’ve discussed a space in depth with them on your own previously. This can make it tricky to bring in outside representation later.
There are several listing services that are available for free online. They are less comprehensive than paid databases and are often less frequently updated. Searching through these is a great way to get a feel for what you like and don’t like in commercial properties, but this can be a hard way to find the right dental office for rent. Take note of any property features or amenities that strike you as important for your practice.
Portland Dental Demographics
Portland is the seat of Multnomah county and is the largest city in Oregon with an estimated population of 653,115. Portland is the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States (behind only Seattle).
The Portland metropolitan area consists of approximately 2.4 million people, making it the 25th largest in the United States.
The median resident age in Portland is 36.7 years, lower than the Oregon state median age of 39.2 years.
Median household income in Portland is estimated to be $62,127, above the Oregon state household median income of $57,532.
Portland is well known for its high bicycle and walking traffic, making it vital to consider locations that are accessible to this type of traffic.
Medical Real Estate in Portland
Due to the large concentration of people in Portland, space comes at a premium. Costs per square foot can be extremely high and occupancies rare in certain competitive neighborhoods. This is why it is vital to have a well-rounded understanding of the many factors that go into selecting an ideal location for your dental or other medical practice.
Get the benefits of agent representation at no cost to you
A commercial real estate agent specializing in medical leasing can help you to consider all of your options and select the perfect location that both fits within your budget and satisfies all of your business needs.
Best of all, commercial landlords typically pay the entire agent fee when finalizing an agreement. Why not take advantage of the benefits of enlisting qualified professional agents that will help you to get the best deal on the right property.
Ways to offset lease expenses in your dental practice
Although the rent for your Portland dental office may seem to take up a large part of your expenses, there are several ways you can help bring those costs down.
Consider renting out an operatory to specialists wishing to do work for patients in your area. Keep non-profit-producing space to a minimum. Efficient scheduling practices can help to eliminate the need for a large waiting space. Or, consider whether a similar but less expensive neighborhood would be a better deal for the bottom line.
Lease costs for healthcare real estate in Portland can be expensive, but there are enormous opportunities for great dentists who start their practices off right with the perfect location.
Ready to find a dental office for rent?
We do the heavy lifting of combing through property databases and running demographics and competition reports for you. We work exclusively with medical clients, so we know how dental practices work and what it takes to be successful. Use the form below to get in touch and we’ll reach out shortly.
Portland has a strong Dental Community.
Here are some useful links and groups to help you get started: