If you’re looking for rentals southwest of Portland, apartments in Woodburn/Newberg/McMinnville may just be the places to check into. A short drive from the downtown area of the city, these suburban areas offer far different environments than the big city. Woodburn is just off of I-5, so it makes good sense for those who need to commute to the city center for work. There are a couple of other spots that also merit a little investigating. Newberg is 25 miles south of Portland. While this distance adds a little more time to the commute, it’s a charming town with a pleasant atmosphere. Surrounded by farmland and forest, this city has a great connection with nature. With a population of over 22,000, it also has a rural feel without being too small. McMinnville is a little farther southwest and has a population of 30,000 people. Besides its proximity to Portland, it has the additional appeal of being right in the heart of Willamette Valley’s wine country.