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WSU LogoOUGAR THREE: 1830 Lamont Street; Pullman, Wa 99163
Located away from the congestion of campus (formerly The Lamont 1 Apartments) One Bedroom Apartments NW 1810-1830 Lamont PULLMAN, WA, 99163

Exterior picture of The Lamont Apartments on Lamont Street in Pullman, Wa
(New pictures coming as soon as new siding is completed)


1830 Lamont Street, apartment 13

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 14

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 15

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 16

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 17

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 19

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 21

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 22

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 23

1830 Lamont Street, apartment 24




THE COUGAR LEGEND -- a must read.

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Cougar Three and its sister buildings, Cougar One and Cougar Two, are imposingly perched on Military Hill. They are a few blocks from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, about 1/2 mile from Dismores IGA, McDonald's, Starbucks and five other food establishments. They're less than a mile from the WSU Beasley Coliseum and downtown Pullman.They're very near Pullman's Hybrid Bus System, which is free to all students and WSU employees. The buildings are surrounded by lots of open ground. This creates a real feeling of un-crowdedness and of a higher quality of living space. Each building has only twelve one-bedroom apartments with lots of closet space and reserved covered parking. What's especially nice is the additional lockable storage space in front of each reserved parking space. So convenient! These buildings have been a longtime favorite with graduate students and young couples. These sunny, light-filled apartments are easy and inexpensive to heat, are a joy to live in and have been occupied by many satisfied longtime residents. There are laundry facilities on the premises,

This building has been thoroughly weatherized by Avista for maximum efficiency.

NEW for 2021: new siding with second insulation layer for spectacular heat savings, new windows and new Spectrum wiring.

  • One bedroom apartments
  • 484 sq. ft.
  • Covered carport parking
  • Free lockable storage in front of each carport
  • Water, hot water, garbage/sewer fee -- free of charge (many apartment complexes don't offer all of this free!)
  • Heat efficient
  • Laundry facilities on site
  • Sunny, light-filled apartments
  • Indoor access to all apartments
  • Stove and Refrigerator
  • Cable-ready
  • Truly spacious grounds
  • Classier living
  • Quiet neighborhood
  • Near Washington State University
  • Close to A-route bus stop
  • Completely weatherized by Avista
  • Professional management

Cougar Floorplan

Cougar Three Layout



THE COUGAR CONCEPT.  In Pullman, Washington, the word "Cougar" does not primarily signify a wild animal.   Instead, it's a solemn identification, a badge of pride and belongingness, and much more than can be crafted into words. Cougar or "Coug" is a complete concept. Among the cognoscenti,  "cougar-ness" has to be felt in order to be really understood. It's a notion that exists in one's gut. If you're from Pullman or  currently live in Pullman, or if you're in any way associated with WSU, you don't need anyone to explain the term to you. You're already a certified authority.

CONCEIVING AND BUILDING OF THE COUGAR APARTMENTS. Luis N., (an altered name), a widower who built the first Cougar apartment building at 205 Larry Street, was one of the most ardent Cougars.  Indeed as a WSU alumnus, he felt true "cougarite" running in his veins and guiding his actions. Filled with unbound enthusiasm, he conceived of the idea to create a Cougar apartment community.

After graduating from WSU, he worked in Real Estate for many years and saved all he could for his dream. His plan was to strategically position three buildings on his hill property so as to best capitalize on the topography.  He contracted an experienced architect to draw up the plans. With the help of a bank loan and without delay, construction  began in earnest. The first building, an 18-unit three-story structure, was to majestically occupy the lower part of the hill. It was with the greatest of pride that Luis himself pegged a sign with the building's name in the most visible spot on the ground. In large letters, "COUGAR APARTMENTS" proclaimed their arrival on the Pullman apartment scene. Indeed, Luis was the first to apply the Cougar name to an apartment building in Pullman!

DEATH OF THE FOUNDER. Unfortunately, shortly  before the first Cougar building could be completed, the founder suffered a fatal heart attack. Hardly had poor Luis departed this world than his offspring prepared for a fight. As usual,  MONEY became their focus. Family love and family ties quickly disappeared into thin air. A once very promising project -- to build the first Cougar apartment community in Pullman, was now in undeniable peril. Inevitably, lawyers were called in, and as is their wont, wasted no time in taking control. Ways were devised to prolong the conflict. A great deal of money and pointless back-and-forth ensued.  More and more harsh words, ill feelings and truly bad blood between the two brothers was the result.  Sheer misery! Only after considerable legal expense,  the threat of an impending lawsuit, and the inevitable loss of family unity, the brothers agreed to liquidate as to make inheritance  separation  possible. 

All conflicting interests were now aligned.

Under the circumstances, selling was thought to be the least disagreeable way out for all concerned, including the lawyers whose unpaid bills by now were piling up.  The brothers' wives had already made plans for the spoils: a new car, a new boat, a long Hawaii vacation, a trip around the world — divergent forces pulling away toward divergent directions. 

The father's dream was not merely falling apart: it was receiving a lethal blow. 

YOUNGER SON ACQUIRES FINISHED BUILDING. Out of the blue however, the younger brother  announced an epiphany, an entirely unexpected change of heart: he felt morally obligated to salvage their father's dream. In essence, he decided to pick up where the father had left off. His moral conviction, he felt, was inspired of a superior, almost otherworldly nature. Fanatically parading his newly-found spirit  among the family enabled his view to prevail. It did not hurt that the older brother was getting behind in paying his legal bills. An appraiser was hired. A value was determined and a separation became possible. The older son would get the bigger area of the property where the two other buildings had been started plus a hefty monetary compensation, to be paid by the younger brother -- part immediately and the rest over time. The younger brother would become the sole owner of the finished building (205 Larry St.).

People may think they control their destiny. What if buildings themselves thought likewise?

The younger brother revealed himself to be the perfect fit for the Cougar Apartments on Larry street. He maintained them well and felt satisfied with his choice.  The older brother  and his wife, however, quickly dispensed with the inherited cash, and wasted no time in putting the  land with the unfinished buildings up for sale. Without much delay, the property was listed and a willing buyer was soon found.

There's nothing easier than spending unearned money. Money not earned isn't appreciated, let alone deserved.

NEW OWNER ACQUIRES UNFINISHED BUILDINGS. The new owner liked Luis's original plans and decided to make use of them. Why waste money when you don't need to, was his practical way of putting it. However, he thought his buildings should feature covered parking.   With the covered parking in the Pullman snowy winter months, he figured his apartments would have the advantage and better be able to compete with the otherwise identical building next door, the Cougar Apartments. 

Being lazy of mind and bereft of a productive imagination, the new owner, eagerly accepted his wife's suggestion to name the buildings after the street name -- Lamont One and Lamont Two. For some inscrutable reason, he assigned the higher apartment numbers to Lamont One and the lower ones to Lamont Two. Go figure! Why "Lamont", you may wonder? Ignoring the grammatical gender violation ("la" is the feminine article and "mont" is a masculine noun in French), the word means "the mountain or mount". In America it was once a more popular boy's name.

You can tell a lot about the name giver's level of education and imagination. The name just didn't fit. Unimaginative street and building names abound. People use what they know and what they like. They make illogical decisions, which is their right to be sure, but how right is it when their decisions make little or no sense?  You can name your streets any way you want, same as with your children or buildings. Using imagination, history and culture, however, goes a long way towards choosing an appropriate name.  A street named "Dan" or "Suzie" reveals quite a bit about the name giver's cognitive breadth, and constitutes a wasted opportunity. When you put something out for public use, it behooves you to pick a name with some kind of appeal, is the idea.

By contrast, one can appreciate the superiority of Luis' acumen. You have to agree the first owner understood something about apartment building marketing. And he was mightily aware of the unique commercial value of the cougar name.

APARTMENT RENTALS ACQUIRES THE LAMONTS. Time, market forces, the people involved and their circumstances bring about  ownership changes. With advancing age, time came for Luis' son, too, to shed ownership. He agreed to sell to Apartments West, which later became known as Apartment Rentals. An attempt was also made to purchase The Lamonts, but the California owners refused to sell. These misnamed sister buildings, situated next to each other, were separated only by name, dress and ownership. This was like an injustice that was crying for correction.

More years went by. The Lamont owners decided to put the property up for sale. As ill luck would have it, due to financial problems of its own, Apartments West was unable to buy the coveted property at that time. So it fell to the hands of a competitor and the separate ownership of these sister buildings continued.

The cry for reunification was heard but could not be acted upon.

Some more years went by. The competitor went bust and had to sell. Apartment Rentals was finally able to pick up the Lamonts such that these sister building were finally reunited under one owner exactly according to Luis' original plan. Yet, the injustice was still crying for correction as the name and color were still in the way.

APARTMENT RENTALS COUGARIZES THE LAMONTS. After a few years of owning both the Cougar and the Lamonts, Apartment Rentals decided time had come for a formal re-unification according to Luis' plan. A radical facelift was determined to be just what was needed. The different colors, one building with the cougar colors and the other with different colors were calling for a correction. Why not uniformly re-side the buildings? The new siding would be in the original Cougar Apartment colors — WSU's colors, and so it would also be for the Lamont buildings. And while at it, why not add another layer of weatherizing? Three buildings next to each other, same owner, same plan, same colors – a true re-unification. And their names would become Cougar One, Cougar Two and Cougar Three thenceforth. A super true reunification indeed.  The staff was overjoyed. They wanted to celebrate but Covid-19 was in the way. If the buildings had a soul, or a way to communicate, this might have been the right time for them to rejoice as well. You can imagine a huge celebration, several buildings get together  and all building hell breaks loose.

Luis, the one who had originally conceived of the Cougar community idea, must surely  be doing the Charleston in his grave now. His idea, his dream had at very long last come to fruition. He could now feel becalmed and would finally rest in peace.

Ahhh! All's well in Cougarland.

As a matter of unverifiable fact, it was about this time that some Pullman Cemetery late evening visitors were reported to have heard a long sigh emanating from a certain grave. We were not directly able to confirm this cemetery account. Nor were we able to determine for a fact whether cougar veins contain "cougarite". If you don't recognize yourself in this account it is intentional; if you do recognize yourself, it is in error. Any resemblance to persons living or long gone associated with this Cougar Apartments Legend is fictionally coincidental.

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