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This Week in Portland Jan 7 - 14, 2012

Hello,  and welcome to our weekly Portland blog, with the rundown of featured events and ideas of things to do in Portland each week. First off, the 2012 Portlandia series premiere kicks off this week.  If you're wondering where you can get together with friends and watch Portlandia in Portland, you can catch the viewings of Portlandia at Mission Theater on Friday nights.  Other places to watch Portlandia this year include Radio Room, Leisure Public House, and Tanker Bar, just to name a few.  Dave Knows Portland has some additional places to watch Portlandia, listed on his blog.  I'm sure this season will deliver even more laughs about Portland quirkiness than last year.  This year's catchphrase is "We Can Pickle That!"  Click here for the pickled version of today's blog.

Portland Walking

Did you make any New Years Resolutions?  If you're like most people, health and fitness might be at the top of your list.  It can be difficult finding motivation to get outside during the dreary and wet winter months in Portland, but we have actually been having some pretty nice weather.  It is supposed to be sunny this weekend!  If losing weight or getting in shape is on your mind, then you may want to walk around Portland.  It's free, it feels good, it's low impact so anyone can do it, and you can see some amazing neighborhoods.  

Here are some Portland Walking Resources from City of Portland and Oregon Metro


50 Treks for You

Explore historic neighborhoods and scenic natural areas with 50 downloadable treks in Portland and Vancouver from Metro's Walk There! guide book.  And, they have a free iPhone app.

    Walking is one of the easiest and most effective ways to save money and get fit.
    Mile for mile, walking burns as many calories as jogging but with far less stress on joints
    Walking is good for the planet and reduces your carbon footprint.

Discover the region's natural areas, scenic parks, historic neighborhoods and quaint main streets. The downloadable routes below are from Metro's Walk There! guidebook, which features 50 treks in and around Portland and Vancouver.

Every route begins and ends near a public transit stop, so put on a pair of good shoes and head out the door!

Here is the link to Portland Walks with 50 Treks in and around your neighborhood!

Of course there's more to do than just walking.  Ride your bike, explore a park, or even paddle up your favorite waterway.  The Intertwine website allows you to share your favorite routes online.

The Intertwine

Have you biked along a local trail? Played with your kids in your neighborhood park? Gone for a hike in the Gorge? Relaxed on a bench near the water? Then you've experienced The Intertwine.

The Intertwine is nothing new. It's simply the name we've given to the amazing network of parks, trails and natural areas in the Portland-Vancouver area.  The Intertwine has united a broad coalition of public agencies, private businesses and nonprofits to celebrate, protect and improve this network of outdoor places and trails. As partners in what is called The Intertwine Alliance, we check our jurisdictional and geographical boundaries at the door to work side-by-side toward a common mission. By joining forces, we boost our effectiveness to increase investment in our parks and expand conservation efforts.

The Intertwine Alliance has two major objectives: to ensure the region’s network of parks, trails and natural areas are completed and cared for; and to help the residents of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region connect with nature and live active, healthy lives. We cannot do it without you.

Portland Community Centers and Pools

If you are looking for some indoor fitness activities this winter, visit your favorite neighborhood community center in Portland. here is the list of community center and maps:

Portland Winter Farmers Market - Winter Market Opens January 7th

The Portland Farmers Market at Shamanski Park  is open for winter!  From

Winter Market Opens!
January 7, 10am-2pm

PFM launches an inaugural Winter Market at Shemanski Park in 2012! Shop for winter produce, meats, cheeses, wine, seafood, baked goods and more every Saturday in January and February.  Hot food, warming soups and covered spaces available to chase away the chills.  From 10am - 2pm. The Winter Market is located in the South Park Blocks at Shemanski Park between SW Salmon & SW Main.

Portland Neighborhood Photos

While you're out walking and hiking, be sure to take some photos and submit them to the Portland photos gallery.  The best picture selected each week wins "Photo of the Week" and a gift certificate to a local Portland business.  We have been out and about photographing Portland neighborhoods this week so we an update the website for each neighborhood in 2012.  We would love your help!  Here are just a few of the Portland Neighborhood Photo Albums we updated while out and about this past week!


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This Week's Top Ten in Portland

The Portland Top Ten List is a list of places, businesses, restaurants, or events that we'd like to focus on each week.  This week I'd like to spotlight the Portland Arts scene.  Visit our Portland Arts and Culture page for additional information on galleries, museums, theaters, and more.

1)  RACC - One of the best resources for learning about the Arts in Portland is the Regional Arts and Culture Council.  Visit their website for helpful resources and cultural calendar at:

2)  15th Annual "All the Art that Fits"  
The Regional Arts & Culture Council presents the 15th annual all the art that fits, a City of Portland and Multnomah County employee art exhibit in the Portland Building lobby, December 21, 2011 – January 25, 2012.

This year’s show features a wide variety of works by 43 artists ranging from paintings, photographs, and drawings, to collages, glass pieces, and 3-D wall sculptures. Stop by and vote for your favorite artist as part of our People’s Choice Award. The prize for this year’s winner is a free dual membership to the Portland Art Museum, generously donated by the Museum in honor of the exhibit’s 15 year anniversary.

The Portland Building, located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue, is open to the public from 7am - 6pm, Monday through Friday.

3)  The Goodfoot - Perhaps an unexpected place to find a great art gallery in Portland is at the Goodfoot Lounge.  They always have amazing art on their walls for sale.  Goodfoot - 2845 SE Stark St.  Right now they have the Art of Musical Maintenance 8:
The Goodfoot is proud to announce that “The Art of Musical Maintenance, in it’s 8th year, will open Thurs, Dec 1st, from 5pm-2:30 am and be up until Jan 21st. We will be displaying the newest installment of music posters from artists throughout the country. The artists in this show are as diverse as the music. Likewise, the artist’s techniques vary as well (from hand drawn to computer generated design). There are over 50 artists, and around 300 posters.  

Another great Portland bar to see some unique artwork is at Swift on Broadway.  Right now they have an exhibit by Portland artist Anna Duvall (Website: ) , featuring portraits of lovely tatoo'ed ladies (oh so Portland, and very cool!).
Anna Duvall Portland Artist
Artist Anna Duvall - Porcelain Goddess. On exhibit at Swift Lounge Portland

4) Portland Murals -  Portland is known for having so many great city murals.  I love seeing new murals going up, like the new Cuban Portland mural on Glisan Street.
Mural on side of Pambiche, Portland
Photo by Pambiche

I witnessed the evolution of this mural when visiting Migration Brewing this summer.  It is painted on the side of Portland's most popular Cuban restaurant, Pambiche.  There are murals all over Portland.  I live in NE Portland, and came across this photo gallery of NE Portland murals on Flickr (by tgstewart1):

In case you're wondering how to go about creating your own mural in Portland, you will want to visit: 2/11 RACC Workshop: How Did that Mural Get There? The Rules and Regulations for Creating Murals in Portland

5) The Pearl District - No mention of the Arts in Portland would overlook Portland's Pearl District galleries.  Home to First Thursday, the annual Art in the Pearl show., and many of the cities best art galleries.  Visit

“Arts for All” provides $5 tickets to low-income Oregonians
After a hugely successful pilot last year, the program Music for All returns starting Monday, Oct. 3 with a new name – Arts for All – to reflect its expanded reach. Last season, 12 classical music organizations made performances more accessible to low-income citizens by offering $5 tickets to those with Oregon Trail Cards. This season, 32 arts organizations spanning disciplines such as theater, dance and music are participating in the program – almost tripling the options.  Read more at

7)  Taste ART at Portland Art Museum
Local musicians, Museum staff, and volunteers will collaborate with artist-in-residence Lexa Walsh in writing and performing songs about and inspired by objects and artists in the Museum. This experience will bring spectacle, delight, and varied perspectives to the Museum tour and will live on as a playlist on the Museum’s iPods.

8)  First Thursday - Portland Art Event - Gallery Hop - First Thursday

The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on the "First Thursday" of every month for an evening of art, wine and music. Walk from gallery to gallery to view all of the new art exhibits.  Visit

9) First Fridays Portland Eastside 

Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist receptions and openings during extended hours on the First Friday of every month. Here is a list of galleries with regular First Friday events.

10)  Alberta Arts District - Alberta Street in NE Portland is full of creativity and several art galleries and local shops that are worth a visit any time you need creative inspiration.  Visit

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner is Michael Barton for this awesome shot of this bear, taken at the Oregon Zoo.  Nice series of photos once again, Michael!

Oregon Zoo Bear - Photo by Michael Barton

Oregon Zoo photo by Michael Barton

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 

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Featured Portland Events

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar for free (please read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.

West Side Story

January 3, 2012 to January 8, 2012Keller More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath Organized by PCPA | Type: theater

Taste ART: Museum Special

January 3, 2012 at 10am to March 31, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Local musicians, Museum staff, and volunteers will collaborate with artist-in-residence Lexa Walsh in writing and performing songs about and inspired by objects and artists in the Museum. This experi Organized by | Type: tour

Portland Chinese Garden - Free Days

January 5, 2012 at 9pm to January 9, 2012 at 5pm – "Portland Chinese Garden" Great Eight Free Days To kick off 2012 and a year full of events, Lan Su Chinese Garden will open Monday, January 2, through Monday, January 9, with no cost for admission (general admission is regul Organized by Lan Su Portland Chinese Garden | Type: garden

First Fridays Portland East Side Galleries

January 6, 2012 all day – Various Galleries Welcome to First Friday! Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist re Organized by First Fridays Portland | Type: art

Behind the Scenes Breweries Tour

January 6, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm – SE & NE Portland The tour begins at Buckman Village, a small brewery that shares space with a nano brewery and a distillery, located inside a SE pub that features 49 rotating taps. After sampling beers there, we then Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: breweries, tour

RiverCity Music Festival

January 6, 2012 at 4pm to January 8, 2012 at 6pm – Red Lion on the River Tommy EmmanuelSteep Canyon RangersThe Traveling McCourys            Peter Rowan Band            The Boxcars                Dale WatsonHot Club of Cowtown            David LindleyJim Lauderdale        Organized by Kristen | Type: music, festival

Museum Tour Remix: Singing Tour

January 6, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm – Portland Art Museum Local musicians, Museum staff, and volunteers will collaborate with artist-in-residence Lexa Walsh in writing and performing songs about and inspired by objects and artists in the Museum. This experi Organized by | Type: tour

Portlandia Season Premiere at Mission Theater

January 6, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm – "Mission Theater" Portlandia 2012 Season Premeire Mission Theater McMenamins This IFC Original short-based comedy series Portlandia was created, w Organized by McMenamins | Type: potlandia

Genealogy Workshop - Dig Into Your Roots!

January 7, 2012 from 10am to 12pm – Oregon Historical Society Have you just begun researching your family and don’t know what records to look at? Or perhaps you know your ancestors lived in Oregon in 1880 but you can’t find them in the census. This workshop wil Organized by Oregon Historical Society | Type: workshop

Food cART

January 7, 2012 at 11am to March 31, 2012 at 3pm – Portland Art Museum Local food carts will design menu items, both savory and sweet, to serve on Saturdays and Free Fourth Friday nights. All specials will be inspired by works in the collection. Share ideas over an art- Organized by | Type: special, event

Imbibing Tour

January 7, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – SE & NE Portland We begin at Coalition, a small 10 barrel brewery in the inner SE where we taste their handcrafted, highly drinkable beers that reflect traditional brewing techniques and NW innovation. Our next spot Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery, tour

Transient, Daniel Menche, Eight Bells, Taurus at Mississippi Studios

January 7, 2012 from 8pm to 10pm – "Mississippi Studios" Saturday, January 07, 2012 TRANSIENTDANIEL MENCHE (Record Release)EIGHT BELLSTAURUS Organized by Mississippi Studios | Type: portland music

Casey Neill & the Norway Rats at Doug Fir

January 7, 2012 from 8pm to 11pm – "Doug Fir" Clever songwriting from PDX's favored son Casey Neill & The Norway Rats Sassparilla, Jackrabbit Sat 1/07 Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm Doug Fir Lounge This event i Organized by Doug Fir | Type: portland music

The Liberators Comedy Show at Mississippi Studios

January 8, 2012 from 8pm to 11pm – "Mississippi Studios"   Sunday, January 08, 2012 THE LIBERATORS COMEDY SHOW Organized by Lorri E. | Type: portland music

Skate-a-roke! - Roller Skating and Karaoke for Rose City Rollers

January 9, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm – "Oaks Park" January 09, 2012, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Oaks Park   Portland Mercury Presents: SKATE-A-ROKE!  Roller Skating and Karaoke...Together at Last!  A fundrasier for the Rose City Rollers! MONDAY, JANUARY Organized by Rose City Rollers and Portland Mercury | Type: rose city rollers

The North Plan - Portland Center Stage

January 10, 2012 to February 5, 2012"Gerding Theater at the Armory - PCS" The North Plan at PCS Jan 10 - Feb 5 After a ruthless cabal seizes power in Washington, Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, runs off with the new regime’s top secret Enemies List. Un Organized by "Portland Center Stage" | Type: portland theater

Oregon Zoo Second Tuesday $4 Admission

January 10, 2012 from 10am to 4pm – "Oregon Zoo" Second Tuesday — $4 Admission Tuesday, Jan. 10 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy all of the fabulous activities at the Oregon Zoo for a fraction of the cost. Children under 3 years of age will, as always, be ad Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: zoo

Auggie Smith

January 11, 2012 at 8am to January 14, 2012 at 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Auggie Smith, from Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” will perform LIVE at Helium Comedy Club. One Night only in during the month of December. Wednesday, December 14 @ Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand-up, comedy

Emily Wells at Doug Fir

January 12, 2012 from 8pm to 11pm – "Doug Fir" The return of beloved Cosmopolitan folktronica pioneer Emily Wells Timmy Straw Thu 1/12 Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm Doug Fir Lounge This event is 21 and over Organized by Lorri E. | Type: portland music

Portlandia at Mission Theater

January 13, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm – "Mission Theater" "Portlandia" (2012) Mission Theater | Friday, January 13 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show | Free | Minor with parent or guardian About "Portlandia" (2012) In case you're one of the few Portlanders who Organized by McMenamins | Type: portlandia

Pickwick at Doug Fir

January 13, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm – "Doug Fir" Buzz worthy indie rock soul from Seattle Pickwick Bryan John Appleby, Deep Sea Diver Fri 1/13 Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm Doug Fir Lounge This event is 21 and over Organized by Doug Fir | Type: portland music

Craig Robinson at Helium Comedy Club- Portland

January 13, 2012 from 7:30pm to 11pm – Helium Comedy Club Stand-up comedian and actor Craig Robinson is best known for his role on NBC's The Office, see him LIVE at Helium! Friday, January 13 @ 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM- $30Call today to make your ticket reser Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand-up, comedy, the, office

Forest Park at Mississippi Studios

January 13, 2012 from 8pm to 10pm – "Mississippi Studios" Friday, January 13, 2012 FOREST PARK with special guests Ryan McAlpin, Shannon Steele (both of Typhoon) and Holland Andrews (of Like A Villain) AAN YOUTH Organized by Mississippi Studios | Type: portland music

Brooklyn Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Report

by Ross Seligman

Brooklyn Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

Brooklyn is in a great location as it is in close proximity to some of Portland's most hip and popular neighborhoods such as Sellwood, Hawthorne and Clinton. Residents have plenty of coffee, pub and dining options just a stones throw away in most cases across several adjoining neighborhoods.  To learn more about Brooklyn, click here.

Are you keeping an eye on Brooklyn or is it your neighborhood?  Check out this link for a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.

 If you are looking for homes in the Brooklyn neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Brooklyn neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In November 2011, there were 31 closed sales, 27 pending sales, and 92 homes on the market in the Brooklyn Neighborhood.

One year change from November 2010 to November 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 18.6%

Homes sold: Up 6.9%

Homes pending sale: Up 3.8%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Brooklyn neighborhood has been between $140 and $173/sq. ft. In November 2011, the average price per square foot in the Brooklyn neighborhood was $152.

One year change from November 2010 to November 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Down 11.9%

Days on Market, Sold/List Price:

This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In November 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Brooklyn neighborhood was 54 days.

The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold.  This is a great indication of the pressure on prices.  In November 2011, sellers in Brooklyn received, on average, 92% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from November 2010 to November 2011:

Time on Market: Down 11.5%
Sold/List price % difference: Down 2%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In November 2011, the average price of a house on the market in Brooklyn was $418,000. The average sale was $319,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 8.9%
Average sold price:  Down 22.4%

Months of Inventory:

Months of inventory gives a time line of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell.  Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market.  This figure is a good indicator of supply and demand.  November 2011 in the Brooklyn neighborhood had 3 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in November, 54 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Brooklyn from this point forward, in 3 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. The first thing you will notice about individual neighborhoods as compared to the overall Portland reports are that the numbers can be wildly different month to month. Basically, the bigger the pool of data you are working with, the smoother the stats become. As we focus on smaller areas, many different things can happen month to month.

If you are looking to buy or sell in a particular neighborhood, the most crucial information that you need to know is what is going on in that neighborhood. In this situation, the overall Portland market report is less important and the national real estate report is just about useless. This posting is a real estate report for the Brooklyn neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges. Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in buying or selling and I am be happy to do a report, just contact me on this forum or at

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area real estate and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports at :

Best Portland Real Estate Deals

Each week, Ross shares five cool Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.  Here are just a few to look at.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week: 

 3639 NW THURMAN ST Portland, OR 97210 - NW District - $1,693.000

Click here to see the full listing

1525 NE 73RD AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Montavilla - $215,000

Click here to see the full listing

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

View the full list of weekly Portland real estate deals.

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