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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland January 8 - January 15 2011

Another weekend brings another Portland blog!  If you're at all like me, you might be feeling the holidays were a little too good to you. The scale shows a scary number yes, but at least the weather is warming up a tad and we have an arsenal of fun ways to lose the holiday poundage.  Seems most folks have New Years Resolutions that start with "get in shape" or "lose weight" and this year, mine is not so different but I want it to also be a resolution that sticks - not just a passing fad, crash diet or three week fitness crush. My New Years resolution is to "be healthier" and to "share health".  So with that, I am sharing a few ideas to help us all invest in our health.

Get Moving! Portland has a ton of indoor and outdoor fitness options and we have a truly comprehensive list of them on our Portland fitness page. From Bocce ball to climbing, to soccer (indoor and outdoor) to baseball, rowing and running, martial arts, boxing, fencing...the list goes on and on.

Eat Awesomely!  Eating awesome is not hard in our fine city- we are incredibly lucky to have some of the best food on the coast thanks to some amazing local restaurants. But, if you're looking to save money like most of us are, you're looking for options to eat awesomely on the cheap. The answer might be easier than you thought: Eat less meat and add more vegetables to your diet, especially the brilliantly colored ones, like yams and beets. Try the Portland Farmers Markets (a few are open year round) or shop local produce at your grocer.

Last but not least -- don't deprive yourself. Just be smart and do all things - that is, eat all things, hehe - in moderation. For instance, most diets will tell you beer is a no-no but I personally can't imagine life without a good IPA from time to time. Plus, we live in the beer capital of the whole dang world.  Nix beer -- in Portland of all places??!  Come on...get real!  


BEER (aka Horse Brass) by Angela Higgins


Portland Trivia Fun

Teeny weeny park

Portland is home to Mill Ends Park, the smallest park in the world. Only two feet across-- its a real must see! Located downtown in the middle of a crosswalk on Front Avenue at Taylor Street.

Biggest park

On the flipside, Forest Park, is nearly 5000 acres. It is the largest urban park in the US.

Learn more facts and weird trivia about Portland here. And if you love trivia of all kinds, you should hit up one of our many Portland trivia nights!


This Week's Top Ten in Portland

1. Sweet Basil Thai on NE Broadway- Best Crab Rangoon ever!

2. Ninkasi IPA - Is there a more perfect beer?

3. Root Whole Body - Most relaxing, zenful Yoga spot we know.

4. Forest Park - You are stunning in every season.

5. Anna's Hummingbird in my yard - you make my day every single time I see you. Learn more about Portland's hummingbirds here.

6. New Seasons meat counter - Best "standing rib roast" (AKA prime rib) of all time was recently procured from you and made divine in my kitchen.

7. Bob's Red Mill flour - By far the best flour I have found for making homemade bread.

8. Andy and Bax - Because of you, I found the most awesome military sweater for my husband for Christmas. I never knew this was The Place to find cool, cheap hats either. Now we all know.

9. Gustav's German Pub & Grill - Best lentil soup ever. Ever!

10. Lucky Lab on Hawthorne - maker of my favorite sandwich on the planet: the three cheese meltdown. This sandwich should win a foodie Oscar.


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is Winter at Marshall Park by Michael Barton.


Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  Michael will receive a $20 gift certificate to local phenom, Powells Books.

About Powells Books:  Powell's personifies Portland in so many ways:  first of all, it's an independently owned bookstore.  Portland in general is highly supportive of locally owned businesses and supporting the local economy.  While we don't outwardly shun all big box chain stores, we prefer to do our business at home.  Perhaps more importantly, Powells Bookstore is simply one of the finest bookstores in the world.  Powell's City of Books takes up an entire city block downtown, and you can get lost for hours exploring the labyrinth of color-coded rooms.  You will probably need a map, the store is so big...  Read more about Powells Bookstore

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! 



Featured Portland Events this Week

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this very weekend!  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, here.  Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.

RiverCity Music Festival

January 7, 2011 at 5pm to January 9, 2011 at 6pm –Red Lion Inn Jantzen Beach After a one-year break, a lot has changed for the six-year-old RiverCity Bluegrass Festival – starting with its name. It’s now the RiverCity Music Festival. The festival’s new home – Red Lion On The


Free admission: Lan Su Chinese Garden

January 4, 2011 to January 9, 2011  Lan Su Chinese Garden 239 NW Everett St Portland, OR 97209 Lan Su Chinese Garden Begins 2011 with Free Admission for All Visitors To kick off 2011 and a year full of events, Lan Su Chinese Garden will open Sunday, January 2, through Sunday, January 9, with



Reel Music Festival 28 - NWFilmCenter

January 7, 2011 to January 18, 2011  "Portland Art Musuem " Reel Music Festival 28 Ballet isn’t the first thing that a subway platform brings to mind, but the NYC Ballet Company isn’t afraid to dance on one. James Newell Osterberg, Jr. is hardly a name you as



O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year Celebration

January 9, 2011 from 12pm to 3pm – Portland Japanese Garden O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year, is the most important festival of the year in Japan. It is a time for family and friends to celebrate this auspicious day together and wish for good health and blessin



Gardening Class - Gardening on the Move

January 11, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8pm – One Stop Sustainability Shop If you have not (yet) settled down, but you still want to grow your own food, this class will offer tips and tricks for gardening on the move. Topics will include practical skills with container gard



Family Day

January 15, 2011 from 11am to 3pm – Oregon Historical Society Be the first to see the Oregon History Museum’s newest exhibit Perseverance: Black Pioneers in Early Oregon.  Visit with costumed interpreters from the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers Association.  L



Vegetable Garden Layout

January 16, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm – 9000 SE DIVISION January is the perfect time to plan your vegetable garden!Jen will discuss the importance of making a garden plan that will help the gardener maximize garden space by utilizing succession, crop rota



Reel Music Film Festival

January 16, 2011 from 8:30pm to 11pm – "Mississippi Studios"  Sunday 1/16/11 NW Film Center presents: REEL MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL Come embrace the art of the music video with the NW Film Center's annual showcase of music and culture caught on film. From rock, b



OMSI Science Pub @ Mission Theater

January 18, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Mission Theater in NW PDX OMSI Science Pub: Mission Theater Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods Tuesday, January 18, 7 p.m., at the Mission Theater With Scott Burns, PhD, professor of geology and past chair




January 21, 2011 at 6pm to January 23, 2011 at 5pm –Oregon Convention Center The Northwest’s Premier Chocolate Festival January 21- 23, 2011 OREGON CONVENTION CENTER More chocolate – more exhibitors – more fun! We’ve grown so big we had to move to the Oregon Convention Ce



Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!




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Do you love Portland? So do we! We would love to hear your favorite news, information, or facts about your favorite Portland neighborhoods or places. You can write about just about anything you desire (subject to our editorial review process*).  Just write and send us your submission (between 400-1000 words, as a general guideline) and each week we will select the best submissions for a $25 gift certificate to a local Portland business.

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Neighborhood Tour: St Johns


St. Johns Neighborhood Vibe

St. Johns is described by locals as "extremely friendly", "A town within a city..." "There seems to be quite an underground of artists and fellow travelers in these parts."

St. Johns has a charming, small town feel to it. The post office, coffee shops, breakfast places, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, and several parks, are all within walking distance for residents who live close to the downtown strip. 

St. Johns has a rich and interesting history. It seems St. Johns was established by James John (a kindly hermit) and the area is named after him. An 1843 pioneer settler of Linnton, James John, moved across the river and started St. Johns in about 1865. St. Johns became part of Portland in1915, two years before Linnton joined the growing city. There use to be a lot of streetcars here and many interesting old houses & buildings still remain.

It’s not possible to discuss St. Johns without singing the praises of the St. Johns bridge. It has a long, storied, and wildly rumored, history. It has been rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a 15 yr old murder victim. The bridge was NOT designed by the designer of the Golden Gate Bridge (a common misconception). In fact, the builder of the St Johns bridge was John Steinman, was a rival to the builder of the Golden Gate Bridge. Stating a connection between the two bridges is common, but incorrect historically. 

The St. John's bridge was meant to be all manner of biggest, widest, and/or tallest bridges West, East, prior to, or in the whole world ever (although it is true that at the time of construction, the bridge had the longest span of any suspension bridge west of Detroit). Rumors aside, the bridge is stunning, really, really stunning -- it’s worth a trip to St. Johns just for the bridge, descriptions like “towering gothic arches” are inadequate. Local residents find the St. Johns bridge to be far more lovely than the Golden Gate Bridge (and we agree).


Read more about St. Johns to learn all about this neighborhood and to discover who lives here, what local life is like and what local businesses make up this neighborhood.

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Eastmoreland Neighborhood Real Estate Report
by Ross Seligman

Moreland is technically divided into two neighborhoods, Westmoreland (considered a part of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood by the City of Portland) and Eastmoreland. Eastmoreland features sprawling homes set back from the street on expansive lawns, with beautiful gardens. A canopy of mature trees lining the streets makes this an inviting and serene area to live.   Reed College is located in the area, as is the beautiful Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Eastmoreland Golf Course, and Berkeley Park.  To learn more, click here.


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


In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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 Eastmoreland 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

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

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.

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Eastmoreland neighborhood from 9/09 to 11/10:



In November 2010, there were 26 closed sales, 27 pending sales, and 113 homes on the market in Eastmoreland Neighborhood.

One year change from November 2009 to November 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 3.7%
Homes sold: Down 21.2%
Homes pending sale: Up 58.8%


Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Eastmoreland neighborhood has been between $143 and $177/sq. ft. In November 2010, the average price per square foot in the Eastmoreland neighborhood was $177.

One year change from November 2009 to November 2010 - Change in Price Per Square Foot:

November 2009: 171

November 2010: 177

Percentage Change: Up 3.2%

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 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Eastmoreland neighborhood was 59 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 2010, sellers in Eastmoreland received, on average, 94% of their original listing price.

Change from November 2009 to November 2010:

Time on Market: Down 25.3%
Sold/List price% difference: Up 2.2%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


This chart shows us what the average listing was and what the average sale was. In November 2010, the average price of a house on the market in Eastmoreland was $384,000. The average sale was $417,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 0.8%
Average sold price:  Up 8.9%

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 2010 in the Eastmoreland neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the buyer's favor with 4.3 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 4.3 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average, in November 59 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Eastmoreland from this point forward, in 4.3 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

View the original article by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman.


View from Portland Spirit Cruise - Downtown by Michael Barton


Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Check out the full list of best deals.

7808 SE 28TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 "Frank Lloyd Wright Style Home" - Eastmoreland/Sellwood - $849,000

See the listing here:


4619 NE 31ST AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $349,000

See the listing here:

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