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
Get Moving! Portland has a ton of indoor and outdoor
fitness options and we have a truly comprehensive list of them on our
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
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
capital of the whole dang world. Nix beer -- in Portland of all
places??! Come on...get real!
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.
On the flipside,
is nearly 5000 acres. It is the largest urban park in the US.
Learn more facts and weird trivia about Portland
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 BasilThai 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
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
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
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
Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
January 9, 2011from 12pm to 3pm
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…
January 11, 2011from 6:30pm to
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…
January 15, 2011from 11am to 3pm
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…
January 16, 2011from 1pm to 3pm
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…
January 16, 2011from 8:30pm to
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…
January 18, 2011from 6pm to 9pm
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…
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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favorite news, information, or facts about your favorite Portland neighborhoods
or places. You can write about just about anything you desire (subject to our
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Here are just a few ideas of things you might write about:
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."
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
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.
Want to research or
other neighborhoods? We have nearly 100 neighborhood profiles detailing the
urban Portland neighborhoods.
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 athttp://www.propertiesofportland.com.
If you are looking for homes in Eastmoreland, visit this link where you can
search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click
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
One year change fromNovember2009
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
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.
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