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This Week in Portland - January 28 to February 4, 2012

Angela  Hey, Portlanders-- welcome to the weekend!  Here's the weekly Portland blog, with the Portland events rundown. 
Today feels especially like Spring even if is quite brisk out there. I continue to be amazed at the amount of sunny days we have had in the last several months. Today was another little gift: birds a-chirpin', bright blue skies and SUN. All of this makes me year for spring and as you can see- she is just around the corner!


I am already planning my urban vegetable garden and this year my aim is to turn every pot, every inch of ground unplanted into a fabulous foodie garden. On the agenda: spinach, lacinato kale, butter lettuce, sweet onions, carrots, roma tomatoes (smaller tomatoes seem to work best in our climate), basil, cucumbers and zucchini. Add to that: mint, oregano, thyme and rosemary. A few of my favorite places to get nice quality plant starts are at New Seasons, Pistils Nursery, Marbott's and Livingscape.

Portland Blog Focus: On Belmont

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Today the missus and I took a walk in our old neighborhood in Sunnyside, on SE Belmont. We make no bones about it, we would move back if circumstances allowed. We’ve always regretted moving from that street.

How to describe Southeast Belmont Street? The first word that comes to mind is ‘eclectic’, but then in Portland it’s practically an unwritten ordinance for citizens to use that word when describing their neighborhood, or favorite eatery, or church, or pet. Calling Belmont ‘eclectic’ is too vague; calling it ‘trendy’ is a crime (and I avoid that word in any case. Blech.); the neighborhood feels too lived-in to be trendy. That’s the way I like it. And ‘neighborhood’ is a misnomer here anyway, as the street runs through three neighborhoods as it stretches from SE 12th to SE 60th. The Belmont Area was originally developed around the first trolley line established in 1888, if you like history stuff and/or like puffing up a paragraph like I do.


We lived in an apartment in this house, at Belmont and 29th. We spent hours on the front steps hanging out with friends on warm evenings, listening to the kitchen clatter of Genoa across the street, or sitting in the yard out back drinking and probably annoying dwellers the next building over (we learned of Princess Diana’s demise while sipping atomic lemonades at a table in that yard, our friend Darcy dashing out of her apartment shouting “You guys! Guess what!” Those were good days. Well, for us they were. For Princess Di, not so much.

The house is still there, although most of the tenants have moved on, as we did. The street has changed in the intervening years, happily not losing its slightly-slouchy hands-in-pockets mien. Some businesses closed up, others have opened. The Pied Cow is often a reason for visiting Belmont these days, meeting friends for sips and dips in the evening air of the yard, but other places are attractions as well. The Belmont Inn still props up its corner, and The Belfry and The Cricket Café persevere. Aalto Lounge, and The Laughing Planet Café, and of course Avalon Theatre and Wunderland, seem destined for perpetuity.



Two new (to us) places afforded the missus and me an interesting and tasty stop. Saint Cupcake Deluxe, at 33rd and Belmont, serves sweet palm-sized nirvana. The wife raved about the red velvet variety while I wolfed down a german chocolate cupcake the likes of which I instantly wanted three more. The counter was woman’d by Jennifer, who was very welcoming and enthusiastic about both cupcakes and customers, ensuring a return visit. Thanks, Jennifer!



A few steps beyond Saint Cupcake Deluxe’s counter area was another shop called Noun. This store warms my steampunky heart with its tastefully cluttered display of merchandise and memorabilia from eras past. I honestly wanted every other item in there. My wife paled just a little when she saw me avidly pawing the wares; she’s always afraid I’ll over-run her household décor with gothyfroth and sepia what-nots. I resisted the urges. This time. Stephanie, the owner and curator of Noun, was very gracious and didn’t mind me taking a snap of the interior of the shop. Thanks, Stephanie!



One improvement to Belmont that took place after our move: bike lanes and bike parking! Much needed, much appreciated. Maybe I’ll take a roll on the bike through there sometimes soon. I don’t need much encouragement. It still feels like my neighborhood.


To learn more about the wonderful Belmont neighborhood, enjoy a cruise through our dedicated Belmont neighborhood page.

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner  is A.G. for this lovely park scenery of Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton.

From: "The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District manages about 1,300 acres of natural areas, which provide a variety of benefits including ecosystem services, recreation, trails and learning opportunities.  In the heart of Beaverton, Cedar Mill Creek spills into the westward flowing Beaverton Creek. Surrounding this confluence is the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a remarkably diverse 222-acre wildlife preserve with wetlands, forests, and streams that are habitat insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The Nature Park is a fascinating place to observe seasonal changes, such as the migration of rough skinned newts to their breeding ponds or the waves of spring wildflowers or breeding birds. For hikers, joggers, birders, and botanists of all ages, the mosaic of habitats within the park offers much to be discovered."

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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.

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

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

"(I Am Still) The Duchess of Malfi"

January 10, 2012 at 7:30pm to February 12, 2012 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage Is the desire of love or power the most alluring? Edgy and visceral, this contemporary adaptation of Webster’s classic Jacobean revenge tragedy is a world-premiere production. In this re-imagined cla Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: performance

Lawrence Howard in Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare

January 20, 2012 at 8pm to January 28, 2012 at 8pm – Hipbone Studio - home to Portland Story Theater Portland Story Theater presents Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare. Written, directed, and performed by Lawrence Howard. This is a story about Ernest Shackleton and his epic voyage of The Endurance in Organized by Portland Story Theater | Type: performance,

Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats

January 21, 2012 at 10am to May 6, 2012 at 5pm – World Forestry Center Washington Park Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats Opens January 21!   "Masters of the Night:  The True Story of Bats," a touring museum exhibition produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, is bringing the myster Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

Chinese New Year - Portland Chinese Garden

January 23, 2012 to February 6, 2012"Portland Chinese Garden" Portland Chinese New Year Portland Chinese New Year at Portland Chinese Garden Year of the Golden Dragon January 23-February 6, 2012 This annual event for families and kids of all ages includes lion Organized by Portland Chinese Garden | Type: chinese new year

Family Bingo @ Skyline Burgers on Broadway

January 25, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm – Skyline Burgers on Broadway Family friendly bingo that's free to play with lots of cool prizes to win! Drop by anytime between 5-7pm! Learn more on the Synth-Bio Productions website, twitter, or facebook page. Organized by synthbioproductions | Type: family bingo

Climate Voices: A Film Night with IELP

January 25, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm – The Hollywood Theatre Join the International Environmental Law Project for the screening of two films that explore the personal face of climate change.To the Land of the Setting Sun considers how perspective and framing i Organized by IELP | Type: fundraiser

Pantera Cello Project at Wonder Ballroom

January 25, 2012 from 8pm to 10pm – "Wonder Ballroom" Pantera Cello Project Sat 2/25 Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm Wonder Ballroom This event is 21 and over Organized by Wonder Ballroom | Type: portland music

Greg Fitzsimmons

January 26, 2012 at 8pm to January 28, 2012 at 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Greg Fitzsimmons from Comedy Central Presents and Chelsea Lately, see him LIVE at Helium Comedy Club. Call today to make a ticket reservation, 888-643-8669. Or purchase your tickets in advance, http Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: comedy, stand-up

Imbibing Tour

January 28, 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

OPEN AUDITIONS for "Spider Baby, The Musical"

January 28, 2012 at 1pm to January 29, 2012 at 3pm – TaborSpace, Dining Room Spider Baby The Musical A horror comedy by Jack Hill Adapted by Enrique Acosta Directed by Lee Potter ********* Show Description: Jack Hill's 1968 cult film of the same name gets the rock show treatm Organized by Epiphany Theatre PDX | Type: musical, auditions

Ted's Talk (Museum Tour Remix)

January 28, 2012 from 3pm to 5pm – Portland Art Museum The Museum’s own Ted Smith, long-time security guard, local radio host, and witty conversationalist, will join artist-in-residence Lexa Walsh in leading a people’s tour of the collection that draws o Organized by | Type: tour

Museum Tour Remix: Hair Tours

January 29, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm – Portland Art Museum In continuation of artist-in-residence Lexa Walsh’s One of Us project from Shine a Light 2011, Walsh will guide families on a tour of the Museum looking at hats, headpieces, and wigs in artworks in t Organized by David Shultz | Type: tour

Trivia @ Brix Tavern

January 29, 2012 from 7pm to 9:30pm – Brix Tavern A night of Trivia, Art, and Music brought to you by Synth-Bio Productions! Come out for your chance to win over $50 in prizes each night! Up to seven people per team and its free to play! Learn mor Organized by synthbioproductions | Type: pub trivia

Outside The Frame

January 30, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm – The Armory Gerding Theatre For the second year in a row Outside In's Guerilla Theatre youth have created films about issues that are important to them.Be the first to see this years films at a free premiere screening hosted by Organized by Heberto Espinosa | Type: film, premiere

Grindhouse Film Festival: Suspiria

January 31, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10pm – "Hollywood Theatre" On Tuesday January 31st at 7:30pm, the Grindhouse Film Festival presents an extremely rare 35mm print of Dario Argento’s Italian horror classic Suspiria! Advance tickets are here Suspiria (1977) Dari Organized by Hollywood Theatre | Type: film festival

Local Motion: Portland Mayoral Candidates Discuss Active Transportation at Portland State University

February 6, 2012 from 6:15pm to 9pm – Lincoln Hall (Main Auditorium), Portland State University What: A Portland Mayoral Candidates Forum on Active Transportation Who: Mayoral Candidates: Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith Emcees: Lawrence Wallack, Dean of Portland State Universit Organized by Presented by PSU Planning Club | Type: debate

January 2012 Portland Condo Real Estate Report

Ross Seligman by Ross Seligman

January 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Condo Market Report: What's Happening?

Here is a chart of all condos for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In December 2011, inventory has dropped with 568 condos on the market.   In December 2011, 106 condos sold and 98 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from December 10 to December 11:

Inventory is Down 35.1%

Closed Sales are Down 4.5%.

Pending sales are Up 55.6%. 

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot for condos in Portland, Oregon has been between $213 and $270. In December 2011, the average price per square foot in Portland was $257.

Yearly change from December 10 to December 11:

Average Price/Square Foot has decreased 4.7%

Days on market and sold/list price %:

This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a condo is spending, on average, before being sold. In all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a condo is taking, on average, 102 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the condo, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In December 2011, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from December 10 to December 11:

Average time it takes to sell a condo has decreased 20.3%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 2%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


The largest segment of condo sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a condo that has sold. In December 2011, this figure was $292,000.

Yearly change from December 10 to December 11:

The average price of a condo listed has increased 2.7%.

The average price of a condo sold has decreased 14.4%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In December 2011, this figure was 5.4 months based on closed sales. 

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 5.4 months for your condo to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 102 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 5.4 months for all available condos to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from December 10 to December 11:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 32%.

About the report:

They are a comparison of the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last 12 months) for all of Portland and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Portland as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all condos sold in all price ranges in Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

To see and/or bookmark a monthly automatic updating chart, click here.

This information doesn't matter if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your condo, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area condos for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports:

Best Portland Real Estate Deals of the Week

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.

 2896 SW Patton RD Portland, OR 97201 - SW Hills - $5,850,000

See the full listing here

5304 SE BYBEE BLVD Portland, OR 97206 - Brentwood - $184,900

See the full listing here

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:

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