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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, February 5 - February 12, 2011

Hello, Portland!  IFC Portlandia fans, visit THIS PAGE for a special version of the blog. First off this week, a big congratulations to our friends at Coava Coffee Roasters, for sweeping the NW Regional Barista Competition.  Read all about it at: - Coava took "top honors in both the Northwest Regional Barista Competition—Mr. Sam Purvis—and the first-ever Regional Brewers Cup—Devin Chapman."  Yea, Coava!  If you haven't tried this Portland micro roaster, you'll definitely want to check it out.  Coava Coffee: 1300 Southeast Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 9721.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams holding Coave Coffee Mug

Mayor Sam Adams, photo from

Coava Roasters by Julie Lynn Kelley

Ok, we're coming up on Valentine's Day, so if you plan on celebrating it, you'll want to be thinking of making plans and reservations. Don't miss our Portland Valentine's Day Events Page for some ideas on what to do.  Some of the most romantic restaurants in Portland are also the coziest and can be hard to get into on busy nights, so call and get your reservations now!

If you're going to get some chocolates for your sweetie, by all means avoid the mass-produced generic heart-shaped box full of boring stale candy, and instead try one of our local chocolatiers:

Local Portland Chocolatiers

Cacao Drink Chocolate - Simply, sinfully wrong and right all at the same time.  "Cacao!"

Sahagún Chocolates - Beautiful chocolates made by a PDX chocolate pioneer.

Alma Chocolate - Electic fun little goodies.

Moonstruck  Here's to dreaming of the chocolate milkshake...  One of my favorite (annual) treats.

Northwest Sweets Handmade goodies and exotic things you probably won't find elsewhere.

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This Week's Top Ten in Portland

1) Mt. Hood.  Yes, it is still winter in spite of the sun breaks we have been having.  Portland winter sports enthusiasts rejoice on the mountain.  Learn more about what to see and do on Mt Hood.  If you're looking to rent a cabin on Mt. Hood, you might check out Mt Hood Vacation Rentals.  I have rented from them several times and they have some great cabins.

2)  Portland Seafood and Wine Festival.  It is the Portland Seafood Festival this weekend, and in honor of the event we have added our Portland Seafood page which of course links to the best seafood restaurants in Portland.

3) Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue - Los Amigos Invisibles - DJ Santo, 2/7 and 2/8 At Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
.  Show: 9:00 PM, Age Limitations: 21 & Over, Venue Website:

4) Oregon History Museum: Statehood Day Free Day, Sunday, February 13, Noon – 5 PM,  Visit OHS for a free day in celebration of Oregon’s 152nd birthday. View our newest exhibit Perseverance: Black Pioneers in Early Oregon, and speak to representatives from the Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers. Take a walk through Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride and Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam, on their last day open in the museum. Children can investigate artifact replicas at our “What is it?” table. Listen to a lecture by Kerry Tymchuk at 2 PM titled “Laughing All the Way to the White House,” then enjoy birthday cake and frozen yogurt samples from Lucky Spoon Frozen Yogurt, while supplies last!

5) House Spirits Distillery - From - Wednesday, February 9th from 5pm - 8pm, House Spirits Distillery's RPM Wednesday
@ Pinot American Brasserie
1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR

6) Oregon Children's Theatre - Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly - World Premiere Musical, Saturday, February 5th -
Sunday, February 20th.

7) Portland Walking Tours - Chocolate Decadence Tour - "Portland is justly famous for its coffee and beer, but the Portland culinary scene offers far, far more than that. Our Chocolate Decadence tour showcases the Rose City's spin on the world's favorite sweet indulgence. While the coffee junkies and beer snobs are yammering away about their respective libations, you'll see (and more importantly: taste!) chocolate in myriad forms - be it whipped, melted, or served as a drink. Local vendors and chocolatiers will showcase their tasty works giving you a window in on their world, pulling back the curtain and showing off how they satiate Portland's appetite for decadent desserts on a daily basis."  Book it:

8) The Greater Vancouver Bridal Show - Portland metro and Vancouver area brides will enjoy Saturday Feb 5 at the Vancouver Hilton, getting wedding planning ideas galore.

9)The Return of Quizzy Master Roy Smallwood.  I had heard he was out of town, but now you can find Portland Trivia, ala "Quizzy" at Mississippi Studios restaurant! QUIZZY featuring. Quiz Master Roy Smallwood Every Tuesday - starts 2/01! Portland Bar Trivia: 6:30 - 8:30 FREE!  Welcome back to Portland, Roy.

10)  February 13, 2011 - The Worst Day of the Year Ride- Winter time bike riders rejoice at the chance to ride in the worst weather of the year...although not really, because for some reason the weather usually seems to turn out just fine for this fun annual Portland bike ride.  Whatever, good weather or bad-- it's loads of fun.  Come register now.  Whatever you do though, don't become THIS guy (Portlandia militant bike messenger satire):


More about the Worst Day of the Year ride:

Get ready to ride with 4,000 other fun-loving people for the Worst Day of the Year Ride, presented by Oregon City Subaru, an 18-mile odyssey around downtown Portland that has quickly become Portland's favorite wintertime bike ride.

We'll keep you warm and cozy at every turn with belly-nourishing treats including hot cocoa, doughnuts, fruit, spicy chai tea, soups, bagels, hot cider and a huge finish line lunch (all included).

Join hundreds of other hardy souls as we laugh at the elements and gather for a delicious finish line party catered by Laughing Planet Cafe at the Lucky Labrador brew pub.

The ride is capped at 4,000 riders and it will sell out.
Register early so you don't miss out on the 10th anniversary ride. The Worst Day of the Year Ride, presented by Oregon City Subaru is a benefit for the Community Cycling Center.

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is this stunning image of the reflections of Sellwood Park, by Fasai.  Come upload your photos, and as always, thanks so much for sharing, we really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week!

Sellwood Park photo by Fasai on  

Sellwood Park by Fasai



Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Lindsay will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of Portland's favorite coffee shops, Barista (now in both the Pearl District and on NE Alberta Street).  Want to learn more about where to find great Portland coffee?  Visit our Portland Coffee page.

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! 

We've got over 3000 photos of Portland up now.  Here are the current featured photos from the site!  Thanks for sharing your Portland photos.

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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.

Also, for those of you romantics who want to plan ahead...our Portland Valentine's Day events and ideas page has begun.  If you have a Portland Valentine's Day event you would like to see featured, go ahead and add it to the Portland Events Calendar and drop us a line. Also, if you know of a romantic restaurant in Portland that isn't already on our list, let us know.

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

Portland Seafood and Wine Festival

February 4, 2011 to February 5, 2011 – Oregon Convention Center This winter event held February the 4th and 5th, 2011 is a celebration of all things Oregon, but most specifically our wonderful Oregon seafood and wines.  Join us at the Oregon Convention Center for… Organized by Portland Seafood and Wine Festival | Type: portland seafood and wine festival

Free Tuscan Wine Tasting

February 4, 2011 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm – Foster & Dobbs Drop by the shop this Friday when Joe Moura from Casa Bruno Wines will be here to share tastes of the 2007 Felsina Chianti Classico, 2005 Corte Alla Flora Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2007 La Gerla… Organized by Luan Schooler | Type: wine, tasting

Chinese New Year at Chinatown Gate

February 5, 2011 from 10am to 11am – Old Town Chinatown Friends of Portland Chinatown is proud to present "Chinese New Year at Chinatown Gate", an outdoor celebration at Chinatown Gate featuring lion dance performance by Minh Quang Lion Dance, large group… Organized by Friends of Portland Chinatown | Type: festival


Hip Happening Art & Craft Bazaar

February 5, 2011 from 11am to 5pm – Sellwood Masonic Temple Come peruse over 30 unique local artisans selling eclectic handmade items. Find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for your Valentine, loved one or yourself! Coffee and sweets! DOOR PRIZES! Face painting… Organized by Hip Happening | Type: art,

Greater Vancouver Bridal Show

February 5, 2011 from 11am to 4pm – "Hilton Vancouver Washington" Before You Walk The Aisle, Make Sure You Walk Ours! The 2011 Greater Vancouver Bridal Show will be a one stop shopping trip for the Northwest soon-to-be-Bride and Groom. A one day comprehensive brida… Organized by Luxe Event Productions | Type: bridal show

Tandem Hearts Movie Release Series at Doug Fir

February 7, 2011 at 7pm to February 28, 2011 at 11pm – "Doug Fir" Join us for the Tandem Hearts movie Release Series this February! EVERY MONDAY IN FEBRUARY! $6 at the door Organized by Doug Fir | Type: portland music

Safety in Numbers? Images of African American Identity and Community

January 8, 2011 to April 17, 2011 – Portland Art Museum Featuringsome 60 prints, drawings, and photographs exploring the ways in whichisolation, community, and the search for identity affected African Americansduring the 20th century. www.portlandartmuseu… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art, exhibit

Exhibit - Perseverance: Black Pioneers in Early Oregon

January 14, 2011 at 10am to April 3, 2011 at 5pm – Oregon Historical Society Throughout Oregon’s early history, many African Americans came to the territory as slaves and free individuals, despite Black Exclusion Laws.  They worked and lived alongside other pioneers as farmer… Organized by Rachel Butler | Type: exhibit

Weld Metal Works by Jill Toberson

January 22, 2011 at 6pm to February 16, 2011 at 4pm – seven virtues Currently showing at seven virtues is the weld metal works of Jill Toberson.  Toberson is a well known artist in the Portland area and has done both custom and commercial metal works all over town.  … Organized by Michael Blair | Type: art, showing

Likeness: Portraiture

January 26, 2011 at 6pm to March 11, 2011 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The inception of photography in the 1830s brought about radical changes in the look and social uses of portraiture. Dating from the mid-nineteenth century to today, the photographs in Likeness captur… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: photography You have not responded.

Pickathon Benefest 2011

January 28, 2011 to February 12, 2011 – "Mission Theater" A benefit festival to support arts education at Buckman Elementary and the Portland Schools Foundation, produced by the good folks who bring you Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival. Benefest is a un… Organized by Pickathon | Type: portland benefit


Rose City Park Real Estate Report
by Ross Seligman

Rose City Park Neighborhood Real Estate Report


To learn about the Rose City Park Neighborhood, click here.


Are you keeping an eye on Rose City Park 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 Rose City Park 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 Rose City Park, 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 Rose City Park neighborhood from 10/09 to 12/10:

In December 2010, there were 15 closed sales, 12 pending sales, and 52 homes on the market in the Rose City Park Neighborhood.

One year change from December 2009 to December 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 8.3%
Homes sold: Down 11.8%
Homes pending sale: Down 7.7%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Rose City Park  neighborhood has been between $116 and $167/sq. ft. In December 2010, the average price per square foot in the Rose City Park neighborhood was $159.

One year change from December 2009 to December 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
December 2009: 167

December 2010: 159

Percentage Change: Down 4.3%

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 December 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Rose City Park neighborhood was 55 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 December 2010, sellers in Rose City Park received, on average, 94% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from December 2009 to December 2010:

Time on Market: Up 22.2%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 3%

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 December 2010, the average price of a house on the market in Rose City Park was $387,000. The average sale was $292,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 4.9%
Average sold price:  Down 25.1%

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.  December 2010 in the Rose City Park neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the seller's favor with 3.5 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 3.5 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average, in December 55 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Rose City Park from this point forward, in 3.5 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area listings from the RMLS:

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area listings from the RMLS:


Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a hand-picked selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Whether you are house hunting or not, it is always fun to see the homes that make his list.  Check out the full list of best real estate deals in Portland this week.

758 NW POWHATAN TER Portland, OR 97210 - Hillside - $1,150,000

See the listing here:


6906 N MONTANA AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Arbor Lodge - $199,900

See the listing here:

Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoodsLearn more about these interesting Portland neighborhoods.

Powell's Bookstore Picks

About Powell's 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, Powell's 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 Powell's Bookstore

We love Powell's!

Portland Book Review of the Day

Portland eBooks

Powell's Author Interviews


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