Portland Blog: This Week in Portland February 12 - February 19 2011
Another weekend brings another Portland blog! Many
folks are celebrating Valentines Day this weekend due to the unfortunate and not
so romantic fact that this year, Valentines Day falls on, uh, Monday. My sweetie
and I are heading out for a night at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort which is
just fortyish minutes outside of Portland in the Gorge. We've never been there
before, so know that you'll hear all about it next week. If you're looking for
stuff to do, make sure to check out our
huge Valentines list of events - even free stuff and creative stuff -
happening around the PDX area. We'll be adding to the list up until the very
last minute so check back frequently!
Ok. Some people LOVE ITand some people (BEEP!)
and for me? I can't get enough.
Portlandia cracks me up and therefore, I continue our trend of sharing
one of my favorite
Oregon Official Bird The lovely Blue Heron. Of note, we have a Blue Heron who regularly visits
our North Portland neighborhood. He comes over nearly every day and stalks the
fish in my neighbors pond. I see him chilling out in the huge cedar tree
in his backyard from time to time, too.
Oregon Area Codes 503 and 971 and you must use all ten digits when dialing.
Gas Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.
Weird, huh? A trip to Washington always reminds me how strange this is and how
very accustomed I am to it.
How does Portland rank? Portland is the largest city between San Francisco and Seattle and is the 24th
largest in the US.
Oh...say what?? Happy Birthday, Portland!
152 years old? You look awesome for your age, baby! On
February 13th, sweet little Oregon is celebrating her birthday.
Didn't know this stuff and want to learn more? Learn more facts and weird trivia about Portland
And if you're a total smarty pants, maybe you want to throw your hat in the ring
on one of the many locally run and super fun
Portland trivia nights! Last time we went, I scored some free beer and a few
gift certs. Yeah!
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
1. The Portland International Film Festival is off and running and
will be until February 26. Here's the
list of feature films
but there is so, so much more happening in this awesome Festival-O-Film.
2. HOT POT! Oh, we loves us some Hot Pot. Hot Pot, you are
so fine and so worth a trip into the corporate wilderness for your most
excellent buffet of hot pot love. 1975 Southwest 1st Avenue # J,
Portland - (503) 224-6696
3. The Hawthorne Bridge in
Portland. I stop at Coava Coffee Roasters every morning before work and
afterwards, join the masses on the Hawthorne bridge which is reported to be one of
heaviest bike commute lanes in the nation. Yeah. The nation. Go Portland!
Angela spied this biker waiting for the bridge to lower after a large ship
5. Sheridans "Fruit" the kick-ass old school grocer and meat
counter divine.I'm stoked thinking of our upcoming
St Patrick's Day and remembered your a-m-a-z-i-n-g corned beef! Why
the early tip? Cuz you want to reserve yourself a slab of that corned beef. I
6. Urban chicken coops I love eggs and I love finding them
on my front porch compliments of my neighbor's chickens. Super awesome. Urban
chicken coops are all the rage in Portlandia, ya know. Really. PS: The duck
there is named Chachi. He's pretty sure he's a chicken, too.
Chachi and friend. Next door to Angela's house.
7. The Chinook Book. We've saved a lot of $$moolah$$ with this puppy.
$15 on sale at New Seasons now. Now!
8. The Horse Brass We recently lost the Portland Father
of Beer, Don Younger (below left). You'll be missed, Don! The Horse
Brass will remain open and should be graced with a visit at 4534 Southeast
Belmont Street Portland, OR 97215 (503) 232-2202
Found this photo of Don on Google images. No copyright found. Whoever took
it, we respect you!
9. Miho Izakaya Your Ika Calamari Salad makes us insane.
Insane. And we love it. 4057 N. Interstate
Portland, OR 97227
10. Cherry Blossoms in bloom A Portland spring is right
around the corner. This, my friends, is proof.
On Angela's run: Cherry blossoms galore.
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is Coastal Range Sunset from
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a
local Portland business of our choosing. Rebecca will receive a $20 gift
certificate to local business and largest-coolest-bookstore-ever, Powell's 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, 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
PS- We heard Powell's is having a little
bit of a hard time and has announced layoffs are coming. Lets rally some support
for this cool local company.
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.
February 10, 2011toMay
Art Museum This
celebration of arts patronage in Portland will present more than 100 works of
art selected by the Museum’s curators from the city’s private collections.
Includes works by Durer, Lautrec, Picasso…
February 12, 2011from 10am to
To complement the exhibit on African American murals currently on view at the
Oregon Historical Society, exhibit curator Robin Dunitz and OHS have organized a
special bus tour where participants will…
February 12, 2011from 9:30pm to
White Eagle Saloon
Portland, OR—Angie Foster and her band will present “I Love You, I Hate You”, a
Valentine’s Day inspired performance featuring songs her current and past
releases on Saturday, February 12 at t…
February 13, 2011from 12pm to
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…
February 14, 2011from 7:30pm to
Schnitzer Concert HallValentine’s Day with Johnny
Mathis The legendary crooner of love songs has performed with us twice before –
and swept our audience off its feet both times. So we’ll bring him back once
more, backed b…
February 15, 2011from 6:30pm to
Farm Store Readying
the soil for spring-summer planting is one of the most important tasks gardeners
face at this point in the year. But what is soil made of, and what does it need
to benefit the plants we want…
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland
events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!
Quackers and Honkers by
Thomas *this photo wins Earl 5 bucks to Powell's Books!
Neighborhood Tour: The Pearl District
The Pearl District
The Pearl District offers urban living at its finest. If you work downtown
and enjoy city living, this is the place to be for an easy commute (walk or take
the Portland Streetcar, light rail MAX train, or Tri Met bus to work and play).
Located along the Willamette River downtown in an old warehouse district, the
neighborhood offers a feeling of urban historic charm. With a seemingly constant
array of new loft-style development underway, the neighborhood is alive with a
sense of growth and change. Lofts and Townhomes are the norm for residential
living. The bustling streets are lined with upscale shopping boutiques, art
galleries, unique antique and home interior stores, and the requisite coffee
shops and restaurants. There are urban parks and green spaces tucked amidst all
this city bustle, and you'll see children playing in the fountains, and little
city dogs scampering through their concrete jungle. The neighborhood is
certainly thriving. Every time I come into the Pearl District, I see something
new. The urban landscape is ever changing. Nearby of course, is Portland
Town and Chinatown, just over the river from the Broadway bridge is the Eliot neighborhood,
Lloyd District and Rose Garden arena, and the Pearl is only minutes from the
popular Northwest Nob Hill neighborhood and the lush green Forest
Read more about
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.
Southwest Hills Neighborhood Real Estate Report
by Ross Seligman
To learn about the Southwest Hills Neighborhood,click
Are you keeping an eye on Southwest Hills or is it your neighborhood? Check
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 Southwest Hills
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 the Southwest Hills neighborhood, 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 Southwest
Hills neighborhood from 10/09 to 12/10:
In December 2010, there were 7 closed sales, 4 pending sales, and 34 homes on
the market in the Southwest Hills Neighborhood.
One year change from December 2009 to December 2010:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 30.6%
Homes sold: Up 133.3%
Homes pending sale: No change.
Chart for average price
per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Southwest
Hills neighborhood has been between $96 and $363/sq. ft. In December 2010, the
average price per square foot in the Southwest Hills neighborhood was $159.
year change fromDecember2009
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
December 2009: 169
December 2010: 159
Percentage Change: Down 6.3%
Days on Market,
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 Southwest Hills neighborhood was 109 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
Southwest Hills received, on average, 85% of their original listing price.
More stats for you:
Change from December 2009 to December 2010:
Time on Market: Down 39.4%
Sold/List price% difference: Up 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 December 2010, the average price of a house on the market in Southwest Hills
was $923,000. The average sale was $491,000.
More stats over one year:
Average active price: Down 1.7%
Average sold price: Down 25.2%
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 Southwest Hills neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the buyer's
favor with 4.9 months of inventory.
By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 4.9 months for your home to
sell. That figure was, on average, in December 109 days. Inventory is a figure
that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Southwest
Hills from this point forward, in 4.9 months there would not be another home to
sell. They would all be sold.
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