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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland February 18 - February 25 2012


Happy Saturday, Portland and welcome to another edition of our weekly Portland blog. Seems everyone in the city has the spring itch-- I've seen more people walking around in short sleeves than I can count. It is still winter, folks. It was hailing in North Portland today. Come on now, at least wear a sweater. Something else I've noticed is a surge of traffic in the local dog parks-- a definite sign that the weather is looking up or folks are just getting plain desperate. Seeing the throng of humans and dogs this morning reminded me that we've got a pretty elaborate Portland Dog Park guide to help you find the right one for you and your four legged pal.

Our Portland Dog Park guide will help you find the best rated dog parks, dog parks by neighborhood, hiking trails suitable for dogs, and even indoor (yes, indoor!) dog parks. We'll also help you navigate trouble in the parks and provide good-to-know dog park etiquette. So whaddya say? Grab your boots, rain slicker and a cup of coffee and take old Rover out today-- you'll both love it.



Looking toward Mt Rainier by Michael Barton



Beat Feet

Profile Icon  By Rob Creighton Garrison Guest Writer


I’m a big fan of Portland. I love so much about this town that friends and family who don’t live here are probably sick of hearing and reading about it. Can’t say I blame them; proselytizing is annoying regardless of the subject or source. Sometimes my appreciation waxes rhapsodic to the point where it sounds disingenuous and even I think I sound like I’m on the payroll (and hey, Metro? I’m available!).


Of course no city is perfect, and one of Portland’s blemishes is traffic. Oh, I know it’s got nothing on the big cities. I’ve heard enough about Los Angeles’s clogged, creeping nightmare to dull any mild curiosity I have about life in that faux faerie-land. Before I moved to Portland I lived for years in the Dallas (Texas) area, and hold no love for a place where you MUST travel freeways to get anywhere. Portland nonetheless has plenty of snarls and bottle-necks in its infrastructure and it’s perhaps the least pleasant aspect in an otherwise beautiful city.


It could be so much worse, though. Thank the godz, and the advocates and planners that heed them, for the transport alternatives available here. Many commuters and other travelers favor the buses or the Max trains (I tend not to, as my personal sphere extends quite a bit beyond the confines of the average bus seat, and I’m not judging you so don’t judge me), and others choose bicycles (in my estimation the most practical and efficient machine ever produced by humankind). Some might include motorcycles; I don’t. No disrespect to bikers, but the things belch pollution into the atmosphere just as cars and trucks do, they tend to be loud, and okay I lack the necessary motor skills and common sense to effectively pilot one without crashing them into parked cars and other stationary objects. It’s kind of a disability. Remember that thing about judging?


I like riding my bicycle, and I like to walk just as much. According to the Prevention website, Portland places ninth in a list of 25 Best Walking Cities (in the United States alone I assume, since no other cities of the world are on the list). It’s not difficult to see why. Once upon a time I worked a thirty-minute walk from home (the best aspect of that job, actually), and I would recommend that option to anyone if it could be an option at all. Even bicycle-commuting engenders tunnel-vision, forces one to let the surroundings take a backseat in the service of forward momentum. Walking allows for sight-seeing, appreciating the neighborhoods and trails one travels. The health benefit can’t be ignored either; reduced blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, weight maintenance, and more.


For walkers who eschew pavement in favor of natural settings, Portland has what most cities don’t: a park that is also a forest. It’s called Forest Park (nurr) and it’s a broad slice of the primeval steps away from the byways of civilization. This park, for me, doesn’t just offer a stroll free of motorized traffic and asphalt. It begs reverence. I’m never more at peace than when I’m hiking the trails in Forest Park, and I often see that serene expression on other hikers I pass. The park offers challenges for a variety of fitness levels, so if you want to stride mighty rather than stroll, there’s a trail for you. My favorite resource for learning Forest Park’s trails is a book titled One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park by Marcy Cottrell Houle. I never fail to consult it before heading out.


I’ve met native Portlanders who’ve never set foot in Forest Park, and my incredulity fairly leapt from my mouth with springy feets. Well, it did until people told me it was rude.


More options: The Grotto offers contemplative strolls along beautiful winding paths and statuary, and for a calf-cramping good time you can take a short trip to Multnomah Falls and climb to the bridge. Or do as I do. Sometimes I go to a different part of town and just walk. No destination necessary, I just choose a street and start walking. Often I’ll take a camera along, sometimes even a lunch.


If you’re new to Portland and/or new to, and you’re interested in finding out about good walking spots in town, you should click on over to the Portland Walking group. When you discover a favorite walk, please share it with other members. You may even find walking partners who’ll introduce you to places you hadn’t yet considered. The Wonders of Walking website is a great resource as well. I tend to be a solitary strider but even I’m considering seeking out a group.


I’m looking out the window now, and it’s raining and it’s cold and I don’t care. I’m gonna go for a walk.


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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is a stunning image of Mt Hood by Michael Barton. Michael wins a $20 gift certificate to the fabulous Portland restaurant, Nicholas Restaurant, the best Lebanese and Middle Eastern food in Portland and a favorite. Nicholas is family owned and a Portland business since 1986.


Mt Hood Oregon - Mt Hood is a dormant volcano located 50 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon. Surrounded by a natural forest, Mt Hood is a staggering 11,245 feet high, the highest peak in Oregon. During summer, Mount Hood is a popular destination for hikers and backpackers, and offers many activities and attractions. By winter, the mountain becomes a hotspot for skiing and winter sports...learn more about Mt Hood.

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  This week's winner gets a gift certificate to Portland's Screen Door restaurant, for some of the best Southern food and fried chicken in Portland.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 


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.

Scavenger Hunts Search Party at Pioneer Courthouse Square

October 15, 2011 at 11am to March 17, 2012 at 1pm –Pioneer Courthouse Square What mysteries lurk behind the bright lights of Portland's hippest art galleries, chic shops, bookstores and microbreweries? Come to Jamison Square at 6 PM on First Thursdays and find out! Upon arriOrganized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt



Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain

October 16, 2011 to March 4, 2012  OMSI Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes more than 200 authentic human specimens and highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance. Through respectful, aesthetic displaysOrganized by | Type: omsi, show



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



Bunkin' With You in the Afterlife

February 3, 2012 at 8pm to March 10, 2012 at 8pm –Ethos/IFCC Bunkin' With You in the Afterlife is a cowgirl musical written by award-winning author, Jody Seay, and produced by BroadArts Theatre.  Full of rambunctous fun, this comedy musical play takes square aOrganized by BroadArts Theatre | Type: musical, theatre



DIY Documentary Workshop

February 5, 2012 at 12pm to April 8, 2012 at 2pm – NW Documentary Make a short documentary in 10 weeks! Week 1: brainstorm ideas; week 10: prepare to premiere your work on the big screen. Each class covers the steps of making a documentary with a strong emphasis oOrganized by NW Documentary | Type: filmmaking,workshop



Free Family Day

February 18, 2012 from 11am to 3pm – Oregon Historical Society As part of our monthly Family Day program, the Oregon History Museum will offer free admission on the opening day of Bittersweet Harvest.  Special programming celebrating Latino culture is planned frOrganized by Oregon Historical Society | Type: family,event



Portland Mardi Gras Ball 2012

February 18, 2012 at 7pm to February 19, 2012 at 12am – Bossanova Ballroom Portland's Mardi Gras Ball is back for 2012! Save the date! Saturday, February 18th at the Bossanova Ballroom 21+ Cash Bar Live music, dancing, costumes, King cake, catering by the Swamp Shack! MusicOrganized by Laura | Type: mardi, gras, ball



Ride & Shoot

February 19, 2012 at 6pm to February 25, 2012 at 5pm – NW Documentary Camera, bikes, what’s not to like? We’ll gather for two sessions to learn how to shoot while riding your bike. During the first class, we’ll discuss various mounting techniques and provide tips on gOrganized by NW Documentary | Type: filmmaking,workshop, cycling



Health and Culinary Benefits of Nettle Lunchtime Lecture

February 22, 2012 from 12pm to 1pm – American College of Healthcare Sciences Nettle is not only one of the most useful medicinal herbs, but it can be eaten as a vegetable, like spinach! In fact, this “noxious weed” helps support the entire body. Learn how in this lunchtime leOrganized by Lauren Shapiro | Type: lecture



Benefit movie screening and VIP party for ReFIT

February 23, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm – The Hollywood Theatre A benefit fundraiser for ReFIT Portland a non-profit that builds wheelchair ramps and modifies bathrooms for those in our community that are low income and have become disabled. VIP party 6:00 generaOrganized by RefitPortland | Type: fundraiser



Downtown Portland statue by Michael Barton

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

Ross Seligman by Ross Seligman

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

In January 2012, inventory has dropped with 1836 homes on the market.   In January 2012, 358 homes sold and 525 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from January 11 to January 12:

Inventory is Down 32.5%

Closed Sales are Up 10.5%.

Pending sales are Up 33.9%. 


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $132 and $143. In January 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $135.

Yearly change from January 11 to January 12:

Average Price/Square Foot has decreased 1.2%

Days on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 73 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In January 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 93% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from January 11 to January 12:

Average time it takes to sell a home has decreased 5.2%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 3%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In January 2012, this figure was $281,000.

Yearly change from January 11 to January 12:

The average price of a home listed has increased 6.4%.

The average price of a home sold has increased 2.9%.

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 January 2012, this figure was 5.1 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 5.1 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 73 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 5.1 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from January 11 to January 12:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 24.6%.

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 homes 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 home, 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 real estate and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports at :

Best Portland Real Estate Deals of the Week

Each week, Ross shares some cool Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.

3748 SE Carlton ST Portland, OR 97202 - Eastmoreland - $569,900

See the full listing here


4450 NE 38TH AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Beaumont/Wilshire - $379,000

See the full listing here


3206 NE DEKUM ST Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $250,000

See the full listing here


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