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This Week in Portland - February 25 to March 3, 2012

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Portland Urban Iditarod - Today

In the Alaskan Iditarod, more than sixty dog sled teams race across the frozen tundra from Anchorage to Nome. In our urban version, teams of 'dogs' lead by a musher will pull their sleds (shopping carts) through some of Portland's most scenic areas. These teams of barking humans must negotiate through the unrelenting and unforgiving dangers of Portland's urban frontier. As an incentive to run, dogs and mushers alike will have several 'rest stops' to replenish lost fluids and discuss tales of mayhem. The course is over four miles, so dogs and mushers alike need to be ready and able to run their tails off.  Read more...

Portland International Film Festival

Today is the last day of the annual Portland International Film Festival.  If you wanted to see what is screening today, visit the PIFF webpage for the schedule.  There are films playing at several theaters around Portland.  About PIFF:

About the Festival
Drawing an audience of over 35,000, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences each February. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare.  Read more...

Oscar Screening at McMenamins

Also for movie buffs, you might want to head over to McMenamins Mission Theater this Sunday:

Oscars On The Big Screen - 82nd Annual Academy Awards

    Mission Theater |    Sunday, March 7

    Red Carpet 4 p.m.; Awards 5 p.m. |    Free |    21 and over

Come watch the big show on the big screen!  Read more...

Portland Jazz Festival

Also wrapping up this weekend is the Portland Jazz Festival.  Here is the PDX Jazz Festival calendar of events for this weekend's jazz performances.  About the Portland Jazz Festival:

The 2012 US Bank Portland Jazz Festival presented by Alaska Airlines will be held Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 26 at venues throughout Portland. The 9th annual 10 day festival will include jazz education and outreach along with a series of concerts featuring an eclectic mix of internationally recognized and local musicians playing a wide-range of jazz styles.

Portland Cycling

With some of the nicer weather we had this week, I know many of you are getting ready for spring, so to go along with Rob's bike-lovin' Portland blog post below, I wanted to share some bike related resources.  I know many Portlanders bike commute year round (Portland has the highest share of bicycle commuters, 6 to 8 percent, of any large U.S. city. - Source: City of Portland), but for those who only come out when the rain dries up a bit,  here you go:

Portland Bicycle Shops - Portland Bike Shops by City of PortlandRead this page for a great comprehensive listing of Portland bike shops with sales and service for your new (or old) bike!  Portland has almost as many bike shops as brewpubs (well, almost...).

Did you resolve to bike more in 2012?  Here is a class to help you get in the spirit:  Fix-It Fair All-Season Cycling Workshop: Saturday, 2/25 at Jefferson High School.  More Fix it Fairs

And here is a list of easy and fun recreational bike rides around Portland.

With gas prices on the rise, biking commuting this year is a great way to save money and get in shape.

If you need a Portland bike tune up or overhaul to get your bike back in shape after the winter, there is a special right now at the Community Cycling Center on Alberta Street!

Bikes on Porch Photo by Mark Kenseth

Bikes on Porch - Photo Credit Mark Kenseth

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Featured Neighbor Posting by Teri in the King Neighborhood:

King Neighborhood Yard Sale

Hi King residents and yardsalers, I am looking for people interested in signing up to have a yard sale via our King Neighborhood Association. It is our second year (date to be determined via your suggestions) last year was great, we passed out yard sale signs to participants and maps of all the locations, ad in newspaper along with posting on KNA web site. If interested this year and have a date, please give me a call, Teri @ 503-493-4364. I hope to generate an even bigger yard sale group this year!   Thanks...hope to see you at your sale!  Visit this link.

How I Roll - Featured Portland Blog

Rob Creighton GarrisonBy Rob Creighton Garrison, Guest Blogger

I remember, when my wife and I were getting acclimated to our new lives in Portland after having moved from Texas, being amazed at the number of people we saw riding bicycles.

To 'amazed' let me add 'nonplussed' and 'nervous' and every once in awhile but still too often for my comfort, 'terrified'. This was in 1992, when there were fewer bicycle commuters than now, but that's relative of course. Never in Dallas Texas would you have seen this number of riders on the street, and we found that we quickly needed to learn a whole 'nother set of motoring skills so that we didn't kill someone or find ourselves contused by irate cyclists flailing U-locks at our heads or flinging D-cells through our windshield. I remember once turning to my wife as we drove through downtown and saying “I just might as well get used to the idea that I'm gonna hit one of these {expletive}s one day”.

Not that many years later, I was one of the ones who occasionally wanted to exercise a little U-lock justice (but I never did, never have, and you shouldn't either, I feel compelled to point out). My first bike was a Magna, bought at a K-Mart for $59.00. Didn't take long at all to understand the error of my ways with that landfill-ready knee-sprainer, and so soon afterward I was the proud owner of a “comfort mountain” bike that was much sturdier but very heavy, steel being real, y'all. Two years later and I had yet another bike, my current machine, a 2004 Trek 7500FX. It was very soon after that I was commuting to work via bike.

I can't be counted among the ranks of the bike commandos who've become so identified with Portland's “bike culture”, the ones who wear street clothes and eschew helmets in favor of knit caps, lazily cranking track bikes at an effortless 30 mph or faster. For one, I'm too interested in my own comfort, hence the padded shorts worn under cargo shorts (I'm modest, and you're grateful), and I actually look like I weigh more than my bicycle (Jeez, but some of these people need a sangwich!). I'm also very invested in my own safety, so I wear a helmet at all times, and gloves, and a reflective vest after nightfall, and use the best lighting options I can afford. If there is a poster boy for the ideal Portland cyclist image as defined by the younger bike-y set, he's probably left tire marks up my back. I get passed a lot.

But I enjoy myself. I'm courteous to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. I obey the rules of the road to the best of my ability while still insisting upon my share of the roadway. When I commute via bike, I arrive at work in a great mood, flushed and feeling like a warrior, doubly so after a cold and rainy Portland morning. The Rob you get after a brisk morning ride is the best Rob, the kindest Rob. Ask my co-workers. Ask my wife.

I love watching others on their bicycles, too. No matter the bike, the rider, or when or where, there is a quiet gliding grace in the motion of organic and mechanical systems entwined. Spindle and sinew, sensuality. I'm not trying to get you all horned up, I'm just trying to express how people on elegant yet practical machines, through physical effort and momentum, become kinetic objects of beauty and well-being.

It doesn't hurt that picture at all that we citizens of this city are rolling through some of the most beautiful landscape to be had anywhere near an urban environment. The ride I took on the Springwater earlier this week is a very good example. It had been some time since I'd pointed the front wheel east, and throughout the ride I was asking myself why.

What's not to like?

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.” -Samuel Clements (Mark Twain)

Oregon Rain Down on Me - Featured Portland Blog

Iron House By Iron House, Guest Blogger

When the rainy season of Spring and early Summer comes to the Pacific Northwest, we begin to forget how much that rain means to us, until the trees begin to blossom and grow their leaves, our flowers come out of their Winter dormancy and the bustle of people returns. We live for our short Summers here, realizing the rain is necessary for us to be so beautifully green.

You will hear an Oregonian state that they love the rain, with an honest fervor we Oregonians will defend our rain, all the while wishing for the sunshine, knowing it will all be worth the wait. The smiles will be abundant, convertibles will come out of storage, the city will be abuzz with events, farmer's markets will open for business, bikes, hikes and people walking everywhere. We are a walk able little city, even in the rain, it's a small price to pay to live in a beautiful, culturally diverse city like Portland, Oregon. Rain down on me, prepare me for another lush and amazing Summer.

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner is  Michael Barton.  He is the Portland photo winner two weeks in a row, nice work Michael!  Since I was definitely feeling a bit of spring in the air this week, I wanted to share this lovely image.  Michael is known for his photo series of Portland parks.  This time Michael shot a series in Clackamas at Mount Talbert Nature Park.  

From Oregon Metro Parks:

The largest undeveloped butte in Northern Clackamas County, Mount Talbert rises as a forested green sentinel overlooking the web of development that surrounds it and the busy I-205 and Sunnyside Road interchange.

Stretching from Portland’s Rocky Butte southward to the Clackamas River, a group of extinct volcanoes and lava domes lend unique geographic character to the region’s east side, providing important wildlife habitat and panoramic vistas. Mount Talbert is the largest of these undeveloped buttes in northern Clackamas County.

The nature park includes the top of the former lava dome as well as the west facing slopes visible to the tens of thousands of people that travel I-205 every day or shop at the Clackamas Town Center. The park offers miles of new hiking trails, information about the cultural and natural resources found there and greater access to nature close to home.

Portland photo by Michael Barton

Michael BartonPhoto by Michael Barton

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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.

"Circle Mirror Transformation"

February 7, 2012 at 7:30pm to March 11, 2012 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage Can a drama class change lives forever? In this funny, curiously potent play, five people enroll in an adult creative drama class at a small-town community center. Over the course of six weeks they a Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: performance  

Exhibit: Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

February 18, 2012 at 10am to April 1, 2012 at 12pm – Oregon Historical Society “Bittersweet Harvest”, a bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition from the Smithsonian, explores the little-known story of the Bracero program; the largest guest worker program in U.S history. Between Organized by Oregon Historical Society | Type: exhibit  

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 g Organized by NW Documentary | Type: filmmaking, workshop, cycling

Bert Kreischer at Helium Comedy Club

February 22, 2012 at 8pm to February 25, 2012 at 10:30pm – Helium Comedy Club-Portland Bert Kreischer from Comedy Central's Premium Blend, will be performing at Helium Comedy Club in Portland for an entire week! Purchase your tickets today!Wednesday February 22 @ 8:00PM- $10Thursday Fe Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: comedy, stand-up  

2012 Portland Jazz Festival

February 24, 2012 to February 26, 2012 2012 US Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented by Alaska Airlines February 17-26, 2012  9th Annual Event Headline Artists and Shows   Branford Marsalis+Joey Calderazzo, Roy Haynes, Dee Dee Bridgewater Organized by | Type: festival  


February 24, 2012 at 8:30am to February 25, 2012 at 9pm – The Oregon Convention Center The Justice Conference 2012 is a two–day annual event that will bring together more than 3,000 men and women to dialogue around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV Organized by Jeanne Beach | Type: conference  

2nd Annual Build a Blanket for Charity

February 25, 2012 from 11am to 3pm – Round Table Pizza 16550 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie I want to let you know about a great charity event that is happening on Feb 25, 2012.  The 2nd Annual Build a Blanket event.  Anyone interested in participating please feel free to attend.  It's for Organized by Tracie R | Type: charity  

Portland Iditarod 2012

February 25, 2012 from 12pm to 3pm – Downtown PDX Portland Iditarod Videos, Pictures, 2012 Spectator Schedule, & Dance Party:  Portland IditarodSaturday, February 25th, 2012 | Noon to 3 p.m. | FREEMore info: Organized by | Type: classic, pdx, craziness  

Harlem Globetrotters

February 25, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm – Rose Quarter On the heels of signing one of the most remarkable rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour  to the Rose Quarter in Portland on February 25th at 2:00p Organized by Jenn Gill | Type: sporting, event  

Sunday FUNday Tour

February 26, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm – Portland We begin sampling new and usual beer styles at Hair of the Dog, a very small 4 barrel brewery in the inner SE that is known for bottle conditioning beers that improve with age. We then head to Widmer Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery, tour

History Pub: Portland and the Art of Rothko

February 27, 2012 from 7pm to 8pm – McMenamins Kennedy School Mark Rothko, often regarded as one of the leading American artists of the 20th century, spent his childhood in Portland and graduated from Lincoln high school in 1971. Join us at McMenamins Kennedy S Organized by Portland Art Museum, McMenamins, Portland Center Stage | Type: art, talk  

There are a ton more Portland events on the calendar, come check it out and feel free to post your own Events, too!

Rose City Park Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Report

Ross and Leah Seligmanby Ross and Leah Seligman

To learn more 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.

If you are looking for homes in the Rose City Park neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Rose City Park neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In January 2012, there were 21 closed sales, 29 pending sales, and 56 homes on the market in the Rose City Park Neighborhood.

One year change from January 2011 to January 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 37.8%

Homes sold: Up 40%

Homes pending sale: Up 31.8%


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 $125 and $155/sq. ft. In January 2012, the average price per square foot in the Rose City Park neighborhood was $146.

One year change from January 2011 to January 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Down 5.7%

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 January 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Rose City Park neighborhood was 70 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 January 2012, sellers in Rose City Park received, on average, 95% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from January 2011 to January 2012:

Time on Market: Up 70.7%
Sold/List price % difference: Down 2%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In January 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Rose City Park was $330,000. The average sale was $350,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 6.1%
Average sold price:  Up 21.1%

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.  January 2012 in the Rose City Park neighborhood had 2.7 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 2.7 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in January, 70 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 2.7 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.


In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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.


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

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 and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.  We like to share one on the high end and lower end of the price spectrum.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

6206 SE 30TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 - Eastmoreland - $1,125,000

See the full listing here

1415 NE 73RD AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Montavilla - $229,000

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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