Portland Blog: This Week in Portland March 5 - March 12 2011
Happy Mardis Gras Portland! While many events go off
during the week of Mardis Gras, tonight is the night to don your beads
and hit the town. The town's abuzz with excitement for great food, drink, live
music, costume and dancing. Portland's First Annual Mardi Gras Ball is tonight
and you do not want to miss it.
Mysti Krewe of Nimbus presents Portland's First Annual Mardi Gras Ball.
Taking the Louisiana State Song, "You Are My Sunshine" as its theme, the Ball
will feature the musical stylings of Steve Kerin and Atomic Gumbo plus the Too
Loose Cajun Band with New Orleans own Reggie Houston.
Zydeco and Cajun dance lessons for everyone. Authentic Louisiana catering is
provided as well. Costumes, masks, parade, souvenir medallion, King Cake, and
the crowning of a Mardi Gras King and Queen will round out the festivities.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Avenue in Portland, Or.
Limited Tickets available for $25
Age 21 + cash bar Website and tickets
We also have a whole page dedicated to
All Things Portland Mardis Gras. Learn about this history of the
Mardis Gras holiday and find Portland's best southern/Creole dining spots plus
bakeries, sweet shops and more. Arm yourself for a weekend of Mardis Gras fun
read all about it.
Portland Spring Equinox- In other news, anyone that has
stepped outside this morning feels the unmistakable sweetness of Spring just
around the corner. That's right, the Spring Equinox is on March 20 (7:21 a.m,
From the The Old Farmer's Almanac, "At the start of spring—the
spring equinox—day and night are approximately 12 hours long and the Sun is at
the midpoint of the sky. Our north pole tilts towards the Sun."
Also, mark your calendars for the upcoming time change. On Sunday
March 13 (2 a.m.) Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States.
1. Livingscape Nursery - This is a different kind of nursery and
we love it from top to bottom. From outdoorsy goods to cooking and canning
wares, Livingscape also has a great selection of edibles and plants in addition
to a seriously fantastic array of classes on chickens, cooking, composting and
gardening. Here's just one example of a cool, enriching class you might take:
Seed Start Class - March 12, 10am - Free
Ready to grow your own vegetables (or flowers) this year - from SEED? Want the
experience? Want heirlooms that aren't available as starts? Want to save some
$$? Come learn about seed selection, soil mixes, heat, light, moisture,
hardening off, what to plant and when, and tips for success. And get a free seed
packet! Taught by Steve Sullivan.
Learn more and sign up
2. Portland at 50% Off - Yeah, that's right...who doesn't want to
save a few bucks? The Portland Mercury's MercPerks partners with cool
local businesses to get you 50% off all kinds of food, drink and retail
services. Support local
businesses while saving money!
3. Portland Cherry Blossoms - Soon, you'll be able to enjoy one of
the most beautiful scenes Portland has to offer. This is a photo mix Lorri did
on the beautiful cherry trees in bloom on the Portland waterfront. Love!
4. The Grand Re-Opening of the Portland Saturday Market -- This
weekend! Live music, a great selection of foods from all over the world
and dozens upon dozens of artisan craft.
5. Gartner's Meat Market - Its nearly BBQ Season, Portland.
"Gartner's Country Meat Market is Portland's favorite family-run source for
fresh-cut steaks, chops, ribs and roasts, handcrafted sausages, ham, bacon and a
whole lot more."
6. New Seasons meat counter - Best "standing rib roast" (AKA prime
rib) of all time was recently procured from you and made divine in my kitchen.
7. SE Portland Art Walk - Poppin' all weekend long! Over 200
SE Portland artists show and sell their paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics,
pottery, yard art, metal work, collage, encaustic, glass and textile works in
the Southeast neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. See and meet artists in their
native environments in their homes, studios and businesses. The event is free!
8. The Radio Room - Spacious, good food at all hours and nice
comfy booth seating with a great beer selection. The Radio Room also has a sweet
outdoor fire put and airs the new episode of IFC's Portlandia every Friday
9. Multnomah Falls - Many of you have been to Multnomah Falls and
gazed at the splendorous waterfall...but did you hike all the way up to the top?
This guy did...
The Portland Photo of the Weekwinner isMultnomah Falls
Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a gift certificate to a
local Portland business of our choosing. Laura will receive a $20 gift
certificate to Coava Coffee Roasters. Coava is the 2011 winner of the
Specialty Coffee Association of America's NW Regional Barista Competition and
the Brewers Cup. Noted as one of the top ten micro-roasters in the United States
by Imbibe Magazine and hailed by Portland Monthly as: "The best coffee in
Portland. Period." Coava Roastery
and Coffee Bar is at 1300 SE Grand Ave,
Portland, Or 97214.
About Portland Coffee: Many people in the national and international
coffee industry believe that Portland is truly center stage for what is known as
'third wave specialty coffee'. Some people even say Portland is creating
something new-- fourth wave. Any way you look at it, this fact is
indisputable: Portland is a premier city in showcasing some of the best coffees
in the world. We'll say it again--the world. When you read about your
favorite Portland coffee shop in The New York Times, you start to realize
something truly incredible is happening right here in your own backyard.
Read the rest
of this article on the famous Portland Coffee scene.
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
Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
March 1, 2011at 10am toJune
12, 2011at 5pm –Oregon
wonder what it’s like to live and work in the most remote corners of the world?
At the Oregon History Museum’s newest exhibit, you will get to travel the world
without ever leaving the state! …
March 3, 2011at 8pm toMarch
19, 2011at 8pm –Sellwood
Compagnie de Santi Ostinati have toured together for years and, let's just say,
relations have become strained. Tonight, however, a mysterious audience member
offers to pay for the entire company…
March 5, 2011at 10am toMarch
6, 2011at 4:30pm –Waterfront
Park Join PORTLAND
SATURDAY MARKET, March 5 & 6, 2011 for the official opening of the 2011 season.
PSM has celebrated arts & crafts in the Pacific Northwest for 38 years. “PSM is
proud to conti…
March 5, 2011from 7pm to 11pm –Norse
HallLaissez les Bon
Temps Roulez! The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus presents Portland's First Annual Mardi
Gras Ball. Taking the Louisiana State Song, "You Are My Sunshine" as its theme,
the Ball will feature th…
March 5, 2011from 8pm to 11pm –Alberta
Tickets On Sale October 29th, 2010 *** Sat, March 5th, 2011 8:00 PM (Doors open
at: 7:00 PM) Hothouse Flowers Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta Street,
Portland, OR 97211 (503.719.6055 ) All A…
March 6, 2011from 12pm to 5pm –Portland
celebration of the exhibition Riches of a City: Portland Collects, join us for a
day of free family fun at the Museum. Share your collecting passions with
others, compete in a scavenger hunt throu…
March 6, 2011from 2pm to 3:30pm
lecture will include a retrospective on Oregon architectural designer, John Yeon,
focusing on his "Speculative House" series (1938-40). Leland Roth, Professor of
Architectural History at the Un…
March 8, 2011from 6:30pm to 8pm
Stop Sustainability ShopThis
class is for people who may be brand-new to food gardening, returning to it from
an extended absence, or starting over in a new climate. It introduces the garden
calendar for this region and off…
February 8, 2011at 6pm toApril
3, 2011at 5pm –World
polar bear — a charismatic icon in the struggle against climate change — faces a
precarious future along with other ice-dependent species as its Arctic habitat
rapidly continues to melt away. Wit…
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland
events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!
Portland offers one of the most beautiful downtowns of any city, anywhere.
Portland's downtown area is vibrant and alive. Neighborhood concerns are focused
on improvements to the downtown area while maintaining a balance of quality
urban living space, a thriving business community, unique shopping, and natural
beauty offered along the riverfront, in the Park
Blocks, and other integrated green spaces. "Portland's Living Room", Pioneer
Courthouse Square, is a centralized community hangout where millions visit
annually. Downtown is home to the Portland
Saturday Market, where local artisans sell a variety of arts and crafts. Portland
State University is Oregon's largest, most diverse, and only urban
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 the downtown neighborhood.
Want to research or
other neighborhoods? We have nearly 100 neighborhood profiles detailing the
urban Portland neighborhoods.
The Kenton neighborhood
is located in North Portland and is bordered by Arbor Lodge, St. Johns, and
Piedmont neighborhoods. Kenton is also in close proximity to other popular
neighborhoods via Max light rail located in nearby Interstate Avenue, bike, foot
or car. A drive to downtown Portland is a mere 7-8 minutes away and a bike ride
is about 25 minutes.. To learn more about this neighborhood by reading the full
neighborhood profile, clickhere.
Are you keeping an eye on Kenton 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 Kenton 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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
If you are looking for homes in the Kenton 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 Kenton
neighborhood from 11/09 to 01/11:
In January 2011, there were 26 closed sales, 29
pending sales, and 112 homes on the market in the Kenton Neighborhood.
One year change from January 2010 to January 2011:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 10.4%
Homes sold: Up 73.3%
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 Kenton neighborhood has been between $120 and $147/sq. ft. In
January 2011, the average price per square foot in the Kenton neighborhood was
One year change fromJanuary2010
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
January 2010: 128
January 2011: 120
Percentage Change: Down 6.5%
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 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Kenton neighborhood
was 63 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 2011, sellers in Kenton
received, on average, 93% of their original listing price.
Change from January 2010 to January 2011:
Time on Market: Up 50%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 6%
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 January 2011, the average price of a house on the
market in Kenton was $275,000. The average sale was $249,000.
More stats over one year:
Average active price: Down 4.2%
Average sold price: Up 2.9%
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 2011 in the Kenton neighborhood was a balanced market leaning
in the buyer's favor with 4.3 months of inventory.
By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 4.3 months for your home to
sell. That figure was, on average in January, 63 days. Inventory is a figure
that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Kenton from
this point forward, in 4.3 months there would not be another home to sell. They
would all be sold.
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