Its hard to believe that this weekly Portland blog is approaching its two year anniversary. While PortlandNeighborhood.com was born in August of 2005, we blogged less frequently in those days, focusing more on hitting the bricks and building the near 100 neighborhood profile pages. We then focused our sights on capturing more and more of the essence of Portland which is really how our Portland social network came to life. Today we have over 1,300 real Portlanders or real folks looking to relocate to PDX on the site. We emphasize 'real' because we all know that social networks can become ridiculous watered down, zero-value tools by which people promote themselves or their business and don't actually participate or create any real "community". Our focus has always been on community -- and if someone is not adhering to that simple rule, well, its easy to -ahem- remove them and keep it clutter free for the rest of us.
Many people ask how PortlandNeighborhood.com came to be. Well, lets take a quick trip down memory lane: many years ago, Lorri and Angela were planning to take a fun girls trip to New York City. To say we were excited was an understatement! We would be there for a mere three days and wanted to see and do all things that were "real New York". We wanted to experience what the locals loved and called their own: from coffee, to food, to accommodations, street markets, you name it. Unfortunately, we had no resource to turn to and we ended up just randomly asking and sometimes getting good advice- sometimes not! On another trip to Miami, I will never forget asking the concierge for a local seafood restaurant where we might try the awesome local catch. His recommendation? Red Lobster!
Realizing that Portland had just as many hidden gems and was probably just as difficult to get to know for locals and visitors/newcomers alike, the idea to create PortlandNeighborhood.com was seeded. We had no idea if people would even find a "local Portlanders site" useful and given it was truly a hobby (and not an income generating one), we wondered if it was worth our while to do it. That question answered itself quickly...As we slowly but surely built the website, we were humbled to have people discover us and send their thanks. I'll never forget that August we were happy to have a whopping 800 people find the website. We often laugh about that today as we now have a readership of over 100,000 a month and growing and fast.
This Portland blog is so popular and useful because of the community we have all grown together over the last few years. Thank you!
Portland Picture of the Week
Our Portland Photo of the Week is by B Hubbard. This shot, taken over in North Portland, is a lovely, moody Portlandesque photo entitled "On My Walk". Nice work! This shot wins B Hubbard a $20 gift certificate to our favorite store of all time: Powells Books!
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Jewish Film Festival
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Irvington Neighborhood Real Estate Report
By Ross Seligman
Irvington is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sabin, Alameda, Eliot, King, Grant Park, Sullivan's Gulch, and Lloyd Center neighborhoods. Irvington is located on the East side of the Willamette River. Its boundaries are NE Fremont Avenue on the North, NE 7th Avenue on the West, NE Broadway on the South, and NE 26th Avenue on the East. The upper Northeast corner overlaps with Alameda and Sabin neighborhoods. Learn more about the Irvington neighborhood by reading the PortlandNeighborhood neighborhood profile on our fair Irvington.
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 Irvington 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 my website.
If you are looking for homes in Irvington, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood.
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.
In February 2010, the Irvington neighborhood had 12 closed sales,
23 Pending Sales, and 90 on the market. Here are more stats for you from
your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in
the Irvington neighborhood has been between $165 and $204/sq. ft. In February
2010, the average price per square foot in the Irvington neighborhood was $184.
About Ross: I am a real estate broker with Windermere, a writer and contributor to PortlandNeighborhood.com, and a professional musician in our beloved Portland. I have two bands: Echo Helstrom and the Echo Jazz Trio. Learn more about Ross here by reading his PortlandNeighborhood profile.
Best Real Estate Deals in PDX
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in and around Portland. This cutie is located over in NE Portland. Check out the full list of best deals.
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