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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, March 26 - April 2, 2011

Hello, Portland!  I am excited to share another weekly edition of the blog with you, full of ideas of things to do in Portland this week.  I got out and around Portland and enjoyed myself this week in SE Portland, the Pearl District and Downtown, and in NE Portland at the new Aviary Restaurant on Alberta Street.  There's a lot going on as spring is finally in the air and Portlanders are getting outside and coming out of the long winter hibernation.  Check the Portland Top Ten list below for some ideas of places you might want to check out, and of course our Portland Events Calendar which is full of every type of event from theater performances to local neighborhood-focused events.

This weekend I also wanted to let Portlanders know about From Oregon With Love a Benefit Concert for the Mercy Corps Oregon Japan Relief Fund.  100% of monies raised are benefitting the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster relief efforts.  The show is playing this weekend at Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie.  Get tickets at: 

More Info:  "The Aladdin Theater is proud to partner again with Mercy Corps, event producer Stephen Marc Beaudoin and some of the Portland region's finest performers - for "From Oregon, With Love," a one-of-a-kind benefit concert to support the Mercy Corps Oregon Japan Relief Fund.

Headlining artists include Pink Martini, Portland's globe-trotting world pop mini orchestra; the sensational vocalist Storm Large; acclaimed dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre; Blind Pilot frontman Israel Nebeker and singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller.

Additional featured performers include the Shanghai Woolies, fEARnoMUSIC, Pacific Youth Choir, Tomodachi Chorus, PHAME Academy, singers Ida Rae Cahana and Carl Halvorson and many more. Kendall Clawson is co-emcee, and we'll welcome special guests that have been personally affected by the disaster in Japan.

100% of all ticket sales and money raised at this event supports the Mercy Corps Oregon Japan Relief Fund, providing support to the areas of Japan affected by the recent earthquake/tsunami disaster. Special thanks to sponsors including Spirit Mountain Grand Ronde, Willamette Week, Morel Communications and Eric Sellers."

Learn more about the relief effort at  

"The Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) has established a special fund to provide relief to people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan.  The Oregon Japan Relief Fund has been set up in a partnership with Mercy Corps, a highly regarded relief agency based in Portland that has been alleviating suffering across the globe for 32 years. Mercy Corps teams with Peace Winds in Japan, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the support of people in distress."

Also this week in Portland, you might want to catch the West Coast Debut of South Korea's dance company, Laboratory Dance Project (LDP).  At Lincoln Hall, PSU.  Runs from March 31 through April 2nd.  Visit for tickets and more information.

"South Korea, home to some of the most innovative filmmaking today, is also becoming internationally recognized as a breeding ground for exciting contemporary dance. We are proud to introduce Laboratory Dance Project (LDP), founded in 2001 by Chang-ho  Shin and comprising some of the most boldly creative young dancers and choreographers from the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul.  LDP will make its West Coast debut with three exhilarating all-male pieces, including the hip-hop inspired work No Comment that brought audiences to their feet at New York City’s Japan Society in January 2010."

Click to watch a short video clip on YouTube.

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Weekly Featured Portland Events

Each week we feature a handpicked list of Portland events that have been shared on the events calendar.  If you have a Portland event you would like to share, just go to the Portland Events Calendar, and click the +Add button.  Thanks for sharing what is going on in and around Portland!

The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World

February 8, 2011 at 6pm to April 3, 2011 at 5pm – World Forestry Center The 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… Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

Hawthorne Build Your Block Challenge

February 9, 2011 to April 15, 2011 – Umpqua Bank Residents of the Hawthorne district are encouraged to submit a neighborhood project that they would like to see implemented in their community. Umpqua Bank will finance the winning project up to $10,… Organized by Umpqua Bank | Type: community, event

Riches of a City: Portland Collects

February 10, 2011 to May 22, 2011 – Portland 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… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art, exhibit,


March 1, 2011 to May 1, 2011 – Portland Art Museum Japanese folk textiles present a wonderful diversity of regional traditions. This presentation includes rare items such as a banana-fiber kimono, a sashiko embroidered jacket, and futon covers adorne… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit

Peace Corps: 50 Years of Service and Bringing the World Home

March 1, 2011 at 10am to June 12, 2011 at 5pm – Oregon Historical Society Ever 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! … Organized by Rachel Butler | Type: exhibit

Peter Shelton

March 9, 2011 at 10am to June 12, 2011 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The exhibition features three recent large-scale sculptures and a selection of drawings by Los Angeles-based sculptor Peter Shelton. Manifestly precise in execution and explicitly physical, the works… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit

Object Stories

March 15, 2011 to December 30, 2012 – Portland Art Museum Do you have an object you would never give up? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in the corner of your dresser drawer? Something that evokes a time in your life, a place you m… Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit

2011 Portland Teen Idol Auditions - open 'til March 31st

March 19, 2011 to April 10, 2011 – Various - depending on date Season 5 of Portland Teen Idol - now under new management - begins auditions Saturday, March 19, 2011. To audition, you must pre-register online at   Registration closes on Marc… Organized by Dark Wing Productions - Supported by everyone else | Type: singing, competition,

Futura - Portland Center Stage

March 19, 2011 to March 27, 2011 – "Gerding Theater" At the 2009 JAW reading, Futura’s warnings about the extinction of print media (and its costs) seemed timely. Now, they seem downright spooky. What will it feel like by the… Organized by PCS | Type: portland theater You are attending.

Play after Play - The Rat's Tale

March 19, 2011 at 10am to March 10, 2012 at 2pm – The Brooklyn Bay Play after Play’s final presentation of their seventh season is a sweet and humorous story about a small dissatisfied rat.  When the rat’s wishes come true, he learns to appreciate his simple life ju… Organized by Marc Otto | Type: theater, and,


March 25, 2011 at 8pm to April 16, 2011 at 10pm – Miracle Theatre Group When you spend your life dreaming, what happens when you finally get what you want? In a New York barrio, a female impersonator ignores the advice of an imaginary grandmother to fall in love with an… Organized by Miracle Theatre Group | Type: theatre, performance

Ohara Ikebana Exhibition at the Portland Japanese Garden

March 26, 2011 at 10am to March 27, 2011 at 4pm – Portland Japanese Garden What distinguishes ikebana from other approaches to flower arrangement is its asymmetrical form and the use of “empty” space as essential features of the composition. A sense of harmony among the mat… Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: exhibit

Walk for Water

March 27, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm – "World Trade Center" World Water Day, on March 22, is recognized by the United Nations and global community to focus attention on the growing water crisis. Portlanders inspired to do something about the water crisis are… Organized by Walk for Water | Type: walk for water

History Pub

March 28, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm – McMenamins Kennedy School History Pub: Bill Lang and Pat Courtney Gold “Power vs. Fish on the Columbia: Building a Hydropower System and the Death of Celilo Falls” This two part presentation will connect engineering to cultur… Organized by Rachel Butler | Type: lecture

Portland's Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair - March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011 from 11am to 3pm – Ambridge Event Center for immediate release   Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair for the Portland Area   PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 30, 2011 - City Career Fair announced today the 11th Annual Diversity Employment Day C… Organized by City Career Fair | Type: career, fair,

PIR Automotive Swap Meet

March 31, 2011 at 7am to April 3, 2011 at 1pm – Portland International Raceway Auto enthusiasts who love a good bargain will want to head to Portland International Raceway (PIR) for the seventh annual PIR Automotive Swap Meet, featuring more than 1,300 vendor stalls and two-plu… Organized by Portland International Raceway | Type: swap, meet

Solarize Northwest Workshop

March 31, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8pm – Friendly House, Keeston Room Learn how to go solar at home with Solarize Northwest, a community endeavor to make solar electricity more affordable for Northwest and Southwest Portland property owners. Attend one of our introduct… Organized by Alison Wallisch | Type: community, workshop

Smash Putt! Return of The Miniature Golf Apocalypse!

April 1, 2011 to May 8, 2011 – Smash Putt Fairways - PDX Smash Putt, The Miniature Golf Apocalypse, returns to Portland for six weekends of mayhem and excitement! Devious obstacles kissed with wicked robotic brains hand crafted by our mad scientists to cha… Organized by Smash Putt! | Type: nightlife


April 1, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – I Witness Gallery (housed in the Northwest Center for Photography) FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY OPENING DUALITY EXHIBIT—featuring photographs taken by award winning photographers Randy Olson and Melissa Farlow during 50 assignments for National Geographic Magazine. This is… Organized by Sharon Lavier O'Keefe | Type: photography, exhibit,

April ~ First Friday

April 1, 2011 from 6pm to 7:30pm – Love Art! Gallery On Friday, April 1st, 2011 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, we will be entertained by Gary Kimmel.  He plays original instrumentals using the mandolin, guitar and didgeridoo.  Gary is a wanderer, gypsy, travele… Organized by Love Art! Gallery | Type: music,

Urban Tellers - April 1ST

April 1, 2011 from 8pm to 10:30pm – Hipbone Studio Urban Tellers. Connecting the Community from the Inside Out Reservations guarantee you a seat: Email or Call 503-793-5484 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            503-793-5484      end_of_the_skype_highlighting   Friday, April 1st, Doors 7:30  $10 i… Organized by Portland Story Theater | Type: story, showcase

Saga Goryu Ikebana Exhibition at the Portland Japanese Garden

April 2, 2011 at 10am to April 3, 2011 at 6pm – Portland Japanese Garden Hana Matsuri: The Flower Festival Celebrating the Birth of Buddha April 2-3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Both days: Prayer Ceremony at 10 a.m. and Demonstration of the Way of Tea at 2 p.m. Garden Pavilion Free wi… Organized by Melissa Wilmot | Type: festival, flower,

St Josef's Day Wine Fest- Gypsy Jazz Music & Hungarian Goulash

April 2, 2011 at 12pm to April 3, 2011 at 6pm – St Josefs Vineyard & Winery- 28836 S Barlow Rd, Canby OR 97013 On Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday the 3rd, St Josef’s Winery in Canby, OR will be celebrating its 28th Annual St Josef’s Festival.  St Josef’s Day celebrates the founding of the winery and the bles… Organized by cmcknight | Type: music,

Queen Melissa Tea Cruises on the Portland Spirit

April 2, 2011 at 12pm to April 30, 2011 at 2pm – Portland Spirit Queen Melissa, Queen of Maybeland, from the beloved radio show and children's book, The Cinnamon Bear, is setting off on and adventure of her own.  Captain Taffy is bringing her to Portland for a hig… Organized by Portland Spirit | Type: river, cruise




Buds and Fungus - Photo by Michael Barton on

Buds and Fungus - Photo by Michael Barton on


This Week's Top Ten in Portland

1) Andina Restaurant - Portland Pearl District - 1314 Northwest Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97209

This restaurant has stood the test of time with delicious food, warm celebratory environment, and friendly people.  Notable for their exceptional  Peruvian cuisine and amazing happy hours.   "In partnership with Whole Foods, Andina will present "The Flavors of Peru: An Evening with Andina" at the Whole Foods Pearl District location (located at 1210 NW Couch Street) on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. This cooking demonstration and tasting event will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation, which encourages self-sufficient enterprise by providing microloans to farmers in developing nations in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The class costs $20 per person. To sign up or for more information, please contact Whole Foods directly at 503.525.4343"



2) Gerding Theater at The Armory - 128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209

This stunning building is worth a stop on your Pearl District tour, whether or not you plan to catch a show at Portland Center Stage, or another event.  "The vision began in 2002 when the Portland Armory Annex was the last piece in the Brewery Blocks development puzzle that Gerding Edlen Development was looking for a solution to. Many things were considered, but when Mayor Vera Katz and Artistic Director, Chris Coleman agreed that it would make a fantastic home for Portland Center Stage, Bob Gerding stood behind the concept and personally drove the effort to make it a reality.

Originally built in 1891, the building was reborn as the Gerding Theater at the Armory on October 1, 2006, with a community celebration and block party attended by a throng of thousands. Shortly after opening, the building was certified by the US Green Building Council as exceeding the requirements for designation as LEED Platinum (go to for more info). During its first year as the home of Portland Center Stage, the Gerding Theater at the Armory was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, nominated for the Portland downtown Rotary Club’s Environmental Excellence award and the Portland BEST award for green building." (Source: 

The Gerding Theater at the Armory is available for performances, parties, meetings, presentations and community events.


3) Portland Center Stage - 128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209

I hadn't been to the theater in a long time, but my friend asked me to go last night and we saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in a packed house at Gerding Theater at The Armory, home to Portland Center Stage.  The realistic mental hospital stage set for this play was phenomenal, and the story itself as dark, haunting, and heavy as I remember from reading the original novel by Ken Kesey.  It was stirring and powerful, and yes--brought tears to my eyes.  If you haven't been to the theater in awhile, you should go!

"Portland Center Stage inspires our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. In our 22nd season, PCS is the city’s leading professional theater and one of the 25 largest regional theater companies in the U.S. PCS produces a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works, and our annual playwrights festival, JAW. In our home at the Portland Armory we also offer a variety of education and outreach programs, including classes, workshops and partnerships with organizations throughout the Portland area. "

Catch the last showings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Futura this weekend!  Tickets at:



4)  ¡Oba! Restaurante y Refresqueria , 555 Northwest 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Never to be missed during a Pearl District Happy Hour, on our way to the theater we stopped at Oba and enjoyed refreshing beverages and queso fundido dip.  

" ¡Oba! Restaurante y Refresqueria opened in Portland, Oregon in October 1997. Owner Steve McLain, who had spent the 1980s managing and owning restaurants in high-profile markets such as the Bay Area and Los Angeles, had already completed a successful purchase and turnaround of Hall Street Grill in a Portland suburb — a restaurant that continues to thrive under his ownership today.

 Eager to open a second venture in a more urban setting, McLain chose the heart of the Pearl District. At the time, this gritty, industrial area near downtown was on the verge of an impressive revitalization. ¡Oba! was among the first of the restaurants to arrive in what eventually became a thriving arts, retail and residential district — and the restaurant was in instant hit with diners. In its 13 years of business, ¡Oba!’s inventive cuisine, stunning design, hand-crafted cocktails and commitment to excellent guest service have sustained a solid following and a trademark buzz that a food writer once described as a “life-of-the party energy.”


¡Oba! Restaurant - Portland's Pearl District


5) Bridgetown Tree Service -

I had to remove some overgrown laurel bushes that were planted too close to my foundation and taking over the side of my house.  After checking reviews and searching online, I came across Bridgetown Tree Service.  They provide exceptional customer service, fair prices, and they got the job done right!  Plus it always feels good to support your local small Portland businesses.  Alex and Zane made short work of my four massive laurel hedges, and they were great to work with.  If you have a Portland tree removal situation and need some help, I highly recommend Bridgetown Tree Service.  I am certain they are one of the best tree removal services in Portland.

"After working a combined 11 years experience under a long time friend and tree care specialist, Portland Oregon natives Alex Hacke and Zane Wood co-founded Bridgetown Tree Service in the summer of 2008. Alex Hacke is an active member of the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and is dedicated to staying up to date on the latest technologies, techniques and news related to the tree care industry. 

Bridgetown Tree Service has been built through hard work and honesty. We realize that going that extra step to make our customers happy goes a long way. We look forward to doing business with you. Bridgetown Tree Service is dedicated to providing quality tree care for the Portland-Metroplitan area. As a reputable company, our core objectives are to guarantee your satisfaction with our first class and highly skilled staff who undertake tree removal, pruning, custom shaping and stump removal services. Bridgetown Tree Service offers professional tree care and arboriculture services to all our customers on a personal level. We have active members of the International Society of Arboriculture on staff and work hard to stay up to date in all the latest technologies, techniques and news related to tree care."


6) Aviary Restaurant Portland - 1733 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR -

Upscale Asian fusion tapas arrive on Alberta Street, with delicious and inventive recipes, located in one of Portland's most popular neighborhoods.  Try the Pumpkin Tempura, Asian Pear Salad, Halibut, or Pork Ribs. "Located in the Alberta Arts district of Northeast Portland, Aviary combines urban industrial design with local art, reclaimed wood from the original site, and locally crafted lighting. With a chef's counter, communal table and a seasonal patio, Aviary welcomes guests for dinner Monday to Saturday.

The three co-chefs, Sarah Pliner, Jasper Shen, and Kat Whitehead, collaborate on an eclectic menu of small plates inspired by more than a decade of cooking experience in New York (Ducasse, Aquavit, Jean Georges, Tabla, Aldea, 5 Ninth), and Portland ( The Heathman, Giorgio's, Couvron). The menu focuses on the creative use of quality ingredients and locally sourced product. 

General Manager and wine director Leah Moorhead, adds her own style and bicoastal experience to Aviary's beverage program. The wine list draws heavily from boutique wineries in France and the Pacific Northwest, and the cocktail list mixes classic and modern with seasonal infusions from the kitchen." 

Aviary Restaurant - Alberta Street - Portland, Oregon

7) Hoyt Arboretum - 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221

Looking for a fun outdoor activity while the kids are off from school?  Look no further than Portland's own backyard!  Each day during the week of spring break, Monday-Saturday (March 21-26), we will be offering guided tours through the Arboretum's collections.  These tours will depart each day from the Visitors Center at 10:00 am.  Cost: $3 per person. Length: Roughly 90 minutes

"At Hoyt Arboretum every tree has a story to tell. Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate the community, Hoyt Arboretum encompasses 187 ridge-top acres, accessible by trails covering 12 miles. A place of beauty and serenity in all seasons, the Arboretum is easily accessible from anywhere in the metropolitan area, by car, bus or the MAX light rail. You will also find parking, restroom facilities, ADA accessible trails and ADA parking at or near the Visitor Center. 

An arboretum is a promise to future generations. Just as we are enjoying mature and wonderful trees that were planted many years ago, the trees we plant today will grow to provide shade, beauty and value for decades and centuries to come. More than 5,800 specimens from around the world grow here, including more than 1,100 species, which are valuable in reforesting damaged habitats. Hoyt Arboretum is a living laboratory where anyone can enjoy trees and plants that would not otherwise grow in our climate or habitat." More info:


8) Miracle Theater Group -  425 SE 6th Avenue, Theatre: 525 SE Stark, Portland OR 97214 

"The Miracle Theatre Group offers you an experience unlike anything else around. See one show, and you’ll have crossed the border to another culture; see a whole season, and you’ll have traveled the globe. Where else can you see live performances of a play by Federico García Lorca in Spanish with English supertitles? Or observe Portland’s longest-running (and bilingual) Day of the Dead celebration? From Afro-Cuban dance theatre to Argentine novelas, from Golden Age classics to world premieres of new work, you’ll find that performances at El Centro Milagro are always vivacious and visually stunning. We believe in experimentation informed by tradition; thinking creatively and acting collaboratively; being irreverent but never irrelevant. We entertain; we give you pause to think, feel and imagine; and, through the cultural lens of latinidad, we embrace the full spectrum of humanity"  Now playing, BOOMCRACKLEFLY, tickets: 


9) First Friday - Portland Central Eastside Arts -  - The Central Eastside is the latest home to gallery hopping in Portland.  Whether it's Sellwood, Brooklyn, Clinton, or the close-in SE and NE neighborhoods, you'll find plenty of arts, culture, and creativity.  "First Friday East Portland Galleries and Venues are open every First Friday evening of the month from 6pm to 9pm. Most include new exhibits and artist’s receptions each month. Some include live entertainment and other special events open to the public. The guides are published quarterly and can be picked up at locations all over Portland, including coffee shops, hotels, stores and galleries."

Image from  At Color on Tap Studio located at 4540 SE Milwaukie Ave. - Artist, Trina Hesson


10) Blair Community Garden - SE Portland - SE 33rd and Stark - The beloved Blair Community Garden reopens in SE Portland today.

"Welcoming all new and returning gardeners, neighbors, and community garden enthusiasts. Come out and celebrate the grand re-opening of the Blair Community Garden!  The event will be held March 26th at SE 33rd and Stark. Festivities will take place from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. For those looking to get their hands in the dirt as soon as possible, there will be a work party held in the garden immediately before the celebration, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Many thanks to the community partners who have made this event possible: Friends of Portland Community Gardens, Laurelhurst Village Care Center, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, PP&R, Hands on Greater Portland, and Portland Fire & Rescue.  For more information please call PP&R's Community Gardens Program at 503-823-1612" 

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The Portland Photo of the Week

Come upload your photos, and as always, thanks so much for sharing, we really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week!  In case you missed the super moon this past week, you'll be happy to that Michael Barton captured some beautiful images for us to enjoy, taken at Hoyt Arboretum.  The super moon, when the moon is closest to the earth, occurs only every 19 years and took place on March 19 (when I was sleeping....bummer that I missed it.)  Michael wins the Portland photo of the week contest with these gorgeous night shots of the moon taken from Hoyt Arboretum.  Thanks, Michael!

Super Moon by Michael Barton on


Super Moon by Michael Barton

Super Moon by Michael Barton on

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Sellwood Moreland Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

by Ross Seligman

Sellwood feels much less "hipster" and "chic" than say, Mississippi Ave, Alberta Arts or the Pearl-- but a definite, at ease kind of 'anything goes, all are welcome' type of feeling is present on these streets.  Like most Portland neighborhoods, Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods feel very self-sustaining.  Local grocery store New Seasons, many local coffee shops plus a few local coffee roasters make this community feel warm and a lot like its own small town.  Walking the streets in Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods invokes a "back in the good old days" feeling.  This area is family friendly, walkable, and livable with a strong sense of community pride.   To learn more, click here.

Are you keeping an eye on Sellwood Moreland 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 Sellwood Moreland 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 Sellwood Moreland neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

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 Sellwood Moreland neighborhood from 12/09 to 02/11:

In February 2011, there were 15 closed sales, 25 pending sales, and 105 homes on the market in the Sellwood Moreland Neighborhood.

One year change from February 2010 to February 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): No change.
Homes sold: Down 11.8%
Homes pending sale: Down 32.4%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood has been between $143 and $177/sq. ft. In February 2011, the average price per square foot in the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood was $160.

One year change from February 2010 to February 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
February 2010: 152

February 2011: 160

Percentage Change: Up 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 February 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood was 74 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 February 2011, sellers in Sellwood Moreland received, on average, 93% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from February 2010 to February 2011:

Time on Market: Up 23.3%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 1%

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 February  2011, the average price of a house on the market in Sellwood Moreland was $373,000. The average sale was $303,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 4.1%
Average sold price:  Down 3.2%

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.  February 2011 in the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood was a buyers market with 7 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 7 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in February, 74 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Sellwood Moreland from this point forward, in 7 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

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Each week, Ross shares a handful of homes for sale in Portland Oregon that are great deals.  We usually select one on the higher end and lower end of the price range to share here in the blog.  You can read the full report of best real estate deals in Portland, here.

7864 SE 15TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 - Sellwood - $765,000

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2819 SE 32ND AVE Portland, OR 97202 - Richmond - $249,000

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