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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland March 27 - April 3 2010


Welcome to your weekly Portland blog!  This week we are rejoicing the official turn of season from winter to spring.  Usually very wet this time of year, our Portland weather has been simply awesome.  Sunny, clear and warm!  So with the turn in the weather, I wanted to share some great resources to help you enjoy a fair weather Portland.

Eat Good. We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 farmers markets in and around Portland.  You'll find no fresher food or more wonderful people. Many are open year round, but I find myself newly enamored with Farmers Markets in the spring.

Get Out. I run the Peninsula Rose Park nearly every day and am always in awe of much the community embraces its local park. Visit the Portland Parks and Recreation website to find parks near you including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, community fitness centers and more.

Bike Portland.  If you don't, you should if you can!  Portland is a bike friendly city to say the least!  I am an avid bike commuter during spring and summer months and found these citywide and neighborhood bike maps to be extremely useful.  I also really like the BikePortland website which has proven to be an invaluable resource for All Things Bike.

That's it for now.  Have a great weekend!

Portland Picture of the Week 

Our Portland Photo of the Week is by Fasai.  The Portland Chinese Garden is located in Old Town China Town in downtown Portland.  Great shot, Fasai!  This shot wins Fasai a $20 gift certificate to one of my new favorite Portland restaurants, MiHO Izakaya.

Portland Chinese Garden


Submit your local Portland photos for a chance to win a gift certificate to one of our fine 100% local Portland businesses.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!


Portland Events

PSU Farmers Market Grand ReOpening!

One of the hands down best farmers markets in the city reopens!  See you there!

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Woodburn Tulip Festival

Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils!  Buy cut flowers.  Order bulbs for fall planting. Children's Acre.

Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! There is nothing like the colors of our tulip fields in the spring. Every year the varieties are arranged differently in a new pattern of color as we rotate our tulip fields to a new location.

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History Pub – 40¢ a Day is What Makes Prostitutes: Wobblies, Women, and the 1913 Cannery Strike

Spend a fun evening at McMenamins Kennedy School and go back in time...

This April is sure to be a lively history pub, presented by Holy Names Heritage Center, McMenamins and OHS. During a workers strike in 1913 at the Oregon Packing Company, women employees blamed low wages rather than loose morals for pushing women into prostitution. Heather Mayer will be talking about the showdown that took place between radical and progressive forces trying to define what was deemed respectable behavior for young women. As always, History Pub is a free event, but canned food donations will be accepted for the Oregon Food Bank.

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Metro Art Kids Camp

Camp registration is now open for MetroArts Kids Camp 18th year. Camp runs this summer July 12-16 and 19-23, Monday-Fridays for 7-12 year olds. Our campers go through classes of visual arts, music, dance, and theater all on the performing spaces of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

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Every week, we add our favorite Portland events to the Portland blog. There are many more Portland events to be found on the Portland Events Calendar. Browse around or add your own!


Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More

Earth Day 2010

Help! Need to get away and need advice

Portland Apartment Finders?

11th Annual Art Hop Request for Artists and Vendors

Moving from Midwest to PDX

Rental Home Help

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Woodstock Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

Woodstock is a lovely area of Portland with many nice older homes tucked into quiet neighborhood streets. This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland with some of the homes being built in the 1880's. The Woodstock neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Richmond, Mt. Tabor, Powellhurst Gilbert and Foster-Powell neighborhoods. Learn more about this neighborhood by reading the PortlandNeighborhood neighborhood profile on Woodstock.

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 Woodstock 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 Woodstock, 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.

On to the report:  Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Woodstock neighborhood from 12/08 to 02/10:

Portland Oregon Real Estate


The Woodstock neighborhood is very popular and has many homes in the first time homebuyer price ranges. Although inventory has grown a bit, both pending and closed sales are way up over last year. In February 2010, the Woodstock neighborhood had 35 closed sales, 66 Pending Sales, and 258 on the market.

More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from February 2009 to February 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 2%
Homes sold: Same as same month last year: Up 25%
Homes pending sale: Up 83.3%

Chart for average price per square footage:

Portland Oregon Real Estate

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Woodstock neighborhood has been between $125 and $157/sq. ft. In February 2010, the average price per square foot in the Woodstock neighborhood was $128.

One year change from February 2009 to February 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
February 2009: 135
February 2010: 128
Percentage Change: Down 4.8%


Read the rest of this report by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman

About Ross:  I am a real estate broker with Windermere, a writer and contributor to, 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 beautiful home is located in the Rose City Park area. Check out the full list of best deals. 

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Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods?  Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.


Till Next Time, Portlandia

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