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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland April 14 - April 21 2012

Welcome to another weekend, Portland and welcome to another edition of our all-local Portland blog!  This week, we look into Portland's love-affair with urban chicken keeping. Much like you, I bet, I see chickens absolutely everywhere now. I've become blissfully desensitized to what has been making news elsewhere. News? Indeed. Even Portlandia poked some fun at our expense: free range chickens, chickens with names who are well fed and well loved, where the fate of the chicken and the life it led was of passionate scrutiny...Welcome to Portland!

My neighbor has had chickens for years and we are lucky recipients of his fresh, delicious eggs. I've grown fond of watching them migrate around his yard, clucking and turning up soil looking for worms and fresh viddles. His coop is magnificent, huge and elaborate even down to the framed images of regal looking roosters and hens on the wall. Some of these chickens live better than humans, I swear it.

Portland Chicken Coops 3         Portland chicken coops 1

The question many are asking is "is it worth it?".  Well, that depends on you. For many, the act of keeping chickens is rewarding on many levels-- many people feel more connected with the earth, the chickens become like pets and bonds are formed and most kids love being around chickens and it helps to teach them about life and responsibility. Outside of that, its all about the eggs. Are the chickens producing healthier-for-you eggs? Without a doubt. Studies have shown that small flock eggs have: less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamin, 2x more omega-3 fatty acids, 3x more vitamin E and 7 times more beta carotene!  It is a pure and simple case of "you are what you eat". Take good care of your chickens you will reap the benefits.

Portland chicken coops 2

The time is not right for me to become an urban chicken keeper but I do find it fascinating. I recently read through an incredibly informative book called A Chicken in Every Yard by locals Robert and Hannah Lit who you might know from The Urban Farm Store here in Portland. If you are considering chickens, I cannot recommend this book enough. It covers chicken keeping from A-Z and is well written and funny, too. Here are just a few things I learned in this excellent book:

- Types of chickens and how to select, handle and care for chicks.

- What to feed chicks, adults and what not to feed them.

- How to care for your coop and how to build a coop.

- How to keep your chickens safe from predators.

- All about chickens: life spans, how the weather impacts egg yields, how to care for them if they become ill and more.

- Excellent (or shall I say, eggsellent) egg recipes and even tips on how to tell if the eggs you have are still good.

A Chicken in Every Yard


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Aquatic Squirrel. This is a wonderful photo of the Astoria Bridge.

Astoria Bridge composition (2)

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Aquatic Squirrel will receive a $20 gift cert to one of our favorite local restaurants, Miho Izakaya. Miho's menu is creative and incredible and the service is excellent in every way. We adore the food at Miho and so will you.

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 


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Bridge Town

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison


Anyone who has an interest in getting anywhere beyond his or her own neighborhood in this town is going to be crossing a bridge.  Lucky us, there are quite a few of them.

Look, even a dedicated east-sider like me has to cross the river now and then. Usually it's to go downtown or to Forest Park.  Those two locales are most often my primary destinations, but there are other, quite valid reasons to visit the west side.  I'm not averse to that part of town at all, you understand.  I'm more familiar with the east side of the river because that's where the Fates cast us shortly after the missus and I arrived in Portland.  Plus, we don't own a poodle who needs regular coiffuring or a chauffeur to take said pet to salon appointments (KIDDING, west-siders! Just represe'in'!).

Here's the truth.  I'd find a reason, if none were handy, to travel Portland's bridges.  Bridges are cool. Portland's bridges are very cool.  They aren't the pretty, quaint little covered bridges over which your grammy might ooh and aah and endanger her dentures; head toward Albany for that variety.  They have little in common with our iron behemoths besides keeping one's feet dry.  I've confessed here before that I'm a sucker for atmosphere, and Portland's spans have an industrial gothic quality that fits this city to a capital 'T' (which rhymes with 'B' and that stands for 'BOSS'!  And, well, 'Bridge').  They cut a handsome, sharp profile under a summer sun, but in the rain and fog they come into their true element. In muted color and illumination, the Hawthorne Bridge becomes a pulleys-and-cogs contraption in a steampunk fantasy; the St. Johns Bridge soars out of the mist, freshly arrived from Gotham City.

Each structure has its own personality and each is as essential as a living organ.  Their iron vocal cords hum the endless tune of traffic, and if that traffic, along with the river below, can be seen as elements of a bloodstream, then the bridges are arteries, and also the legs of the city as they stand like Colossi straddling the waterway.

Do yourselves a favor.  Walk over a bridge when you can, or ride a bicycle, but leave the car at home. Sitting in a motor vehicle deadens the experience.  A bridge, if you let it, best tells you stories through your legs.

Read and comment on the original post here. Like this article? Check back weekly for a peek into Rob's world.



Featured Portland Events this Week


The Pub Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. Produced by Public House Theatre Company.  

A young man, an old man, and life's greatest lesson. The Pub presents the true story of sports writer Mitch Albom’s weekly Tuesday visits with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, during the final weeks of Morrie’s life. After a lapse of 16 years, their rekindled relationship teaches Mitch lessons he never knew he needed to learn about life, love, and letting go.


Tuesdays with Morrie at Public House Theatre





Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats

January 21, 2012 at 10am to May 6, 2012 at 5pm –World Forestry Center Washington Park Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats Opens January 21!   "Masters of the Night:  The True Story of Bats," a touring museum exhibition produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, is bringing the mysterOrganized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit



Joseph Beuys

February 4, 2012 at 10am to May 27, 2012 at 5pm –Portland Art Museum One of the most controversial internationally known German avant-garde artists of the postwar years, Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential theorist and teacher for several generations of European artiOrganized by | Type: exhibition



Scavenger Hunt Search Party at Portland Central Library

March 3, 2012 at 6pm to December 1, 2012 at 7pm –Portland Central Library Turn your Rosetta-stone brain on high and unravel the mysteries hidden in the stacks, on the walls, and places you never imagined existed in a public library. Upon arrival, a highly-trained Run BrainOrganized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt



Cornerstones of a Great Civilization, Masterworks of Ancient Chinese Art

March 9, 2012 at 10am to November 11, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum This spring, the Museum will celebrate the restoration of Money Tree, an extremely rare bronze sculpture that embodies wishes for eternal prosperity in the afterlife. The money tree will be displayedOrganized by The Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit



Healthy Living

April 9, 2012 at 9am to June 4, 2012 at 9am –Beaverton Hoop YMCA Join us for this free 8 week workshop on Healthy Living. Participants will take part in group discussions focused on goal setting and healthy behaviors. Participants will also take part in a weekly gOrganized by Vickey Foster | Type: workshop



Filmed By Bike

April 13, 2012 at 7pm to April 18, 2012 at 9pm – The Clinton Street Theater BICYCLES AND FILMS REEL IN TANDEM ON THE SILVER SCREEN Portland, OR – Celebrating an amazing decade, the 10th Annual Filmed by Bike is a film festival filled entirely with bike-themed movies from arouOrganized by Filmed By Bike | Type: film, festival



2012 Oregon Orchid Show & Sale

April 14, 2012 at 10am to April 15, 2012 at 6pm –Ambridge Event Center The largest orchid event in the Pacific Northwest, the 2012 Oregon Orchid Show and Sale is THE place to discover the wonder of orchids that you won't find at the grocery store! You'll find orchids foOrganized by Oregon Orchid Society | Type: fundraiser



Saturday Imbibing Tour

April 14, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland We begin at Coalition, a small 10 barrel brewery in the inner SE where we taste their handcrafted, highly drinkable beers that reflect traditional brewing techniques and NW innovation. Our next spotOrganized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type:brewery, tour




April 14, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm – Tualatin Heritage Center World renown mandolinist Brian Oberlin and Tualatin’s own award winning original roots bluegrass group Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising will return to the historic Tualatin Heritage Center on SaturdayOrganized by Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising | Type:concert



Bridgetown Comedy Festival: As Seen on TV

April 14, 2012 from 9:30pm to 11:30pm – Helium Comedy Club Saturday 04/14 - 9:30PM $25-$30Headlined by MARIA BAMFORD and ERIC ANDRE, other performers to be announced soon! One of comedy's best festivals is here. With over 200 performers in The Rose City, theOrganized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: comedy, fest


Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes by Earl R Thomas


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April 2012 Portland Real Estate Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman

April 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report: What's Happening?

Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In March 2012, inventory has risen with 1852 homes on the market.   In March 2012, 461 homes sold and 692 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from March 11 to March 12:

Inventory is Down 32%

Closed Sales are Down 11.3%.

Pending sales are Up 25.8%. 


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $132 and $142. In March 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $136.

Yearly change from March 11 to March 12:

Average Price/Square Foot has not changed from the same month last year

Days on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 76 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In March 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 94% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from March 11 to March 12:

Average time it takes to sell a home has decreased 2.6%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 3%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In March 2012, this figure was $285,000.

Yearly change from March 11 to March 12:

The average price of a home listed has increased 5.1%.

The average price of a home sold has increased 0.4%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In March 2012, this figure was 4 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a balanced market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 4 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 76 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 4 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from March 11 to March 12:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 23.3%.

About the report:

They are a comparison of the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last 12 months) for all of Portland and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Portland as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

This information doesn't matter if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland
Metro Area homes for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports:

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 Deals in Portland this Week

 Each week Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals.  We share two of them here on the blog each week.   

715 NW MACLEAY BLVD Portland, OR 97210 - Hillside - $1,400,000

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 6333 NE 10TH AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Woodlawn - $289,900

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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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