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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, May 5 to May 12, 2012

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, Portland!  The 28th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is in Downtown Portland this weekend.

From CincodeMayo.org

Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA) presents the 28th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 4-6, 2012. PGSCA was established in 1984, and is a 501 (C-3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Latino culture, arts, education, economic and intercultural partnerships, and goodwill between the cities of Portland and Guadalajara. For more information on the  Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association go to:  www.PGSCA.com

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2012

11am to 11pm

Downtown at Waterfront Park

Adults: $8.00  13 and older

Child: $5.00 6 years to 12 years

Seniors: 62 yrs and older $5.00

Children under 6 years old  -Free

Learn more about the festival events, including rides, music events, and a Guiness Book of World Record's attempt for the most people wearing sombreros. Visit  CINCODEMAYO.ORG Website

OHS Doggie Dash 2012

Next weekend on May 12th is Portland's Annual Doggie Dash, a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society.  It isn't too late to participate in this fun event. REGISTER

Downtown Portland goes to the dogs on May 12th as we banish cars and let dogs rule the streets!  It's Portland's favorite fundraiser for pets, open to everyone with or without their dog. Register today!

Learn more about the OHS Doggie Dash.

Portland Community Gardens

Portland Community Gardens -  It's gardening season and that means community gardens all over Portland are sprining to life. If you would like to participate in your local community garden, visit the City of Portland's website to find a garden near you.  You can volunteer at your neighborhood  garden, or sign up for a garden plot on the Portland Parks website.

The Community Gardens program has provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Portland since 1975. There are 43 community gardens located throughout the city, developed and operated by volunteers and PP&R staff, offering a variety of activities.

List of Portland Community Gardens and Map

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Rachel Carlson.  This moody backlit mage is of the St. Johns Bridge.

St Johns Bridge Portland Oregon

Featured Portland Photo by Rachel Carlson  Rachel Carlson

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  This week Rachel scores a gift card to Back to Eden.

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! 

A River Runs Around It

Rob Creighton GarrisonWritten by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I lived on an island for awhile, when I was between the ages of eight and ten. My family moved from Roswell, New Mexico to Puerto Rico when my dad was transferred to Ramey Air Force Base.

It was very cool. White sand beaches, palm trees, hermit crabs to occupy our sand castles. Balmy weather punctuated every year by terrifying threats of hurricanes. BIG bugs. Even though we lived on base, amidst the regimented confines of military life, it was still a kid's adventure. When my dad decided in 1970 to take retirement and we moved to Texas, my anticipation of yet another new environment was tempered by a feeling of sadness in leaving island life.

I don't think you could find an island as unlike Puerto Rico as Sauvie Island (unless you ventured to the Arctic Circle), but I'll say that, were I to forsake the close-in allure of Portland living, Sauvie Island is where I would live.

Cross the bridge and it's like entering the Shire, I kid you not. All that's missing are the short rustics with a taste for second breakfasts, and you could probably find at least one of those if you asked around (no offense to short rustics, and who doesn't like a second breakfast?). You know the boxes of granola or muesli or other tree-huggy foods with the bright pictures of rolling green hills and farms you see lining the shelves at the market? That's what Sauvie Island looks like. Sauvie Island should totally sue for profit share.

Once known as Wapato Island (or Wappatoo, but that one makes me think of tobacco juice spitting contests), the island is now a haven for lavender farmers and those who love them, long straight flat roads and the cyclists who crave them, and pumpkin patches and the carvers who might harbor deep-seated interpersonal issues. And cows. And horses. We saw at least one pig. Tractors and houseboats and anglers, oh my. Take a kid to this place and you risk rubber-necking flirtations with whiplash.

And birds. LOTS of birds. The Wapato Greenway affords an easy hike and views of blue herons and other waterfowl, plus ospreys in the spring and summer and bald eagles during winter.

The island has beaches too. This is where things go a little off-center, where things slide from bucolic rusticism to Portland Bohemianism. Collins Beach is clothing-optional and competes with Rooster Rock for the attentions of the discerning unclad. One would think this juxtaposition of farm folk and unfettered flesh would be cause for consternation (at least for said farm folk), and every once in awhile I'm sure somebody walks a naked step or two farther than a neighboring property owner's comfort zone extends, but overall people seem to get on quite well. I suppose the island populace figures these nudistas will eventually put their pockets back on and then reach into them to pay for pumpkins or fresh produce on their way back over the bridge, and in the meantime they don't seem to scare the cows, so it's all good. That's a pretty healthy viewpoint.

No, I'm not posting pictures of Collins Beach. It was cold.

For more barely-competent attempts at photography, feel free to have a look at my photo albums on this website.  Enjoy!

Editor's Comment:  

Learn more about Sauvie Island on SauvieIsland.org:

Sauvie Island lies approximately ten miles northwest of downtown Portland, Oregon and is accessed by a sole bridge from US 30. As you cross the bridge you’ll sense the solitude as a serene vista of fields, trees and the Cascade Range spread out in front of you. And, if the day is clear, five mountains which bejewel the Range—are visible from north to south; they are Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and, on a very clear day, Mt. Jefferson.

The island is situated between the Columbia River to the east, the Multnomah Channel to the west, and the Willamette River to the south. It is an island so large it has its own rivers, lakes, islands, and sloughs.

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Featured Portland Events this Week

 Below are featured and member added events on the Portland Events Calendar:

Cirque du Soleil Ovo Portland

April 27, 2012 to May 20, 2012Portland http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/ovo/tickets/portland.aspx OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look fo Organized by Cirque du Soleil | Type: cirque

The Cutting Room

May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 19, 2012 at 7:30pm – The BodyVox Dance Center Building on its fruitful history of working in film, next spring BodyVox will embark on a new approach to its unique brand of dance theater. Utilizing a mash up of cinematic scenes from classic films Organized by BodyVox | Type: performance

Oedipus El Rey

May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 26, 2012 at 8pm – Miracle Theater Group With Chicano swagger and sly sense of humor, Luis Alfaro transports Sophocles’ tragedy to the mean streets of East L.A. Here Oedipus does hard time for ripping off a Costco, Jocasta splashes on the J Organized by Miracle Theatre | Type: theater, production

"inteREor" at SCRAP's Re:Vision Gallery

May 4, 2012 to June 25, 2012SCRAP "inteREor" is a wonderfully clever collection of furniture and decor made almost entirely out of reused materials by fabREfab and LeDoux. SCRAP's Re:Vision Gallery features artwork made from a minimu Organized by Alyssa Kail | Type: gallery, show

Oregon Potters Association’s 30th Annual “Ceramic Showcase,” May 4-6, 2012

May 4, 2012 at 9am to May 6, 2012 at 5pm – Oregon Convention Center Oregon Potters Association presents the 30th Annual Ceramic Showcase, the largest sale and show of clay in the U.S. This one-of-a-kind show will feature over 150 booths of diverse, spectacular art fo Organized by Oregon Potters Association | Type: ceramic, showcase

Flavor Street Food Cart Tour

May 4, 2012 at 1pm to December 30, 2012 at 3pm – Mark Spencer Hotel Lobby Library Check out Portland’s amazing street cuisine! Let our Resident Experts take you on a personal tour of the city’s best food carts, tasting trucks, and hidden kitchens, where former four-star chefs and Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: food, cart, tour

NW Pet and Companion Fair

May 5, 2012 to May 6, 2012"Portland Expo Center" http://nwpetfair.com/ Portland's largest pet adoption and pet social expo. The Northwest Pet and Companion Fair is back this year for the 11th Annual venue where we are set to deliver you top notch Organized by NW Pet and Companion Fair | Type: pet fair

APEX: Claudia Fitch

May 5, 2012 at 10am to August 12, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum Whimsically reinventing icons from popular culture and art history, Seattle artist Claudia Fitch seeks to expose a connection between the cultural and the personal. Using flocking, plastic foliage, g Organized by Sarah Kinney | Type: art, exhibit

Hip Happening Spring Mother's Day Bazaar

May 5, 2012 from 11am to 5pm – Sellwood Masonic Lodge Who will always love you no matter what? YOUR MOTHER! Show her some love with a gift from the Hip Happening! 50 talented local artisans selling fabulous unique handmade one-of-a-kind items.Free drawi Organized by Hip Happening | Type: arts, &, crafts, bazaar

Saturday Imbibing Tour

May 5, 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 spot Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery, tour

Greg Proops

May 5, 2012 from 7pm to 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Saturday 05/05 - 7PM & 9:30PM $20-$25 Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He is a frequent guest on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Chelsea Lately" on E! and on "Red E Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand, up, comedy

Mahmoud Ahmed at YU

May 5, 2012 from 8pm to 11pm – YU Contemporary MAHMOUD AHMED A PerformanceMay 5, 2012, 9pm (doors, 7pm)$30 – PURCHASE NOW Ahmed is one of the pioneers and great innovators of modern Ethiopian music, a true legend who has influenced the way music Organized by YU | Type: music, performance

Springfest Health & Wellness Fair in Hillsdale

May 6, 2012 from 10am to 2pm – Hillsdale in SW Portland Come join us Sunday, May 6 for the 2nd annual Springfest with over 30 local vendors, live music, clowns, magicians…and an inflatable obstacle course…all free to participants.  Happening the same day Organized by Hillsdale Main Street | Type: free, health, &, wellness, fair 

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South Tabor Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman

South Tabor is a largely residential area located South of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. The neighborhoods are named for the locally famous Mount Tabor, an extinct volcano, in the area. The modest family homes in this area were built from the early 1900's to today, with many cute ranches, cottages and bungalows, still in an affordable price range in comparison to other Portland areas. This is a great area to look for a starter, first time home, or a nice family home in a pleasant neighborhood with plenty of shopping and conveniences nearby.  To learn more about South Tabor, click here.

If you are looking for homes in the South Tabor neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the South Tabor neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In March 2012, there were 50 closed sales, 70 pending sales, and 170 homes on the market in the South Tabor Neighborhood.

One year change from March 2011 to March 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 38%

Homes sold: Up 2%

Homes pending sale: Up 25%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the South Tabor neighborhood has been between $111 and $129/sq. ft. In March 2012, the average price per square foot in the South Tabor neighborhood was $113.

One year change from March 2011 to March 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Down 5.3%

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 March 2012, the average time on market for a home in the South Tabor neighborhood was 56 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 March 2012, sellers in South Tabor received, on average, 93% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from March 2011 to March 2012:

Time on Market: Down 24.3%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 1%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In March 2012, the average price of a house on the market in South Tabor was $183,000. The average sale was $169,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 10.3%
Average sold price:  Down 5.6%

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.  March 2012 in the South Tabor neighborhood had 3.4 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.4 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in March , 56 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in South Tabor from this point forward, in 3.4 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.


In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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.


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 South Tabor 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.

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 : http://www.propertiesofportland.com

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.   Here is this week's list.

6820 SE 29TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 - Eastmoreland - $1,100,000

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3323 SE 55TH AVE Portland, OR 97206 - South Tabor - $265,000

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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:  www.propertiesofportland.com

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