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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland May 8 - May 15 2010

Hey Portland!  Here is your weekender edition of our Portland blog with our handpicked featured Portland events, the weekly Portland real estate report featuring the Grant Park neighborhood, and the Portland photo of the week.  We have an incredible weekend in store for us -- awesome, sunny weather and fair PDX skies.  What more can we ask for?  Spring has sprung and I rejoice! 

My plans are to head to Haag Lake at the (literal) crack o' dawn and the catch the big one. Picked up my new fishing license today and I'm ready to rumble. Haag Lake is located out in Forest Grove and is about a 40 minute drive from our North Portland neighborhood. Nothing like watching the sun rise on the water and reeling in the largest fish anyone has ever seen. Last time I was there I caught a large mouth bass weighing about 4lbs. I'm going back to catch his father. Watch for pictures! 

In other news, I've been gifted a vintage (heh, same age as me) 1976 Kawasaki motorcycle and I'm ready-set-go to learn how to pilot this thang. I just registered my Basic Rider Training course with Team Oregon and anxiously await my class in June.  I've heard that these classes used to fill up fast and if you were a late planner you were out of luck. I'm happy to report that I had plenty of options to choose from and am ready to learn how to hit the streets safe this summer!

This is a gorgeous and inspiring photo -- not Haag Lake but pretty damn pretty. Wish I were there. Nice job, Michael!

Featured Portland Events this Week

Here are the featured Portland events this week!  Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar.  You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here.  Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.

Cirque Du Soleil Kooza

Ok. Words truly fail to describe but I will try.

Absolutely. Simply. Breathtaking. Jaw-dropping. Amazing. GO.

View this Portland Event - Cirque Du Soleil Kooza


OMSI: Space Exhibit, A Journey to our Future

January 30-May 31, 2010. Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions and presented in collaboration with NASA, this dynamic, multimedia exhibit looks back into the history of aeronautics and examines the many unknown questions of existence posed by future space exploration.

View this Portland Event: OMSI Space Exhibit


The Portland Indie Wine and Food Festival

Join 40 of Oregon’s best craft wineries as they gather at Northeast Portland’s Bison Building for the 6th annual Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival. All participating wineries were selected by an expert tasting panel comprised of twelve nationally recognized sommeliers, retailers, wine trade representatives and writers. These tiny producers and winemakers will be on hand to personally pour and discuss their wines, farmer’s market style, with many wineries offering direct sales during the festival - the ultimate one-stop shopping experience.

Your ticket includes pours from all selected wineries, a commemorative tasting glass, a festival passport for taking tasting notes and small plates from fifteen top local restaurants and food purveyors like The Country Cat, Pazzo Ristorante, and Café Nell.

View this Portland Event: The Portland Indie Wine and Food Festival


Oregon History Museum - Becoming American: Teenagers & Immigration

This traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution paints a poignant picture of teenage immigrants in America. Photographer Barbara Beirne was inspired by teenage refugees she met in Kosovo. She worked with immigrant teenagers in America to help them tell their stories through photography. This exhibit tells the story of what it means to leave one’s home at a young age and acclimate to life in a different environment.

View this Portland event: Becoming American


MetroArts 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.

View this Portland Event: MetroArts Kids Camp


Artistic Celebration Art Auction

May 1 - The Artistic Celebration Art Auction 2010 was created to celebrate and promote undiscovered artists of all visual mediums as well as raise money for Shriners Children’s Hospital. Local Artists of all types are encouraged to donate pieces to be showcased and auctioned, with 100% of the proceeds going to Schriners.

** All donations whether art or in support of the event are eligible for non profit tax deductions. Be sure and contact us via out website for further information on donations and participation.

View this Portland Event: Artistic Celebration Art Auction


Portland Photo of the Week 

Our Portland Photo of the Week,  Pearl District Colors is by Kurt R.  The Pearl District is one of the defining urban neighborhoods in Portland as well as a vibrant part of our downtown. Nice work capturing the feel of this old district, Kurt!

Thanks to everyone for uploading your photos, we all enjoy looking at the ever growing gallery of Portland and surrounding areas.

Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to the our favorite store ever, Powells Books. 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! 


Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More

Possible move to Portland

2010 Multnomah County Fair

Spa/massage industry job situation?

Moving to Portland from NYC

Food Cart Vendors - know any?

Need advice on where to live

Doggie Dash - coming up!

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Portland Grant Park Neighborhood - Real Estate Market Report

By Ross Seligman

Grant Park is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sullivan's Gulch, Irvington, Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire, Rose City Park and Hollywood neighborhoods.  Grant Park is conveniently located along Tri Met bus lines, and relatively close-in to Downtown Portland.  To learn more, click here.

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 Grant Park 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 Grant Park, 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 Grant Park neighborhood from 1/09 to 3/10:

In Grant Park, closed sales are up over last month and pending sales have spiked.  In March 2010, there were 39 closed sales, 86 pending sales, and 220 on the market. More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from March 2009 to March 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 0.9%
Homes sold: Same as last year.  Down 4.9%
Homes pending sale: Up 45.8%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Grant Park neighborhood has been between $151 and $177/sq. ft. In March 2010, the average price per square foot in the Grant Park neighborhood was $155

One year change from March 2009 to March 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
March 2009: 160
March 2010: 155
Percentage Change: Down 2.7%

Days on Market, Sold/List Price:

Click here to read the rest of the Grant Park neighborhood report.

Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Take a gander at this amazing home in historic Irvington. Check out the full list of best deals.

2323 NE HANCOCK ST Portland, OR 97212 - Irvington

See the listing here:


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