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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, May 12 to May 19, 2012

LorriE on Portlandneighborhood.comHappy Mother's Day Weekend, Portland.  There are a ton of fun (and free) events in and around Portland this weekend if you would like to take the family out and celebrate Mother's Day.  Visit the Around the Sun Blog for a list of free Portland events this weekend, including the 50th Annual St. John's ParadeSt. Johns Bizarre, and Festival of the Birds, just to name a few.   If your mom enjoys crafty things, visit Crafty Wonderland today.  And let's not forget the kickoff of Portland Sunday Parkways is this weekend in NE Portland!

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

May 13, 2012  ~  11am-4pm

8 miles

Celebrate Mom as you walk, bike, run, roll and play around Northeast Portland.  Activities, food, vendors, music, and more will be at Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks. Click here for route map. 

OHS Doggie Dash 2012

Today is also Portland's Annual Doggie Dash, a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society.  

Learn more about the OHS Doggie Dash.

Portland Spring and Summer Sports Programs

Below from Portland Parks and Recreation

Looking for some fun outdoor actiities?  Visit the Portland Parks and Recreation website and find a sports program at your local neighborhood park.

Drop-in & team play

Drop-in & team play

Lessons, mixers & recreational play indoors & outdoors

Track & Field/Cross-Country
Events & schedules

Sports Permits
Required for sports fields & gyms



The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Lindsay.  This lovely image of blooming wisteria was taken at Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden in Oldtown / Chinatown.

Portland Lan Su Chinese Garden by Lindsay

Featured Portland Photo by Lindsay 


Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  This week Lindsay scores a gift card to Blitz Ladd.

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! 

Climb Sublime

Rob Creighton GarrisonWritten by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Have I told you lately how much I hate running?  Oh I do.  Muchly.  In times past I've sought to convince myself that I like to run, and in every case have ended with trembling legs, sprained lungs (you laugh, but I know what a sprain feels like), my teeth awash with the tart taste of bile and failure.  Running sucks.  I don't think you suck if you enjoy running, understand, but the act itself sucks the very suckness of suckitude.

One time, awhile back, I even attempted to run the stairs of Mt. Tabor Park.  My reasoning, so like many other wannabe fitness warriors, was that if the effort was over-the-top strenuous but performed outdoors in idyllic surroundings, the distraction of Holy Nature together with sheer will would allow me to transcend the brutal punishment of the act.  I'd be like Kwai Chang Caine, but sweating and wheezing instead of carrying a cauldron of glowing coals between my wrists.

We're led to believe that Caine doesn't end up weeping in a fetal position, so yeah, didn't work the way I wanted.

Anyway, have you visited Mt. Tabor Park?  Pretty freakin' nice.  It's a dormant volcano, which is fortunate, since active volcanoes make generally poor venues for outdoor recreation.  It's one of only three such geologic features in the U. S. to be found within city limits (the others are in Bend, Oregon and Jackson, Mississippi; the whole city of Jackson rests atop an “extinct” volcano, another example of how we humans enjoy playing slap-and-tickle with Fate).  Mt. Tabor is part of the Boring Lava Field, which, you know, doesn't anybody ever think twice about how they name stuff?

Never mind that it “used to be” a volcano.  Go because the views of Portland and the surrounding neighborhoods and greenery are gorgeous.  Go because your dog(s) will love you for it.  Go because playing B-ball and tennis outdoors under towering trees beats Hell out of a gym any day.  Go because your bike sometimes likes to go UP.  Go because picnics in the park with the kids are a great way to get some much-needed family time.

And you don't have to run up the stairs.  A brisk walk, on the stairs and throughout the park, is a fine workout, and you can enjoy the scenery so much more when you aren't bleeding from the eyes.

Just please don't litter. Or urinate in the reservoir. Thanks!

Editor's Comments:  Mt. Tabor Park is truly one of Portland's great parks for a short walk or hike.  There are numerous great Portland hikes in and around Portland.  Here are some below, from the City of Portland website.  

Portland Hiking Trails and Walks

Below from Portland Parks and Recreation Website:

40-Mile Loop

Bike Loops

Forest Park

Gateway Green Project

George Himes Park Trail System

Hoyt Arboretum

Maricara Natural Area Trail System

Powell Butte Alternate Parking & Access Map

Powell Butte Nature Park

Springwater Corridor

Woods Memorial Natural Area Trail System

Powell's Bookstore Picks

We love Powells!   Portland Book Review of the Day   Portland eBooks   Powell's Author Interviews


Featured Portland Events this Week

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

"Next to Normal"

April 24, 2012 at 7:30pm to June 3, 2012 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage


April 24, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 27, 2012 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage

The Cutting Room

May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 19, 2012 at 7:30pm – The BodyVox Dance Center

Oedipus El Rey

May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 26, 2012 at 8pm – Miracle Theater Group

"inteREor" at SCRAP's Re:Vision Gallery

May 4, 2012 to June 25, 2012SCRAP

Flavor Street Food Cart Tour

May 4, 2012 at 1pm to December 30, 2012 at 3pm – Mark Spencer Hotel Lobby Library

APEX: Claudia Fitch

May 5, 2012 at 10am to August 12, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum

PCC Plant Sale

May 11, 2012 at 9am to May 12, 2012 at 4pm – Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus

Second Annual Boise-Eliot Bluegrass Festival Mothers Day Weekend

May 11, 2012 at 7pm to May 12, 2012 at 11pm – Port City Development

The Black Lizard

May 11, 2012 at 8pm to June 2, 2012 at 9:30pm – Imago Theatre

70 Years, 70 Photographs

May 12, 2012 at 10am to September 9, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum

Black Dice at YU

May 12, 2012 from 8pm to 11pm – YU Contemporary

Bring Your Mom on a Beer Tour

May 13, 2012 from 12pm to 3pm – Portland

Enrique Penalosa, Influential Urban Thinker, Speaking May 14th

May 14, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Ellyn Bye Studio-Gerding Theater at the Armory

Meet the READY Public Charter School Team!

May 16, 2012 from 7pm to 8pm – Mt. Scott Community Center

Add your own events to our Portland events calendar! Its totally free. If we like it, we'll include it in this weekly Portland blog.

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May 2012 Portland Real Estate Market Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman

May 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 April 2012, inventory has risen with 1927 homes on the market.   In April 2012, 535 homes sold and 732 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

Inventory is Down 30.4%

Closed Sales are Up 7.2%.

Pending sales are Up 25.3%. 


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 April 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $140.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:  Down 1.3%

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, 61 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 April 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 95% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

Average time it takes to sell a home has decreased 20.8%.

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 April 2012, this figure was $286,000.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

The average price of a home listed has increased 6.5%.

The average price of a home sold has increased 5.3%.

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 April 2012, this figure was 3.6 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a balanced market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 3.6 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 61 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 3.6 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 35.1%.

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: http://www.propertiesofportland.com.

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

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.

5240 SW WESTWOOD VW Portland, OR 97239 - Hillsdale - $2,250,000

Click the image to see the full listing

6632 N HAIGHT AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Piedmont - $325,000

Click the image to see the full listing

Here is this week's full list of great deals.

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

Powell's Bookstore Picks

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