Hello, Portlanders. It's mid-May and The City of Portland is gearing up for lots of fun Portland spring and summer events. The first Portland Sunday Parkways in East Portland will be on May 22nd:
Learn more about the Portland Sunday Parkways events, the full schedule for your neighborhood, and how you can get involved in these fun community events. Volunteer registration is open!
Sunday parkways website: http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=46103
In addition to Portland Sunday Parkways, all throughout this spring and summer are organized Portland Walks. Thanks to Mark for pointing out the City of Portland's Ten Toe's Express Walks. Mark's postings in the Portland Walking Group says:
More information from City of Portland website:
The health benefits of walking are numerous, including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Walking with others provides the added benefits of a valuable support network and new friendships!
Ten Toe Express walks are held Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. from May 5th through September 10th.
May 5 Paul Bunyan to the Parks
May 19 Ainsworth and NE Parks Loop
June 9 Illuminating Interstate
June 23 NP Greenway
July 7 Beaumont-Wilshire Loop
August 4 Overlook Views
August 18 Historic Hollywood
Sept. 1 Historic Sullivans Gulch
June 4 Alameda Ridge and Stairs
June 18 Hollywood Farmers Market loop
July 16 Walkin Wild
July 30 Alberta Arts Walk
August 13 Cully Green Streets
Sept 10 Going to the River
Portland Public Works Week
Speaking of the City of Portland, this week is also Public Works Week: Public Works: Serving You and Your Community
Welcome to National Public Works Week 2011! During the week of May 15 through May 21, 2011 the City of Portland is celebrating the hard work and dedication of the many public works professionals who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.
May Election Day
Also this week, don't forget that May 17 is Special Election Day. Here is the link to learn more: http://www.co.multnomah.or.us/dbcs/elections/index_ue.shtml#may11
The Portland Plan
The Draft Strategies for the Portland Plan are out. Read the Equity Initiative and take a survey at: http://www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan/index.cfm?c=54115
What is the Portland Plan?
The Portland Plan is a long-range plan to make Portland a thriving and
sustainable city a city that is prosperous, healthy and rich in opportunity
for all. Through it, Portlanders can help define community priorities, guide
investments and set the course for the city and partner agencies for the next 25
years. The Portland Plan is built on a foundation of equity.
Learn more about the Portland Plan and how you can get involved at:
Weekly Featured Portland Events
Each week we feature a handpicked list of Portland events that have been shared on the events calendar. If you have a Portland event you would like to share, just go to the Portland Events Calendar, and click the +Add button. Thanks for sharing what is going on in and around Portland!
May 13, 2011 from 1pm to 9pm 919 NW 23rd Ave. Nob Hill Comme Tu Veux: As You Wish 6 outstanding local painters present a bounty of original work priced from $100 - $5,000. Spend a glorious evening (open Fri-Sat til 9pm) strolling NW 23 Organized by Doreen Roozee | Type: art, show
May 14, 2011 from 8am to 5pm Concordia Universitys George R. White Library & Learning Center TEDxConcordiaUPortland, an independently organized TEDx event, is themed think.inspire.go and will feature more than 18 keynote speakers and fuel innovative thinking. For more information, please v Organized by Concordia University | Type: community, event
May 14, 2011 from 9am to 12pm Northwest District May 11, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Help Clean NW 23rd Street Saturday, May 14) With the help of Ms. Denay Love of CleanScapes, the Northwest District Association (NWDA) is expanding its Saturday, Ma Organized by Alison Wallisch | Type: clean, up
May 14, 2011 from 9am to 1pm Beaverton Farmers Market Live demonstrations of how to make and use an herbal first aid kit at the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) health and community wellness booth at the Beaverton Farmers Market this Sat Organized by Lauren Shapiro | Type: community, wellness
May 14, 2011 from 11am to 7pm NW 23rd and NW Johson in former Music Millennium space Youre invited to join the celebration at the Friends Library Store NW Grand Opening May 14. Activities include the ribbon cutting at 11 am followed by childrens activities and local artist and aut Organized by Friends of the Library | Type: opening
14, 2011 from 12pm to 1:30pm Zion
Lutheran Church Music in the
Making Guest Composer-in-Residence Paul Caldwell This unique event
begins with a workshop Friday evening featuring dynamic Chicago composer
Paul Caldwell then concludes with a concer
Organized by Roberta Jackson and Deb
Burgess | Type: music,
14, 2011 from 7pm to 8:30pm St.
Paul Lutheran Church John Nilsen is a
Magic Wing Recording Artist -Guitarist, Pianist, Vocalist,
Composer & Producer - Currently one of the Northwests largest
selling musical artists 17 recordings with internationa
Organized by Saint
Paul Lutheran Church | Type: fundraising,
15, 2011 from 11am to 5pm The
Irvington Neighborhood A walking tour
of 7 outstanding homes in the Historic Irvington Neighborhood. The
architecture emphasizes the Prairie, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and
Bungalow styles that were popular at the turn
Organized by Irvington Community
Association | Type: fundraiser,
16, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9pm Powell's
Books on Hawthorne Will Potter will
discuss his book Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Guide to a
Social Movement Under Siege published by City Lights Publishers in
April. Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 7:30 PM Powell's
Organized by Powell's Books | Type: book,
19, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Daybreak
Cohousing Come and get to know us.
We are looking for member-owners who wish to live in our cohousing
community, but we now also have some units for rent. Living at Daybreak
involves becoming a member of our
Organized by Daybreak Cohousing | Type: open,
19, 2011 at 7:30pm to June
4, 2011 at 8:45pm Imago
Theatre An original comedy by Carol
Triffle May 19th thru June 4th. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
at 7:30 PM SPLAT continues in Carol Trifﬂes eccentric
non-linear approach to comedy and theatre where
Organized by Imago
Theatre | Type: theatre
May 14, 2011 from 7pm to 8:30pm St. Paul Lutheran Church John Nilsen is a Magic Wing Recording Artist -Guitarist, Pianist, Vocalist, Composer & Producer - Currently one of the Northwests largest selling musical artists 17 recordings with internationa Organized by Saint Paul Lutheran Church | Type: fundraising, concert
May 15, 2011 from 11am to 5pm The Irvington Neighborhood A walking tour of 7 outstanding homes in the Historic Irvington Neighborhood. The architecture emphasizes the Prairie, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and Bungalow styles that were popular at the turn Organized by Irvington Community Association | Type: fundraiser,
May 16, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9pm Powell's Books on Hawthorne Will Potter will discuss his book Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Guide to a Social Movement Under Siege published by City Lights Publishers in April. Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 7:30 PM Powell's Organized by Powell's Books | Type: book, reading
May 19, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Daybreak Cohousing Come and get to know us. We are looking for member-owners who wish to live in our cohousing community, but we now also have some units for rent. Living at Daybreak involves becoming a member of our Organized by Daybreak Cohousing | Type: open, house
May 19, 2011 at 7:30pm to June 4, 2011 at 8:45pm Imago Theatre An original comedy by Carol Triffle May 19th thru June 4th. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 PM SPLAT continues in Carol Trifﬂes eccentric non-linear approach to comedy and theatre where Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
What's the Portland top ten list? Just some cool places, activities, shops, businesses, restaurants, people, and other things we want to share about Portland each week. if you have something you'd like to see added to the weekly top ten, drop us a line.
1) The 49th Annual St. Johns Parade - One of Portland's Most beloved annual events! Saturday May 14, 2011 at Noon
From website: http://www.stjohnsparade.com/
The St. Johns Parade has been a tradition in the North Portland area since 1962. People from near and far look forward to this event every year. Many families have their favorite viewing spot and many who have moved away come home for this special week-end to watch the floats, bands, drill teams, and horses. Parade participants from the early years are now watching their children and grandchildren as they march or ride the parade route.
2) Portland Proms - PDX Prom at Mt Tabor Theater - Hawthorne
Do you fondly remember your high school prom and wish you could re-live the anticipation of that special night? Well in Portland, you can. We've got two Portland proms going on this week so take your pick!
PDX Prom - Portland Prom at Mt Tabor
From website: http://www.justpeoplemusic.com/fr_prom.cfm
3) PDX Zombie Prom 4: Tiki Terror - 5/14/11 8:00 PM, Bossanova Ballroom
From website: http://www.pdxzombieprom.net/
From the Island of Zom-Tiki The thundering drums can be heard. the island paradise lost to ghouls of all descriptions. Whether it was a plague or a witch doctors curse no one knows but the tropical zombies are on their way to the big Luau right here in Portland, Oregon... That is right PDX Zombie Prom is back!
4) Wonder Northwest Portland Pop Comics Show and Expo - May 14-15th Crowne Plaza Hotel, Portland, OR
From their website: http://www.wondernorthwest.com/
Wonder Northwest is an amalgamation of pop-culture subcultures. Here you will find regular folks co-mingling with super heroes, pirates, geeks, nerds, cosplayers, film enthusiasts, gamers and other nice people! Our vendor room will feature comic books, toys, video games and more from some of the best dealers from across the country. Contests, panels and other special events will be open for all attendees to enjoy. Conveniently located in the heart of Portland with easy access to PDX (Portland International Airport), public transportation, nearby restaurants and other attractions.
5) Cooking Light Article - Portland Food Rules: http://www.cookinglight.com/healthy-living/travel/portland-food-scene-00412000071132/ Cooking light's May edition featured a great article on the Portland food scene:
Yes, you have to begin by agreeing that Portland is now so hip, or perhaps so post-hip, that it has a TV showPortlandiadevoted to its hipness, a show involving much hilarity about food in episode one. And that a Portlander famously addressed hipness-sniffing New York writers this way on a blog: "STOP stalking us. Love, Portland." Portland, like Austin, prides itself on being weird, which in the end is a bit of Vegas-style branding. But when you get down to it, PDX, as it's sometimes called, walks the walk concerning chow. If the American food revolution sometimes starts to feel like a lecture, well, there's a lot of giddy class participation in Portland. It has a few things to teach the rest of us. Read more...
6) Naomi's Organic Farm Supply - 2500 SE Tacoma St, Portland, OR 97202
Family-owned shop supplies a wide range of organic products including: soil amendments and fertilizer, seeds, straw, hay, compost, potting soils, livestock feeds, salts, supplements, chicken supplies, pet foods, hand tools. We teach and host a variety workshops here, too.
Also, be sure to attend the upcoming Hip Happening event on May 21st
7) Wet Hot Beef Cart
My co-worker buddies took me to this cart this past week. It's
Downtown at the corner of SW 10th and Washington. I love the Portland
food carts that offer truth in advertising right in their name: get a delicious
wet hot beef sandwich, on fresh bread, with homemade chips and homemade
soda. M-m-m, that was a tasty lunch!
8) Cupcakes at Saraveza - 1004 N Killingsworth
Sure, the beer at Saraveza is why you are here in this North Portland beer bar and bottle shop (Saraveza is recognized one of America's 100 Best Beer Bars), but who makes those delicious cupcakes? Wow. Insane cupcake yumminess. I never knew cupcakes washed down with beer could be so good.
9) FredFest 2011- Saturday May 14
From website: http://fredfestpdx.com/
What started as a small surprise 80th birthday party for world-renowned beer writer Fred Eckhardt is coming back around in its sixth year as one of the most anticipated beer events of the year.
Attendees will be treated not only to a rare assortment of hand-selected beers, but also light fare cooked in beer and a birthday cake -- complete with a round of "Happy Birthday" -- just for Fred. Cheeses, chocolate, candy and even cereal will be offered in abundance so attendees can experience some of Fred's famed beer-and-food pairings.
10) Goodfoot Lounge - Goodfoot Fridays - Soul Stew and DJ Aquaman - 2845 SE Stark St.
The classic Friday night of funk, soul and breakbeats with DJ Aquaman. $5
The Portland Photo of the Week
Julie Lynn Kelly wins the Portland photo of the week contest for this snapshot of a family enjoying a stroll in the sun along the waterfront! Come upload your Portland photos to the community Portland Photo Album. As always, thanks so much for sharing, we really enjoy looking at the Portland photos each week!
A Stroll in the Sun photo of Portland - Photo uploaded by Julie Lynn Kelley
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Julie will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of Portland's favorite coffee shops, Coava. Want to learn more about where to find great Portland coffee? Visit our Portland Coffee page.
Julie also shared this adorable bird photo:
Bathing Beauty by Julie Lynn Kelley
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!
May 2011 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening?
They are a comparison of April 2010 - April 2011 for all of Multnomah
County 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 Multnomah County 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 Multnomah
County. 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.
To see and/or bookmark a monthly automatic updating chart, click here.
On to the report:
In April 2011, inventory has remained flat with 3132 homes on the
market. This buyer's market means that sellers have to make sure they are
doing all of the steps necessary to sell their home. If you are a
seller and have any questions about this, feel free to contact me.
In April 2011, 506 homes sold and 656 are pending for sale.
Remember, last year at this time there was a rush to get the soon-to-expire tax credit. Now the market is moving on its own steam
Chart for average price per square footage:
Yearly change from April 10 to April 11:
The average price of a home listed in April 10 was $363,000. In April 11, $340,000. This figure has decreased by 6.3%.
The average price of a home sold in April 10 was $278,000. In April 11 it was $282,000 This figure has increased 1.4%.
Months of inventory:
This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 6.2 months for your home to sell. That number was 77 days. It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 6.2 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.
Yearly change from April 10 to April 11:
The months of inventory in April 10 was 5.1 months. In April 11, it is 6.2 months. This figure has increased by 20.2%.
As I have said before, none of this information matters 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.
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 my website where you can contact me and search all Portland
Metro Area listings from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports: http://www.propertiesofportland.com
Best Deals in Portland - Portland Home Deals
Each week, Ross shares a handful of homes for sale in Portland Oregon that are great deals. We usually select one on the higher end and lower end of the price range to share here in the blog. You can read the full report of best real estate deals in Portland, here.
1. 2636 SW TALBOT RD Portland, OR 97201 - Southwest Hills - $925,000
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/11387522
5. 10342 SE YUKON ST Portland, OR 97266 - Lents - $249,900
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/11553289
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Learn more about these interesting Portland neighborhoods.
Powell's Bookstore Picks
About Powell's Books: Powell's personifies Portland in so many ways: first of all, it's an independently owned bookstore. Portland in general is highly supportive of locally owned businesses and supporting the local economy. While we don't outwardly shun all big box chain stores, we prefer to do our business at home. Perhaps more importantly, Powell's Bookstore is simply one of the finest bookstores in the world. Powell's City of Books takes up an entire city block downtown, and you can get lost for hours exploring the labyrinth of color-coded rooms. You will probably need a map, the store is so big... Read more about Powell's Bookstore
We love Powell's!
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