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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland May 15 - May 22 2010

Hey Portlandia!  TGIF!  Here is your weekend edition of our Portland blog with our handpicked featured Portland events, the May 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report, the Portland photo of the week and much, much more.

Its a Portland BBQ weekend once more, with the promise of weather in the mid-seventies and sunny skies. Someone once joked that Portland in the summer is like winning the lottery and man, they were right. Here are some Portland Warm Weather Resources to help you really enjoy this fine city in the sun:

Outdoor Fun Ideas -- including swimming pools, disc golf, fishing and more

Portland Farmers Markets - a list of our fine farmers markets

Portland Biking - a great resource for you ped-bikers

Portland Area Campgrounds  - search and book online

Portland Parks - find a park near you

Neighborhood news: Welcome Salvage Works!

One of our favorite North Portland neighborhoods, Kenton, has a new neighbor that we delight in: Salvage Works!  From their press release:

"A new vintage building materials store with a twist is opening today. Salvage Works, owned by finish carpenter and furniture maker Preston Browning, offers a wide array of reclaimed vintage architectural salvage, as well as something no other reclaimed house parts store offers: services to restore, modify or repair inventory or customer owned items. Additionally, the store keeps a running wish list, so if someone is looking for something particular, they can be contacted via email, with a photo, of the item that might be a good match. Located in the historic North Portland Kenton neighborhood, Salvage Works also offers handmade custom furniture, collectables and hosts shows by local furniture makers and artists as part of Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk." 

Perfect for the contractor, DIY homeowner and collector, Salvage Works offers competitive prices, a hand-picked, select inventory and an owner on the premises who knows the products inside and out. Customers receive attentive assistance and practical advice in reusing reclaimed building materials. 

GRAND OPENING PARTY Sat. 5/22 4-8 PM as part of the Kenton Street Fair ( Food provided by Kevin Sandri of the Garden State Food Carts ( Old-timey live music!  Read more about Salvage Works here.


The Portland Photo of the Week

"The last days of winter, days before spring arrived. This was taken at the Saturday Market on the river. It was a spectacular vision... I just wished I actually turned around to take a picture of the crowd of people & vendors who stopped what they were doing to look at this double rainbow. The beauty of simplicity... created by nature herself."  Words and photo by Jeff and Janice Godfrey.

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! 



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

Friends of, click on the link below to receive 40% off select performances to Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA in Portland, playing now under the Marquam Bridge through May 23rd—don’t miss it! 


View this Portland Event - Cirque du Soleil Kooza


Mt. Tabor Art Walk

The Fifth Annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk will be held May 15 and 16, 2010. This juried event showcases the many artists who live in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, and promotes high-quality visual art in a variety of media.

On the weekend of May 15th and 16th, 2010, 40 artists in the Mount Tabor neighborhood will welcome the public into their homes and studios for their fifth annual juried Art Walk. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm you can view paintings, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, and more at 24 marked sites. The annual event has become a tradition for many Portlanders. Walk or ride your bike to all of the sites and experience the natural beauty of the neighborhood along with the high quality art produced by local artists. You will be able to meet and chat with artists and purchase art directly from them. Maps will be available at each site and can be downloaded from our website, This a free event.

View this Portland Event: Mt Tabor Art Walk


2010 Portland Doggie Dash

Fun run/walk for people with or without their dogs. Blocks-long pet festival with contests, vendors, music, and more.
Pancake breakfast for all runners and walkers.  It's All for Pets in Need!  All proceeds from Doggie Dash go directly to the Oregon Humane Society. We hope to find homes for 10,000 animals in 2010 and continue our work to rescue abused, neglected and abandoned pets. With your help, we hope to raise $250,000 for animals in need.

Spread the Word! 

View this Portland Event: 2010 Portland Doggie Dash


Art on Alberta's 11th Annual Art Hop

On Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 11am to 6pm, Art on Alberta will hold its 11th Annual Art Hop with the theme, “ABC: Art Builds Community.” Over 15 blocks of NE Alberta Street will be closed to car traffic to accommodate over 150 artists, craftspeople, music, dance and theater performances, interactive art events along with food and other vendors. This is a free arts event for kids of all ages! Come have some fun!

This year, Art Hop accomplishes a major murals project on NE Alberta Street. Three murals will be painted by area youth groups including House of Umoja, Girls Inc. and the George School under the direction of Skidmore Prize winner Rodolfo Serna. A fourth mural will be painted by the attending public on the day of Art Hop, designed and supervised by Esteban Camacho. Art on Alberta has been facilitating these murals as a gift to two other nonprofits who serve this neighborhood: Sabin CDC and Community Energy Project. Binks, Siren Nation, Bitch Media, Radio Room and Destination DIY are sponsoring stages with ongoing events throughout the day.

View this Portland event: Art on Alberta's 11th Annual Art Hop


El Quijote

To see the world through the eyes of Don Quijote is to embrace life as the fullest adventure. From windmills to wenches, this knight-errant, in the company of his humble squire Sancho Panza, continues to roam the world and haunt our imagination as he has for some four hundred years. And this lusty adaptation of Cervantes’ classic — filled with a muscular theatricality — proves the power of imagination to overcome the vagaries of life.

View this Portland Event: El Quijote


Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More

Art on Alberta Seeking Volunteers

Rex Burkholder and the May Election

MT Tabor Art Walk THIS Weekend!

All Women Circus!

Grant Park Neighborhood Report

Kooza Review and Discount Tickets to Cirque du Soleil!

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May 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report - What's Happening?

By Ross Seligman

They are a comparison of April 2009 - April 2010 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:

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

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

Up Up UP!  Everything.  Closed sales, pending sales, and inventory.  In April 2010, 644 sales closed, 1001 are pending, and 3717 are on the market.  It's good to be a Portlander.

Yearly change from April 09 to April 10:

For Sale: 3536 in April 09, 3717 in April 10. Inventory is Up 5.1%

Sold homes: 463 sold in April 09, 644 sold in April 10. Sales are UP 39.1%.

Pending sales: 604 pending for sale in April 09, 1001 pending for sale in
April 10. Pending sales are UP 65.7%.

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $136 and $151. In April 2010, the average price per square foot in Portland was $142.

Yearly change from April 09 to April 10:

Average price per square foot in April 09 was $143. In April 10 it is $142. This figure has dropped 0.6%.

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, 59 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 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 98% of their asking price.

Yearly change from April 09 to April 10:

Average time it takes to sell a home in April 09 was 68 days. In April 10, it is 59 days. A decrease of time on market of 13.2% The market has improved for sellers.

The percentage of listing price that was paid was 97% in April 09 and is 98% in April 10.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


Click here to read the rest of this 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.

4644 NE 26TH AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $389,900

See the listing here:


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