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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland May 19 - May 26 2012

Welcome to another weekend, Portland!  We are on the cusp of summer and are overflowing with everything that makes us Portland: bicycles, coffee shops, outdoor breweries, front yard gardens, dogs in bike-cabs and family hikes in the Gorge. We love Portland in the summer! 


South Waterfront Storage

New Self Storage Facility in South Waterfront – Now OPEN!

South Waterfront Heated Storage offers a State of the Art Self-Storage facility located in Portland, Oregon. This modern day Self-Storage Facility offers extravagant features including: A digital camera surveillance system, personalized customer access codes and individually alarmed unit doors. Also find multiple covered/heated loading areas, freight elevators and a large quantity of flatbed carts; making your moving experience a breeze! 

Just minutes from John’s Landing, Sellwood and Lake Oswego; South Waterfront Heated Storage offers you a convenient location while providing great customer service. Also find moving and packing supplies – Your one stop shopping center!

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Open 7 days a week! Stop in for a cup of coffee and a tour of this cutting edge facility – Great Move-in Specials Available!

Learn how you can receive up to 50% off your 1st 2 Months Rent!


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by local artist, Fasai. This photo captures the breathtaking beauty of Indian Beach.

Indian Beach

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week our winner is treated to Powells Books, the largest indie bookstore in the world! 

Powells Bookstore Portland Oregon - If you're a book lover and you live in Portland Oregon, then Powells Bookstore is no surprise to you because it is a local favorite. Powell's City of Books is one of the most visited spots in town whether you're visiting Portland and looking for popular places to visit, or whether you've lived in Portland your entire life.  they say 80,000 people browse the shelves of Powells each day.   If you're visiting with a group, you can even arrange a tour.  "From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell's Books has grown into one of the world's great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world's most successful dot-coms (, serving customers worldwide." (

Learn more about the Oregon coast.

Powell's Bookstore Picks

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

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! 


Serenity Now

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I'm going to fall back on that universal cop-out, the one many people use when pressed to explain their belief systems: I'm not religious, but I am spiritual.


Oh, you didn't ask? My bad.


The truth is that I'm a lapsed everything. If my seeking life was an actual path, the grass on both sides of the sidewalk would be stomped flat. I've exchanged many a come-hither glance with a variety of disciplines. I'm the guy floating from table to table, full of ideas and conversation, but ultimately I have never sealed the deal before they start flicking the last-call lights. Is a singles-bar analogy appropriate in this context? Maybe I should have asked first.


Fortunately, the minders at The Grotto (formally named The National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother) don't care what spiritual bent visitors follow; at least no one I know has ever been carded.


I love this place, one of the most serene in the city. Walking the grounds demands a slower pace and a mind shed of worry. Visitors generally treat it as an outdoor church, so it's only natural to find it hushed and tranquil. That seems appropriate to me; as fond as I am of old, grand churches, I appreciate that sense of peace even more out of doors. Were I truly a member of the faithful, I would particularly hold in awe this melding of the Creator and the Created.

I've always loved statuary, and even if the examples here are specifically iconic, it doesn't detract from their beauty in the least. Resting on one of the benches in the shadow of one of these statues makes me feel reverent even if that reverence is undirected.

At the top is the Meditation Chapel. I'll be honest, the exterior looks like a set piece from Logan's Run. The view from inside is spectacular, though.

This is a beautiful place. Go see.  To learn more about the Grotto, read:

Read and comment on the original post here. Like this article? Check back weekly for a peek into Rob's world.


The best commute

Portland defines "commute" a little differently than most


Featured Portland Events this Week

Emerging: New Photography Acquisitions

March 10, 2012 at 10am to June 17, 2012 at 5pm –Portland Art Museum Emerging, a selection of more than 50 works, celebrates the diversity and breadth of a set of 500 recent gifts and purchases. Included are images by such exceptional photographers as Adolphe Braun, BOrganized by Portland Art Museum | Type: museum,exhibit



Scavenger Hunt Search Party in the Pearl District

April 5, 2012 at 6pm to October 4, 2012 at 6pm –Jamison Square What mysteries lurk behind the bright lights of Portland's hippest art galleries, chic shops, bookstores and microbreweries? Come to Jamison Square at 6 PM on First Thursdays and find out! Upon arriv



Concordia Art Show

April 24, 2012 to May 31, 2012  Concordia University George R White Library and Learning Center Come join us daily 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. for our annual art show featuring the works of Concordia University students and faculty.  For more information, visit by Concordia University | Type: art, show



"Next to Normal"

April 24, 2012 at 7:30pm to June 3, 2012 at 2pm –Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage So what is it that defines “crazy” anyway? Called a groundbreaking, powerhouse rock musical, Next to Normal, is a heart-swelling, searingly painful dissection of a mother’s mental illness and her subOrganized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance



Cirque du Soleil Ovo Portland

April 27, 2012 to May 20, 2012  Portland OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look foOrganized 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 filmsOrganized by BodyVox | Type: performance



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 andOrganized by Gary Corbin | Type: food, cart, tour



70 Years, 70 Photographs

May 12, 2012 at 10am to September 9, 2012 at 5pm –The Portland Art Museum Photography has figured prominently in the Museum’s exhibitions since the early 1910s; the official acquisition of photographs for the permanent collection began in 1942 with the addition of 86 photoOrganized by Portland Art Museum | Type: photography,exhibit



$5 Everybody, Every Day in May

May 14, 2012 to May 31, 2012  Discovery Museum, Washington Park Come visit the Discovery Museum at the World Forestry Center in Portland's Washington Park  with a discounted admission of only $5 per person for the month of May. it's a deal!Organized by World Forestry Center | Type: discounted,museum, admission



Lan Su Chinese Garden

Photo credit: Lindsay - Lan Su Chinese Garden - Learn more about this amazing place


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May 2012 Portland Real Estate Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman

May 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Condo Market Report: What's Happening?  Here is a chart of all condos for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In April 2012, inventory was 527 on the market.   In April 2012, 115 condos sold and 151 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

Inventory is Down 34%

Closed Sales are Down 14.2%.

Pending sales are the same as last year at this time. 


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot for condos in Portland, Oregon has been between $213 and $259. In April 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $243.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

Average Price/Square Foot has not changed.

Days on market and sold/list price %:

This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a condo is spending, on average, before being sold. In all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a condo is taking, on average, 109 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the condo, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In April 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 93% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

Average time it takes to sell a condo has increased 2.8%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 1%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of condo sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a condo that has sold. In April 2012, this figure was $279,000.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

The average price of a condo listed has decreased 2.1%.

The average price of a condo sold has increased 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 4.6 months based on closed sales. 

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 4.6 months for your condo to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 109 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 4.6 months for all available condos to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from April 11 to April 12:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 23.1%.

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 condos 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:

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

This information doesn't matter 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 condo, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  

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 our website where you can contact us and search all Portland
Metro Area condos for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports:



Best Deals in Portland this Week

 Each week Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals from their listings.

3444 SW GALE AVE Portland, OR 97239 - SW Hills - $589,000

Click the image to see the full listing

6038 NE 26TH AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $332,000

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7045 SE FRANKLIN ST Portland, OR 97206 - South Tabor - $286,000

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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:

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


Before sunset at Cannon Beach

Before Sunset by Fasai


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