Ah, Portland in the spring. Good times, eh? Sweet and sunny and in the seventies one day and the next, well, its hail and sideways-harder-than-any-rain-you've-ever-seen-rain and its sweater weather again. The end of May is notoriously wet and though some of us may have been duped into thinking we had an early summer with all that fun in the sun, it ain't summer yet, baby and don't forget it! Did you turn the heater back on? I did and I was not pleased.
Now that we've got that out of our system, lets move on to the good stuff. Your weekly Portland blog has cool events, PDX peeps to meet, the infamous and well-rewarded Portland Photo of the Week, the Sunnyside neighborhood real estate report and much more!
Oh yeah- a quick PS: Allow me to share the cutest thing I have seen in a looong time. Baby hummingbird live streaming web cam. They aren't Portland hummers- these little sweeties are located in S. Cali. Portland does have its fair share of hummingbirds, too. Read all about our local hummingbirds and how to take care of them.
The Portland Photo of the Week
This photo is awesome. I love the angle and the excitement. Nice job, Darin Moran!
Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business. Darin will receive a gift cert to one of our favorite coffee shops of all time, The Red E Cafe. The gorgeous Red E is located in North Portland and is one of the most highly esteemed coffee shops in all of Portland. Read our review on the Portland coffee scene. There is a reason why our Portland coffee shops and coffee roasters get written up in the New York Times, folks.
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
Last show is this Sunday! Friends of PortlandNeighborhood.com, 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!
Kenton Street Fair
There will be over seventy local vendors, live music, fun and games for kids, the "coaster car race", a car and bike show and more at the Kenton Street Fair! Don't miss it! Satursday, May 22, 2010 starting at 10am and going until 6pm. Eat, drink and be merry!
OMSI Space: A Journey into our Future
OMSI presents Space: A Journey to Our Future
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.
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Sunnyside Neighborhood Report
By Ross Seligman
Like the Hawthorne District, the Sunnyside neighborhood area is a very popular area in southeast Portland. Known to most as Belmont, Sunnyside has a strong sense of Portland individuality. Sunnyside has many locally owned coffee shops, markets, and distinctive shops and restaurants. Belmont Street is a favorite destination for many locals, whether it's for an afternoon at the Avalon, a night at the Blue Monk, or a cup of joe at the neighborhood coffee shop. This area has a nice mix of urban diversity, with a funky feel, and local color. 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 Sunnyside 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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
If you are looking for homes in Sunnyside, visit this link where you can search
for homes by particular neighborhood: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/index.cfm/page/51539/parent/426...
In Sunnyside, closed sales are up over last month and pending sales have
dipped. Sales, both pending and closed, are up since last year at this
time. In April 2010, there were 20 closed sales, 18 pending sales, and 62
on the market.
More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:
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 April 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Sunnyside neighborhood was only 25 days.
The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold. This is a great indication of the pressure on prices. In April 2010, sellers in Sunnyside received, on average, 97% of their listing price.
More stats for you:
Change from April 2009 to April 2010:
Time on Market: Down 28.6%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 1%
Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Check out out this grand old home in SE Portland. Check out the full list of best deals.
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