If you're one of the lucky ones, you're about to enjoy a three day weekend! Happy Memorial Day, Portland! Yep, we are pretty sure its gonna be a wet one but hey, we Portlanders are basically impervious to rain. Kind of. Someone was actually joking that both Alaska and Siberia were reporting nicer, warmer weather than Portland right now. Heh. Yeah...I keep reminding myself its actually still spring and that a wet spring is a good thing, right? The garden loves it, anyway.
A quick snap from a lunch break in downtown Portland. Yep, solar powered trash compactors. We rule!
So, maybe you want to get out and try something new for your long weekend...We have lots to see and do around Portland and I'm often surprised by how few locals have actually been to some of our very own "hot spots".
The Portland Photo of the Week
This very cool photo, Someday, wins the Portland Photo of the Week. Jo Grishman will be enjoying a lot of coffee (or tea) thanks to this fine photo. I also wanted to include the quote from Jo's page: "What a caterpillar sees as the end of the world the butterfly sees as just the beginning". Awesome.
Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business. Jo 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.
The Portland Saturday Market
Celebrate Memorial Day at the Portland Saturday Market's new Waterfront Home. With sprawling green lawns surrounding the Market, there is no shortage of picnic space for you, your family and your dog to play in the sun. The Bill Naito Legacy Fountain which is designed for folks of all ages to frolic in the waters adds an element of surprise with the ever-changing water patterns.
Does this make your belly rumble?
Shop the local vendors, eat some awesome cart food and listen to some great music. Who cares if its raining?
Portland Rose Festival
Nestled between Portland's bustling downtown business district and the scenic Willamette River covering the length of the Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Waterfront Village provides a park-load of whimsical kids adventures, hysterical vaudevillian acts, festive bands, and thousands of smiling families each day.
King Neighborhood Farmers Market
Your local farmers market is a little fun for everyone and a great way to support local Portland. Buy (or sell) locally prepared foods and produce. Take the kids and the dogs! Eat "in" tonight and make it wonderful! Learn more about our many neighborhood farmers markets or find one close to you!
Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade
It's that time of year again! The Starlight Parade, the Portland Rose Festival's illuminated parade remains one of our most popular events, drawing more than 250,000 spectators to watch sparkling floats, gleaming bands and glowing marching groups wind their way through downtown.
Portland Pride Festival and Parade 2010
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Portland Pride Festival this year on June 19th & 20th . As always we will have non-stop entertainment and lots of fun planned for our lovely and diverse community. With hope and change on everyone's minds, the Pride Northwest Board members are thrilled to bring the Portland community and beyond the biggest Pride Celebration ever!
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Ash Creek Neighborhood Report
By Ross Seligman
Ashcreek is located in Southwest Portland. It is bordered by the Maplewood, Multnomah, West Portland Park, and Far Southwest Neighborhoods. 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
In Ash Creek, closed sales are up over last month and pending sales are
basically steady. Sales, both pending and closed, are way up since last
year at this time. In April 2010, there were 42 closed sales, 56 pending
sales, and 352 on the market.
More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Ash Creek neighborhood has been between $139 and $302/sq. ft. In April 2010, the average price per square foot in the Ash Creek neighborhood was $166.
One year change from April 2009 to April 2010:
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
April 2009: 165
April 2010: 166
Percentage Change: Up 0.7%
Days on Market, 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 April 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Ash Creek neighborhood was 58 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 Ash Creek received, on average, 94% of their listing price.
More stats for you...Change from April 2009 to April 2010:
Time on Market: Up 13.7%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 3%
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 funky house over in the historic Mississippi Ave area of N Portland. Check out the full list of best deals.
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