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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland June 2 - June 9 2012

Happy Weekend!  This Portland Blog brought to you courtesy of a hand full of PDX locals who love this fine city. This week, we discuss Insider Trading. Secrets, that is. Places we love. Places you'll want to make note of and hurry your sweet self over to. Places you might love so much that you won't want to share for fear they will become, uh, suburban tourist spots or overrun and swamped by mad foodies and drinkies.

Go Eat Here Now

Oven & Shaker -  Wood-fired pizza, great cocktail wine & beer list. One of the best new spots in Portland. Part of the Chef’s Table restaurant group.

Olympic Provisions - Award-winning cured meat, great wine and beer list. Excellent food, seasonal ingredients. Offering lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends.

Pok Pok - One of the best Thai restaurants in Portland. Pok Pok Noi is still a hidden spot and is a smaller version of the original SE Pok Pok and more casual. 

Wafu - It's all about the ramen. Dinner only.

The Woodsman Tavern - Raw oysters, beer & wine, amazing food. Expect long wait times this weekend, or make a reservation.

Dove Vive - Locally loved corn meal crust pizza. 

Others We Love

Robo Taco -  Little Big Burger - Franks Noodle House - Double Dragon - Boke Bowl - Miho Izakaya - Hot Lips Pizza - Laughing Planet

Get Your Drink On

TearDrop Lounge - Saraveza - Dig-A-Pony - Rontoms - The Woodsman Tavern - Sprit of 77 - Bye and Bye

Most Raved About New Spot

Salt & Straw - The ice cream is to die for.


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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by local artist, Gerry Villani showing us some of the beautiful and very unique artwork found on the Portland waterfront also known as the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. This area is bridge-connected and is a very popular walking, biking and running path not to mention major commuter thoroughfare.



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! 


Driving After Dark

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

This may surprise anyone who really knows me, since ordinarily I'm not at all a fan of either automobiles or freeways, but I'm sort of digging my current commute.


I have a contract gig in Tualatin, and I have to drive most of it on I-205 (side-swiping I-5 for only a few feet, thank the godz.) Yes 'Ugh!' is exactly what I thought too, when I was told by the agency that I was hired.  Thirty-minute drive each way, most of it freeway, the makings of a commuter nightmare that I had been fortunate to avoid for fourteen years prior to this exciting economy we're having.


But guess what?  I'm pretty okay with it.  For now.  Sometimes misfortune has a way of offering a positive facet, and in this case it's my (otherwise awful) schedule.  I work swing, 3pm to 1:30am.  Sucky Suck and The Suckettes, yes?  Yet if you have to drive on the freeway, believe me, this is the kindest brand of commute.  Two reasons:


Traffic tends to be lighter, hence fewer incidences of rage and less need for split-second stunt-driving to take a lane you need because the mouth-breather coming up behind thinks a turn signal means “See this lane over here? I would just love it if you would insert yourself into it so I can take a tour of a part of town I've never seen since you've locked me into an exit-only. Kisses!”.


Raison numéro deux is that I get to drive home at night, and I love driving at night.  I always have.  Some of my favorite experiences in a car have been after sundown, and often the car was actually moving.  Tune to my preferred radio station (, if you're curious) and I am a very happy driver; last night they played "Somewhere Down The Crazy River" by Robbie Robertson and I took an extra lap around the neighborhood before parking at home so I could listen to it.

A city has a separate identity at night, it's like seeing your neighbor in a slinky black number rather than the sweats and flip-flops she wears to water the lawn.  A lot sexy, a bit dangerous.  Portland is beautiful in the daylight, and it's intriguing in the night-time.  And people want to be out in it.  Go downtown, past the pubs.  A few patrons are inside, but many prefer the sidewalk.  I love walking downtown at night, but when I have to drive I avoid the downtown area when possible (there should be no such thing as a car downtown, but that's me whittling a soapbox for another time) and seek other streets and avenues.  I even seem to have more interesting conversations in the car after sunset.  I mean besides howling at the ninja bike idiots.

As to my drive to work in the daylight, that's not bad at all so far either, because have you driven I-205 South?  Every freeway in the world should have such green and gorgeous scenery.  When you can afford to pry an eye off of the automotive challenges surging around you, it's a very welcome sight.  For about a second at a time, but it's there for you.

Of course the orange cone mafia is closing the Tualatin-Sherwood exit (289) soon.


Excuse me, gotta get on Google Maps. See ya.


(Yeah, you knew I was gonna add this, right?)



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



Portland Oregon Bridges - by photographer Gerry Villani


Featured Portland Events this Week


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



APEX: Claudia Fitch

May 5, 2012 at 10am to August 12, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum Whimsically reinventing icons from popular culture and art history, Seattle artist Claudia Fitch seeks to expose a connection between the cultural and the personal. Using flocking, plastic foliage, gOrganized by Sarah Kinney | Type: art, exhibit



Red Light Winter

May 18, 2012 at 8pm to June 3, 2012 at 10pm –Brooklyn Bay Theatre Bad Badger Productions presents the Portland Premiere of Red Light Winterby Adam Rapp, playwright brother of famed Rent original actor Anthony Rapp.    Opening May 18th at Brooklyn Bay Theatre and ruOrganized by Brian Allard | Type: theatre



Play Baseball in Portland

May 20, 2012 to August 26, 2012  Westmoreland Park Play Baseball in Portland this Summer Semi-Pro, College, & Adult Teams 18 and 33 + DivisionsGames Played in Historic Sckavone Stadium, Walker Stadium and Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer Organized by Duane Wangenheim | Type: 18, and, older,baseball, league, registration



Focus on Nature: Wildcats of the World

May 26, 2012 at 10am to July 22, 2012 at 5pm – World Forestry Center For the first time ever, all 36 species of wildcats from around the world are represented in one exhibit. "Focus on Nature: Wildcats of the World" is a collection of 36 framed prints from oil paintinOrganized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit



Costa Rehab

May 24, 2012 at 8pm to June 23, 2012 at 8pm – Back Door Theater Book of Dreams Productions presents a new play by Rich Rubin, author of last year's Assisted Living. Wheeler and Corso, two injured Iraq veterans, are recuperating in the rehab unit of a statesideOrganized by Book of Dreams, Productions | Type:theater



9th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park: Transforming the Heart

June 2, 2012 from 11am to 4:30pm – Colonel Summers Park Dharma Talk and Panel Discussion on the Theme of Transforming the Heart Ceremony with Blessings for All Beings Activities for Children Tabling by Buddhist Communities Workshops Shared Food (Potluck fOrganized by Heidi | Type: free, festival



Saturday Imbibing Tour

June 2, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland We begin at Coalition, a small 10 barrel brewery in the inner SE where we taste their handcrafted, highly drinkable beers that reflect traditional brewing techniques and NW innovation. Our next spotOrganized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type:brewery tour



Woodstock Farmers Market Opening Day

June 3, 2012 from 9am to 1pm – KeyBank parking lot The popular Woodstock Farmers Market will begin its 2012 season on Sunday, June 3, offering shoppers even more organic food choices, more produce vendors, hot prepared food, a longer market season, aOrganized by Amy | Type: farmers, market



An Evening with the Schonz

June 5, 2012 from 7pm to 8:30pm – Oregon Historical Society As any true Oregonian knows, on June 5, 1977, the Portland Trailblazers won their first and only NBA Championship. On the 35th anniversary of that championship, Blazer broadcasting legend Bill SchoneOrganized by Oregon Historical Society | Type:lecture/q&a



EarthQuake: Ecstatic Dance w/DJ Saffire Bouchelion

June 8, 2012 from 7:15pm to 9:30pm – Quaking Grass~ EarthQuake~ Ecstatic dance to shake your foundation, Rattle your spirit & Soothe your soul. All in the heart of Alberta Arts In a Space that awakens our senses Frees our minds & ConnectsOrganized by Heather Straube | Type: ecstatic, dance



Baby Loves Disco We Are Family Tour

June 9, 2012 from 12pm to 2:30pm – Crystal Ballroom If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer, look no further than the Baby Loves Disco We Are Family Tour! You will love dancing the afternoon away with the little ones at thiOrganized by Jenn Gill | Type: children's, music



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Kenton Neighborhood - A Portland Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman

The Kenton neighborhood is located in North Portland and is bordered by Arbor Lodge, St. Johns, and Piedmont neighborhoods.  To learn more about the Kenton neighborhood and to see pictures, read reviews and learn about the local businesses and neighborhood vibe, click here.  If you are looking for homes in the Kenton neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Kenton neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In April 2012, there were 29 closed sales, 61 pending sales, and 188 homes on the market in the Kenton Neighborhood.

One year change from April 2011 to April 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 4.6%

Homes sold: Down 23.7%

Homes pending sale: Up 84.8%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Kenton neighborhood has been between $120 and $142/sq. ft. In April 2012, the average price per square foot in the Kenton neighborhood was $126.


One year change from April 2011 to April 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 0.2%

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 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Kenton neighborhood was 49 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 2012, sellers in Kenton received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from April 2011 to April 2012:

Time on Market: Down 54.2%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 6.7%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In April 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Kenton was $273,000. The average sale was $223,000.

More stats over one year: 

Average active price: Up 6.2%
Average sold price:  Down 3.5%

Months of Inventory:

Months of inventory gives a time line of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell.  Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market.  This figure is a good indicator of supply and demand.  April 2012 in the Kenton neighborhood had 6.5 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 6.5 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in April, 49 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Kenton from this point forward, in 6.5 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.


In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. The first thing you will notice about individual neighborhoods as compared to the overall Portland reports are that the numbers can be wildly different month to month. Basically, the bigger the pool of data you are working with, the smoother the stats become. As we focus on smaller areas, many different things can happen month to month.


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 Kenton 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

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area real estate and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports



Best Deals in Portland this Week

 Each week Ross and Leah share some great Portland real estate listings for us to drool over.  Enjoy!


16206 SE 30TH AVE Portland, OR 97202

- Eastmoreland - $999,000

Click the image to see the full listing


3545 NE 27TH AVE Portland, OR 97212

- Alameda - $689,000

Click the image to see the full listing

1105 NE Going ST Portland, OR 97211
- King - $549,900

Click the image to see the full listing

1420 NW LOVEJOY ST #727 Portland, OR 97209
- Pearl District- $375,000

Click the image to see the full listing


3838 N Baldwin ST Portland, OR 97217

- Kenton -$349,900

Click the image to see the full listing


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.


Little Flower

Little Flower by Stephanie Lynch


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