Hey, Portland. In case you hadn't noticed, it's actually June already. Are you feeling frustrated and cheated by all of this rain? Because I am. I've decided to just ignore it and go out and live June in Portland just like I normally would - outside, and living life to the fullest and enjoying every minute of it. Besides, we Portlanders are supposed to be impervious to raindrops. Most of us have adapted to life in the Northwest, eschewing umbrellas, and adopting simple hairstyles that work--rain or shine (which is to say, some of us have given up on "style" in place of "function"). In evolutionary terms, if Portlanders were dogs, we would be the Newfoundland, with a thick coat that sheds water like the back of a duck. So who cares about a couple raindrops?
Fortunately, there are plenty of fun things to do in Portland, indoors or outdoors this week. And today is supposed to be sunny and 73 degrees (before the rain returns tomorrow). So get outside, and enjoy it. This is the last chance to enjoy the Portland Rose Festival (fleet week and starlight parade), and we also have a featured Portland Business with events you won't want to miss: Singing Planet eBike Tours has bicycle tours in and around Portland and surrounding areas this weekend and all summer long. Electric bikes mean you pedal as little or as much as you want! These electric bike tours of Portland sound like a lot of fun to me - this weekend you can enjoy the Wilsonville Festival of the Arts, or try a tour of the wine country with the Zip and Sip Tour:
Read this blog post to learn more about all of the Portland bike tours scheduled, and call to reserve your spot! There are still some spots open for this weekend's bike tours. Just call Singing Planet eBike Tours at (503) 360-6876.
Speaking of supporting our local Portland small businesses...did you catch the article in Portland Mercury about the latest "Support Local Portland" movement? It's called Supportland, and it sounds right up our alley. Here is a blurb from the City of Portland's website:
Support Portland Businesses - Supportland
Supportland, a St. Johns start-up, has created a card designed to help both local businesses and consumers. Consumers use the Supportland card to acquire points when they shop at participating local businesses. These points can be spent on other local products and services in the Supportland network. The network is designed to benefit both consumers and business owners by incentivizing local consumption and solidifying a local customer base. Participating businesses and rewards can be found on the Supportland website and a new iPhone app. The beta launch is set for January 1, 2010, and will focus primarily on local businesses in the St. Johns neighborhood, but will soon expand into greater N Portland, NE, SE, NW, SW, and close-by surrounding areas. Interested businesses and individuals can join the network by pre-registering at Supportlands website. To learn more, go to About Supportland or watch the Supportland Video.
If this takes off, it will be a cool way to support your local Portland businesses as well as get some nice discounts and/or freebies.
The Portland Photo of the Week
Congrats to Art Richards for yet another great image of Portland, this one the bricks in Old Town, Man on Bike. Great shot, and thanks for sharing!
Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business. Art 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.
Electric Bike Tour - Wilsonville Festival of the Arts - By
Singing Planet eBikes Electric Bicycle Tours
Last Chance Weekend - Portland Rose Festival Fleet Week
Rose Festival Fleet Week Location: Along Tom McCall Waterfront Park's esplanade seawall from the Steel Bridge to Waterfront Village. Admission: Admission is free -- ships are outside the Waterfront Village gates. Fleet Week: Wednesday, June 2 - Sunday, June 6. Naval vessels from the United States Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Maritime Forces arrive from around the world for a four-day visit to the City of Roses. Ship tours will be available daily.
The USS Charleston was the first ship to visit the Portland Rose Festival in 1907 and the navy's annual Rose Festival Fleet Week visitation has been an annual tradition for more than 80 years. Canadian Maritime Forces began visiting the Rose Festival in 1924 and continue to bring ships each year. The Battleship USS Oregon visited the Rose Festival in its final tour before decommissioning in 1925. The mast of the USS Oregon now resides in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade - June 5, 2010
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.
CCA's Joyride - June 5, 2010
The Childrens Cancer Association is proud to bring the newest and most caring motorcycle ride to the region, CCAs Joy Ride, benefitting CCAs Caring Cabin. The ride will feature a kick off party Friday June 4th at the NW Portland Ducati dealership where riders and guests will be invited to listen to great music, bid on fantastic auction items and learn more about CCA. Saturday June 5th the ride will begin at Paradise Harley-Davidson lead by KGONs Iris Harrison, then get your motors running as we head out to the beautiful Oregon Coast. The Joy Ride concludes at CCAs Caring Cabin, located near Pacific City, Oregon, with special tours of this beautiful property. Learn more about this fantastic event at www.CCAJoyRide.org.
Zoo Brew - June 5, 2010
Nights at the Oregon Zoo are full of excitement several
nocturnal species keep the zoo hopping from sunset to sunrise but usually only
the animals get to partake in the fun. On Friday, June 4, humans get to join
the party at Zoo Brew, where some of the best beer in the Northwest will
combine with one of the greatest bands ever to come out of Oregon: the Crazy
2010 North Portland Graffiti Cleanup
Life Fellowship Church is hosting their 3rd annual
Graffiti/Community Clean-up in North Portland. This year Mark Wells Crime
Prevention Coordinator and Pastor Edgar of LIFE Fellowship Church are
partnering to cover a larger area in our community.
Portland Rose Society Annual Rose Show, June 10-11, 2010
Lloyd Center - Annual Rose Show - Date: Thursday, June
10 Friday, June 11, 2010
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Madison South Neighborhood Report
By Ross Seligman
located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Roseway,
Sumner, Parkrose, Hazelwood, Montavilla, and Rose City Park neighborhoods.
For more info, 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 Madison South 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.
In Madison South, closed sales have dipped slightly over last month while pending sales have risen. Closed sales are at the same level they were last year at this time while pending sales are way up. In April 2010, there were 20 closed sales, 36 pending sales, and 156 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 Madison South neighborhood was 94 days.
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Speaking of the Madison South neighborhood, check out this affordable charmer! Check out the full list of best deals.5. 2915 NE 92ND AVE Portland, OR 97220 - Madison South - $199,900
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10043986
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