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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland June 9 - June 16 2012

YES. It's finally the weekend! Yeah!! And...I am just as excited to announce that this edition of our Portland blog is brought to you by...North Portland!  Ok, ok...There's an inside joke there and it cracks me up just attempting to share it with you. So a friend of mine from Seattle comes into Portland 4 to 5 times a year for work and always stays downtown and rarely has a car to get around on her own. Needless to say, she's at the mercy of local Portlander's to take her out to enjoy the city. Last night, we were chatting and she said "Oh hey, where was that awesome place you took me for BBQ last time?" and I said, "Oh, yeah, Russell Street. North Portland" and a few minutes later someone asked, "Where is a good place to get dessert?" and I said "Pix!! Great spot in...North Portland". And soon after, I started to realize all of my answers to "where can I find the best _____" were often pointing people to...North Portland.

There is, of course, a valid reason for this. I do live in North Portland's Piedmont neighborhood which means I've ridden my bike through every crevice of NoPo, walked every street, eaten at every restaurant, drank in every bar, pub and coffee house and then some!  As I was realizing this last evening, I thought, it's high time I write an Ode to North Portland. So here we go:

Why I Love North Portland

Russell Street BBQ-- I love your food so much I will even wear your piggy shirts and look a fool. I know better to order anything but "classic" sauce and love you for rotating Walking Man Brewing onto your taps. Nom-love.

Pix Patisserie: I love you for the Queen of Sheba. The heart stopper of heart stoppers. And I love Monday Movie Night. Edward Scissorhands and ice cream? Are you kidding??!  Thank you. I love you.

Secret Society: I love you for being small, sexy and so excellent for dates and intimate convos. You are perfect!

New Seasons: Thank you for moving into NoPo all of those years ago and making my neighborhood self-sustaining by providing walkable and bikable access to locally sourced foods*.  Even though I did find green beans from CHINA once, I am still a big, big fan. But green beans from...CHINA...really?  I love all of your happy and well-cared-for employees and how you do those yummy samply nibblin's that force me to buy more. I'm a sucker for you.

5 minutes to Swan Island Boat Ramp: North Portland, I love you because we can get our teeny little aluminum boat on the Willamette in five minutes flat and that allowed us to catch our first ever HUGE and amazing salmon this year. Thank you for making the 27 pound salmon possible.

Miho Izakaya: Thank you for existing and for your incredible Ika Salad and overall cooking sorcery. I love the whole menu and will gorge myself in your foody embrace whenever I can.

Fire on the Mountain: Your hot wings are amazing. They taught me what hot wings could be. Now, there is no other and can never be another. If only you delivered.

Enjoni Cafe: Thank you for the healthiest, tastiest Ethiopian/vegetarian food I have ever encountered. Your weekend buffet is unparalleled greatness.

Amnesia Brewing: I love you for your beer. All of your beer. And the sausage and cheese nibbles. And the generous bike parking. Oh, and the heated shelter.

Red Fox: I love you guys because you work hard, have a great jukebox and you're the real deal. The locals bar. High five.

The Max: Even though, I can ride my bike downtown nearly 3x as fast as you can get me there, I still love that you're an option and I love how you made our neighborhood more accessible to the rest of Portland. Yay, yellow line!

And, last but not least...LOMPOC. I love you, Lompoc!! You comp us locals beer, know our names and you're friendly and all around awesome. Thanks for having THE BEST BEER IN PDX and some of the sweetest peeps around. Smooches!

Love, Angela

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by local David Luck who went to Washington Park and snapped this photo of the Only Rose (fitting photo title) he could locate. This was last month so we are sure the park is in full bloom now. We loved the composition of this Portland photo. Nice job, David!

Only Rose

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." (

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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! 




Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I can think of few things more aggravating (other than, well okay, a lot of things because I'm just naturally cranky,so what?) than planning an excursion specifically to take photos only to have the batteries (or in this case, the memory card) crap out with the first click.  Yesterday's trip to Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade therefore will have to be celebrated by featuring the pictures of other people, people whose photographic gifts are superior to mine, so perhaps we should all be grateful.

[Photo by The Impression That I Get, on Flickr]


I didn't know it was called Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, honestly, even though there's a somewhat hard-to-miss statue of our former mayor near the Hawthorne Bridge.  I do remember the Willamette Valley Flood of 1996 that gave rise (!) to the concept of it.  My former place of work sits mere yards from where the flood waters washed out the I-5 bicycle bypass; I recall very clearly standing out front of the building watching the sandbags on the west bank being deployed as the water continued to swell and threaten.  Scary days.


In response Portland, as the city most often does, set about making what had been a good thing even better.  The esplanade project took $30 million and most of four years to complete.  It extends from the Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge and includes the longest floating walkway (1200 feet!) in the Unites States.  The length of the esplanade proper is 1.52 miles, but if you want a really nice long walk or ride, Southeast Caruthers and Southeast 4th offer a very easy transition to the Springwater Corridor.

[Photo by a_boy52 on Flickr]


Other attractions: The Hampton Opera Center (the building was originally constructed to house the Fox 12 television station, but thank the godz for culture, huh? Okay, OKAY!) and the USS Blueback.  Yes, a really-o truly-o submarine, the last conventionally-powered submarine to be decommissioned from the US Navy (later appearing in the movieThe Hunt for Red October!).

[Photo care of Wikipedia]


The esplanade makes for one of the best urban walking experiences to be found in the city, and citizens stroll and ride in all weathers.  Take a break and have a seat on one of the benches provided along the way, enjoy the view of the river, watch the construction of the light-rail bridge (yup, in three years you'll be able to MAX directly to the esplanade, and beyond to the west side of the river and into downtown).

[Photo by ashleys237 on Flickr]


This is just one more Cool Thing in a city full of them. Go see.


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



Portland Oregon Graffiti- by photographer Gerry Villani


Featured Portland Events this Week

First and foremost, its Fleet Week!  Go downtown and marvel at the incredible and see the ships and some of our nations finest!


Scavenger Hunt Search Party at Portland Central Library

March 3, 2012 at 6pm to December 1, 2012 at 7pm –Portland Central Library Turn your Rosetta-stone brain on high and unravel the mysteries hidden in the stacks, on the walls, and places you never imagined existed in a public library. Upon arrival, a highly-trained Run BrainOrganized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt




Cornerstones of a Great Civilization, Masterworks of Ancient Chinese Art

March 9, 2012 at 10am to November 11, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum This spring, the Museum will celebrate the restoration of Money Tree, an extremely rare bronze sculpture that embodies wishes for eternal prosperity in the afterlife. The money tree will be displayedOrganized by The Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit




Exhibit: Culture Captured - The Photography of Marian Wood Kolisch

May 24, 2012 at 10am to September 2, 2012 at 5pm –Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society For thirty years, Marian Wood Kolisch photographed many of Oregon’s most notable citizens. She did her portrait sessions in the subject’s own environment, which added information about the sitter thaOrganized by Oregon Historical Society | 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




Molalla Brew Fest

June 8, 2012 at 5pm to June 9, 2012 at 11:45pm –Downtown Molalla Molalla Brew Festin conjunction with Molalla's Second Friday CelebrationFriday, June 8, 2012 5pm to 12:30 am Saturday, June 9, 2012 - Noon to 12:30 am. Located at corner of Ross St. and Molalla Ave. –Organized by Molalla Brew Fest | Type: brew, fest




Exhibit - Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon History

June 9, 2012 at 10am to December 30, 2012 at 5pm –Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society The future of museum exhibits has arrived at the Oregon History Museum with our new permanent exhibit, Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon History. Featuring the actual voices of OreOrganized by Oregon Historical Society | Type: exhibit




Saturday Imbibing Tour

June 9, 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




Evergreen Cruise to the Goose

June 10, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Cruise to our facilities to show off your baby! If you just want to come and look that's okay too! There will be plenty of beautiful cars to enjoy, music and barbecue. The event if FREE! The only thiOrganized by Rosanna Rocha Luna | Type: car, show




Sandy Brewfest

June 15, 2012 at 5pm to June 16, 2012 at 11:45pm –Sandy Centennial Plaza Sandy Brewfest is presented by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.  The two day festival featuring craft beer will be located in the Sandy Centennial Plaza on the corner of Hoffman Ave. and Pioneer BOrganized by MKW Events | Type: fundraiser, for, sandy,area, chamber, of, commerce






June 15, 2012 at 9:30pm to June 16, 2012 at 4:30am –The Leftbank Annex Gaylabration is an annual dance party fundraiser that takes pride in celebrating the diversity of love and relationships in our community. Music by DJ Chris Cox, DJ Skiddle and DJ Vize will be spinniOrganized by | Type: fundraiser, dance, party




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Tryon Creek State Park

Photo: Michael Barton: Tryon Creek State Park




Buckman Neighborhood - A Portland Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman

The Buckman neighborhood The Buckman neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Willamette River, Kerns, Sunnyside, and Hosford-Abernathy neighborhoods. The popular Hawthorne District along Hawthorne Boulevard is also located partially in Buckman along the southern boundary.  To learn more about Buckman, click here.

If you are looking for homes in the Buckman 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 Buckman neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In April 2012, there were 22 closed sales, 18 pending sales, and 30 homes on the market in the Buckman Neighborhood.

One year change from April 2011 to April 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 56.5%

Homes sold: Up 22.2%

Homes pending sale: Down 10%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Buckman neighborhood has been between $144 and $186/sq. ft. In April 2012, the average price per square foot in the Buckman neighborhood was $162.


One year change from April 2011 to April 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 10%

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 Buckman neighborhood was 42 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 Buckman received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from April 2011 to April 2012:

Time on Market: Down 65%
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 Buckman was $512,000. The average sale was $342,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 24.9%
Average sold price:  Up 8.2%

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 Buckman neighborhood had 1.4 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 1.4  months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in April, 42 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Buckman from this point forward, in 1.4 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 Buckman 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 at :



Best Deals in Portland this Week

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

2337 NE 20TH AVE Portland, OR 97212

- Irvington -


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2036 SE Taylor St. Portland, OR 97214
- Buckman -

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4538 NE 74TH AVE Portland, OR 97218

- Cully -


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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 Portland artist, Fasai


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