Hey, Portland! Welcome to the weekend and to another edition of
blog! Summer is almost here!
It took nearly 8 months, but we finally broke 80 degrees and we as a city, just
plain reveled in it. I recently read somewhere that "Portlander's are
weather obsessed" and I just had to chuckle. Yes- yes, we are slightly
obsessed but seriously, we see such little sun and fair weather that it makes
perfect sense that the whole city freaks out when we do.
So now that summer is almost here, the city wakes
up offering a bounty of awesome activities such as:
Portland Farmers Markets With almost three dozen farmers markets in
and around Portland, you'll have no shortage of fresh produce, local meats and
locally prepared foods.
Portland Movies in the Park - We've just posted the Summer 2011 "Movie
in the Park" schedule which is an excellent and free program where different
Portland parks host movies. This summer, there are 47 free movie events
for you and yours to enjoy. Take some snacks, the family, camp out and enjoy!
You'll also notice that our
calendar will light up with brewers festivals, parades, neighborhood street
fairs and tons of other Portland summer events. Keep an eye out for new
additions and feel free to add your own events.
The beautiful St Johns Bridge standing at the boat dock.
Learn about the St
Johns neighborhood in N. Portland.
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
1. HUB- When HopWorks Urban Brewery
(HUB) opened on N. Williams to major fan fare and we were there to
welcome them! HUB officially opened doors on Sunday, June 5 to an
instantly packed house. HUB is located in the
neighborhood - head on over and check them out!
Hop on this bike and help to power the HUB on N. Williams. Sweet, huh?
Wouldn't it be cooler if they logged your pedal-time on a punch card and gave you
free beer for every hours worth of pedaling?
2. Stumptown Coffee Sells- It's official: Stumptown *did* indeed sell 90%
of the company to a New York investment firm, the very same that owns
Vitamin Water, Voss and other major brands. Not surprising, this news has caused
a big stir in Portland and Seattle where Stumptown has been a huge indie staple
-and large local employer- for over a decade. How will the company change? Will
they become another watered down huge corporate chain like Starbucks or Peets? We will have to wait and see and
hope for the best.
3. The Portland Rose Festival - There's
a slew of events yet to come and you're invited!
4. The Pacific Crest Trail - ...otherwise
known as, the PCT. Alright, you fair-weathered hikers, the weather has taken a
summery turn and its time to explore Oregon! Hike the simply amazing
Oregon and Washington trails and you'll find yourself in the stunning Gorge.
While there, stop over at Walking Man Brewery and refuel.
5. Fleur De Lawn - Fleur De Lawn is an alternative ground
cover made by local Portland company, Pro Time Lawn Seed. "An herbaceous,
flowering lawn alternative and a longtime favorite in the northwest. This mix
makes it possible to enjoy a bit of the countryside in your own outdoor living
http://www.protimelawnseed.com/products/fleur-de-lawn I just seeded
the front yard with this mix and am excited to see (and share) the results.
Adam Hurst - Adam is one of the most talented musicians in Portland.
Sometimes, you'll find Adam playing a live show on the street at the
Alberta Arts Last Thursday
celebration and if you find him there, you'll stop dead in your tracks and lose
all track and care for time. Fall in love with his music like we did.
8. Google Offers - Using
Portland, Oregon as a beta city, Google Offers is now competing in the Groupon
and LivingSocial space offering steep discounts to cool participating Portland
businesses who want your business. We just recently signed up and are excited to
try these new deal opportunities.
9.Visit the Oregon Coast-
There is no better time of year to head to the coast to eat, drink and explore.
Check out our
Coast Guide for what to see and where to go. Enjoy!
10. Movie Madness Video - Hands down the best and most
comprehensive video store we have ever seen. Movie Madness is sheer insanity
when it comes to depth and breadth of the movie options. No wonder Hollywood
Video can't compete in Portland!
"At Movie Madness not only do we have the latest
New Releases we probably have the most extensive library of older titles
anywhere. We have the largest selection of Classic Films, Film Noir, Independent
Films, Gay & Lesbian Films, Foreign Films, Art House Films, Television, Anime,
and of course Psychotronic Films in the Northwest. We also have an ever growing
selection Blue-Ray DVD'S that we are adding more to every day."
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is
Aquatic Squirrel for this photo entitled "Scene from top of trail in the
Paint Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument". This is a
stunning shot of a very beautiful place.
Our Portland Photo of the Week
winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our
choosing. Aquatic Squirrel will get a $20 gift
certificate to locally owned and operated, Barista. Barista has
two locations- in the
and the other in the
Barista is different in that they offer a "tap room" approach to coffee- in
addition to carrying Portland's finest like
Stumptown, they also rotate coffees
from some of the hottest roasters on both sides of the country.
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing
on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! 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
Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
June 11, 2011at 10am toJune
12, 2011at 6pm –Portland
Japanese Garden Each
year for the past 39 years, the Sogetsu School of Ikebana has presented their
annual exhibition at the Garden as a sanctioned event of the Portland Rose
Festival. Visit the Garden to see these e…Organized
by Portland Japanese Garden | Type:exhibition
June 12, 2011from 9am to 12pm –Lucky
Lab Race begins at
9am; packet pick up on Saturday June 11 Lace up those running shoes and get
prepared to pound the pavement in support of DoveLewis! The beloved Run for the
Love of Dove returns this ye…Organized
June 12, 2011from 12pm to 7pm –Mississippi
Avenue Plan to spend a
full day on Mississippi Avenue for Cirque du Cycling, a bicycle street fair like
you've never seen before. This cool event is free to watch, free to participate
(except for the race)…
June 24, 2011toJune
Park Welcome to the
North American Organic Brewers Festival, where we aim to save the planet, one
beer at a time! The 7th annual event will take place June 24 - 26, 2011 in
Overlook Park in Portland, Ore…Organized
by | Type:beer,festival
June 18, 2011from 9am to 5pm –Sherwood
FOR A GREAT CAUSE! Run, wade and slosh your way through the fastest-growing
adventure race in the country. Enjoy Oregon’s great outdoors in a unique way
by scaling rope walls, swooshing…Organized
by National MS Society, Oregon Chapter | Type:fundraiser,running
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other
events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!
Lit up - Downtown Portland at night by Michael
Moving to Portland: Where the Neighborhood is King
You might meet someone new, ask where they live and they will proudly tell
you: "I live in the Piedmont neighborhood" or "I live right over by Center and
South Tabor". You'll come to understand that neighborhood pride runs rampant
here as folks tend to personally identify with the neighborhood they call home.
There is a strong sense of Portland community regardless of which Portland
neighborhood you settle in. Hence the reason we must call out the neighborhoods
in the very beginning of your Portland journey. It takes most new folks quite a
bit of time to discover the magical differences between (and even the existence
of!) neighborhoods such as Alberta Arts, Belmont, Boise, Hawthorne, Clinton, and
South Tabor for examples. Some of these neighborhoods are wholly self-sustaining
urban villages where the locals wouldn't have to wander out as they don't need
to. Let's do a quick tour of the most popular Portland neighborhoods to get you
Some of our Most Popular Portland Neighborhoods are:
But, given our nearly 100 urban Portland neighborhoods, everyone has a
different favorite so please do take some time and read about ourPortland
profiles, videos and more!) If you're moving to Portland and want to meet people
or ask questions about how to get started, join our very popularPortland
blog; a real Portland community chock full of chits, chats and Portland
events! We hope this page has been a helpful moving to Portland guide, but join
community forumand ask any
questions you have about Portland--we are happy to help!
Brooklyn is in a great location as it is in close proximity to some of
Portland's most hip and popular neighborhoods such as Sellwood, Hawthorne and
Clinton. Residents have plenty of coffee, pub and dining options just a stones
throw away in most cases across several adjoining neighborhoods. To learn more
about the Brooklyn neighborhood, clickhereto read the neighborhood profile.
Are you keeping an eye on Brooklyn or is it your neighborhood? Check out this
link for a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.
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 Brooklyn
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 the Brooklyn neighborhood, visit this link where
you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click
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.
On to the report:
Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Brooklyn
neighborhood from 02/10 to 04/11:
In April 2011, there were 30 closed sales, 38 pending sales, and 97 homes on the
market in the Brooklyn Neighborhood.
One year change from April 2010 to April 2011:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 8.5%
Homes sold: Down 18.9%
Homes pending sale: Down 28.3%
Chart for average price
per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Brooklyn
neighborhood has been between $140 and $177/sq. ft. In April 2011, the average
price per square foot in the Brooklyn neighborhood was $140.
One year change fromApril2010
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
April 2010: 159
April 2011: 140
Percentage Change: Down 12%
Days on Market,
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 2011, the average time
on market for a home in the Brooklyn neighborhood was 71 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 2011, sellers in Brooklyn
received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.
More stats for you:
Change from April 2010 to April 2011:
Time on Market: Up 20.3%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 1%
Average price for sale
vs. average price of sold:
This chart shows us what the average listing was and what the average sale was.
In April 2011, the average price of a house on the market in Brooklyn was
$369,000. The average sale was $325,000.
More stats over one year:
Average active price: Down 3.9%
Average sold price: Down 10.7%
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 2011 in
the Brooklyn neighborhood was a balanced market with 3.2 months of inventory.
By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.2 months for your home to
sell. That figure was, on average in April, 71 days. Inventory is a figure that
means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Brooklyn from this
point forward, in 3.2 months there would not be another home to sell. They
would all be sold.
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