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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland June 16 - June 23 2012

Hey, Portlanders.  Happy Father's Day weekend, and welcome to another edition of our all-local Portland blog!  

Planning on taking Dad out for breakfast or brunch this Sunday? Here are a handful of Best Portland Breakfast restaurants in neighborhoods around Portland.  We are not the only ones with a Portland Breakfast list, here is one from Portland Monthly Magazine.

And, be sure to visit Portland Food Blog for some more Portland Father's Day restaurant events and specials.

If you'd rather cook for Dad at home this weekend (BBQ, anyone?) then by all means visit your local Portland Farmers Market and pick up something fresh and delicious.  Here is the list of Portland Farmers' Markets around town.  

Here are some events that Dad might enjoy in Portland this weekend:

Rose Cup Race at Portland International Raceway


Friday, June 15 -
Sunday, June 17, 2012

Portland International
Raceway Time:
Racing Friday, Saturday & Sunday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Rose Cup Race
is Sunday afternoon


3-day General Admission: $20 advance, $25 at gate
Friday-only General Admission: $5 advance, $7 at gate
Saturday-only General Admission: $8 advance, $10 at gate
Sunday-only General Admission: $10 advance, $12 at gate
Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult

Sunday, June 17
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cruise-In competitor entry fee: $10

$5 - 5K Run in Lents Park

Portland Public Golf Courses

Visit Portland Public Golf Coursesfor tee times and information.  Portland Public Golf offers affordable, quality golf to Portland's residents and visitors. Our five golf courses are conveniently located around the metro area to offer unparalleled access to our nationally recognized courses: RedTail, Eastmoreland, Rose City, and Heron Lakes (Great Blue and Greenback).

South Waterfront Storage

New Self Storage Facility in South Waterfront – Now OPEN!

South Waterfront Heated Storage offers a State of the Art Self-Storage facility located in Portland, Oregon. This modern day Self-Storage Facility offers extravagant features including: A digital camera surveillance system, personalized customer access codes and individually alarmed unit doors. Also find multiple covered/heated loading areas, freight elevators and a large quantity of flatbed carts; making your moving experience a breeze! 

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by PDX Nature Nut, who is also known for posting informative, nature-related blogs.  Of course we have to share this cool image of river boats during Portland's fleet week!

Feelt Week by PDX Nature Nut on

Fleet Week in Portland by PDX Nature Nut

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." (

Portland During Rose Festival by PDS Nature Nut on

Portland Rose Festival by PDX Nature Nut

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Powell's Bookstore Picks

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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! 


Mostest Bestest

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Not surprisingly, I use the innerwebz for research when looking for new and different things to do around town (guess which website I go to first? No, I mean besides Yelp. You're just try'na get me in trouble!). This week I was poking around looking for something for the missus and I to do on my next weekend off (partial answer: get my bike fixed; earlier this week I tried to fit it into a little old lady's hatchback while I was still on it, but's let's not talk about that right now), and I ran into a list upon which our fair city is included. This got me thinking, what other lists are there that feature Portland?

Pedestrian Commuters – Y'all have read here how much I enjoy a good walk. I found myself wondering how Portland stacks up against other cities for number of citizens who walk to work and/or errands on a regular basis. Alas, Portland could do much better. According to Wikipedia (and please, don't give me crap about my fondness of Wikipedia; of course I wouldn't use it to diagnose a disease or try to learn how to play the stock market or any other potentially life-altering business on there, but for factoids I've found it to be just fine, thankyouverymuch), Portland ranks only 36 in a field of 50. Eugene is 28! C'mon!

BicyclingBicycling Magazine ranks Portland in the Number 2 spot on its 'America's Best Bike Cities' list. We were Number 1 for quite awhile, and then Minneapolis took it. Yeah, that's annoying, but I'd rather not get into a debate with people hard-headed enough to willingly watch football outdoors in -20 degree weather, so let them have it.

Most Caffeinated – You'd think we'd have a shot at Number 1, but nope, we're only Numero Three-o. Actually, I sort of expected Seattle in the top spot (and it is), and Number 2 is Anchorage. I don't recall where Minneapolis is on the list, but those freaks probably only drink iced coffee anyway. Source: CNBC.Com (Personal note: I advise visiting a local coffee establishment whenever possible. The topless lady with the fork has enough business, give your local purveyers some love. Thanks.)

Most Strip Clubs – According to Answers.Com, we win this one. I was not exactly shocked. On our first trip through town after having moved to Portland, the missus and I counted six strip clubs and six beer trucks on our way to the DMV. I fail to see how this can be mere coincidence. (While writing this part, I'm actually getting a bit verklempt over fond memories of the late and lamented Doc's Bar and Grill on Powell Blvd. It was the only “adult” establishment I ever liked. The last time we visited, we found ourselves watching O.J.'s Bronco slowly evading a police pursuit on television; even the dancers stood still to watch. It was a communal moment in a stripper bar. It was like being an extra in a Quentin Tarentino movie.

Beer – This is from a 'Best' rather than a 'Most' list, but I'm going with it anyway. Travel And Leisure states that we win this one too. There actually may be more pubs, bars, and taverns in Portland that serve beer without naked ladies than those that serve with. This bears more research, so don't quote me. Regardless, drink responsibly, please?

So, to sum up: Portlanders like to bike and watch naked ladies while drinking beer.

I'm down with that.


Featured Portland Events this Week

Portland Pride Festival

June 15, 2012 to June 17, 2012see event Portland Pride Festival 2012 DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION:- Friday, June 15th, 2012 from 6pm until 10pm (Main Stage & food vendors ONLY)- Saturday, June 16th, 2012 from Noon until 6pm- Sunday, Organized by | Type: festival!

Pedalpalooza: Portland Bike Event Picks June 14-17 | Naked Bike Rides, Star Wars vs Star Trek, Zombie Apocalypse, & More

June 14, 2012 to June 30, 2012Everywhere Pedalpalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun. With 286 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free.   Vi Organized by | Type: bike, insanity!, even, naked, people, on, bikes!

Play Baseball in Portland

May 20, 2012 to August 26, 2012Westmoreland Park Play Baseball in Portland this SummerSemi-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  


June 10, 2012 at 1pm to August 26, 2012 at 4pm – Alpenrose Dairy Alpenrose Dairy, Oregon's oldest family-owned dairy, once again welcomes the summer season and the opening of Dairyville. This is a Portland tradition that has been enjoyed by many kids and adults al Organized by PR @Bradshaw | Type: family, summer, fun  

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 B Organized by MKW Events | Type: fundraiser, for, sandy, area, chamber, of, commerce  

DON'T MISS THIS! Tommy James Jazz Vocal Workshop

June 15, 2012 at 6:30pm to June 19, 2012 at 7pm – Coleman-Scott Home in Historic Irvington Tommy James, Musical Director with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, will be conducting a Jazz vocal workshop in June, 2012, in Portland, Oregon. The workshop will encompass all aspects of vocal performa Organized by Laura Stilwell | Type: jazz, vocal, workshop  

THE BLIND CAFÉ –Award Winning Concert & Tasting Experience in PITCH DARKNESS!

June 15, 2012 at 7:30pm to June 16, 2012 at 7:30pm – Saint David of Whales Experience something magical in June with The Blind Café.   It’s a mind-bending, heart-opening experience where you can explore your other senses, free of visual distractions in a safe, fun and meani Organized by Rosh | Type: music, benefit, sensory, experience, foodie, event, community  


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 spinni Organized by | Type: fundraiser, dance, party  

The 5th Annual Foster Powell Garden Tour

June 16, 2012 from 10am to 2pm – Foster Powell Neighborhood Come explore 40 gardens on this free, informal, self guided adventure!  You will meet our enthusiastic gardeners while visiting a variety of yards including traditional, edible, naturescaped, and art Organized by The Foster Powell Neighborhood Association | Type: garden, tour  

Oregon Voices Exhibit Opening Celebration

June 16, 2012 from 10am to 5pm – Oregon Historical Society To celebrate the opening of our new permanent exhibit, Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon History, OHS is opening its doors for free on Saturday, June 16. Explore the exhibit’s inte Organized by Oregon Historical Society | Type: free, day  

Free Public Tours of the Gerding Theater at the Armory

June 16, 2012 at 12pm to December 15, 2012 at 12pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory The first and third Saturdays of each month, The Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE  public tours. Get the full story of how the Armory Annex went from an 1891 military drilling site to public Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: tour, community event  

Summer of Love

June 16, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall "The long, hot summer revisited." It's June, 1967. All around the world, people are celebrating the greatest year in music history with festivals of peace and love. Across the pond, The Beatles are h Organized by Portland Gay Men's Chorus | Type: concert  

Father's Day Tour with Chris & Alec

June 17, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland HOP on the bus with Dad and celebrate good times with beer. Chris Milner is a mathematics professor in Vancouver with a passion for beer. He can often be found at one of many Portland area taprooms, Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour, father's day

Stumptown Stories/Oregon Kick Ass History

June 19, 2012 from 7pm to 7pm – The Jack London Bar, located in the basement of The Rialto Pool Room. 529 SW 4th AVE 97204 You will NOT want to miss this show. Tuesday 6/19 at 7:30pm - "BigFoots In Oregon" (and other Pacific Northwest spots). The Resident Historian from Kick Ass Oregon History will detail the history of Organized by Terry Hallett-Lyman | Type: free, lecture!, 21+  

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June 2012 Portland Real Estate Report

June 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report: What's Happening?


Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In May 2012, inventory has risen slightly with 1971 homes on the market.   In May 2012, 620 homes sold and 829 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from May 11 to May 12:

Inventory is Down 29.2%

Closed Sales are Up 12.7%.

Pending sales are Up 25%. 


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $132 and $147. In May 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $147.

Yearly change from May 11 to May 12:  Up 7.3%

Days on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 56 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In May 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 96% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from May 11 to May 12:

Average time it takes to sell a home has decreased 16.4%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 3%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

In May 2012, the average price of a home that sold was $312,000.  The average price of a home that was listed was $388,000.  This does not mean that a home that was listed for $388,000 sold for $312,000.  The listed homes didn't necessarily sell.  For the sold/list price percentage, look at the 'Days on Market' graph.  In May 2012, this figure was 96%.

Yearly change from May 11 to May 12:

The average price of a home listed has increased 6.3%.

The average price of a home sold has increased 8.3%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In May 2012, this figure was 3.2 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a balanced market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 3.2 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 56 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 3.2 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from May 11 to May 12:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 37.2%.
About the report:

This is a comparison of the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last 12 months) for all of Portland and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Portland as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

This information doesn't matter if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

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

Best Deals in Portland this Week

Each week Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals from their listings.

1. 1131 SW KING AVE Portland, OR 97205 - Goose Hollow - $1.345M

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2.  414 NW 22ND AVE Portland, OR 97210 - NW District - $715,000

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3. 3819 NE WASCO ST Portland, OR 97232 - Laurelhurst - $535,000

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4.  3506 N BORTHWICK AVE Portland, OR 97227 - Boise (Mississippi Area) - $299,000

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5.  709 SW 16TH AVE #105 Portland, OR 97205 - Goose Hollow - $120,000


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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:

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:

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