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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland June 19 - June 26 2010

We Northwesterners know that Oregon is one of the most beautiful places on earth, even in the rain.  This week I had the opportunity to share Portland and surrounding areas with one of my dear friends who was in town visiting for several days from Ohio.  We enjoyed the scenery of Portland, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, and Sauvie Island.  We didn't quite have enough time to make it up to Mt. Hood or the gorge, but we made plans to go skiing on her next trip out.  She hasn't seen Timberline lodge yet!  I feel so lucky to live in Portland, where a quick drive can get you a taste of the beach or mountains.   I stayed at Ecola Creek Lodge this time.  Ecola Creek Lodge is one of the more affordable hotels in Cannon Beach because it isn't directly on the waterfront (but a short walk).  While it isn't the fanciest hotel in town, the rooms are very clean and comfortable, and I highly recommend this hotel.  Not only is it nice, but you can often get reservations here even when others are booked, and they are super friendly.  Also, they have bunny rabbits living on the grounds, which are so cute!  

Some of my favorite places in Cannon Beach are Ecola Park, Ecola Seafood Restaurant and Market (fish and chips!), and the Wayfarer for breakfast or dinner.  Ecola State Park, on the North end of Cannon Beach, is one of my favorite parks in the world.  The view from the park is breathtaking, and one of the trails will take you down to a hidden gem of a beach - the crescent beach trail.  Also, it's dog friendly, and a wonderful place to have a picnic.   If you drive to Manzanita, I have to recommend the homemade pie and coffee at Nehalem Bay Pie Company.  Let's just say I undid a week of my Weight Watcher's diet in one delicious slice of chocolate cream pie, and it was worth every bite!  Wow, they have simply amazing homemade pies.  

Do you have a favorite day trip from Portland?  Perhaps a favorite hiking trail or hotel?  Let us know about it, and post it on the blog or forum!  

The Portland Photo of the Week

Speaking of beautiful Oregon scenery, congrats to Fasai for this amazing image of our beloved Columbia River Gorge.  We all love that these day trips from Portland with such amazing scenery are so easy to get to.

Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business.  Fasai 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

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! 

Columbia River Gorge by Fasai


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.


Portland Pride Festival and Parade

Portland Pride Festival and Parade 2010 - Be sure to mark your calendars for the Portland Pride Festival this year on June 19th & 20th. As always we will have non-stop entertainment and lots of fun planned for our lovely and diverse community.

With hope and change on everyone's minds, the Pride Northwest Board members are thrilled to bring the Portland community and beyond the biggest Pride Celebration ever!

Click to View this Portland Event: Portland Pride Festival


Portland Gay Men's Chorus Music from the Heartlands

Concluding our 30th season of Opening Hearts and Minds on June 19th, PGMC joins Heartland Men's Chorus of Kansas City for Music from the Heartland. Sure to be a highlight of Portland Gay Pride weekend, the joint concert will showcase uniquely American styles such as folk, spiritual, songs of protest, barbershop and more.

PGMC will take to the stage with Woody Guthrie's always popular "This Land is Your Land," followed by sparkling arrangements of folk songs representing Native-, Mexican-, and African-American traditions. The walls will come tumbling down as we reprise the barbershop sound and staging spectacle of "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." An additional highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of a stirring new work for men's chorus and electric cello by renowned Portland composer Gideon Freudmann.

Heartland Men's Chorus will be bringing three new arrangements of American folk songs to the Rose City, specially commissioned for this joint appearance with PGMC.

Click to View this Portland Event: Portland Gay Men's Chorus


Oregon History Museum Family Day

Try out some real cowboy gear! Watch a viewing of The Oregon Experience: Reub Long's Oregon Desert. Hear a Gallery Talk on Jackson Sundown in the Tall in the Saddle Exhibit. Make a cowboy craft and learn how to tie a bandana. Take a family tour of the exhibit Tall in the Saddle: 100 Years of the Pendleton Round-Up. Two children admitted free with one paid adult admission.

Click to View this Portland Event: OHS Family Day - June 19


25th Annual Laurelhurst Garage Sale - June 19

Over 100 Homes plus many organizations make Fathers Day Weekend a fun time to stroll our beautiful neighborhood: buy great furniture, antiques, toys, clothes, etc and visit the various lemonade and food stands.

Click to View this Portland Event: Laurelhurst Garage Sale


Disney's The Lion King

Fred Meyer Broadway Across America Portland presents Disney's The Lion King

Wednesday, June 16th - Sunday, July 11th
$28.75 & up

Tickets: The PCPA box office, Ticketmaster

JUNE Wed 16 7:30 p.m., Thu 17 1 & 7:30 p.m., Fri 18 7:30 p.m., Sat 19 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar®-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony® Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment." Portland's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Keller Auditorium stage June 16-July 11, 2010.

Click to View this Portland Event:  Disney's The Lion King


Miracle Theatre Group - Songs for a New World

Four actors, two musicians and a baby grand ... Miracle Theatre Group and Staged! Portland’s Musical Theatre Series are collaborating to unplug the traditional summer musical in an intimate, acoustic presentation of Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown’s first produced musical, the off-Broadway hit SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD.

From a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship ... from a young man who hopes basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to the wife of a certain North Pole resident who loves her husband but just can’t face another Christmas alone ... it’s the hard choices and startling discoveries we make at pivotal moments in life that drive the stories of this theatrical song cycle filled with love, laughter, adventure and, above all, passion for life.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD plays June 18-July 3, 2010 at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St., Portland). Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $17-$22 ($13 for students/seniors) when purchased in advance; $24-$29 ($19 for students/seniors) at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling 503-236-7253, online from or in person from the PDX Ticket Network community box office at the Hollywood Theatre daily 1-9 p.m. For more information about the production, visit or

Click to View this Portland Event - Miracle Theatre Group - Songs for a New World


Goal Net Zero Workshop - June 23

First in a three part series, this Goal Net Zero (GNZ) workshop is a great way to follow up for anyone that has attended a past GNZ tour or just wanting to learn more about net zero concepts, design and building science.

June 23, 2010
Workshop 1: Energy Use Index-- Tools for understanding and lowering your energy use

The best way to begin reducing your energy bill is by understanding how much electricity, natural gas or other energy source your household uses. The Energy Use Index (EUI) is an excellent tool to get you started. Learn from this workshop how to do your own energy analysis and how your home compares to the average home.

You are welcome to bring a completed EUI spreadsheet to the workshop or bring one year's worth of your utilities (gas and electric).

Click to view this Portland Event: Goal Net Zero Workshop


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June 2010 Portland Real Estate Market Report

By Ross Seligman

June 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening?

They are a comparison of May 2009 - May 2010 for all of Multnomah County 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 Multnomah County 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
Multnomah County. 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.

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

After a 4 month steady rise in pending and closed sales, we see a big drop in pending while closed sales remain generally flat from last month.  Over last year at this time, sales are up 43%.  In May 2010, there were 698 closed sales, 513 pending sales, and 3747 on the market.

Yearly change from May 09 to May 10:

For Sale: 3667 in May 09, 3747 in May 10. Inventory is Up 2.2%

Sold homes: 487 sold in May 09, 693 sold in May 10. Sales are Up 43.3%.

Pending sales: 602 pending for sale in May 09, 513 pending for sale in
May 10. Pending sales are down 14.8%.

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $136 and $151. In May 2010, the average price per square foot in Portland was $144.

Yearly change from May 09 to May 10:

Average price per square foot in May 09 was $146. In May 10 it is $144. This figure has dropped 1.3%.

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, 55 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 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 95% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from May 09 to May 10:

Average time it takes to sell a home in May 09 was 67 days. In May 10, it is 55 days. A decrease of time on market of 17.9% The market has improved for sellers.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 93% in May 09 and is 95% in May 10.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In May 2010, this figure was $284,000.

Yearly change from May 09 to May 10:

The average price of a home listed in May 09 was $389,000. In May 10, $364,000. This figure has decreased by 6.4%.

The average price of a home sold in May 09 was $289,000. In May 10 it was $284,000 This figure has decreased by 1.7%.

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 2010, this figure was 5.4 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market but more balanced than last year.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 5.4 months for your home to sell. That number was 55 days, remember? It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Multnomah County from this moment, it would take 5.4 months for all available homes to sell before there would be nothing left.

Yearly change from May 09 to May 10:

The months of inventory in May 09 was 7.5 months. In May 10, it is 5.4 months. This figure has decreased by 28.7%. This is a great indicator of the state of the market. As you can see, the market has improved over the last year.

As I have said before, none of this information matters 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.

Hey people, 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 my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area listings from the RMLS:

Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. This week's report features Portland mansions, some lovely homes in Irvington, and this beautiful affordable home in Portsmouth: 

9416 N HAVEN AVE Portland, OR 97203 - Portsmouth - $242,900

See the listing here:

Take a peek at all the Portland real estate deals this week.

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