Woot! Welcome to July and goooooodbye June-u-ary! That was probably the worst June we have ever seen -- cold, grey and very un-summerlike. Enough said! Now into summer, baby! July is one of my favorite months in Portland because we are past the rain, the temps are rising and the city is alive with street fairs, farmers markets, the parks are packed and we're all out and about now, sporting tans and freckles alike.
A few weeks ago, I took the Team Oregon Basic Rider Training (BRT) and received a passing score which allowed me to stroll into the DMV and get a new license with an "M" on it. That's M for Motorcycle. ;-) And R is for Radical! If you're in North Portland and you see a redheaded woman flying around (safely!) on a bright yellow vintage (1962, yeah!) Honda CT90, well...its yours truly.
And so its 4th of July weekend...I love it and hate it all the same. Its fun for the BBQs and the fireworks but its a huge bummer of a time for my 13 and 11 year old Basset Hounds. They hate fireworks and refuse to leave the house...days on end of dogs shaking and crying can get, well, old for sure -- but I definitely feel for them, too. Poor critters. Lets hope the neighborhood festivities are "Basset Friendly" this year!
Got a three day weekend? Here are a few places you might want to check out on this long weekend:
The Portland Photo of the Week
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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.
The Portland Saturday Market
Celebrate 4th of July at the Portland Saturday Market's new Waterfront Home. With sprawling green lawns surrounding the Market, there is no shortage of picnic space for you, your family and your dog to play in the sun. The Bill Naito Legacy Fountain which is designed for folks of all ages to frolic in the waters adds an element of surprise with the ever-changing water patterns.
Does this make your belly rumble?
Shop the local vendors, eat some awesome cart food and listen to some great music. Who cares if its raining?
Coava Roasters Opens July 3
The long awaited and much anticipated opening of Coava Roasters retail shop is upon us! Head over to Coava Saturday, July 3, for their 'soft opening' between 7am-1pm. Coava's coffee graces the shelves of local cafe darlings BARISTA, Crema and The Red E.
Recent press: February/March issue of IMBIBE magazine, Ten Microroasters Coast to Coast and Willamette Week's, The Wild Ones.
Visit Coava Roasters at 1300 SE Grand Ave. Website
Mississippi Avenue Street Fair
Mark your calendars! This fair gets cooler and wackier every year!
Location: N Mississippi Ave - 5 blocks bounded by N Fremont and N
Skidmore (closed to vehicular traffic)
Saturday July 10, 10am to 9pm -- Family-Friendly and Free
Waterfront Blues Festival
It's that time of year again! Head down to McCall Park on the banks of the Willamette River and have some fun! Enjoy tons of live music, great foods and an awesome fireworks display!
World-class festival fights hunger: Admission
America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show
Truly the largest Antique & Collectible SHow in the country, the show is an opportunity to stroll through 1400 booths, looking at all the things your mother threw away. Includes vintage clothing, estate jewelry, toys from the 1880's to the 1970's, vintage postcards, tools, period furniture and decorating, vintage lighting, kitchenware, prints, paintings, sterling trinkets, sliver matching, pottery, comics, Pez dispensers, rare books, dolls, linens, toy trains, vintage mens watches, china, glass, and so much more!
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Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Report
By Ross Seligman
Beaumont-Wilshire is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Alameda, Concordia, Cully, Rose City Park, and Grant Park neighborhoods. For more information about the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood, 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 Beaumont-Wilshire
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
In Beaumont-Wilshire, closed sales have edged upward since January, while
pending sales hit their peak in March.. Closed sales are almost double what
they were last year at this time while pending sales are up. In May 2010,
there were 37 closed sales, 26 pending sales, and 102 on the market.
More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:
Chart for average price per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the
Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood has been between $163 and $204/sq. ft. In May
2010, the average price per square foot in the Beaumont-Wilshire
neighborhood was $175.
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 May 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood was 33 days.
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Check out out this cutie over in the Brentwood area. Check out the full list of best deals.
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.
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