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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 3 - July 10 2010

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 Japanese Garden is a stunning masterpiece, offering incredible views of downtown Portland and Mt. Hood. This is a popular destination when visiting Portland. 

Portland Classical Chinese Garden is located in downtown Portland in the Old Town China Town neighborhood. This authentic Suzhou-style garden is simply breathtaking.  

Portland Oaks Park - Oaks Amusement Park - Oaks Park in Portland is a nostalgic traditional amusement park, known for their year-round wooden skating rink and old time carnival rides. 

World Forestry Center - If you enjoy forests and conservation (and who doesn't in Portland?) then you'll enjoy visiting the World Forestry center for events, exhibits and opportunities to learn more about forestry.

Portland International Rose Test Garden - One of the all-time most popular Portland attractions, this gorgeous rose garden is a favorite place to spend some time.  Stop and smell the the Rose City! 

The Portland Farmers Market is located in downtown Portland and simply cannot be missed. Pick up local organic produce, dairy products, fresh baked breads, honey and much, much more.

Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial  - Inspired by the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, in 1982, a group Oregon Vietnam veterans conceived of the idea of a veterans memorial in Oregon. Through the efforts of many volunteers on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial Fund, the memorial was dedicated in 1987. Designed by Walker Macy, a Portland landscape architecture firm, the curved black granite wall lists the names of all Oregon residents who died in Vietnam or who are missing in action. ( 

Want some more ideas?  Check out our Visiting Portland page.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend Portland!


The Portland Photo of the Week

This Portland Photo of the Week is by Rob Creighton Garrison and was snapped in Southeast Portland. If I had to guess, I'd say the Belmont area. Love this photo, Rob, nice work!

Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business.  Rob will receive a gift certificate to our favorite bookstore of all time, Powells Books! 

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! 


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?  Greek, Lebanese, Creole BBQ, Polish, Asian and Thai cuisine, Vegetarian (Nepal and more), Healthy Mexican Pacific Northwest style Chowder, Guatemalan, Hawaiian, East African cuisine and American fare such as burgers, chili fries, pizza and more.

Shop the local vendors, eat some awesome cart food and listen to some great music. Who cares if its raining?

Learn more about the Portland Saturday Market


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)

Parade: At High Noon - all welcome

Four Stages of Entertainment!

Local Brew Garden presented by Yelp!

Whole Foods Local Bites!

Over 100 Street Fair Vendors presented by Dreamer's Marketplace!

Boise-Eliot Kids Corner!

Grandfather's Rib-Off Competition!

Saturday July 10, 10am to 9pm -- Family-Friendly and Free

Presented by: Historic Mississippi Ave Business Association (HMBA) & Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA)

Benefits: The Boise-Eliot Elementary and Albina Youth Opportunity Schools

View this Portland Event: Mississippi Avenue

Learn more about the hip Mississippi Avenue district in N Portland


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
Daily donation of $10 and two cans of food benefits Oregon Food Bank.

Taj Mahal * Little Feat * John Mayall * Booker T. * Bobby Rush
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen * Galactic with Cyril Neville
JJ Grey & Mofro * Chris Thomas King * Curtis Salgado
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue * Walter Trout * Michael Burks Band with Lucky Peterson * Baskery * Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm * Moreland & Arbuckle * Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks * Mingo Fishtrap * porterdavis
Janiva Magness * Norton Buffalo's Knockouts *Paul Cebar * Kara Grainger
Plus: Zydeco Swamp Romp with Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Donna Angelle & Zydeco Posse, Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

View this Portland Event: Waterfront Blues Festival


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!

View this Portland Event: America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show


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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

If you are looking for homes in Beaumont-Wilshire, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

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 Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood from 3/09 to 5/10:

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:

One year change from May 2009 to May 2010:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 15%
Homes sold: Up 76.2%
Homes pending sale: Up 62.5%

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.  

One year change from May 2009 to May 2010:
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
May 2009: 185
May 2010: 175
Percentage Change: Down 5.5%

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 May 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood was 33 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 May 2010, sellers in Beaumont-Wilshire received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

Change from May 2009 to May 2010:
Time on Market: Down 13.2%
Sold/List price% difference: Up 1%

Click here to read the rest of this report

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.

5025 SE KNAPP ST Portland, OR 97206 - Brentwood - $245,000

Portland Oregon Homes

See the listing here: 

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