Hello, Portland. Are you ready for another amazing summer
weekend in the Rose City? Today in Portland, you won't want
to miss the Mississippi Street Fair! This year's fair will
be the biggest and best festival ever for this North Portland
neighborhood summer party. There's a ton of events including free
live music all day long. Head to the Boise neighborhood, and
explore Mississippi Avenue, enjoying all the food, music,
beer, and fun on one of Portland's most popular streets.
you have a great July 4th in Portland? After checking out
the Portland Blues Festival, we rode our scooter up to
Council Crest on July 3rd and could see fireworks going off all across
the sky on the horizon. It was amazing! I love
exploring Portland during the summer and taking photos everyplace I go.
The Rose City is so vibrant and beautiful and it seems like
everyone is outdoors enjoying it. So, this
week's blog features a ton of great Portland summertime photos and
videos. If you have some Portland photos or videos to share,
upload them to share.
You could even win the weekly photo contest prize.
In addition to the Mississipi Avenue Street Fair in Boise Eliot, you
will also want to check out the Doug
this weekend where
there are two newsworthy music events to enjoy. The Portland
Cello Project Extreme Dance
party continues tonight (Saturday), and
tomorrow is "Pickin
out on the patio.
If you want to do a little country trip this weekend, several
lavender farms are open in Portland and surrounding areas this weekend.
It's the Oregon Lavender
to join us at the 2011 Oregon Lavender Festival to enjoy the Oregon
countryside at its fragrant best. Dozens of different lavender
destinations throw their doors open to the public so that visitors can
experience Lavender in Oregon firsthand by touring lavender farms,
lavender nurseries, and lavender celebrations of all kinds. Expect to
a day or two, leave the world of hustle and bustle, computers, and
chaos to soak in the delights lavender has to offer. Sometimes simply
standing in the midst of a lavender field with its overwhelming beauty
and aroma can be medicine enough to restore calm and recharge your
each with its own selection of different varieties of lavender, and
each with its own activities arranged for the festival. At lavender
farms, you can cut your own bouquets of fresh lavender; at nurseries,
you can purchase specialty lavender plants and speak to experts on
growing and cultivating lavender. Each location has special events
planned for the festival weekend, so be sure to click on the destinations
tour page to see what each
lavender location has to offer.
And this Sunday at the Portland
Tanabata, the Star Festival:
the whole family to join in this year's celebration of the traditional
Tanabata festival with its custom of making origami paper ornaments,
writing wishes (in Japanese!) on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku
and hanging them on fresh-cut bamboo branches in the hope that your
dreams will come true. With the help of volunteer student
teachers from Japan, children and parents write their wishes,
make paper ornaments and decorate bamboo branches to take home for good
luck—all to the gentle music of Tokyo-born guitarist Toshi
Onizuka. One of the five Go-Sekku
seasonal festivals of Japan, Tanabata is traditionally celebrated on
the seventh day of the seventh month. The Portland Japanese Garden
celebrates Tanabata each year on the Sunday closest to this date.
Have fun out there in Portland this week!
Week's Top Ten in Portland
What's the Portland Top Ten list? Just a spotlight on ten
local events, places, or other interesting things we love in and around
Portland that you might be interested in checking out!
restaurant in North Portland offers amazing wood fired pizzas, salads,
entrees, and desserts. They have a lovely outdoor patio
garden which is the perfect place to spend a summer's eve. We
enjoyed it so much we have eaten there twice in a week!
hour, every hour for the whole month of July, in honor of
month! Bottles offers a huge beer list, as well as some very
tasty food like pork sliders and "Carolina caviar", a delicious and
refreshing relish mix of beans and veggies paired with nacho chips.
In the Beaumont Wilshire/ Cully neighborhoods. Bottles
has a wonderful beer garden patio that is a great
place to spend a hot afternoon in Portland. Definitely stop and check
this Portland bottle shop out the next time you are in NE Portland!
Council Crest Park (Healy
Heights / Southwest Hills Neighborhood) - Google
Crest is thought to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet
above sea level. Originally known as Talbot's Mountain after its
pioneer settlers, it has also been known as Glass Hill and later as
Fairmount, the name of the road that encircles it. According to legend,
Council Crest got its name because it was here where Native Americans
held meetings and built signal fires. According to McArthur's Oregon
Geographic Names, however, it
was named in 1898 by delegates to the National Council of
Congregational Churches, who met on the top.
from Council Crest Portland on July 3rd
Rose Test Garden - Google
Garden hours: 7:30am-9:00pm
From June 1 through September 21, tours of the rose garden are led by
trained volunteers at 1:00 PM seven days a week; an additional tour is
available at 11:30 AM on Tuesday. These tours are limited to 10 people.
Meet at the Rose Garden Store. Donations gladly accepted.
Guided tours for groups of 11 or more are available during the year for
a nominal fee per person. Call 503-823-3664 to make arrangements.
Portland is full of
wonderful fountains at our Portland Parks in and around Portland.
Some of the best fountains can be found right Downtown, where
you can take a Portland tour of Fountains. Here are some
favorites you might want to visit. Click the park link above
for a list with maps to all the Portland Parks with fountains
throughout the city.
Plaza - Skidmore Fountain
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Ira Keller Fountain Park
Washington Park Chiming Fountain
Mississippi Street Fair
July 9, 10am - 9pm
Presented by: Historic Mississippi Ave Business Association (HMBA)
& Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA)
Benefitting: The Boise-Eliot Elementary and Albina Youth Opportunity
Location: North Mississippi Ave - from North Fremont to North Skidmore.
The event is closed to vehicular traffic. We recommend you take
transit, ride your bike or carpool to the event.
The Mississippi Avenue Street Fair is a community-building event that
celebrates the neighbors, businesses and organizations that make their
home in the Mississippi Avenue neighborhood. The event honors
history and tradition while embracing diversity and sustainability.
ALL DAY -
Between Mason & Skidmore
ALL DAY - Moloko 5 year anniversary party
3967 N. Mississippi
ALL DAY - Whole Foods Market Favorite Food Sampling and Build Your Own
10:00am-4:00pm - Wood Fest at Altura Furniture At
Fremont. Wood Skee Ball Game, Wood Stacking Competition, Scrap Wood Art
Station and a photo booth
Kids Zone -
Beech and Mississippi at AYOS
Rib-Off Judging -
11:00am-3:00pm - Leagacy Health Center Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Helmet
Fitting and Sales Across from
Elementary Kids' Zone on Beech. $5 helmets. 11:00am-4:00pm
Rib-Off Vendors Open -
Rib-Off Winners Announced -
Street Fair Music Lineup
36 Bands, 5 Stages, FREE MUSIC All Day!!!
within the wild and scenic Sandy River Gorge, Metro’s Oxbow
Regional Park offers rare access to many of the region’s
natural wonders while providing a variety of unique recreational
opportunities. The river draws swimmers, rafters, kayakers and drift
boats carrying anglers. Fifteen miles of trails invite you to explore
an ancient forest with centuries-old trees and ridges and ravines
carved by volcanic and glacial flows. The park also offers a
wooded campground (open year round), reservable picnic shelters,
playgrounds, equestrian trails, and a number of environmental education
"It’s a great
time to get out your boat and do some paddling. Bring your own boat and
gear and a 2011 boat registration from the Oregon Marine Board. Trips
are water dependent; call ahead to confirm. Free. Advance registration
required; call Troy at 503-249-0482. Hosted
by the Friends of
Smith and Bybee Lakes"
Eagle Creek trailhead is a busy place most weekends. Here sits the
jump-off point for a half-dozen trails. In addition to Eagle Creek
hikers, it accommodates PCT thru-hikers, locals who enjoy the day-use
picnic area, site-seers enjoying the nearby fish hatcheries, and
campers at nearby Eagle Creek Campground."
lavender-based farms and nurseries, some not open any other time during
the year, will be throwing their doors open to the public as their
lavender is blooming. Tour the lavender farms and nurseries to enjoy
the beauty and scents of lavender; enjoy the journey as you travel
through Oregon's pastoral countryside to each destination. Each
location has different activities arranged for the festival, ranging
from lavender bouquet cutting to mini-festivals with music, food, and
vendors, so be sure to visit each destination's page to plan your day.
Entry to each location is free.
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 here.
Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
9, 2011 all day – "Mississippi
July 9, 10am - 9pm Presented by: Historic Mississippi Ave Business
Association (HMBA) & Boise Neighborhood Association (BNA)
Benefitting: The Boise-Eliot Elementary and Albina Youth Opportu…Organized
by Mississippi Street Fair | Type: mississippi
9, 2011 from 10am to 2:30pm
of Life FarmFarm
Live Bluegrass Music by Corral Creek
Bring a picnic lunch, favorite beverage and a blanket for the lawn!
• Farm Store will be open 10am – 3pm
• See how your food is ra…Organized
Smith | Type: educational,
9, 2011 from 9:30pm to 11pm
Rock, and Stub Stewart State Park"OMSI Star Parties - Lunar
Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on
Saturday, July 9, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City…Organized
by OMSI | Type: omsi
10, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm
the whole family to join in this year's celebration of the traditional
Tanabata festival with its custom of making origami paper ornaments,
writing wishes (in Japanese!) on colorful strips of p…Organized
Wilmot | Type: festival
12, 2011 from 9am to 6pm
all of the fabulous activities at the Oregon Zoo for a fraction
of the cost! Children under 3 years of age will, as always, be admitted
free of charge.Organized by
Oregon Zoo |
12, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8pm
time to sow an edible garden that will bear through winter and/or set
you up for an early spring harvest! In this class, we will cover
cold-hardy veggie varieties and how to prepare your garden…Organized
Gardens | Type: class
located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Rose
City Park, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Sumner, and Madison South
neighborhoods. To learn more about Roseway, click here.
Are you keeping an eye on
Roseway 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 Roseway 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 Roseway neighborhood, visit this
link where you can search for homes by particular
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
Roseway neighborhood from 03/10 to 05/11:
May 2011, there were 31 closed sales, 39 pending sales, and 93 homes on
the market in the Roseway Neighborhood.
One year change from May 2010 to May 2011:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 23.1%
Homes sold: Down 26.2%
Homes pending sale: Up 44.4%
for average price per square footage:
In the past 15 months,
the average price per square footage in the Roseway neighborhood has
been between $125 and $161/sq. ft. In May 2011, the average price per
square foot in the Roseway neighborhood was $135.
year change fromMay2010
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
May 2010: 161
May 2011: 135
Percentage Change: Down
Days on Market, Sold/List
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 2011, the average time on market
for a home in the Roseway neighborhood was 53 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 2011, sellers in Roseway received, on average,
96% of their original listing price.
More stats for you:
Change from May 2010 to May 2011:
Time on Market: Up 71%
Sold/List price % difference: Down 2%
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 May
2011, the average price of a house on the market in
Roseway was $339,000. The average sale was $260,000.
More stats over one year:
Average active price: Down 0.9%
Average sold price: Down 19.8%
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. May 2011 in the Roseway
neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the seller's favor with 3
months of inventory.
By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3 months for your home
to sell. That figure was, on average in May, 53 days.
Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home
were to come on the market in Roseway from this point forward, in 3
months there would not be another home to sell. They would
all be sold.
Visit my website
where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area real estate
and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood
reports at : http://www.propertiesofportland.com
Deals in Portland
Each week, we highlight two of the best Portland real estate deals on
sale in Portland. View Ross's full weekly list of Portland
Real Estate Deals,here.
NE 26TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $785,000
Seligman at this property on
Sunday July 10th from 1-3PM
N OBERLIN ST Portland, OR 97203 - University Park - $289,900
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