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This Week in Portland July 9 - July 16 2011

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.

Did 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, come upload them to share.  You could even win the weekly photo contest prize.

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In addition to the Mississipi Avenue Street Fair in Boise Eliot, you will also want to check out the Doug Fir Lounge 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 on Sundays" 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 Festival:

Plan 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 Relax!

For 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 spirit.

Tour Lavender Locations, 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.

Oreogn Lavender Festival

And this Sunday at the Portland Japanese Garden: Tanabata, the Star Festival:

Bring 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!

This 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!

1) Firehouse Restaurant, Portland (Woodlawn neighborhood)  711 Northeast Dekum Street  (503) 954-1702

Firehouse 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!

Firehouse Restaurant Portland Oregon Firehouse Portland

2) Bottles (Cully / Beaumont Wilshire neighborhoods) 5015 NE Fremont St

Happy hour, every hour for the whole month of July, in honor of craft beer 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!

Bottles Beer Shop Portland Oregon Bottles Portland Baumont Wilshire

3) Council Crest Park (Healy Heights / Southwest Hills Neighborhood) - Google Map

Council 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.

Council Crest Portland Oregon

Twilight View from Council Crest Portland on July 3rd

4) Portland International Rose Test Garden - Google Map

Garden hours: 7:30am-9:00pm Daily Tours 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. Tour Groups 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 Rose Garden
Portland Rose Gardens

5) Portland's Downtown Fountains

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.

Jamison Square
Ankeny Plaza - Skidmore Fountain
Director Park
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Ira Keller Fountain Park
Pettygrove Park
Lovejoy Fountain
Washington Park Chiming Fountain

6) Mississippi Street Fair (Boise Neighborhood)

Sat 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 Schools

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 - Sustainability Fair
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 Trailmix

8:00-10:00am - Craft Dash 5k Pub Run Check In (full details here >>)
Ends in the Craft Beer Garden

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

10:00am-4:00pm - Kids Zone - Beech and Mississippi at AYOS

11:00am-12:00am - Rib-Off Judging - Food Area

11:00am-3:00pm - Leagacy Health Center Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Helmet Fitting and Sales
Across from Boise-Eliot Elementary Kids' Zone on Beech. $5 helmets.

11:00am-4:00pm - Rib-Off Vendors Open - Food Area

- Rib-Off Winners Announced - Food Area


Mississippi Street Fair Music Lineup
36 Bands, 5 Stages, FREE MUSIC All Day!!!

7) Oxbow Regional Park

"Located 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 opportunities."

8) Paddle Smith & Bybee Wetlands

5300 N. Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97203

"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"

Saturday, Jul 9
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

9) Eagle Creek Hike Columbia River Gorge

"The 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."

10) Oregon Lavender Festival 2011, July 9-10

These 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.


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Michael Barton, titled "Fireworks over Portland".  This photo really captures the mood and excitement of a child enjoying the celebration.

Portland Fireworks by Michael Barton


Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Michael will get a $20 gift certificate to local business, 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

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.

Oregon Lavender Festival

July 9, 2011 to July 10, 2011Lavender Fields, see website Plan to join us at the 2011 Oregon Lavender Festival to enjoy the Oregon countryside at its fragrant best. Dozens of different lavender destinations throw the Organized by Oregon Lavender Festival | Type: lavender festival

Mississippi Street Fair

July 9, 2011 all day – "Mississippi Avenue" Sat 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 street fair

Full of Life Farm - Friends and Family Day

July 9, 2011 from 10am to 2:30pm – Full of Life Farm Farm Tour Cowdog Demonstration 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 by Bernard Smith | Type: educational, farm, tour,

Mississippi St. Fair Rebuilding Center Event

July 9, 2011 from 11am to 4pm – The Rebuilding Center Giving outreach on lead poisoning, asthma, mold, green cleaning, etc. Organized by Alison Sheldon | Type: fair


July 9, 2011 from 4pm to 7pm – 800 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR, 97214 Saturday, July 9th, 4pm- 7pm OPEN HOUSE for Buckman Neighborhood & Central Eastside Community Free  - YU Contemporary is thrilled to be a part of the Buckman and Central Eastside Industrial Commu Organized by YU | Type: open, house

OMSI Star Party Lunar Viewing

July 9, 2011 from 9:30pm to 11pm – "Rooster Rock, and Stub Stewart State Park" OMSI Star Parties - Lunar Viewing 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

Tanabata, the Star Festival at the Portland Japanese Garden

July 10, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm – Portland Japanese Garden Bring 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 by Melissa Wilmot | Type: festival

2nd Tuesday

July 12, 2011 from 9am to 6pm – Oregon Zoo Enjoy 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 | Type: discount, day!

Gardening Class - Planting Your Fall & Winter Garden

July 12, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8pm – Urban Farm Store It’s 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 by Independence Gardens | Type: class

SW Arts On Main!

July 13, 2011 at 10am to August 31, 2011 at 2pm – Portland Center For The Performing Arts Summer Arts on Main - 10 Week Series Summer Arts on Main Date(s): Wednesdays, June 29 -August 31, 2011 Time(s): 10am to 2pm   Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) 1111 SW Broadway Portlan Organized by Handmade NW | Type: art, festival

Sand in the City

July 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011"Pioneer Courthouse Square" Mark your calendars: July 15 - 17, 2011 in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square The greatest beach party in the country is coming to your living room! Yoshida's Sand in the City presented by Pacif Organized by Yoshida, Sand in the City Portland | Type: sand in the city


A big congratulations to Portland's Coava Coffee Roasters, who celebrated their one year anniversary last night with a big party.  A great time was had by all.

Portland Coava Coffee Roasters

Roseway Neighborhood Report

Roseway Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

by Ross Seligman 

Roseway is 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

If you are looking for homes in the Roseway neighborhood, 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 Roseway neighborhood from 03/10 to 05/11:

In 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%


Chart 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.

One year change from May 2010 to May 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
May 2010: 161

May 2011: 135

Percentage Change: Down 16.1%

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 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 :

Best 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.


2015 NE 26TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $785,000

Join Ross Seligman at this property on Sunday July 10th from 1-3PM

See the full listing here.

6225 N OBERLIN ST Portland, OR 97203 - University Park - $289,900

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