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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 24 - July 31 2010

If you somehow missed it, the big event this weekend is the Oregon Brewers Festival and you need to be there!  Oregon is globally famous for her beer and our breweries are fully representin' this weekend!  So, bike, walk or mass transit yourself down to the Tom McCall Waterfront park in downtown Portland and join the beer slingin' brigade.

Which breweries will you be able to find there? Here are just a few:  Anderson Brewing, Bayern, Dicks, Full Sail, Hopworks, Lompoc, Ninkasi, Seven Brides, Rogue and literally dozens more...If you live in Portland and love beer - this weekend will be truly divine.  If you are visiting Portland and love beer - well, welcome to heaven!

Want to learn more about the Portland, Oregon beer scene?  Check out this overview of our local breweries.


The Portland Photo of the Week

We had a ton of cool photos to choose from this week - man, it was hard to pick a winner. Drumroll....

Michael Barton's seemingly expert eye snapped a wonderful photo of downtown Portland. At first glance, you almost miss the bird in flight. Awesome, Michael and thank you for sharing so many of your fantastic Portland photos. You have done a great job of capturing the real essence of Portland.

Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Michael will receive a $20 gift cert to local phenom Coava Coffee Roasters. Locals and coffee aficionados from all over have been saying that Coava is the best coffee roaster in Portland right now.  They were named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new cafe is a "tasting room" for their roastery. Prepare yourself to be blown away.  Learn more about Coava Coffee Roasters.

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.

Oregon Brewers Festival

On a sun-soaked July afternoon, there's no better place to sip suds with friends than the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals. More than 70,000 fans will travel from points around the world to take part in the 23rd annual event, July 22 through July 25 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

From Ambers to Belgians, Pales to Pilsners and Ryes to Stouts, the Oregon Brewers Festival serves up more than 20 beer styles from 81 craft breweries from around the country. The event also features four days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, and industry displays. The Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer to minors and designated drivers. Minors are allowed into the event when accompanied by a parent. Now!

Learn more about the Oregon Brewers Festival


History Pub @ McMenamins Kennedy School

Prostitution! Gambling! Bootlegging! This month’s history pub, presented by Holy Names Heritage Center, McMenamins and OHS, takes you to the mid-1950s, when Portland’s dirty laundry was aired for the whole nation to see. The Oregonian broke this sensational story of organized crime rackets, Teamsters Union involvement, and corrupt law enforcement officials, using information provided by the city’s infamous crime boss, James B. Elkins. Quickly, Portland was made the debut case in the U.S. Senate Committee investigation of racketeering by union officials in cities around the country. No less than Robert F. Kennedy oversaw the proceedings. Robert Donnelly, Professor of History, Gonzaga University, and author of the forthcoming book, "Dark Rose: Organized Crime and Corruption in Portland, Oregon,” will chronicle these remarkable proceedings and detail the behind-the-scenes activities of this sensational, seedy episode. History Pub is a free event, and canned food donations will be accepted for the Oregon Food Bank. July 26

Learn more about History Pub


The Portland Saturday Market

Celebrate Memorial Day 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.  Saturday & Sundays

Learn more about the Portland Saturday Market


Animal House Adoption Party

Multnomah County Animal Services is holding their 3rd Annual Animal House Adoption Party! This one-day affair is our biggest single adoption day with dozens of dogs and cats adopted throughout the day, right up until MIDNIGHT. Come enjoy live music, a variety of vendors, food carts, special photo opportunities, and raffle prizes all day long. Enjoy the fun and make some very special furry friends. Remember to wear your toga!  July 31

View this Portland Event: Animal House Adoption Party


Fremont Fest 2010

On Saturday, August 7th, 2010 the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Fremont Fest returns to celebrate community, neighbors, friends, and summer. A Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood staple, the Fremont Fest is one of Portland's most beloved neighborhood street festivals, featuring a day of multifaceted activities that celebrate the eclectic Beaumont-Wilshire community and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Held annually the first Saturday in August, the event draws thousands of people to shop, eat, drink, mingle, groove, and enjoy all that the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood has to offer. 41st and 50th Avenues on NE Fremont in Portland will be alive with activity from 10 am until the evening. Live music on three stages throughout the day will provide plenty of music for dancing. Artistic highlights include craft and art booths, street performers, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, salsa challenge, cake walk, and pub crawl. To kick off of the day's festivities, join our Kid and Pet parade, filled with darling children on decorated bikes and our neighborhood's adorable pets! Parade starts at 10 am from the Beaumont Middle School parking lot. We look forward to seeing you at the Fremont Fest!

View this Portland Event: Fremont Fest 2010

Learn all about the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood.


Moving to Portland?

So many people consider moving to Portland Oregon, and with good reason. You've researched the area and found that you love the close proximity to the ocean, Mt Hood, St Helens, the seemingly endless acres of forest for hiking, camping and fishing. Or perhaps you've fallen in love with us after discovering that we are as green as they come; setting the national bar for bicycle commuting in lieu of cars, innovators of revolutionary recycling programs, demanding sustainability and organic meats and produce. Or, you've longed to move to Portland to join the masses known for being fiercely independent, home of the nation's largest open air market, jokingly dubbed Beervana for our seemingly never-ending stream of local Oregon breweries and also one of the best places in the United States to get a cup of coffee.

We count farmers markets like other cities count Taco Bell, Denny's or Safeway. We've got a plethora of independent performance theaters and even movie houses that serve beer and homemade pizza. We'll not sleep until Wal-Mart has been foiled in their bid to open shop near a lovely river neighborhood. We say we shop local and we mean it. In fact, you'll find that our Portland neighborhoods are chock full with the pioneering, innovative strength of independent artists and businesses, thriving and supporting one another.

You'll be happy to know that moving to Portland Oregon means an easy commute. We boast a mass transit system that larger cities could only hope for, a small town feel in a big, but not too big city, restaurants that find fame on the review pages of New York and Los Angeles esteemed publications and more. What's not to love? here to help prepare you either for your move to Portland or to help you settle into your new home. We want to prepare you as much as humanly possible for a move to our lovely city. Want to start a community garden? You'll be at home here. Do you love dogs, beer, wine, art and outdoorsy stuff in general? Take your coat off and stay awhile: I think you're at home already!

Read more on our Moving to Portland page, complete with places to see, locals guides and neighborhood profiles.

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Sullivans Gulch Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

Sullivan's Gulch is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Lloyd, Kerns, Hollywood, Grant Park, Laurelhurst, and Irvington neighborhoods. Sullivan's Gulch is conveniently located on bus lines, and within a short distance to the MAX light rail station at Lloyd Center.  For more information, 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 Sullivan's Gulch 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 Sullivan's Gulch, 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.

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood from 4/09 to 6/10:

In Sullivan's Gulch, March and April saw a rise in pending sales..  In June, pending sales are at their highest in 15 months. while closed sales dropped by 2.  In June 2010, there were 6 closed sales, 10 pending sales, and 25 on the market.

More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from June 2009 to June 2010:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 21.9%
Homes sold: No change.
Homes pending sale: Up 66.7%

Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood has been between $135 and $224/sq. ft. In June 2010, the average price per square foot in theSullivan's Gulch neighborhood was $135.  

One year change from June 2009 to June 2010:
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
June 2009: 185
June 2010: 135
Percentage Change: Down 27%

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 June 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood was 45 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 pressure on prices.  In June 2010, sellers in Sullivan's Gulch received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

Change from June 2009 to June 2010:

Time on Market: Up 18.4%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 1%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


Read the rest of this article by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman.


Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Check out the full list of best deals.

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