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This Week in Portland July 30 - August 6 2011

Blue skies and sun-sun-sun is the Portland weather forecast for the next week. Hurray!  We are a little over a month into summer and Portland is in bloom. My Fleur de Lawn (herbaceous flowers and grasses) are doing great and the front and back native gardens are looking divine. The hops are crazy as always and my late-in-season planted tomatoes have produced just a few flowers, hinting we might have a teeny harvest after all. The old Bassets lay by the garage, somehow finding a few feet not covered by planters and sprawling hops, and enjoy a mid-afternoon bake in the summer sun. I love Portland this time of year.

One of the other things I love about Portland is the people and how they work so hard to create thriving communities all over the urban Portland neighborhoods. Areas that just ten years ago were "off limits" boom and thrive...creating their own micro-economy and in many cases, self-sustaining services for the locals who live there.

A few neighborhoods that come to mind as I write this are: Arbor Lodge, St Johns, Kenton, Mississippi Ave, Alberta, Woodlawn and Williams Street. Ten years ago these neighborhoods had very little, if none, foot traffic at all as the shops, restaurants and cafes were yet to come. Today they are reborn and offer something for just about everyone.

Woodlawn has experienced a great deal of growth in the last many years. Restaurants, cafes and bars have opened up and the street is poppin'. Check out a few recent photos taken on a trip into the neighborhood.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Portland Oregon

Woodlawn Street Art

Woodlawn Neighborhood Portland Oregon

The Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry

Woodlawn Neighborhood Portland Oregon

Woodlawn's Breakside Brewery

Woodlawn Neighborhood Portland Oregon

Woodlawn's Good Neighbor Pizza


This Week's Top Ten in Portland

1. Kelly Point Park - A great place to hang out on the beaches of the Willamette and the Columbia Rivers.

2. Sauvie's Island- A wonderful weekender spot for camping, fishing, boating or beach bummin'. Don't forget your parking pass!

3. First Thursday - The First Thursday of August is just around the corner!  Don't miss the Pearl District's "First Thursdays" monthly gallery hop event. Most galleries Downtown and in the Pearl participate in the monthly event, and are open from 6-9pm (individual gallery times may vary). Admission is free! Here is a handy Pearl District Walking Map from the Shop the Pearl website.  

4. We love MercPerks- This week you can get $10 for $20 at Deek and Bryan's Next Adventure!

5. Music on Main Street - All throughout August you'll find free live music on Main Street in downtown PDX.

6. BARISTA - Our friends at BARISTA on Alberta Street are victims of a recent fire (caused by fireworks) that has closed down the cafe. They are now operating out of a donated coffee cart in front of their building as it is being renovated. Go give them some love!!

7. Oregon Brewers Festival - Celebrating 24 years of Oregon Beer!! The OBF is going on NOW and throughout the weekend!!...and take The Max home

8.  Free TriMet apps for your smart phones - A slew of free applications have been created and are ready for your use. Check fares, schedules, up to date arrival times, transit mapping and more!

9. Portland Saturday Market - Summer is the best time to go enjoy lunch and some people watching at the downtown Portland Saturday Market. It's open on Sunday's, too. Great foods from all over the world and live music every weekend!

10. Things to See and Do in Portland


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is Michael Barton. Michael has a great series of Portland photos focusing on the Oregon Historical Society (an awesome local society now free to locals) and on the Smith & Bybee Wetlands. Thank you, Michael, for letting us see through your lens!

Oregon Historical Society (now free for Multnomah Co. residents!)


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 Bookstore.

If you're a book lover and you live in Portland Oregon, then Powells Bookstore is no surprise to you because it is a local favorite. Powell's City of Books is one of the most visited spots in town whether you're visiting Portland and looking for popular places to visit, or whether you've lived in Portland your entire life.  they say 80,000 people browse the shelves of Powells each day.   If you're visiting with a group, you can even arrange a tour.  "From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell's Books has grown into one of the world's great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world's most successful dot-coms ( serving customers worldwide." (  Learn all about Powells Bookstore.

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! 


coava coffee roasters


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 for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.


Music on Main Street

July 6, 2011 at 5pm to August 31, 2011 at 7pm –Downtown Portland Center for the Performing Arts/ ArtBar presents Music on Main Street - Free Every Wed through August July 6: The Stolen Sweets Main Street between Broadway & Park Ave. Wednesday, July 6tOrganized by Music on Main Street | Type: 



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 PortlanOrganized by Handmade NW | Type: art, festival



Moreland Farmers Market

July 6, 2011 at 3:30pm to October 13, 2011 at 7:30pm – "Sellwood Moreland" Wednesdays 3:30pm-7:30pm*, May 11th – October 13th 2010 The Moreland Farmers Market is a market with locally grown fresh produce, nursery stock, cut flowers, cheese, meat, fish, honey, baked goods, sOrganized by Moreland Farmers Market | Type:



Trek in the Park

July 16, 2011 to July 31, 2011  "Woodlawn Park" Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm, in Woodlawn Park through July 31 Organized by Atomic Arts | Type: trek in the park



Dairyville Family Fun

July 24, 2011 at 1pm to August 31, 2011 at 4pm –Alpenrose Dairy Alpenrose Dairy, Oregon's oldest family-owned dairy, is re-opening Dairyville once again for all to come and experience. This is a Portland tradition that has been enjoyed by many kids and adults aliOrganized by Tara G | Type: family




July 29, 2011 to July 31, 2011  St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church GLENDI GREEK FESTIVAL: ‘Glendi’ is Greek for Celebration!  Eat, Dance, be GREEK for a day!  Free Live Entertainment and Free Admission.  Get ready to experience mouth watering food from Greece and arOrganized by Glendi | Type: festival



Chris Isaak

July 29, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Oregon Zoo With the ability to croon ballads and dig deep to sing infectious rock'n'roll Chris Issak will be charming us at the Zoo. Performing Friday July 29, 7pm. Tickets are $39. On sale now at the Oregon ZoOrganized by Oregon Zoo | Type: concert



Seaport Celebration Presented by Gunderson

July 30, 2011 from 10am to 4pm – Terminal 2 Come join in the fun at THE most family-friendly, fun-filled day of adventure on the river this summer! Seaport Celebration, presented by Gunderson, will take you inside the fences of an active marinOrganized by Brooke Berglund | Type: family, friendly,



The Big Float

July 31, 2011 from 12pm to 2pm – "Eastbank Esplanade under Hawthorne Bridge" From And so it was that on Sunday, July 31, 2011, a large armada of floaters in tubes, rafts, kayaks and other human-powered water vessels gallantly set sail across the mighty WiOrganized by The Big Float | Type: the big float



94th Annual Portland Swissfest (Schwingfest)

August 6, 2011 from 10am to 11:45pm – Paesano's Cedarville Park Authentic Swiss Band – Dance – Food – Raffle - WRESTLING!   Park Opens @ 10am Wrestling @ 11am-5pm Swiss Food & Music throughout the day Free Dance Lessons @ 5:30pm Dinner @ 5:30pm | $12 LIVE SwiOrganized by JoAnne Odermott | Type: festival



Opera in the Park

August 7, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Concordia University Portland Portland Summer Fest presents Carmen by Georges Bizet hosted by Concordia University on the Campus Green. www.portlandsummerfest.orgOrganized by Concordia University | Type: music

Free Movies in the Park is in full swing! Check out the 2011 Movie in the Park Summer Schedule and head out for a night in the park with friends and family.

Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.

Downtown Portland Oregon

Downtown Portland, Oregon


Visiting Portland - The Oregon Coast

Visit the Oregon Coast - The Oregon coastline spans over 350 miles of raw, uninhibited coastal beauty. The coastline has a rich and storied history and is well known for a prolific seafood industry, the controversial and defining logging industry and last but not least, the expedition of Lewis and Clark in the early 1800's. The Oregon coastline is one of the most visited parts of Oregon where many small coastal towns survive off of fishing and tourist economies. If you find yourself in Portland, a visit to the Oregon coast is as close as an hour's drive away - a straight shot up the old coastal highway 26. As you drive, enjoy the changing scenery from big city to small farming towns to miles and miles of forest. Stop at one of the many farmers markets along the way for local fruits and snacks and continue your journey into one of the many beloved coastal towns and enjoy the food, drink and the amazing sights.

Learn more about the beautiful Oregon coast and all she has to offer.


Starfish by Mike M


July 2011 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening? 

by Ross Seligman

They are a comparison of June 2010 - June 2011 for all of Multnomah County and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Multnomah County as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Multnomah County. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.  To see and/or bookmark a monthly automatic updating chart, click here.


Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In June 2011, inventory has remained flat with 3187 homes on the market.   In June 2011, 597 homes sold and 681 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

For Sale: 3916 in June 10, 3187 in June 11. Inventory is Down 18.6%

Sold homes: 681 sold in June 10, 597 sold in June 11.  Sales are Down 12.3%.

Pending sales: 498 pending for sale in June 10, 681 pending for sale in June 11. Pending sales are Up 36.7%.


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $128 and $148. In June 2011, the average price per square foot in Portland was $137.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

Average price per square foot in June 10 was $148. In June 11 it is $137. This figure has dropped 7.1%.

Days on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 72 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In June 2011, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

Average time it takes to sell a home in June 10 was 58 days. In June 11, it is 72 days.  A increase of time on market of 24.1%. 

The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 95% in June 10  and is 92% in June 11.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In June 2011, this figure was $286,000.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

The average price of a home listed in June 10 was $368,000. In June 11, $364,000. This figure has decreased by 1.1%.

The average price of a home sold in June 10 was $296,000. In June 11 it was $286,000 This figure has increased 3.4%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In June 2011, this figure was 5.3 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 5.3 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 72 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 5.3 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from June 10 to June 11:

The months of inventory in June 10 was 5.8 months. In June 11, it is 5.3 months. This figure has decreased by 7.2%

As I have said before, none of this information matters if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.


Smith & Bybee Wetlands


Smith & Bybee Wetlands by Michael Barton


Homes for sale in Portland


1850 NE 57TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - North Tabor - $179,900

See the full listing here!


3445 NE HASSALO ST Portland, OR 97232 - Laurelhurst - $840,000

See the full listing here


3939 SE KELLY ST Portland, OR 97202 - Richmond - $349,900

See the full listing here


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