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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland August 4 - August 11 2012

Hey Portland! Cheers to another weekend and another edition of this all-local Portland blog.  Last month I told you about Portland movies in the park (free, awesome, fun!) and this weekend, I bring in the parks!  Last Sunday afternoon, a friend told me she was going to the symphony that the park!  Just another awesome benefit of living in such a progressive and talented city. The musical events rotate through different parks and are totally free. Mark your calendars, grab a blankie and head out to enjoy!

Portland Music in the Park - Symphony Summer Schedule for 2012

• Saturday, August 4, 2012, Laurelhurst Park - 6 PM
• Sunday, August 5, 2012, Washington Park - 6 PM
• Sunday, August 12, 2012, U.S. Grant Park - 6 PM
• Sunday, August 19, 2012, Marylhurst University - 6 PM

**Waterfront Concert - Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ Tom McCall Waterfront Park

5 PM Portland Youth Philharmonic
7 PM Oregon Symphony

• Sunday, September 2, 2012, Foothills Park- 5 PM

If the symphony isn't your thing, no fear!  We have found a list of all Portland parks offering different (free) music events. Check out the full Portland Parks Summer Music Schedule. Enjoy!


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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by local Portlander, Michael Barton, who shows us all how to cool off on a hot Portland day. This fountain is flocked by locals and tourists alike and is a well-known landmark in downtown Portland.

Ira Keller Fountain

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week our winner is treated to Olympic Provisions: one of our favorite brunch spots in all of Portland.

Olympic Provisions is home to Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria, established in 2009. With two locations in beautiful Portland, Oregon, both Olympic Provisions operate as European-style restaurants, bustling neighborhood delis, and onsite meat-curing facilities.

Olympic Provisions Southeast is guided by the capable hands of Alex Yoder, whose food focuses on clean, bold flavors of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Come in to feast on our menu of small plates and tasty bites. The restaurant and our first meat curing facility are both located in the historic Olympic Mills Commerce Center, a beautifully restored cereal mill and a landmark in Portland’s lower Southeast Industrial neighborhood

Olympic Provisions Northwest kitchen is led by Chef Erin Williams, who creates beautiful rustic Italian food in a neighborhood cafe setting with a antique French rotisserie. The restaurant is also attached to our new meat plant that has allowed us to expand our product line and availability.

Salumist Elias Cairo crafts American Charcuterie using local, high-quality ingredients for wholesale to grocery stores, restaurants and wine bars around the region. Many products, including some that are available nowhere else, can be sampled at the restaurant and purchased directly from the deli case.



On Your Market

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I challenge anyone who possesses funds (or bartering-slash-social engineering skills) to come away from Portland Saturday Market empty-handed.



I'd say that there are wares available for anyone who has socially acceptable fetishes.  For crafty folk both vending and purchasing, this is a sort of bazaar (and sometimes bizarre) Nirvana of art, jewelry, weavings, metalwork, glassware, clothing, leather goods (just follow the red paint splashes --C'mon, I KID!), collector kitch, and food.


FOOD.  Elephant ears.  Gah.  Think frybread mugged by sugar-plum faeries.  Also lots of Asian nomz.  And Greek.  And Mexican!  WINE!  And coffee (duh).  Given enough time and disposable income, one could eat oneself into a coma without chewing the same food item twice.


There's music too, on the main stage and the periphery, and you might even observe a strolling minstrel in the throng.  I bought a CD of Andean music from a band who performed at the market a few years ago.  I still play it.



The people-watching is some of the best in town.  I've seen belly-dancers.  I've applauded jugglers.  I've avoided giving change to that same “floutist” who “plays” his flute at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  I've bumped into Klingons (they were nicer about it than I expected, actually, considering my clumsiness caused one of them to poke a hole in his drink cup with his bat'leth).  Pirates and zombies (ALWAYS with the pirates and zombies in this town!), and all manner of circus-y types.


I once visited the market when the Rainbow folks were coming through; it was like stepping on a land-mine packed with patchouli and Woodstock memorabilia.


Note: You have to like people.   As in practically swapping clothes while still in them.  It's crazy busy much of the time, and for many of the vendors, talking and making change is an aerobic activity.  I don't know how they do it, honestly, being pinned in a stall tending to the desires of a veritable sea of humankind, but then this is why I don't work retail anymore (the missus has the gift of persuasion, whereas I buy a lot better than I sell).


A cool aspect of Saturday (and Sunday, by the way) Market is that it's located in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, so when you've had your fill and/or run out of money, you can enjoy a stroll or some Frisbee.  Or you can cross Naito Parkway and venture into Old Town/Chinatown.


Ooh! There's a topic for another day!


Read and comment on the original post here. Like this article? Check back weekly to see what Rob's up to.


Ira Keller Fountain

Cooling off at the Ira Keller Fountain in downtown PDX by Michael Barton


Featured Portland Events this Week

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The Roseway Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

By Ross and Leah 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.

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

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Roseway neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In June 2012, there were 37 closed sales, 52 pending sales, and 67 homes on the market in the Roseway Neighborhood.

One year change from June 2011 to June 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 35.6%

Homes sold: Down 2.6%

Homes pending sale: Up 38.6%


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 $132 and $155/sq. ft. In June 2012, the average price per square foot in the Roseway neighborhood was $155.


One year change from June 2011 to June 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 11.6%

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 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Roseway neighborhood was 35 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 June 2012, sellers in Roseway received, on average, 99% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from June 2011 to June 2012:

Time on Market: Down 18.6%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 4.2%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In June 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Roseway was $304,000. The average sale was $336,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 13.4%
Average sold price:  Up 17.1%

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.  June 2012 in the Roseway neighborhood had 1.8 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 1.8 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in June, 35 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 1.8 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.


In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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.


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

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area homes for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports:


Best Deals in Portland this Week

 Each week Ross and Leah share some great Portland real estate listings for us to drool over.  Enjoy!


6634 N COMMERCIAL AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Piedmont - $399,900

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3228 NE 72ND AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Roseway - $299,000

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4916 NE 26th AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $599,900

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Visit Ross and Leah's website where you can search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information.

Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods?  Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.

Ira Keller Fountain

The Ira Keller Fountain by Michael Barton


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