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This Week in Portland August 6 - August 13 2011

You best find your dancing shoes and fast cuz this weekend is all about music in fair Portlandia!  This weekend will present you with some very difficult choices: which summer music festival will you attend? The Pickathon? The Smmr Bmmr? Fire in the Canyon? We'll lets investigate and see what suits yer fancy, PDX.

The Pickathon - If you're a folk lover, this is your gig.

"Pickathon is the original Indie-Roots Music festival. More than 35 bands on 5 stages and thousands of neighborly festival goers. Camping, hiking and a sustainability ethic situated among Oregon's doug firs on an 80 acre wonderland just 20 minutes from Portland, OR."  Can't attend? View and listen online via the live stream. Check ticket prices, etc @



The opposite of the Pickathon...The SMMR BMMR.

What is this? Lemme tell ya: a little punk, a little garage rock, some metal, a lot of PBR and about two dozen bands who are ready to rock your face off. This will be a riot of time. Go.


Fire in the Canyon

Say what? *Three* solid days of hiphop with the likes of the LIFESAVAS and the Digable Planets...?!

Yeah. We actually lost count somewhere at 70 acts on the lineup. This is an action packed weekend with some high end performances lined up. This is gonna be one helluva a weekend and if hiphop is your thing, you're one happy Portlander.


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True Dat -- Division, Portland

In other news....We are now officially MOBILE!  Cruise around with us on your smart phone!

Outside of that, its life as usual here in Portopolis. The weather has been beautiful and we're enjoying what locals refer to as "the first official week of summer" which theoretically begins August 1. We hope you're having a fun summer and enjoying the good life!




This Week's Top Ten in Portland

1. The 48 Hour Film Project --  If you see a whole bunch of crazies running around with cameras or looking dramatic or off-the-cuff, don't be alarmed-- rejoice!!-- The 48 Hour Film Project hits the ground running in Portland August 5-7.

The 48 Hour Film Project

2. Music on Main Street - The entire month of August promises free live music on Main Street in downtown PDX.

3. The TIMBERS!  Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!  (If you don't know what we mean by this, we don't even know what to say!)

4. The Lovely Laurelhurst Park

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5.  Dig a Pony - Dig a Pony opened just five minutes ago-- well, August 2-- and to mucho fan fare. Beautiful place, wonderful cocktail menu and a lotta yummy little plates. "the 2800 square foot space will feature a large bar, DJs playing records every night, and classic American small-plate cuisine served within a cozy, library-style interior."

6. Mississippi Studios-- Hands down the best place to see live music in Portland, Oregon. "Mississippi Studios is a completely quaint and dreamy venue, with historic charm and a completely comforting atmosphere. Renovated again in 2010, the studios expanded into the neighboring building and added a brand new, second bar + two new patios, with an outdoor performance area."

7.  The Clinton Street Theater--  The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday night. Need we say more?

Clinton, Portland

8.  The Fremont Fest!  The Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood hosting a parade, festival, pub crawl, music, dancers and more! Eat, drink, be merry!

9.  Portland Movies in the Park --  How about a free movie date to see "How to Train your Dragon" at the King School Park this evening?

10. Laura Gibson - Globally famous local Portland talent, Laura Gibson, celebrates her birthday this coming week AND has a new album coming out. If you love this song, you'll love her new work all the more.


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Ruth Ann Reynolds who captured this excellent moment in time at the Hollywood neighborhood Farmers Market in late July, 2011. Find a Portland Farmers Market near you.

Hollywood Farmers Market 7-30-11


Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Ruth 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! 


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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.


Fremont Fest

August 6, 2011 all day – "Fremont St"Fremont Fest in NE Portland's Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood Event taking place Saturday, August 6th from 10:00am-5:00pm 9:00am-10:00am: Foot Traffic 5k run/walk Foot Traffic to sponsor 5K run/walk.Organized by Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood | Type:





PDX Bridge Festival - Brunch on the Bridge

August 6, 2011 from 10am to 2pm – "Hawthorne Bridge"WHERE: Hawthorne Bridge WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 10am-2pm Kick off your shoes and spread out your blankets, Portland’s favorite open-air “extreme food” picnic experience is back again. On August 6,Organized by PDX Bridge Festival | Type: 





Top Down Movies at Hotel DeLuxe - Outdoor Movies

August 6, 2011 at 8pm to August 20, 2011 at 11pm –"Hotel DeLuxe"Movies on the Roof at Hotel DeLuxe Join us on the panoramic parking rooftop at the Hotel deLuxe, SW 15th at Yamhill, for some warm starry nights filled with entertaining films, culinary treats, a litOrganized by NWFilm Center and Hotel DeLuxe | Type:




Sundae in the Park Sellwood

August 7, 2011 all day – "Sellwood Park"Come to Sellwood Park for an all day family friendly neighborhood event.  Ice cream sundaes, music, entertainment and fun all day long in Portland's Sellwood Park.  Sundae in the Park First Sunday eaOrganized by SMILE | Type: sundae in the park



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:



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



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.



Cruisin' the Willamette River by Gerry Villani


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Learn all about our local catch and where to get the best Portland seafood in and around Portland.


Woodlawn Neighborhood Real Estate Report

by Ross Seligman

Woodlawn is a great neighborhood. The oldest settled area in the Albina area is the Woodlawn Historic District. Initially settled in the 1860s as a rural farming village, it was the only independent town that existed outside the city of Albina. Woodlawn's character changed dramatically in 1888 when the railroad running from Portland to Vancouver located a train station in the center of the village. This connection to a larger market stimulated development. The commercial uses centered around the train station with residential development surrounding it. The depot was located at the intersection of today's Durham and Dekum avenues. The station's waiting room was built in the middle of a triangular park.  To learn more about the Woodlawn neighborhood, click here.


Are you keeping an eye on Woodlawn 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 Woodlawn 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 Woodlawn 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 Woodlawn neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In June 2011, there were 37 closed sales, 42 pending sales, and 103 homes on the market in the Woodlawn Neighborhood.

One year change from June 2010 to June 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 43.4%
Homes sold: Down 17.8%
Homes pending sale: Up 10.5%


Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Woodlawn neighborhood has been between $119 and $156/sq. ft. In June 2011, the average price per square foot in the Woodlawn neighborhood was $128.


One year change from June 2010 to June 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
June 2010: 156

June 2011: 128

Percentage Change: Down 17.6%

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 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Woodlawn neighborhood was 73 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 2011, sellers in Woodlawn received, on average, 94% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from June 2010 to June 2011:

Time on Market: Up 102.8%
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 June  2011, the average price of a house on the market in Woodlawn was $315,000. The average sale was $262,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 6.8%
Average sold price:  Down 5.1%

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 2011 in the Woodlawn neighborhood was a balanced market leaning in the seller's favor with 2.8 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 2.8 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in June, 73 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Woodlawn from this point forward, in 2.8 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.


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