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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland August 7 - August 14 2010

This is one of those summer weekends in Portland where there are so many fun events going on, it's hard to choose which ones to do.  I wish I could attend them all. The Bite of Oregon is this weekend, down on the Portland waterfront, so whether you're an official foodie or just enjoy cooking channels like The Food Network, this is the place to be.  This year's Bite of Oregon also features a handful of Portland Food Carts.  In honor of the event, we just compiled our list of some of the best Portland Food Carts.  Check it out!  If we missed your favorite Portland food cart, contact us and let us know:  with something like ~500 of them and growing, it's actually hard to keep up.  

Hawthorne BridgeWe continue honoring our Portland bridges this weekend with Brunch on the Bridge, one of the final PDX Bridge Festival events.  On Saturday, the Hawthorne Bridge will be transformed into a public green space fit for a picnic of thousands.  The event is intended to raise awareness around issues of hunger in our communities and strengthen the bonds between our urban and rural communities through the food we eat.  If you didn't get tickets to this bridge event, you can still celebrate our beloved bridges in the Providence Bridge Pedal event, also this weekend.  

The Providence Bridge Pedal is an annual favorite of bike lovers in PDX. "Providence Bridge Pedal offers you the one opportunity each year to enjoy the Willamette River bridges – including the top decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges – from the seat of a bicycle."  If biking is not your thing, you'll be happy to know that walkers are welcome, too. This event also extends to the Providence Bridge Stride, which is  a six-mile walking event that begins and ends in downtown Portland near the Burnside Bridge.  Have fun and don't forget to submit your Portland Bridge photos to the site where we can all enjoy them.  We're going to run the Best Portland Bridge Photo Contest for one more week - the winner gets a Portland Bridge T-Shirt.  Come upload your photos of favorite Portland bridges!

Portland Street Fairs continue this weekend with the Fremont Fest in the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood. 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.

If you'd rather get out of town for your weekend events, then you might like Pickathon at Pendarvis Farm.  It's the original indie roots music festival and looks like a ton of fun.  If you can't get out to this music festival, you can still enjoy some great free live music in Portland with Music on Main Street: Freak Mountain Ramblers.

For nightlife in Portland this week, check the new Helium Comedy Club on Hawthorne. Natasha Leggero, this season's judge on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and from E!'s "Chelsea Lately" will be playing from 8/5/2010 - 8/7/2010.  And for theater fans, South Pacific is playing at Keller through August 8th.

This promises to be a great week in Portland for enjoying all types of activities and making happy memories.  Get out there and have fun!  More Portland events are listed below in our featured Portland events rundown.



The Portland Photo of the Week


We're going to run the Best Portland Bridge Photo Contest for one more week - the winner gets a Portland Bridge T-Shirt.  Come upload your photos of favorite Portland bridges!  We got some great submissions this week, so keep them coming.

Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business.  Below is a lovely image of Portland trees in the fog on Skyline, submitted by Rebecca Akporiaye.  Rebecca will receive a gift certificate to one of our favorite new coffee spots in town, 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. 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! 

Trees in the Fog on Skyline by  Rebecca Akporiaye


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.

PDX Bridge Festival

July 29, 2010 to August 8, 2010 – Portland Welcome to Bridgetown ! Portland Oregon loves and reveres our bridges, and the PDX Bridge Festivals gives us a chance to celebrate. What's your favorite Portland Bridge ?


South Pacific

August 3, 2010 to August 8, 2010 – "Keller Auditorium" Tuesday, August 3rd - Sunday, August 8th $29.25 & up Tickets: The PCPA box office, Ticketmaster


Helium Comedy Club

August 5, 2010 at 8pm to August 7, 2010 at 11pm – "Helium Comedy Club" Portland 's new comedy club promises to bring big acts without censoring. Show: Natasha Leggero, this season's judge on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and from E!'s " Chelsea Lately" 8/5/2010 - 8/7/2010


Bite of Oregon

August 6, 2010 to August 8, 2010 – Waterfront Oregon is a culinary mecca! The 2010 Bite of Oregon presented by Reser’s Fine Foods celebrates that heritage. New and exciting food features have been added for this years event.



August 6, 2010 to August 8, 2010 – "Pendarvis Farm" Pickathon Roots Music Fest - Pendarvis Farm Pickathon is the original Indie-Roots Music festival. More than 35 bands on 5 stages and thousands of neighborly festival goers. Camping, hiking and more.


Fremont Fest 2010

August 7, 2010 from 10am to 7pm – Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood: NE Fremont Portland , Oregon , July 6, 2010. On Saturday, August 7th, 2010 the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Fremont Fest returns to celebrate community, neighbors, friends, and summer.


Campbell Salgado Studio Summer Party

August 7, 2010 from 10am to 5pm – Campbell Salgado Studio This year Sellwood’s Summer Passport event on Aug. 7th, marks the unveiling of local photographers, Campbell Salgado Studio’s, new outdoor portrait garden and public sculpture installation.


PDX Bridge Fest: Brunch on the Bridge

August 7, 2010 from 10am to 1pm – "Hawthorne Bridge" Continue the Portland bridge celebration with brunch on the bridge: As the finale event of the festival, the Brunch on the Bridge.


Providence Bridge Pedal

August 8, 2010 all day – Downtown August 8, 2010 - Providence Bridge Pedal offers you the one opportunity each year to enjoy the Willamette River bridges – including the top decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges – from the seat of a bike.


Music on Main Street: Freak Mountain Ramblers

August 11, 2010 at 5pm to August 12, 2010 at 8pm – Next to the Schnitz ArtBar presents Music on Main Street: Freak Mountain Ramblers Wednesday, August 11th FREE AUGUST Wed 11 5-7 p.m. The Freak Mountain Ramblers free show.






Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More

Below are the discussions posted on the Portland forum and Portland blog this month.  

Want to add your own two cents to the Portland blog?  Please do!  But please remember to keep it real and community focused. Read our terms of use and don't spam the planet with self promoting material or weird stuff as it will just get deleted.  We have a zero spammer policy to keep the site valuable and hassle free for our members.  Thanks!

Good place to meet people in Portland?

My boyfriend and I just moved to PDX last month, not knowing a soul here. We live in Nob Hill and love it so far, but are trying to figure…

Started by Kim

Care to join us at Bite of Oregon?

I'm coming to visit Portland August 7 - 12 with one of my best friends. We have tickets for Bite and plan on going on Sunday August 8. Sinc…

Portland's Visual & Performing Arts

Hey all!Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Sara, and I recently moved to Tigard all the way from Upstate New York. It was quite a jou…

Possible move... need jiu jitsu, hospital, farmers markets, LGBT friendly, animal friendly.., ideas?

Hello everyone, I am looking into a few areas around the US to move.  I hail from Chicago , but have been living in (**shudder**) Jacksonvil…

Started by Gabriella


Hello! My boyfriend and I will be moving to Portland next summer. Im so excited to move somewhere that is more our lifestyle. My boyfriend…

Started by Lauren Welsh

Possibly moving to Portland... suggestions for neighborhoods?

Hello there. I'm currently considering moving to Portland and I am looking for some advice with choosing a neighborhood. I am a 21 year old…

Started by Steven Faye

Calling all Portland gamers!!

Calling all video gamers!! I need some support from all of you in the Portland area. I am attempting to conduct market research on my own f…

Started by Patrick Erickson



  Eastmoreland Neighborhood Report

By Ross Seligman

Eastmoreland Neighborhood Real Estate Report

Moreland is technically divided into two neighborhoods, Westmoreland (considered a part of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood by the City of Portland) and Eastmoreland. Eastmoreland features sprawling homes set back from the street on expansive lawns, with beautiful gardens. A canopy of mature trees lining the streets makes this an inviting and serene area to live.  For more info, 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 Eastmoreland 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 Eastmoreland, 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 Eastmoreland neighborhood from 4/09 to 6/10:



In Eastmoreland, closed sales rose from January through May while pending sales hit a peak in April.  May 2010 saw the largest number of closed sales in 15 months with 54 closed sales.  In June 2010, there were 25 closed sales, 28 pending sales, and 139 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): Up 17.8%
Homes sold: Down 21.9%
Homes pending sale: Up 27.3%

Chart for average price per square footage:



In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Eastmoreland neighborhood has been between $143 and $179/sq. ft. In June 2010, the average price per square foot in the Eastmoreland neighborhood was $175.  

One year change from June 2009 to June 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
June 2009: 179
June 2010: 175
Percentage Change: Down 2.2%

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 Eastmoreland neighborhood was 49 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 Eastmoreland received, on average, 95% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from June 2009 to June 2010:

Time on Market: Up 28.9%
Sold/List price% difference: No Change

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 2010, the average price of a house on the market in Eastmoreland was $407,000. The average sale was $359,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 0.7%
Average sold price:  Down 10.2%

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 2010 in the Eastmoreland neighborhood was buyer's market with 5.6 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 5.6 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in June, 49 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Eastmoreland from this point forward, in 5.6 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

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Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Ok, so I had to pick this home to feature even though the price range may be steep for most buyers: look at this AMAZING view!  If that were my back deck, I am pretty sure I would move my bed outside and live on the deck all summer long. (At least in Portland you can still get million dollar views for less than a million dollars).   Wow!  In the Goose Hollow neighborhood.

2.  1558 SW UPPER HALL ST Portland, OR 97201 - Goose Hollow - $990,000



See the listing here:

Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.

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