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.
We 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!
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.
29, 2010 to August
8, 2010 Portland
5, 2010 at 8pm to August
7, 2010 at 11pm "Helium
6, 2010 to August
8, 2010 Waterfront
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.
7, 2010 from 10am to 7pm Beaumont
Wilshire Neighborhood: NE Fremont
August 7, 2010 from 10am to 5pm Campbell Salgado Studio This year Sellwoods Summer Passport event on Aug. 7th, marks the unveiling of local photographers, Campbell Salgado Studios, new outdoor portrait garden and public sculpture installation.
7, 2010 from 10am to 1pm "Hawthorne
Bridge" Continue the
8, 2010 all day Downtown
August 8, 2010 - Providence Bridge Pedal offers you the one opportunity each
year to enjoy the
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 http://www.pcpa.com/events/event.php?run=1921 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.
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Hello! My boyfriend and I will be moving to
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Hello there. I'm currently considering moving to
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Calling all video gamers!! I need some support from all of
you in the
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Eastmoreland Neighborhood Report
By Ross Seligman
Eastmoreland Neighborhood Real Estate Report
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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
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
More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real
estate statistics nerd:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10061463
Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.
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