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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland August 18, 2012

Hey, Portlanders.  Welcome to another edition of our all-local Portland blog!  

While you may not be happy about the stifling hot temperatures, just remember that summertime in Portland goes by quick, so get outside and enjoy it while it lasts.  This weekend we have another popular Portland street fair in Multnomah Village: Multnomah Days!  

Multnomah Days 2012


This year the Multnomah Days Parade and Street Fair is Saturday, August 18th.


Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast held at Key Bank from 8:00am to 11am. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for kids twelve and under. All proceeds go to the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for children and adults with disabilities.  

PARADE! The ‘biggest little’ parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with musicians, street performers, cars, pets and more. Timber Joey, the Portland Timbers’ mascot, will serve as Grand Marshal. Donation to Neighborhood House requested of participants.

Kid Zone located at the Multnomah Art Center, will be open from 9am to 4pm.  PDX Kids Calendar will be hosting a fun and interactive booth for kids and families - including all kinds of free activities! Come and make snake shadow and spider finger puppets with Tears of Joy Theatre, a mask with NW Nannies or get your picture taken under the PDX Kids Calendar umbrella! First 250 visitors will also receive a reusable shopping bag filled with information from local businesses! This year, the Zone includes a mini barnyard petting zoo!

Live Music on the Main Stage begins immediately after the parade with The Beat Goes On Marching Band.  Music will continue throughout the day with great covers from The Magnets playing from noon to 1:30, and featuring The Renegade String Band, playing blue grass from 2:00pm-4:15pm.
Sip D’ Vine Wine (& Beer) Garden on Moss Street will be open from noon-10pm, with live music playing from 6pm -10pm.

Multnomah Days Arts and Crafts Sale features functional and artistic works at great prices. All artwork is created by MAC instructors & students. The proceeds from this sale go to participating local artists and help fund program improvements at Multnomah Arts Center. 

• Visit the Energy Fair and learn how to go green at your home or business. Presented by Umpqua Bank, Clean Energy Works of Oregon, Wise Energy Co and Live Light Energy.

Multnomah Historical Association is hosting a free picnic for the community on Sunday August 19, from 11am-2 pm at Gabriel Park picnic sites D & E.  For more information go to or call 503-893-5549

• The fun and sudsy Dog Wash, benefiting DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital Blood Bank Program, at the Lucky Lab Public House following the parade until 2pm. A $10 donation is suggested.

ParaNorman Movie Release by Portland's LAIKA

If you would like to spend some time indoors this weekend, then why not catch Portland's LAIKA studios newest stop-motion movei, ParaNorman?   Find showtimes near you.

Williams Ave Mural

Alberta St Mural

Oaks Bottom Mural

Oaks Bottom Mural Photo by Rob Creighton Garrison

St Johns Mural


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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Fasai.  Fasai snapped this great photo of one of Portland's many murals, proving that Portland is indeed a town for artists.   Fasai inspired me to go find some other Portland mural photos and share them in the blog this week.  There are literally murals on buildings all over Portland, so if you happen to take a photo, upload it so we can share it!  

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 Powells Books, the largest indie bookstore in the world! 

Portland Mural by Fasai on PortlandNeighborhood Photos

Portland Mural by Fasai

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Get Lost

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Sometime this coming weekend, I'm gonna have the missus drop me off somewhere, anywhere, and let me walk (or ride) home.  I'll take a camera and show you what I see.  It may take me awhile, but that's kind of the point, dig?  I'm gonna get lost.

It's kind of a damn shame that, too often, citizens of a city become residents only of their own neighborhoods, rarely venturing outside of them.  I suppose it's to be expected, given that your average human being's curiosity extends in directions predicated by need; don't need it, don't go looking for it.  Good thing we aren't all like that, huh?  Else we'd still be slurping from puddles and watching out for the guy swinging the jawbone.

Earlier this week the missus and I had an appointment in a part of town with which we aren't familiar, the route passing through areas we haven't visited in years.  We drove past places that were familiar but then would run into stretches that might as well have been in some town we'd never seen.  Businesses gone and replaced, new complexes where our old pharmacy used to be.

Our route led us through Hollywood via Northeast Sandy Blvd.  We were passing the Hollywood Theatre when I asked “How long has it been since we were over here?”

Cathy, my wife, was driving.  She almost always drives when we're in the car together.  I'm the better driver (says me) but she has a sense of direction (also says me, acknowledging that superior driving skills are useless when you run out of gas trying to find your way home).  She pondered a brief moment before replying “It's been awhile. A couple of years, maybe?”.

Ridiculous.  Preposterous!  Once upon a time, when we lived on Southeast Belmont in Sunnyside, we drove through Hollywood all the time.  My bike shop was on Sandy Blvd, as was a favorite restaurant of ours.  Thinking of which, we visited Gustav's Bier Stube on the way home.  Over sausage and schnitzel (and pretzels! Ohmuhgawdz those pretzels!) and a nice summer bock, we reminisced.

Of course we talked about the apartment house on Belmont, the one we now say we should have never left.  Elsewhere in this blog there are pictures of it, so I won't repost it.  Oh the Hell I won't.

We left that house to buy a brand new condo unit in Gresham.  Fuh.  No disrespect to Gresham meant; it was the condo complex we found wanting, and we were stuck with it for two years before we managed to sell it.  Bleh.  A mistake, but even mistakes lead to great things.  Annoying as the daily commute to our jobs could be, it nonetheless offered us exposure to areas of our city we may not have discovered had we not erred in purchasing the condo.  Think of only hearing from others about the Hollywood Theatre, or the Esplanade, or the Japanese Garden.  I've met home-towners here that had never seen Forest Park.

Here's my observation, for what it's worth: You want to know about cool things in your town, ask someone who just got here.  New residents have the big swiveling eyes of tourists.  That's my goal, to be a tourist in my own city.  Best way to go about it?  Get lost.  Just go.  Leave the car home because you want to find not only thoroughfares and boulevards but also the narrow side-streets, and driving through them is a hassle and no fun at all for anyone, resident or motorist.

Walk, or ride a bicycle.  Yeah, THAT again.  Driving is too linear, task-oriented, blurs the line between A and B.  What I'm saying is, the chain is the important part, not the anchor.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit 

Timberrr! A Nostalgic Look Back at Working in the Woods

August 4, 2012 at 10am to December 31, 2012 at 5pm – World Forestry Center First with their own strength and sweat, later with oxen, horses and steam power, the loggers of the last century cut the trees that built the cities of the Pacific Northwest. Through vintage photogr Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

Clear Skies and Cloudy Days: Artwork and Explorations by Susie Ghahremani

August 10, 2012 at 6pm to September 2, 2012 at 6pm – Land Susie Ghahremani, the award-winning illustrator renowned for her Boygirlparty® line of artwork and products, will be exhibiting at the Land Gallery in Portland, Oregon from August 10-September 2, 201 Organized by Land | Type: art, show

Multnomah Days 2012 - Street Fair

August 18, 2012 all day – Multnomah Multnomah Village celebrates Multnomah Days 2012 This year the Multnomah Days Parade and Street Fair is Saturday, August 18th. VENDOR booth information can be seen at http://www.multnomahdays.eventbr Organized by Multnomah Village | Type: multnomah days

Saturday Imbibing Tour

August 18, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries: Coalition, Hopworks, Breakside & Lompoc Side Bar Our Saturday Imbibing tour is a good mix of learning about beer and the brewing process and having a great time. The tour visits four different Portland breweries, but we only get one, very detailed Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour

Letterpress Day at the Independent Publishing Resource Center

August 18, 2012 from 12pm to 6pm – IPRC The IPRC brings together artists, self publishers, and the DIY community but most people know the IPRC for its amazing Zine Library. Not as many people know that the IPRC has been offering an afforda Organized by Carye Bye & IPRC Print Shop | Type: celebration, education, and, marketplace

Bridgetown Bash

August 18, 2012 at 5pm to August 19, 2012 at 12am – "Pure Space" THIS YEAR WE'RE TAKING IT TO THE CITY! INTRODUCING  BRIDGETOWN BASH The Best Party. Portland-Style.  AUGUST 18, 2012 5:00 pm - 12:00 am PURE SPACE in PORTLAND 1315 NORTHWEST OVERTON ST. PORTLAND, OR Organized by Bridgetown Bash | Type: bridgetown bash

Courtyard at Mt. Tabor Presents “Concerts for a Cause” -August 18, 2012: Ben Rice Band, Blues

August 18, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm – Courtyard at Mt. Tabor This summer, residents of Portland are in for a real treat. Courtyard at Mt. Tabor is presenting its inaugural Concerts for a Cause, a concert series extravaganza filled with a variety of music. Atte Organized by Brandi Walters | Type: concert

FREE Outdoor Screening of Back to the Future

August 18, 2012 from 7pm to 11pm – Burnside Brewing Company Back to the Future (Beer and time travel, what else do you need to know?) DJ at 7pm I  Film starts at Sundown I FREE! About the series: This summer the Hollywood Theatre is bringing the party to the Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: free, film, party, dj, beer, tasting


August 18, 2012 from 8pm to 9pm – River Street Studios On three stories of scaffolding…Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest (HDDT/NW) will collaborate with the captivating Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company to present a public art performance that will Organized by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest | Type: dance, performance

Smoke Before the Burn: Pre-Burning Man Party

August 18, 2012 at 8pm to August 19, 2012 at 6am – Bamboo Grove Pulsar & Madhouse Present : SMOKE BEFORE THE BURNPortland! Join us on August 18th for a party you won't forget! Pulsar Productions and Madhouse crew are teaming up to bring you "Smoke Before T Organized by Bomb Shel Bailey | Type: music, dj's

India Festival 2012

August 19, 2012 all day – "Pioneer Courthouse Square" India Festival is filled with tastes, sounds and sights of India. ICA will host India Festival on August 19th, 2012 from 11am to 9pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Please be there with your family and Organized by India Festival | Type: india festival

Tin House Books Presents Arther Miller's The Misfits + Misfits Book Signing

August 19, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm – The Hollywood Theatre The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston. Gable stars as Gay Langland, an aging hand traveli Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: book, signing, film, cinema, fundraiser

Multnomah Village Vine & Dine event

August 19, 2012 from 3pm to 6pm – Multnomah Village Join us for the 1st annual Multnomah Village Vine & Dine event, benefitting the Multnomah Village Bloc's Initiative, on August 19, 2012!  Local wine & food stars will provide an afternoon of Organized by Jill Crecraft | Type: charity, wine, event

Festa Italiana Portland

August 23, 2012 at 11am to August 25, 2012 at 11pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square Pioneer Courthouse Square welcomes FESTA ITALIANA, Portland's Italian American Festival.   The 21st Annual event takes place August 23-25, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM, and it’s a “molto buono” (very good) time Organized by Festa Italiana Association | Type: festival

Sabor a Mexico - Taste of Mexico

August 24, 2012 from 5:30pm to 10pm – Portland Art Museum Sabor a Mexico or Taste of Mexico is a fundraiser for IME Becas Scholarships Program presented by the Portland Art Museum, the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Restaurant Association (MERA). It is a Organized by Katherine Raymond | Type: fundraiser, art, &, culture, food 

Humboldt Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Report

Humboldt Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report by Ross and Leah Seligman

Portland's Humboldt neighborhood is bordered by Overlook, Piedmont, King and Boise neighborhoods.  To learn more about Humboldt, click here. 

If you are looking for homes in the Humboldt 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 Humboldt neighborhood in the last 15 months:


In July 2012, there were 43 closed sales, 45 pending sales, and 91 homes on the market in the Humboldt Neighborhood.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 20.9%

Homes sold: Up 22.9%

Homes pending sale: Up 36.4%

Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Humboldt neighborhood has been between $115 and $141/sq. ft. In July 2012, the average price per square foot in the Humboldt neighborhood was $133.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 4.1%


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 July 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Humboldt neighborhood was 46 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 July 2012, sellers in Humboldt received, on average, 97% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Time on Market: Up 21.1%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 2.1%


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 July 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Humboldt was $320,000. The average sale was $263,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 15.1%

Average sold price:  Down 1.5%


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.  July 2012 in the Humboldt neighborhood had 2.1 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 2.1 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in July, 46 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Humboldt from this point forward, in 2.1 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 Humboldt 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

Best Deals in Portland this Week

Each week Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals from their listings.

1. 7314 SE 27TH AVE Portland, OR 97202 - Eastmoreland - $995,000

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2. 3297 NE ALAMEDA ST Portland, OR 97212 - Alameda - $700,000

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3. 5771 N HAIGHT AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Humboldt - $570,000

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4. 4155 SE OGDEN ST Portland, OR 97202 - Woodstock - $419,900

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5. 2227 SE 37TH AVE Portland, OR 97214 - Richmond - $359,000

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Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

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