Welcome to another edition of our weekly Portland blog! There is
just about one month left of our Portland summer but who's counting? Well, even
though we are not looking forward to bidding the sun adieu, there are some
awesome PDX events that happen only in the end of summer/early autumn and one of
them is just around the corner. *Drumroll* Mark
your calendars because end-of-summer marks a local event you cannot miss: The
Vaux's Swifts at Chapman Elementary.
It's 100% Free and 100% Awesome - Bring your blanket, binoculars,
camera, loved ones and a watchful eye to observe the Vaux's Swifts -in the
thousands- as they rush to roost in the chimney of Chapman School. Learn more
about this cool Portland happening at the
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
This week our Portland Top Ten is focused on the best restaurants in
Portland, Oregon. In no particular order, they are:
1. Ringside Steakhouse - The Burnside location in the bar area is where
we'll steer you...The steak is to-die-for and the bartender is the best friend
you've always wanted. Get there early or get there late and enjoy the best happy
hour in the city.
2. Paley's Place - The best date place and some of the most creative
(expensive) dishes in town.
3. Sweet Basil Thai - This is not a break-the-bank upscale eatery but it
is - in our humble opinion - the best Thai food in town.
4. Bombay Cricket Club - A favorite for years and never a disappointment,
the ever busy Bombay is the best Indian food you'll find in PDX.
5. Kens Artisan Pizza - It's worth the wait, we guarantee it. The wood
fired pizza here is the b-e-s-t pizza in the city by a landslide.
6. Higgins Restaurant - One of the best upscale restaurants in Portland -
excellent locally sourced farm-to-plate gourmet foods.
7. The Screen Door - If you love southern food, the Screen Door is your
heaven on earth. Huge portions, unbelievably delicious. You'll wait an easy hour
but you won't mind. Amazing and authentic New Orleans.
8. Toro Bravo - This is Lorri's favorite restaurant in all of fair
Portlandia. What doesn't she like here?
9. Miho Izakaya - This is Angela's (that's me) favorite restaurant -right
now- in all of fair Portlandia. On my death bed, I'll call for the Ika Salad, no
The Portland Photo of the Week
winner this week is
Tamra Teymeier who shared this dreamy vision of the Portland Rhododendron
Garden. Learn more about
this beautiful garden where the squirrels are so tame they will eat out of
Our Portland Photo of the Week
winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our
choosing. Tamra 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 evenarrange
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 (www.powells.com serving
customers worldwide." (Powells.com)
Learn all about Powells Bookstore.
Here are the featured Portland events this
week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner!
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local Portland events
on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.
The Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden - The
Portland Japanese Garden is a popular Portland attraction located on the edge of
Downtown Portland in Washington Park. Proclaimed one of the most authentic
Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre
haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, Oregon.
The Japanese Garden is one of my favorite locations in Portland, and I'm sure
I am not alone with that opinion. The garden is peaceful and beautiful, and is
full of gorgeous plants, trees, water features, and other Japanese inspired
scenery. I find the garden changes throughout the seasons in Portland, but
always offers something worth seeing. Throughout the year, the Japanese Garden
offers special events and different exhibits, and the Japanese Garden gift shop
is a great place to find unique gifts. The Japanese maple trees offer excellent
photo opportunities for amateur and professional photographers. I personally
have used the Portland Japanese garden as a source of inspiration for several
oil paintings of the beautiful Japanese maple trees with graceful branches and
delicate lace-like leaves. The garden is an amazing source of inspiration to
all who visit, artist or not. Learn
more about the Portland Japanese Garden
Sellwood feels much
less "hipster" and "chic" than say, Mississippi Ave, Alberta Arts or the Pearl--
but a definite, at ease kind of 'anything goes, all are welcome' type of feeling
is present on these streets. Like most Portland neighborhoods, Sellwood and
Moreland neighborhoods feel very self-sustaining. Local grocery store New
Seasons, many local coffee shops plus a few local coffee roasters make this
community feel warm and a lot like its own small town. Walking the streets in
Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods invokes a "back in the good old days"
feeling. This area is family friendly, walkable, and livable with a strong
sense of community pride.
neighborhood of Portland is divided into Eastmoreland and Westmoreland.
Splitting hairs? Not according to the neighbors. Ask them, and they’ll say
that Eastmoreland is the kind of place where other people mow your lawn. In
Westmoreland, they do their own. Yard work aside, it’s certainly evident that
the activity of the area – the hustle, bustle, and commerce – belongs entirely
to Westmoreland. In the size reserved for just one of those well manicured
lawns surrounding an Eastmoreland mansion, four businesses could fit in
Westmoreland. Each has their charm. But as the seat of the neighborhood’s
retail trade, Westmoreland’s landscape is far more conducive to a verbal tour.
We'll cover Westmoreland on this neighborhood page as part of the "Sellwood-Moreland"
neighborhood, since that is how it is classified by the City of Portland. To
Are you keeping an eye on Sellwood 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 Sellwood
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.
If you are looking for homes in the Sellwood neighborhood, visit this link where
you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click
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 Sellwood
neighborhood in the last 15 months:
In July 2011, there were 25 closed sales, 31 pending sales, and 128 homes on the
market in the Sellwood Neighborhood.
One year change from July 2010 to July 2011:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 9.2%
Homes sold: Down 13.8%
Homes pending sale: Down 8.8%
Chart for average price
per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Sellwood
neighborhood has been between $140 and $177/sq. ft. In July 2011, the average
price per square foot in the Sellwood neighborhood was $171.
One year change fromJuly2010
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
July 2010: 177
July 2011: 171
Percentage Change: Down 3.5%
Days on Market,
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 2011, the average time
on market for a home in the Sellwood neighborhood was 58 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 2011, sellers in Sellwood
received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.
More stats for you:
Change from July 2010 to July 2011:
Time on Market: Up 48.7%
Sold/List price % difference: Down 1%
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 July 2011, the average price of a house on the market in Sellwood was
$382,000. The average sale was $362,000.
More stats over one year:
Average active price: Down 5.2%
Average sold price: Down 4.5%
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 2011 in the
Sellwood neighborhood had 5.1 months of inventory.
By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 5.1 months for your home to
sell. That figure was, on average in July, 58 days. Inventory is a figure that
means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Sellwood from this
point forward, in 5.1 months there would not be another home to sell. They
would all be sold.
Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area
real estate and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood
reports at : http://www.propertiesofportland.com
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