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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland August 25, 2012

This weekend brings a big portland neighborhood celebration in Southeast.  It's the SE Portland Sunday Parkways and the Hawthorne Street Fair all rolled into one!  Food, beer gardens, live music, family activities, biking, walking, dance, fitness activities, and more fun activities await you in SE Portland this weekend.

SE Portland Sunday Parkways

From City of Portland Website:

On August 26th, Sunday Parkways returns to Southeast Portland for the fourth year.  This year we added back in the optional climb up Mt. Tabor.  You will notice from the route map that part of the Mt. Tabor route is two-way (over by Salmon) and one-way going up and down (over by Lincoln).  And if you don’t want to do the climb, don’t worry we gave you an out – SE 52nd Ave.  There will be fun activities, music, vendors, and food at Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, Ivon, and Mt.Tabor Parks, plus Universal Cycles Marketplace.  Read more at City of Portland Website

SE Portland Sunday Parkways

Rocking in Laurelhurst Park

SE Portland Sunday Parkways shows off some of the best SE Portland parks, including Laurelhurst Park.

We love showing off Laurelhurst Park.  It is beautiful so make sure you go into the park and explore, especially since there will be a music stage, Circus Cascadia, a climbing wall, and a slip and slide located in the park.  Need some bike love?  Bike Gallery will be offering free minor bike repair.   

Live Music Stage:

11 am-Noon    Carroll Raaum Swing Orchestra
12:15-1 pm      Inspirational Beets
1:15-2 pm        Supervisor
2:15-3 pm        Nekked Bonz
3:15-4 pm        Honky Tonk Prison

Pedal Bike Tours will be renting bikes at Laurelhurst Park.  You can reserve yours ahead of time by visiting their website.

Laurelhurst Park

Hawthorne Street Fair

From City of Portland:

While you are out and about at the SE Sunday Parkways take some time to pop over to the Hawthorne Street Fair, 10am-5pm.  There will be bands, vendors, food, and lots of fun along Hawthorne, 32nd to 50th Avenues.  SE Hawthorne Boulevard has a long history of tradition and is known for its eclectic mix of boutiques shops, cafes, food carts, bars, restaurants and music related destinations. For more information and schedule check out their website.


SE Hawthorne Boulevard has a long history of tradition and is known for its eclectic mix of boutiques shops, cafes, food carts, bars, restaurants and music related destinations. We continue to be a thriving community of residents, business owners, and visitors. We welcome you to visit our neighborhood and join the celebration!

Festa Italiana Portland

Also this weekend, 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 for family and friends to experience nonstop Italian-themed fun: Entertainment, Food, Vendors and our huge Wine Gardens in two piazza locations. FREE ADMISSION! Children love the Carter Family Marionettes, the Pizza Toss and everyone cheers during the Grape Stomp competition. Spend a weekend in Agosto (August) in our city center piazza, well served by the TriMet transit system. For more information about the party in the Piazza, and all other Festa Week events see:

Last Thursday on Alberta - August 30th

O August 30, 2012, Portland's Alberta Street comes alive  for another amazing Last Thursday event.   They could use some more volunteers to help coordinate and run the event, so if you have some free time, get involved.

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Gerry Villani: Tanner Springs Park.  This is one of my favorite inner city parks in the Pearl District.  This unique wetlands park has a cool undulating metal fence, with reed grasses and a meadow, tucked right into the heart of the city.

From City of Portland Parks

What is now known as the Pearl District was once a wetland and lake fed by streams that flowed down from the nearby hills in southwest Portland. These wooded hillsides provided a natural filter for the streams, cleansing the water as it made its way to the Willamette River. The springs from Tanner Creek, named for the tannery built by pioneer Daniel Lownsdale in 1845, flowed into the shallow basin of Couch Lake, now the area surrounding Tanner Springs Park. As the population of Portland grew in the late 19th century, Tanner Creek was rerouted through an underground system of pipes to the Willamette River. The lake and the surrounding wetland were eventually filled to make way for warehouses and rail yards which in turn were replaced by residences, shops, and public spaces. Today, the park sits about 20 feet above the former lake surface.  Read more about Tanner Springs Park.

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 Photo by Gerry Villani on PortlandNeighborhood Photos

Tanner Springs Park by Gerry Villani at NW 10th Ave and Marshall Street

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Somewhat Sappy, But so What?

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

When I was a kid growing up in New Mexico and Texas, I used to see images on television and the movies of these idyllic tree-lined avenues they always showed to denote peaceful American middle-class living.

Not that neither Roswell nor Abilene have trees, of course, but these glowing visions looked perfect in a way that seemed impossibly arranged and lighted, propped up by hidden two-by-fours and held separate from reality by sound-stage doors (and surely at least some of them were).  Even when assured of their authenticity, I had it in my head that these images were projected from the middle of an idealized America, that we denizens on the fringes of Middle America had no access to such neighborhoods as these.  The people there never looked hot, never had to duck under wasp nests the size of cantaloupes when going through their back doors, never experienced dust storms (and that's a misnomer; where I grew up, 'dust' is what my mother did to the furniture, whereas when the wind really picked up outside, we were just flat getting DIRT flung in our faces).

In short, I thought that these places existed to be filmed.  I didn't really believe people lived in them.  That didn't stop me from loving the idea of them.

And now I live in one, and it's a city so 'fringe' it'll one day be ousted from the continent either by Nature or by a Republican White House decree.  And well hell, yeah it DOES get hot here sometimes, and I've had more than seems my share of run-ins with bastert yellow-jackets whom I suspect pass around tiny wanted posters bearing my likeness.  Those schoolboy ideals don't exist after all, and that's for the best, isn't it?  “Heaven", sang The Talking Heads, "heaven is a place / Where nothing, nothing ever happens”,  and seriously, who would wish for such a thing?

A walk or a ride through the streets of Portland are worth the burden of summer's occasional blistering blaze, and if I have to pay for my roll along the Springwater by daring the assassin lance of Vespula vulgaris, so be it (with my eyes on the swivel).  Almost anything is worth what I see when I walk out of my front door, and whether on the way to work, the park, or a root canal, I always look around as I make my way and feel blessed.  Even when forced to work inside, I always manage to find my way to an open door or a window to look out and breathe.  Makes me feel better about being cooped up.

I took these photos while rolling around on my bike through my neighborhood this afternoon.  Today is mild and almost cool, and there's a hint of autumn in the air though the true equinox is a month away.  Autumn! It's been a great summer, but I always look forward to autumn over all other seasons.

Today is a perfect day...but then tomorrow will be perfect too, in its way.  Just as all of them are, one after another, in their ways.

Hope you enjoy every minute.  I do.

P.S.  My favorite bike shop!  The Bike Commuter on Southeast 13th and Umatilla.  Go see 'em.

Editor's Note - One of my favorite tree-lined streets in Portland is in the Irvington neighborhood along NE Knott Street.  A tunnel of trees with dappled light shining through is just beautfiul, any time of year!

Knott Street by Ruth Ann Reynolds

Knott Street by Ruth Ann Reynolds

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

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

Botanical Drawing Workshop: Learn to Draw from Nature

August 25, 2012 from 11am to 2pm – Hoyt Arboretum deWeese Classroom Artist, Lauren Jarrett, will lead students in a series of drawing and watercolor classes as an introduction to close observation and recording of shape, volume and botanical detail. The goal of this Organized by Hoyt Arboretum | Type: educational

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 26, 2012 all day – SE Hawthorne SE Portland's most popular street celebrates the Hawthorne Street Fair.  August 26th, 2012 Join us for our annual summer event celebrating the Hawthorne District! FREE Live Music, Vendors, Sales, Fam Organized by Hawthorne Street Fair | Type: hawthorne street fair

Connoisseur Tour with Van Havig

August 26, 2012 from 12pm to 6pm – Portland Breweries: Gigantic, Vertigo, Sake One & The Victory Bar Master Brewer and co-owner of Gigantic Brewing, Van Havig, will be leading our tour. We will begin at his SE Portland brewery for an introduction, tasting and tour. Next we’ll HOP on the bus and head Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour


August 26, 2012 from 12pm to 5pm – Castaway Bargain Hunting PDX – Unique, Indie Clearance Sale – Over 50 Portland VendorsCollaborating for a Cause – An Accessory Drive for Dress for Success Oregon Bargain Hunting PDX will be Sunday, August 26t Organized by Bargain Hunting Pdx | Type: accessory, drive, +, shopping

Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways

August 26, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm – SE Hawthorne Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways August 26, 2012  ~  11am-4pm 9 miles Spend a warm summer day walking and rolling around the Southeast Sunday Parkways...and for a challenge climb your way up Mt. Ta Organized by Sunday Parkways | Type: sunday parkways

Grindhouse Film Festival: The Deadly Spawn

August 28, 2012 from 7:30pm to 11pm – The Hollywood Theatre The Grindhouse Film Festival presents a rare 35mm print of The Deadly Spawn! This is one of the great crowd-pleasing horror movies of the 1980's. The Deadly Spawn (1983) A meteorite crashes to Earth Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: film

Music on Main Street - Jujuba

August 29, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm – Portland Center for the Performing Arts Led by master talking drummer, Nojeem Lasisi (King Sunny Ade), Jujuba delivers a funky, danceable style of Nigerian Afrobeat and Juju music. The strength of the 11-piece band revolves around its ener Organized by PCPA | Type: free, outdoor, concert, series

Alamo Drafthouse Presents: Computer Errors

August 29, 2012 from 7:30pm to 11:45pm – The Hollywood Theatre George Lucas. Michael Bay. “McG.” Bloated Hollywood billionaires who’ve built their empires on the shattered remains of our childhood dreams. Since the ‘90s, the advent of computer technology has gra Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: film

Last Thursday Volunteers needed

August 30, 2012 from 6pm to 11pm – Alberta St. Show your support for Last Thursday (August 30th) by becoming an official Last Thursday Volunteer! Volunteers shifts are only 3 hours so you can still enjoy the festivities half the night! We have ab Organized by Jennifer Honaker | Type: monthly, art, festival

Irvington Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Report

Irvington Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report by Ross and Leah Seligman

Irvington Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

Irvington photo by Mark McClure

Irvington is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sabin, Alameda, Eliot, King, Grant Park, Sullivan's Gulch, and Lloyd Center neighborhoods. Irvington is located on the East side of the Willamette River. Its boundaries are NE Fremont Avenue on the North, NE 7th Avenue on the West, NE Broadway on the South, and NE 26th Avenue on the East. The upper Northeast corner overlaps with Alameda and Sabin neighborhoods.  To learn more about Irvington,click here.

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

In July 2012, there were 29 closed sales, 40 pending sales, and 77 homes on the market in the Irvington Neighborhood.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 31.9%

Homes sold: Down 19.4%

Homes pending sale: Up 48.1%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Irvington neighborhood has been between $163 and $193/sq. ft. In July 2012, the average price per square foot in the Irvington neighborhood was $180.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Down 0.2%


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 July 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Irvington neighborhood was 50 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 Irvington received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Time on Market: Up 11.1%

Sold/List price % difference: no change.


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 Irvington was $485,000. The average sale was $454,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 4.7%

Average sold price:  Down 3.6%


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 Irvington neighborhood had 2.7 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 2.7 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in July, 50 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Irvington from this point forward, in 2.7 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 Irvington 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.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week: August 20th - August 27th


1. 2137 NE SCHUYLER ST Portland, OR 97212 - Irvington - $899,000

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2. 8009 SE REED COLLEGE PL Portland, OR 97202 - Eastmoreland - $649,900

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3. 2755 NE 35TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $349,000

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4. 2805 NE 67TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Roseway - $318,000

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5. 5508 N MOORE AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Humboldt - $269,000

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