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This Week in Portland August 27 - Sept 3 2011

Hello, Portland! Welcome to another weekly edition of our Portland events blog. We are in the dog days of summer and there are a plethora of Portland events to choose from this week. One of the most popular neighborhood street fairs is this weekend in SE Portland. The Hawthorne Street Fair will bring Southeast Portlanders out in force to enjoy the sun and fun this Sunday.  This is also a part of the Portland Sunday Parkways in SE.

Join us for our annual summer event celebrating the Hawthorne District! FREE Live Music, Vendors, Sales, Family Activities and so much more!

Come visit Portland’s original “shop local” district and explore over a hundred businesses dedicated to community involvement and making the area a desirable place to live, work, and shop. The street fair happens every year in August, and this year is held in conjunction with Sunday Parkways on Sunday August 28th from 11am to 5pm. 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. 

More Info about the Hawthorne Street Fair

In North Portland today, you might want to check out the Proper Festival at Kenton Park.  This annual community festival is in the Kenton neighborhood.

More Info:

PROPER FESTIVAL 12-4pm, AUG 27, 2011
TriMet 4, 6, Yellow MAX, street parking. I-5 West Lombard exit (.5 mile NW of Fred Meyer Interstate & Lombard)

Take a break from T.V., Video games, and the anonymity of social media to be a part of a real human community network festival, "Uniting Community Across All Lines." Consider the PROPER Festival to be your annual community networking picnic: 

Free food, a showcase of local talent (Jazz, Funk, Pop, Soul, Gospel, African Dance, Krump, Pop & Lock, Spoken Word, Hip-hop, Drama, Comedy), information and counseling expo, games & prizes, including Basketball shootout (youth), Live Art, Transportation show (including skateboard ramp). --Lions Club Free Mobile Health Screening & Risk Assessment: Hearing, Vision Acuity, Glaucoma, Blood Pressure, 3 hour pre-fast for Diabetes. 

August is dubbed Family Reunion Month, so bring your family and make new friends- It's PROPER Time!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Reach out to your community while strengthening your natural talents Minimum age: 16, or 10 with adult supervision.  Expect a fun time by all from 12-4pm Saturday, August 27 at Kenton Park.

Also on Saturday, the Portland Italian Festival, Festa Italiana is in Downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square. This free event celebrates Italian culture in Portland, now in its 20th year.

If you'd like to get out of the city this weekend, then consider visiting the Dahlia Festival in Canby, or the hugely popular Oregon State Fair in Salem which runs all week until Sept 5th.


Annual Dahlia Festival 2011
August 27th, 28th, 29th & September 3rd, 4th, 5th
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday (both weekends)
Indoor Display Hours 10 am to 6 pm, Field Hours 8am to 6pm


A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! Floral arranging demonstrations and talk on dahlia culture, take place, twice daily during the show at 12 noon & 3:00 pm. Questions are answered from guests in the audience during this demonstration as they fashion colorful dahlias into elegant table arrangements or wedding baskets. Live dahlia tuber dividing demonstration 12noon to 5pm each day during the festival. You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Dogs are allowed on the premises on a leash, however they are not allowed in the indoor display rooms.

Food booths & refreshments will be located at the farm during this event.

This Week's Top Ten in Portland

What's the Portland Top Ten list?  Just a spotlight on ten local events, places, or other interesting things we love in and around Portland that you might be interested in checking out!

This week's list features some great outdoor places to enjoy our hot summer weather!  These are all restaurants and bars in Portland with patios and outdoor seating.  This is only a handful of the long list of Portland restaurants with patios and Portland outdoor dining, visit the great Portland food blog, for a comprehesive listing!

1) East Burn (East Portland) "Our patio features mosaic firetables, swinging chairs, and overhead heaters keep it warm. When the sun is shining, the roof opens to warm up Portland’s coolest patio."

2) Amnesia (NE Portland) - Enjoy beer, brats, and burgers on their great patio.

3) Hop and Vine (N Portland) - Great outdoor dining in Portland on their big backyard garden patio.  Beer, wine, food, and bottleshop.

4) Hedge House, New Old Lompoc (SE Portland, Division/Clinton) "Since opening in December 2003, the Hedge House has been a place for families and friends to gather over a pint of great Lompoc beer and a meal of hearty pub grub.  Our menu features great sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. We feature six regular taps of Lompoc beer, along with our seasonals. We’re known for our huge patio and deck outside the 1912 craftsman-style bungalow. On sunny days it seems the entire neighborhood comes down to enjoy the evening. Kids and dogs are welcome. "

5) Berlin Inn (SE Portland) - German Restaurant, bakery, and beer!

6) Aquariva (SW Portland) - "Located on the Willamette River bordering the heart of downtown Portland and positioned just south of the South Waterfront District, our riverside restaurant makes the perfect setting for a romantic evening of sumptuous Italian-inspired dining, a glass of fine wine, an intimate private party, or an incredible riverside wedding."

7) Veritable Quandary (Downtown) - A Downtown landmark and oasis in the heart of the city.  Known for their great food and beautiful garden patio.

8) Departure (Downtown, Rooftop Views) - For stunning views, enjoy happy hour from this Downtown Portland cocktail bar

9) BlueHour (Downtown Pearl District) - A notable spot for fine Mediterranean dining in the Pearl District.

10) Noble Rot (East Portland, Rooftop Views) - Fabulous rooftop dining and wine bar with great views from the East side of the river.

Also, don't forget the outdoor Portland Movies in the Park this week in Portland!  

Below from:

Call 503-823-5446 for daily schedule and cancellation updates!

DATE MOVIE / entertainment (begins at 6:30 PM) PARK / SITE
Sat, Aug 27 The Social Network / The River City Band, Portland Teen Idols, climbing wall Laurelhurst Park
Sun, Aug 28 How to Train Your Dragon / The River City Trio Argay Park
Thu, Sept 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1 / Portland Teen Idols, climbing wall Columbia Park
Fri, Sept 2 Closed Caption Roman Holiday  / Bobby Torres Trio     AccessibleDirector Park 
Sat, Sept 3 Gulliver's Travels (2010) / The Beaver Boogie Band AccessibleWallace Park

 Closed Caption Closed Caption       Accessible Individuals may enter/exit site, watch movies from paved pathway


The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland photo winner this week is by Ruth Ann Reynolds, who captured this great shot of kids (and a dog) playing in the fountain at Peninsula Park in NE Portland's Piedmont neighborhood.  Thanks for sharing all of the great images on the site each week!  Got a great photo of Portland to share?  Come upload it!

Peninsula Park Photo by Ruth Ann Reynolds Portland Oregon

Dog Days of Summer, Photo by Ruth Ann Reynolds

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing.  Ruth Ann will get a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Books.  

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

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner!  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.

Portland Timbers

August 3, 2011 at 6pm to October 22, 2011 at 7pm – various, see schedule Portland Timbers - Match Schedules Timbers Tickets:  Organized by Portland Timbers | Type: portland timbers

ART = Whimsical

August 22, 2011 to September 23, 2011Concordia University - George R. White Library and Learning Center Organized by Concordia University | Type: art, exhibition

Mamma Mia

August 23, 2011 to August 28, 2011"Keller Auditorium" Portland Event - Fred Meyer Broadway Across America Portland presents Mamma Mia! Tuesday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 28th $29.25 & up  MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel good show that has audien Organized by PCPA | Type: broadway show, mamma mia

2011 Oregon State Fair

August 26, 2011 at 6pm to September 5, 2011 at 7pm – Salem, Oregon Welcome! With more than 9,000 things to Do, See and Taste, the 2011 Oregon State Fair (August 26 - September 5) is going to be Too Big to Miss! This is THE BIG event in Oregon (380,000+ attended last Organized by | Type: fair

Annual Dahlia Festival

August 27, 2011 to September 5, 2011Canby A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling Organized by | Type: flower, festival

Festa Italiana Portland 2011

August 27, 2011 from 11am to 11pm – Pioneer Square 11:00AM-11:00PM FESTA ITALIANA PORTLAND, our 20th, is coming to Pioneer Courthouse Square in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon. The Festa is a celebration of Italian/American culture. The event is Organized by | Type: festival

Proper Festival

August 27, 2011 from 12pm to 4pm – Kenton Park (by Paul Bunyan, Fred Meyer Interstate) 12-4pm Saturday August 27 at Kenton Park for the Annual Proper Festival (providing a platform for community and personal restoration in underrepresented communities since 1990). This year's theme is Organized by PROPER | Type: cultural, arts,

The Great American Nano Festival

August 27, 2011 at 12pm to August 28, 2011 at 12pm – The Green Dragon / Buckman Botanical Brewery The Great American Nano Fest is a celebration of all things nano: breweries, food carts, music, craft vendors, and artists. The event will be held on August 27th, from 12 PM-9 PM; and August 28th, fr Organized by | Type: street, festival

SE Uplift Summer Celebration: Uplift the Commons!

August 27, 2011 from 4pm to 9:30pm – SE Uplift The SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a community block party on Saturday, August 27th from 4pm to 9:30pm, celebrating communities and neighbors across Southeast Portland.   The SE Uplift b Organized by SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition | Type: community,

Huey Lewis & the News

August 27, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Oregon Zoo Huey Lewis and the News have carried the banner as the quintessential American rock band, endearing them to millions of fans and marking their place on the pop history map. Performing Saturday August Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: concert

Portland Sunday Parkways SE

August 28, 2011 all day – Hawthorne, SE 11 am - 4 pm   A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump & skip - without having to watch out for cars! The 6.2-mile Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways route will connect Organized by Portland Sunday Parkways | Type: portland sunday parkways

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 28, 2011 from 11am to 5pm – Hawthorne Part of Portland Sunday Parkways, SE Sunday Parkways will cross Hawthorne Boulevard again this year, drawing thousands of people to the Hawthorne Street Fair. Crossings will occur at SE 32nd and 45t Organized by Hawthorne | Type: hawthorne street fair

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Summer Season 2011

August 28, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm – Laurelhurst Park We perform the way Shakespeare's own actors did, in the open air, in natural light, with minimal sets, and with great, fast-paced, energetic acting and lots of audience interaction! Catch the final t Organized by | Type: festival

Ten Toe Express Walk - Historic Sullivan's Gulch

September 1, 2011 from 8pm to 9pm – "Sullivan's Gulch" Description: Walk across a gulch created by the catastrophic Missoula Floods. Hear the gulch’s stories—geologic and human--and explore the neighborhoods along its rim: Sullivan’s Gulch, where large Organized by City of Portland | Type: portland walk

Art in the Pearl

September 3, 2011 to September 5, 2011"Pearl District" Art In The Pearl®, the annual arts festival, occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. Our 15th annual festival will be held this coming September 3th to September 5th, 2011 and hopes to be one of our Organized by Art in the Pearl | Type: art in the pearl

 Woodstock Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report

Woodstock Portland Neighborhood Real Estate Report by Ross Seligman

This is a lovely area of Portland with many nice older homes tucked into quiet neighborhood streets. This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland with some of the homes being built in the 1880's.  This area is peaceful, feels warm and safe and is full of young and established families.  To learn more, click here.

Are you keeping an eye on Woodstock 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 Woodstock 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 the Woodstock neighborhood, 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 Woodstock neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In July 2011, there were 54 closed sales, 62 pending sales, and 252 homes on the market in the Woodstock Neighborhood.

One year change from July 2010 to July 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 21.7%
Homes sold: Up 28.6%

Homes pending sale: Up 93.8%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Woodstock neighborhood has been between $115and $145/sq. ft. In July 2011, the average price per square foot in the Woodstock neighborhood was $122.

One year change from July 2010 to July 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
July 2010: 123

July 2011: 122

Percentage Change: Down 0.3%

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 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Woodstock neighborhood was 59 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 Woodstock received, on average, 93% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from July 2010 to July 2011:

Time on Market: Up 18%
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 Woodstock was $213,000. The average sale was $195,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 1.4%
Average sold price:  Down 8.9%

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 Woodstock neighborhood had 4.7 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 4.7 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in July, 59 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Woodstock from this point forward, in 4.7 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 :

Best Deals in Portland

Each week, we highlight two of the best Portland real estate deals on sale in Portland.  View Ross's full weekly list of  Portland Real Estate Deals, here.

3140 NE US GRANT PL Portland, OR 97212 - Grant Park - $897,000

See the full listing here

 6824 SE 65TH AVE Portland, OR 97206 - Brentwood - $209,900

See the full listing here

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