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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland August 28 - September 4 2010

Even though we are probably conditioned to believe so, summer does not end when school starts.  I must admit my heart felt a bit heavy as I saw the lines of lunch boxes and back-to-school supplies at the grocery store but this year, the official end of Summer is September 22-23.  We have several glorious weeks left and enjoy them, we shall! 

A Prescription for Enjoying the Last Three Weeks of Summer- Portland Style:

If you're able, break out your bicycle and helmet. This will be your transportation. You'll love it!  (Note: you definitely need a lock- there is an underground bike thief ring gone wrong in this town!)

From the Portland Neighborhood map, orient yourself with N, NE, S, SE, and NW neighborhoods -- general area and direction.

Officially, you have four summer weekend remaining, including this one. Here's what you can't miss:

  1. Bike to breakfast - one or all of these weekends. Portland has a crazy wonderful breakfast world you need to explore!
  2. The Saturday Market - go! You'll love it. Its a mix of cool as hell and weird as hell. Land around lunch time and enjoy some of the fine, fine worldly eats.
  3. BBQ at your casa or a local park using meat from Sheridan Fruit. Sheridan's has been a staple for Portlanders since 1916. Don't let the "Fruit" throw ya -- they have the meanest meat case in town.
  4. Experience what Portland Monthly calls "the best coffee in Portland, period."  Coava Coffee Roasters.
  5. A day in the life of the Portland Food Carts. This would your life -- so eat as much as you want! You're biking it off, anyway.
  6. Enjoy the harvest at the Portland Farmers Markets. My favorite is the PSU Market.
  7. Have you been to all the local Portland breweries?
  8. Still haven't hiked Forest Park? The largest urban park in the US -- right in your back yard!

This should definitely keep you busy for awhile...have fun, be safe! 


The Portland Photo of the Week

In downtown Portland and across from the ever famous Powells Books The "whisk" looking thing moves from side to side but other than that, we have no idea what it is or why it's there but we love it. Welcome to Portland!

Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Paula will receive a $20 gift cert to local darling Coava Coffee Roasters.

Portland Monthly calls Coava "the best coffee in Portland - period"!  Coava was also 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. Prepare yourself to be blown away.  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.

Oregon State Fair

From traditional Fair fare to fine wines to the best barbecue this side of — well — anywhere, the Oregon State Fair has more food and beverages than you can shake a corndog at. Oh yeah, don't forget local beers and wines, live music, old fashioned carnival rides and more! 

Learn more about the Oregon State Fair


The Einstein Exhibit at OMSI

Beginning June 26, OMSI welcomes visitors to Einstein, the most comprehensive presentation ever displayed on the life and theories of the man who many consider the most important figure of the 20th century. Albert Einstein changed the world and our understanding of it: his Special Theory of Relativity paved the way to unleashing atomic energy; his work on the photoelectric effect led directly to the development of vacuum tubes and integrated circuits, and eventually to the computer revolution; and his explanation of Brownian motion created a new understanding of the size and shape of molecules that ultimately helped to unlock the secrets of DNA.

Learn more about the OMSI Einstein Exhibit


The Portland River Fest

This is the last weekend of the Portland River Fest- get on down there!  RiverFest offers a family-friendly chance to come down by the riverside, get out on the water, take river tours, enjoy live music, learn first-hand about the river's history and environment, clean-up the riverbank, and view river spectacles.

Popular attractions from last year return, including The Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon, Portland Audubon events, the Festival at South Waterfront, Kayak Tours, and the SOLV Cleanup. We have also added many new and exciting events for the whole family to enjoy. Join us this summer to celebrate the river on the river.

Learn more about the Portland River Fest



‘L’Union Fait La Force’
‘Unity Makes Strength’ (Haitian proverb)

Right now, that strength is being put to the test.

On the night of Saturday August 28, 2010, the Portland community will join in a unique celebration of Haiti’s indomitable spirit.

Imagine David Lynch held a bakesale, invited 'Gladiators’, poured on the drinks and dancing, and then brought 200 of your best friends to run riot for an evening of kid-free mayhem.  Tonight from 6-10pm

View this Portland Event: Kanaval


musicfestNW 2010

MFNW is entering its tenth year as Portland, Oregon's largest and most successful music festival. Willamette Week teams up with music professionals from the local, regional and national music scene to curate a multi-venue festival with bands from indie, hip hop and punk backgrounds. Sept 8-12

View this Portland Event: musicfestNW


Moving to Portland?

So many people consider moving to Portland Oregon, and with good reason. You've researched the area and found that you love the close proximity to the ocean, Mt Hood, St Helens, the seemingly endless acres of forest for hiking, camping and fishing. Or perhaps you've fallen in love with us after discovering that we are as green as they come; setting the national bar for bicycle commuting in lieu of cars, innovators of revolutionary recycling programs, demanding sustainability and organic meats and produce. Or, you've longed to move to Portland to join the masses known for being fiercely independent, home of the nation's largest open air market, jokingly dubbed Beervana for our seemingly never-ending stream of local Oregon breweries and also one of the best places in the United States to get a cup of coffee.

We count farmers markets like other cities count Taco Bell, Denny's or Safeway. We've got a plethora of independent performance theaters and even movie houses that serve beer and homemade pizza. We'll not sleep until Wal-Mart has been foiled in their bid to open shop near a lovely river neighborhood. We say we shop local and we mean it. In fact, you'll find that our Portland neighborhoods are chock full with the pioneering, innovative strength of independent artists and businesses, thriving and supporting one another.

You'll be happy to know that moving to Portland Oregon means an easy commute. We boast a mass transit system that larger cities could only hope for, a small town feel in a big, but not too big city, restaurants that find fame on the review pages of New York and Los Angeles esteemed publications and more. What's not to love? here to help prepare you either for your move to Portland or to help you settle into your new home. We want to prepare you as much as humanly possible for a move to our lovely city. Want to start a community garden? You'll be at home here. Do you love dogs, beer, wine, art and outdoorsy stuff in general? Take your coat off and stay awhile: I think you're at home already!

Read more on our Moving to Portland page, complete with places to see, locals guides and neighborhood profiles.

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Hillsdale Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

Hillsdale is a popular older Portland community with a strong neighborhood connection, family friendly suburban feel, and is located close into Portland so it offers convenience and a reasonable commute along with a more laid back suburban environment for those who don't want to live in an urban environment.  For more information on Hillsdale, click here.


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 Hillsdale 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 Hillsdale, 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.

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Hillsdale neighborhood from 5/09 to 7/10:


In Hillsdale, closed sales rose from February through June while pending sales steadily declined.  In July 2010, there were 36 closed sales, 40 pending sales, and 431 homes on the market in the Hillsdale neighborhood. 


More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from July 2009 to July 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 9.1%
Homes sold: Down 35.7%
Homes pending sale: Down 7%


Chart for average price per square footage:



In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Hillsdale neighborhood has been between $143 and $204/sq. ft. In July 2010, the average price per square foot in the Hillsdale neighborhood was $164.  

One year change from July 2009 to July 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
July 2009: 187
July 2010: 164
Percentage Change: Down 12.5%

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 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Hillsdale neighborhood was 42 days.  

The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the original listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold.  This is a great indication of pressure on prices.  In July 2010, sellers in Hillsdale received, on average, 92% of their original listing price.

Change from July 2009 to July 2010:

Time on Market: Down 19.2%
Sold/List price% difference: No Change

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:


Read the rest of this article by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman.


Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Check out the full list of best deals.

6535 N FENWICK AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Arbor Lodge - $324,500

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