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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland September 1, 2012

Hello, Portlanders.  Happy Labor Day weekend!  There are several great events in Portland and surrounding areas this week.  Art in the Pearl, the Oregon State Fair, the Dahlia Festival, and more.  And, the weather promises to be nice for late summer celebrations at the Oregon Coast and Mt Hood. 

Art in the Pearl

Art in the Pearl returns for another year! All Labor Day weekend in Portland's Pearl District North Park Blocks.  Enjoy fine arts and crafts by many talented artists.


Over one hundred artists showing and selling their work  A World Music Stage with a variety of music and theater  An Education Pavillion featuring hands-on art activities for children and adults  Delicious food to enjoy!  

Labor Day Weekend in Portland's Pearl District


10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday (Sept 1,2)
10am-5pm on Monday (Sept 3)


The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between W Burnside and NW Glisan at NW 8th Avenue.


Convenient parking available at the following City Center lots NW Broadway and Couch, NW Park and Gleason, NW 9th and Davis and NW 9th and Couch.

PICA:TBA - Time Based Art 10th Year in Portland

From PICA:

September marks the exciting tenth anniversary of PICA's Time-Based Art Festival, and the first curated by Artistic Director Angela Mattox.

Happening September 6–16, 2012, TBA is a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art in Portland, Oregon. The Festival presents dozens of emerging talents and legacy artists from around the world, and particularly champions those individuals who challenge traditional forms and work across mediums.

TBA activates the city landscape with projects that bring artists and audiences into close proximity. Itinerant programs fill warehouses, theaters, and city streets with exhibits and performances, while a full schedule of workshops, talks, and late-night socializing offers outlets for the crowds to cross and mingle. PICA's annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art in Portland, Oregon.

Celebrating its tenth year, the TBA Festival will be presented September 6-16, 2012, with visual art exhibits running through October. TBA activates the entire community with art and ideas. Please stay tuned for an announcement of this year's artists and projects. Individual TBA performance tickets are now on sale online.

Swan Island Dahlia Festival - Celebrating 86 Years

The amazing dahlia festival is also running through Labor Day weekend.


Our Annual Dahlia Festival 2012
August 25th, 26th, 27th & September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
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 daily during the festival. 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.

Can’t make it to the show? Then just come visit the gorgeous fields that are also open AUGUST 1ST through SEPTEMBER, 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 8 am to 6 pm. Lots of free parking and picnic tables for those who wish to enjoy a lunch among the blooms.
We cordially invite the public to come and enjoy the view!! See you soon!!
Fresh cut dahlias are available daily at our farm, July through frost. Special orders are available upon pre-order request. To order cut flowers please call (503) 266-7711.
Our festival is held at our farm in Canby - 995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby, OR 97013

(800) 410-6540 OR (503) 266-7711

Swan Isalnd Dahlia Festival

Movies in the Park

It isn't too late to catch Portland Movies in the Park

Saturday, September 1 at Dark  - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

At Portland's Wellington Park

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Fasai.  In honor of Labor Day and the fact that many Portlanders will head out to the coast for a long weekend, here is a lovely Oregon sunset, snapped by Fasai at  Lincoln City.  Have a great weekend out there!

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! 

Oregon Coast Photo by Fasai on PortlandNeighborhood Photos

Lincoln City - Oregon Coast Sunset Photo by Fasai on

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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! 


Yeah, Another Bike Thingy

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I have a confession to make: until just recently I haven't been on my bicycle much the past year.

I know, I know, shame on me.  The fact of the matter is, the job I'd held for almost fourteen years ended late last year, and I let it affect my riding schedule.  I used to commute at least a couple times per week (and often more) via my bike even in the winter months (AND I even won the Bike To Work Challenge among my fellow employees one year, yeah boiiii!), but I had fallen into the unfortunate habit of riding ONLY to commute to and from work, and hardly ever elsewise.  Thus, when I no longer had a job to which to ride, I stopped riding altogether.  After awhile I was hired for a temporary position in Tualatin, but that didn't allow for an ergonomic, practical journey via bicycle, and so my neglected machine has sat under the stairwell outside the front door of my apartment, a mute reproach at the ready each time I walked past.

Well, and excuse me for this turn of phrase please, screw that.

I live in a city that all but BEGS me to ride my bicycle.  My gym is little more than two miles away, and anything else I need less than that.  My library is two minutes on the saddle if I hit the light right.  I have a short ride through a light-industrial area before I'm rolling through some of the most picturesque neighborhoods to be had in this city, or any other you wish to name.  I have the Springwater Corridor that couldn't be more convenient if it had the Jetson's sidewalk leading to it.  It's ridiculous that I haven't been out on my bike.  Except, you know, I had a slight accident about a month ago that left my wheels a little out of true, and I have this tear in my saddle that's just getting longer and wider, and ooh, I have quite a slash or three in both tires (cripes, man, give the bus stops as wide a berth as you can safely get away with!)...

No excuses! Scrape up the screw and get thee to the bike shop!

So I did.  Squared my shoulders, scraped up said screw, and paid a visit with bike in tow to my favorite bike shop.

That bike shop is Bike Commuter.  I don't usually hawk specific businesses here, but this shop merits the shout-out.  I've gone in several times over the last two years and have always been greeted cheerfully and given good advice, great service, and no condescension (I love my bike and I enjoy riding, but I tend to be a danger to myself, other humans, pets, and even inanimate objects when allowed to handle tools).  The ugly truth is that I've been witness to the dying interest in a bike shop salesperson's eyes once he's found out I'm not going to bestow stacks of Benjies upon him, and on those occasions my interest waned in response and I left with few or no items I'd initially wished to purchase.  I never get that at The Bike Commuter.  No Bike Snobbery.  The website states it, and the owners and staff obviously mean it.

Turns out I had to make an appointment for the tune-up, they're so busy.  Cool.  I came back in a couple days to drop my bike off before going to work.  It was ready to pick up the next day, sporting a glossy shine and spiffy new tires (Schwalbe Marathons to replace my battle-scarred Bontragers), and while I was there I picked up a new Planet Bike saddle (Planet Bike donates 25% of profits to causes promoting bicycle usage, did you know?).  Then I had to shut my eyes and braille my way outta there because I always want every other thing I see in a bike shop, most of which I don't need and half of which I wouldn't know how to use properly.  Plus the missus would have an adversarial opinion about how I'd spent the rent money, and polite as the shop folk are to me as a customer, I doubt they'd let me sleep on their floor.

Four days out of the last week I found a reason to get out and ride, to the library, to the park, to the gym, and anywhere else I felt like rolling.  Good feeling, did loads for my mood and restored a sense of internal momentum as well as external.

I'm not one of those lycra-clad mantids on a bike that exists only in two dimensions at a time.  I'm faster than some and slower than some and I sweat like Sisyphus and I sound like a busted calliope going uphill.  Never mind.  I'll bet I'm quicker than a lot of people at just enjoying myself, and that's the right kind of speed.

I advise you to go and do likewise.

P.S. Whether you're a n00b or a seasoned rider, I implore you seriously: Wear bright colors and light yourself and your machine up as much as your budget allows, because a ninja looks silly stuck in the grille of a car.  Demand your share of the right side of the road (NOT THE SIDEWALK) but be courteous to your fellow travelers.  At least yield at stop signs.  Wear a helmet, because yes they are ugly and mess up your hair, but being able to feed yourself is always in style.

That's it and that's all.

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 

Bruce Nauman

July 3, 2012 at 10am to September 16, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The third in a series of installations by major contemporary sculptor, Bruce Nauman presents three important large-scale sculptures created by one of the country’s most important sculptors and perfor Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: gallery, art, exhibit

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

Oregon State Fair

August 27, 2012 to September 3, 2012"Oregon State Fair" Aug 24 - Sept 3, 2012 Oregon State Fair Organized by Oregon State Fair | Type: oregon state fair

Lil Woody Fest in Bend, OR

September 1, 2012 all day – Portland to Bend & back to Portland The Brewvana bus is headed to Bend, Oregon for the Lil Woody Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival for a day full of fun! In the past brewers served beer that had been aged in oak casks. Once again b Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: beer festival

Art in the Pearl

September 1, 2012 to September 3, 2012"North Park Blocks - Pearl" Art In The Pearl® is a wonderful community event. Over one hundred artists show and sell work ranging from fine wooden furniture to beautiful paintings to photography, glass, clay, metal, jewelry, an Organized by Art in the Pearl | Type: art in the pearl

Cinema Classics: Rear Window Free To Seniors 9/1

September 1, 2012 at 2pm to September 2, 2012 at 2pm – The Hollywood Theatre On Saturday 9/1 and Sunday 9/2 at 2:00pm, Cinema Classics presents a 35mm print of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. A wheelchair bound photographer (Jimmy Stewart) spies on his neighbors from his apar Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: film

MFNW - MusicFestNW

September 5, 2012 to September 9, 2012Various The twelfth round of MusicfestNW will be back in Portland, OR September 5th - September 9th, 2012. Portland’s largest and most successful music festival is going to be bigger than ever! Produced by W Organized by MusicFestNW | Type: musicfestnw

PICA TBA: Time Based Art

September 6, 2012 to September 16, 2012Various Woo hoo! It's baaaack! TBA continues another year in Portland! September marks the exciting tenth anniversary of PICA's Time-Based Art Festival, and the first curated by Artistic Director Angela Matt Organized by PICA | Type: tba

Avenue Q

September 6, 2012 at 7:30pm to September 30, 2012 at 7:30pm – The Sanctuary @ Sandy Blvd Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.  Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless sto Organized by triangle productions! | Type: theatre-musical

Montavilla Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Report

Montavilla  Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report by Ross and Leah Seligman

The Montavilla neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Center, Madison South, Hazelwood, Powellhurst Gilbert and Mount Tabor neighborhoods.  To learn more about Montavilla, click here.

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

In July 2012, there were 36 closed sales, 49 pending sales, and 96 homes on the market in the Montavilla Neighborhood.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 24.4%

Homes sold: Down 5.3%

Homes pending sale: Up 40%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Montavilla neighborhood has been between $131 and $161/sq. ft. In July 2012, the average price per square foot in the Montavilla neighborhood was $161.

One year change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 11.4%


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 Montavilla neighborhood was 44 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 Montavilla received, on average, 99% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from July 2011 to July 2012:

Time on Market: Down 35.3%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 4%


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 Montavilla was $286,000. The average sale was $311,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 4%

Average sold price:  Up 2.6%


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 Montavilla 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, 44 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Montavilla 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 Montavilla 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 27th - September 3rd


1.  526 NW 13TH AVE #5 Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $925,000

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2. 1440 SW SKYLINE BLVD Portland, OR 97221 - Sylvan Highlands - $725,000

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3. 3202 SE FRANKLIN ST Portland, OR 97202 - Richmond - $499,900

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4. 2737 NE 31ST AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Alameda - $315,000

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5. 1514 NE 76TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Montavilla - $285,000

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