Portland Blog: This Week in Portland September 4 - September 11 2010
Hey Portlandia...Anyone know the origin or designer of this awesome bike rack
spotted over at Lloyd Center? If yes, reply to this blog. Inquiring minds wanna
So far, September feels a bit autumny if you pretend the scorching near-90 of
yesterday didn't actually happen. Nights are cool, mornings are cool and right
now, though blue skied and sunny, I feel a slight chill in the air. Its almost
sweater weather! Most Portlanders seem to prefer the cool, wet weather and
will admit to missing the rain. I must say that Portland feels most like herself
when its overcast, grey and rainy but I'll miss our five-minute summer!
(Yes, this year it did feel unbearably short)
I have much to do on this long weekend: update some
Portland neighborhood pages, eat at the luscious Screen Door, harvest my
hops (yeah!), ride my moto to Coava Coffee Roasters, boating on the Columbia and
mimosas at Bridges cafe. Mmmmm. I live for three day weekends!
Hope your weekend is loooong and luxurious. Send us pics of what you do and
what you see - we'd love to live vicariously through you. Heck, you might
even win something cool. Look below.
The Portland Photo of the Week
This picture was snapped somewhere in
Portland and is a pretty good depiction of "Portland". Our favorite photos
are candid shots of what it really feels like to live here in this ever-odd and
interesting city. Kudos to
Thomas for capturing this Portland moment.
Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a
local Portland business of our choosing.
Earl 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.
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
Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
Winderlea Winery Summer Food Cart Series
Summer Sundays at Winderlea Winery - Join forces with creative chefs from
some of the best street food. What could be more fun than a visit to our
stunning tasting room overlooking some of the oldest vineyards in Oregon for
a street cart lunch paired with Winderlea wine.
Sunday Sept 5 - Kevin Sandri of Garden State Carts
All lunches are $20 and include a gourmet cart meal along with a glass of
pinot noir rose, chardonnay, or Dundee Hills Vineyards pinor noir. Lunch
served from noon - 4pm Sunday.
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.
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!
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.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 26th 10 am - 3 pm
A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump, and skip
- without having to watch out for cars! The 4.5-mile Northwest Portland
Sunday Parkways route will have two loops, connecting SW Stark Street, Old
Town Chinatown, Pearl and Northwest neighborhoods. Activities, food, and
entertainment will be in Couch and Wallace Parks and along the route.
Ah, yes. It rains a lot here. Between November and April we normally don't go
even one day without rain. Some reports say Portland has rain approximately 155
days per year. Let us clarify though, this is the type of rain we call "The
Smattering". It's raining but it's really just wet: this is not a downpour. It's
kind of like someone has turned on the faucet and forgot to turn it off all the
way; drip, drip, drip--That kind of rain.
Portland Hippies and the other Variation We Call Hipsters
We do seem to have an abundance of hippies and hipsters and I think we're
better for it! As some people have joked, Portland might be one of the only
places where your suit-sporting CFO does yoga and plays the mandolin on his/her
lunch hour! We also have a huge mass of folks who are into urban gardening,
raising chickens (in the city), fiercely support their local co-ops, collect
rainwater, compost and are hell-bent on recycling everything humanly possible.
Is that hippy or is that just smart? You decide. When you move to Portland, it
means a relaxed "come as you are" lifestyle that really grows on you.
Not only is it green here year round, but we pretty much embody
"eco-friendly". The City of Portland has a program that promotes green building
as a standard of development. Our best Portland realtors are certified
Eco-Brokers. Portland ranks at the very top of the nation (is that first or
second?) in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developments.
Not only does Portland believe strongly in sustainability but the city offers
incentives to those who do. It's not uncommon to see turn of the (last) century
homes with solar panels. Most Portlanders eschew cars wherever possible,
preferring to embrace bicycle commuting (we are also, ahem, as of 2007, ranked
number one in the nation for bike commuting to work). Yeah, we might be a little
green and that definitely ain't bad.
Portland is Artsy
Moving to Portland doesn't mean a lack of culture, including fantastic art.
We have dozens of art galleries spread across the city. So many galleries, in
fact, that Portlanders find great fun in thinking of new ways to experience
them. We've got First Thursday in the Pearl District, Last Thursday in Alberta
Arts, art crawls customized to take you here and there (from brewery to gallery
and beyond) and much, much more. We celebrate art here--with a vengeance!
Portland is Independent
There is a reason that Portland makes headlines for fire-bombing a newly
opened Starbucks and storming the city gates demanding Wal-Mart pack their bags
and G-O! There is a huge movement here (or is it simply a way of life?) to
embrace the locally owned Portland businesses. Restaurants will proudly tell you
that they "bought local" meats and veggies, as will your locally owned and
operated groceries. We have organizations that exist to promote the locally
owned businesses by educating Portlanders on the benefits of shopping local.
Think about it: bolster your own economy, keep jobs local/grow jobs at home,
support your community, conserve your hard earned tax dollars--What's not to
love about a big city with a small town feel?
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Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Real Estate Report
By Ross Seligman
The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood has beautiful old homes and lovely
quiet streets. Named for the extinct volcano of Mt. Tabor park located here,
this neighborhood is bordered by Sunnyside, North Tabor, Montavilla, South
Tabor and Richmond. See more about Mt. Tabor here
by reading the full neighborhood profile.
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 Mt. Tabor 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
If you are looking for homes in Mt. Tabor, visit this
link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood.
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 Mt. Tabor
neighborhood from 05/09 to 07/10:
Over last month, inventory has spiked while closed sales are down. Pending
sales, however, have risen. In July 2010, there were 10 closed sales, 18
pending, and 73 on the market.
One year change from July 2009 to July 2010:
Inventory (how many homes on the market): Up 5.8%
Homes sold: Down 64.3%
Homes pending sale: Down 25%
Chart for average price per square footage:
Over the past 15 months in Mt. Tabor, the average price per square
foot has been between $116 and $167. In July 2010, the average price per square
foot was $164.
One year change from July 2009 to July 2010:
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
July 2009: 156
July 2010: 164
Percentage Change: Up 5.1%
Days on market and 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, the average time on
market for a home was 55 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 the pressure on prices. On average, in July 2010,
sellers were receiving 97% of their original listing price.
One of the really nice things about Portland is the number of co-housing
groups here -- at least five, and more forming. Co-housing is about having your
own space (like I have my own apartment) but having an extended family living
next door. You join co-housing because you want to be part of a community. Some
of the co-housing groups in Portland live on the Eastside and some are on the
West-side. Some consist of groups of houses, others are remodeled apartment
houses. I live in Daybreak Co-housing in North Portland, and our building is new
We're really thinking of putting down roots for our next move. We are late
30-somethings with a nearly 2 year old and live in Baltimore city right now. Can
anyone offer some advice on some great areas...East
Coast to West Coast
I am middle aged and thinking of making a major life change, moving alone
(with cats and dog) from Massachusetts to a place that eventually I can live
without driving. I drive but am sick of the aggression in Boston driving and
although I love the freedom, I can foresee a day I would rather not depend on
is Portland for a non-driver?
In about a month my boyfriend and I will be relocating to Portland together.
We have been looking at apartments on line but we can't decide if we want to
live on the east or west side of the river. East
At TriMet's new Bike & Ride facilities, you can park your bike in a secure,
enclosed building with keycard access. You pay just pennies per hour, with no
monthly fee. Now open at Sunset Transit Center, and opening later this fall at
Beaverton and Gresham Central TCs.
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