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This Week in Portland Sept 10 - Sept 17 2011

Welcome to another edition of our weekly Portland blog!  This hot summer weekend, I hope you have a chance to get out and experience MusicFest NW.  It continues through this weekend with concerts at nearly every Portland music venue, including outdoor concerts at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  

You can purchase tickets to individual shows, or get a wristband to get into all venues.  Make your own itinerary and enjoy a musical tour of Portland.  On Thursday night, we went to Wonder Ballroom for The Joy Formidable set, then headed to Branx for some amazing shows by the Suuns, Breakfast Mountain, Talk Demonic, and Handsome Furs.

Tonight it's the Doug Fir with Ages and Ages, Pickwick, the Givers, and Lost Lander.  And this weekend, we will join throngs of people in Pioneer Courthouse Square for Band of Horses, and Explosions in the Sky.  If you enjoy live music even a little, get out there and experience this amazing Portland music event this weekend.  

Of all the bands we heard last night, one of the most impressive was the Suuns.  With zero preamble, they blasted onto the stage full throttle, blowing waves of sound and emotion through the room like a tidal wave of energy. After the first set, the girl standing next to me said "Wow!  I haven't felt anything like that in a long time!"  

There are so many talented bands in town this week you can't go wrong at any Portland music venue.  We also heard Portland's own Talk Demonic with a mix of electronica, drums,and viola, delivering a pounding bass beat mixed with an ethereal dreamy quality.  I overhead a fan say, "Sprinkle some fairy dust on that!", after a particularly haunting melody.

One of the best parts about MusicFestNW is getting out in Portland and meeting other people who enjoy our amazing city and the richness of life in Portland.  Many people have traveled to Portland for this event , including many of the bands.  Ritzy of Joy Formidable perhaps said it best when she said, "Hey Portland, what a great city you have here!"

Portland Swimming Pools - Outdoor Pools in Portland

If you're looking for a way to cool off this weekend, check out Portland Parks and Recreation's website with a list of Portland swimming pools.

From Portland Parks:

Creston Pool
SE 44th Ave & Powell Blvd 

Grant Pool
NE 33rd Ave & US Grant Pl 

Montavilla Community Center & Pool
8219 NE Glisan St 

Peninsula Park Community Center & Pool
700 N Rosa Parks Way 

Pier Pool
N Seneca St & St Johns Ave 

Sellwood Pool
7951 SE 7th Ave 

Wilson Pool
1151 SW Vermont St 

Get out there and enjoy one of our hottest summer weekends yet, and enjoy  living life in Portland!  

New Coffee Shop Opens in North Portland

We wanted to let everyone know about a new coffee shop opening in Portland this weekend and next week, The Arbor Lodge.

The soft open is tonight and this weekend, and it will be fully open on Monday.  Welcome to the neighborhood, and good luck with your coffee shop in Portland!

1507 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217
google map

Opens Monday September 12th, 2011

Open House
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th from 6pm - 9pm

Opening Daily     6:30am - 6pm


Belmont Street Fair - This Weekend

Below, from:

Imagine! September 10, 2011 - Noon to 8:00 pm!

This year’s Belmont Area Street Fair promises to be a spectacular event with all the best of past fairs plus some new and exciting twists. Our theme this year is Imagine! Imagine the possibilities of a thriving local community! Imagine…art on every corner…community potluck dinners…great local businesses within walking distance…backyard eggs for all… human powered transport on car free streets…

Belmont Street between 33rd and 37th will be car free once again. As one fair enthusiast said last year, “After you go to this fair, you'll wonder why they don't always shut down SE Belmont to cars/buses between 33rd and 37th…it just feels right.” A free Ecoshuttle will link special events along Belmont between 20th to 48th Avenues.

The Sunnyside Neighborhood Green will return to 34th and Belmont. You’ll find an expanded Kids Fun Center, with activities for kids of all ages, an integrated bouncy house and mini-golf course, and juggling with Do Jump. Be sure to visit the Artist’s Alley, showcasing the work of local artists, and the alternative transportation exposition, which this year will feature cargo bikes.

Local musicians will perform on multiple stages, with a main stage lineup that is sure to please:
• Chazz Funk All Stars (12:00 – 12:45 pm)
• Dusu Mali (1:00 – 2:00 pm)
• Sarah Moon & The Night Sky (2:15 – 3:15 pm)
• Sweet Juice (3:30 – 5:00 pm)
• Brothers of the Baladi (5:15 – 6:15 pm)
• Saloon Ensemble - featuring members of March Forth Marching Band (6:30 – 8 pm)

The Fair will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, from Noon to 8pm. The fair is a collaboration between the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and the Belmont Area Business Association, and organizers (Katie from Hall of Records and Tim from SNA) have been working overtime to make this year's fair a fun-filled, car-free community event filled with local artists, musicians, street vendors, and family-friendly activities…and where you can just imagine the possibilities.

Belmont Neighborhood Page

This Week's Top Ten in Portland

In honor of MusicFestNW, this week our Portland Top Ten is focused on Portland Music Venues and places to see hear live music in Portland.  Find more Portland music venues on the  Portland Music Venues page.

1. Doug Fir - 830 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214 

(503) 231-9663

2.  Wonder Ballroom - 128 NE Russell St Portland, OR 97212 

Wonder Ballroom TICKETS

(503) 284-8686

3. Crystal Ballroom - 1332 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209 

Crystal Ballroom TICKETS

(503) 225-0047


4.  Mississippi Studios - 3939 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227 

(503) 288-3895

5.  Rotture - 315 SE 3rd Ave Portland, OR 97214 

(503) 234-5683

6.   Aladdin Theater - 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland, OR 97255


(503) 233-1994

7.  Goodfoot Lounge - 2845 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97214 

(503) 239-9292


8.  Hawthorne Theatre - 1507 SE 39th AVE Portland, OR 97214 

(503) 233-7100

9.  Dante's - 1 SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR 97204 

(503) 226-6630


10. Pioneer Courthouse Square - 701 Southwest 6th Ave, Portland, OR

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Michael Barton who captured several images of the World Forestry Center this week.  Thanks, Michael, we always enjoy your Portland photos.

World Forestry Center by Michael Barton

World Forestry Center by Michael Barton

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

If you're a book lover and you live in Portland Oregon, then Powells Bookstore is no surprise to you because it is a local favorite. Powell's City of Books is one of the most visited spots in town whether you're visiting Portland and looking for popular places to visit, or whether you've lived in Portland your entire life.  they say 80,000 people browse the shelves of Powells each day.   If you're visiting with a group, you can even arrange a tour.  "From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell's Books has grown into one of the world's great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world's most successful dot-coms ( serving customers worldwide." (  Learn all about Powells Bookstore.

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! 


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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 for free (please read our terms of service first). 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: 8/03 7:30PM PDT ESPN2 Portland/Los Angeles 8/06 7:30PM PDT FOX 12 estrellaTV 8.3 San Jose/Portland 8/14 6 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

SWEAT - Portland Sketch Comedy at Theater Theatre

September 3, 2011 at 8pm to October 1, 2011 at 9pm – "Theater Theatre" SWEAT - Portland Sketch Comedy, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct 1st.  Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont Described as "Scream-with-surprise, rock-out-of-your-seat-with-laughter funny."   http://swe Organized by SWEAT | Type: sweat

"God of Carnage"

September 6, 2011 at 7:30pm to October 9, 2011 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre What’s so funny about parents acting like children? This 2009 Tony winner for Best Play, tells the story of two sets of parents who meet to discuss a bullying incident in what they hoped would be a “ Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: performance

WWEEK's MusicFestNW - MFNW Portland

September 7, 2011 to September 11, 2011Various, see website for schedule MusicFestNW is back! Portland Music Event The eleventh annual MusicfestNW is coming back to Portland, Oregon September 7th - September 11th. This year Portland's largest and most successful music fes Organized by WWEEK | Type: mfnw

PICA: TBA Time Based Art

September 9, 2011 at 6pm to September 18, 2011 at 7pm – various 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. Now in its nin Organized by PICA | Type: tba

Belmont Street Fair 2011

September 10, 2011 all day – "Belmont Street" Belmont Street Fair 2011 in SE Portland What's Happening The Street Fair Local News Upcoming Events Imagine! September 10, 2011 - Noon to 8:00 pm! Planning for the 2011 Street Fair, "Imagine" is Organized by Belmont | Type: belmont street fair

DoveLewis Westie Walk

September 10, 2011 from 9am to 12pm – Wallace Park Registration 9:00AM, Walk begins 10:00AM Registration Fee: $20 per dog Hundreds of “Westies” (West Highland Terriers) take their owners to Northwest Portland for a 1½ mile walk and lots of attention Organized by DoveLewis | Type: fundraiser

Genealogy Library Celebrates Move with over 80 Free Events

September 10, 2011 at 9:30am to October 8, 2011 at 5pm – The Ford Building Portland’s best kept secret, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library, is moving to 2505 SE 11th Avenue, on the corner of southeast 11th and Division. We are happy to have found a new home in the his Organized by Genealogical Forum of Oregon | Type: grand, opening

Pinot in the City

September 10, 2011 at 2pm to September 11, 2011 at 6pm – Pearl District More than 100 wineries. One urban block. Experience the Willamette Valley like never before.Two days of spectacular Willamette Valley wines, winemakers and food. Meet the faces behind the labels in a Organized by Willamette Valley Wineries Association | Type: wine, festival

Hillsdale Paella Dinner

September 10, 2011 from 6pm to 11pm – Under the big tent next to Korkage Wine Shop Hillsdale Paella Dinner, Saturday, September 10 at 6 p.m. Chef Coonfield is joining us this September to introduce Hillsdale to Paella the proper Spanish way…by breaking all state records and hosting Organized by Hillsdale Main Street | Type: fundraiser, for, hillsdale, main, street

Tour de Lab: Lucky Lab Bike Ride

September 11, 2011 all day – "Lucky Lab" Get ready to ride your bike with thousands of other doggerrific people for a whimsical day in support of DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. Are you feeling playful like Organized by Lucky Lab Brew Pub | Type: tour de lab

Chalk Art Festival

September 11, 2011 from 10am to 2pm – Hillsdale Farmers Market, sidewalk in front of Rieke Elementary School Chalk Art Festival, Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual Chalk Art Festival is happening at the Hillsdale Farmers Market in front of Rieke Elementary School on Sunday, September 11, Organized by Wilson Area Arts Council | Type: free, chalk, art, festival

O-Tsukimi, Moonviewing, at the Portland Japanese Garden

September 11, 2011 at 7pm to September 13, 2011 at 9pm – Portland Japanese Garden  Moonviewing, or O-Tsukimi, is a traditional Japanese festival which honors the full moon in autumn. On the evenings of September 11, 12, and 13, guests enjoy a quiet evening in the Garden, observe a Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: festival

Pink Martini with guest singer, Storm Large

September 11, 2011 at 7:30pm to September 13, 2011 at 7:30pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland's two great bands are back together again, for three performances! Featuring guest singer, Storm Large   September 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30pm   Organized by Shannon Svaglic | Type: concert

Sylvan Highlands Neighborhood Real Estate Report

by Ross Seligman

Sylvan Highlands is like living in a forested city park.  Beautiful homes offer stunning views and you'll feel secluded and set apart from the rest of Portland.  Nearby you'll find the lovely Forest Park. One of the most beautiful parks in the country, Forest Park offers miles of hiking trails through lush green woodland. This park truly personifies the Pacific Northwest. Starting at NW 29th Ave and Upshur and spanning all the way to Newberry Road, Forest Park sits smack dab in the middle of Portland, literally neighboring downtown Portland. Enjoy hours of foot, bike and equestrian trails all while relaxing in the intoxicating natural beauty. Forest Park is dog friendly- your four-legged friends will love it here! To learn more about Sylvan Highlands, click here.
Are you keeping an eye on Sylvan Highlands 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 Sylvan Highlands 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 Sylvan Highlands 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 Sylvan Highlands neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In July 2011, there were 8 closed sales, 7 pending sales, and 85 homes on the market in the Sylvan Highlands Neighborhood.

One year change from July 2010 to July 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 27.6%
Homes sold: Down 11.1%
Homes pending sale: Down 50%
Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood has been between $142 and $200/sq. ft. In July 2011, the average price per square foot in the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood was $196.

One year change from July 2010 to July 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
July 2010: 165
July 2011: 196
Percentage Change: Up 18.9%

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 Sylvan Highlands neighborhood was 66 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 Sylvan Highlands received, on average, 90% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from July 2010 to July 2011:

Time on Market: Down 24.1%
Sold/List price % difference: Down 2%

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 Sylvan Highlands was $807,000. The average sale was $580,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 8.9%
Average sold price:  Up 20.1%

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 Sylvan Highlands neighborhood had 10.6 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 10.6 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in July, 66 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Sylvan Highlands from this point forward, in 10.6 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 Real Estate Deals in Portland - Homes for Sale in Portland

Each week, Ross shares five cool Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.


4343 SW FAIRVIEW BLVD Portland, OR 97221 - Sylvan Highlands - $2,875,000

See the full listing here.

7335 N SYRACUSE ST Portland, OR 97203 - Cathedral Park - $199,900

See the full listing here.

View all the deals this week.

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