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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland September 18 - September 25 2010

Good morning and happy weekend, Portlandia!  I see a faint hint of sun every now and then and am hoping for a full or even partial break to accompany me on my run. After I chug some coffee (Coava, yeah!) I plan to scoop up a friend and head over to Forest Park's Upper Macleay trail for a soul cleansing hike. I love Forest Park so much that when I meet someone new, I always ask if they have been there. I am continually stunned by how many people, long time Portlanders even, have not! 

So here's the skinny on this local area gem: Forest Park is not only a defined Portland neighborhood, but an urban city park as well. The park itself is truly a slice of lush green heaven. Approximately 5,156 acres sit smack dab in the middle of Portland. Popular for its many foot and bike trails, equestrian trails and intoxicating natural beauty, the park is a destination spot for many locals looking to relax, exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Read more about the neighborhood.

This is heaven, indeed. Just a stones throw away. Run or walk by the stream and enjoy the healing magic of Forest Park.


The Portland Photo of the Week

Our Portland Photo of the Week is a lovely shot of downtown Portland, Portland Scape, by Jennifer Lundstrom .

Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Jennifer will receive a $20 gift cert to one of our local favorites, 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, stunning cafe is a "tasting room" for their onsite 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 focusing on events happening this very weekend!  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.

This Weekend!  PICA: Time Based Art Festival

PICA's annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance, dance, music, new media, and visual arts projects in Portland, Oregon. Entering its eighth year, the TBA Festival is presented September 9-19, 2010, with visual art installations running through October 17th. TBA celebrates artists from across and in-between all mediums, and activates the entire community with art and ideas.

Learn more about the PICA: Time Based Art Festival

This Weekend!  Portland Pirate Festival

Under the bridge in St Johns, you'll find a passel of pirates and they wanna be friends. Kind of.

AHOY Land-lubbers! Climb aboard as the 5th Annual Portland PIRATE Festival sets sail for two exciting days of piratical fun and family adventure under the historic St. John’s Bridge in Cathedral Park. This year, the festival has rigged a whole fleet of new performers and attractions to celebrate the 5th anniversary.

Privateer Scavenger Hunts for all ages, with treasure to be found, will take place both days of the festival and are brand new this year!

On Saturday, September 18th enter the 1st Stumptown Beard & Mustache Competition. Watch on as competitors display the fanciest facial hair in the Northwest and vie for prizes and titles in six categories. Sanctioned by Beard Team USA (, this event is hosted by Stumptown Stash and Beard Collective ( and PDXYar (

On Sunday, September 19th come help Portland reclaim our GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ ( for “THE LARGEST GATHERING of PIRATES”. We set the record with 1,670 pirates at the 2009 festival on Sunday, September 20th. Now the Brits in Hastings, UK have claimed the record with 6,166 at an event held on Aug 6th, 2010. In the words of the PPF organizers, “This means pirate war!” The new record attempt will occur on Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day and will be hosted by Cap’n Slappy; world famous co-creator of this international pirate holiday.

For the kids, this year’s lineup includes the giant strolling puppets of Seattle’s Zambini Brothers, Let’s Pretend’s interactive high energy children’s theater, Dragon Theater Puppet Shows, Pirate Sea Battle strategy game by PDXYar, swordplay, scavenger hunts and interactive games with The Pirates of Puget Sound, a pandemonium of colorful parrots and giant inflatable rides on Scupper Monkey Island where every kid gets a free balloon and airbrush tattoo.

History comes alive as Oberon’s Three Penny Tavern serves old world mead, cider and Oregon’s own Ninkasi brews, complete with tavern wenches & pub sings, B.O.O.M. Pirates and the King’s Navy recreate cannon and sword battles on the beach, Academia Duellatoria demonstrates and teaches traditional sword play and Jim Rich, Pirates of the Caribbean Blacksmith and other historians provide insights on the piratical past.

Three stages will feature two full days of Music at this year’s Portland Pirate Festival including Portland’s own Bilgerats &Pyrettes, Chervona, Chata Addy. Lost Highwaymen, Sam Bam Boo and Bellissimonde. New musical acts are the Dreadnoughts, Tom Lewis, Pirates Charles and kindie favorite Eric Herman.

Learn more about Portland Pirate Festival


This Weekend and until Tuesday!  Solidarity Rummage Sale

Discover how rummage can promote equality and justice while finding great deals and “must-have” treasures.

Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women. To donate rummage, volunteer, or for more information call 503-240-4462 or email

Solidarity Rummage Sale details


This Weekend! Mt Angel Oktoberfest

There is no more appropriate setting for an American version of the "Old World" Oktoberfest than in Mount Angel, Oregon. The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation. It is Oregon's largest folk festival.

Open Thursday - Saturday From 11 a.m. 'til midnight.
Open Sunday from 11 a.m. 'til 9:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Mt Angel Oktoberfest


This Weekend! The Hood River County Fruit Loop Pear Celebration 2010 

The Hood River Valley is famous throughout the world for wonderful pears. The Hood River Pear Celebration is the Fruit Loop’s homage to them. Some 18 different varieties of fresh pears are available at farms along the Fruit Loop, along with pear wines, live music, artisan foods, pear desserts, a corn maze, BBQ, lavender farms, baby alpacas, and other attractions.

Learn more about the Pear Celebration


An Insiders View to Portland

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Answer: A testament to all that is Local Portland!

Portland Oregon, the Rose City, is full of wonderful neighborhoods, each with it's own unique personality and character. Whether you're a local, visiting, or interested in moving to Portland, we'll break it all down for you, neighborhood by neighborhood. So you can decide for yourself what to see and do in Portland, Oregon, whether it is the communities in the Northeast, Southeast, the Pearl District, or any one of the ninety-five Portland neighborhoods that make our town a wonderful place to visit and live. Come explore and experience the look and feel of each Portland neighborhood, with great photos that tell a story and information about the people, places, and businesses who create each living community.

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September 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening?

By Ross Seligman

They are a comparison of August 2009 - August 2010 for all of Multnomah County and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Multnomah County as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Multnomah County. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

We are now in the strongest buyer's market in 15 months.  In August 2010, we see our highest inventory in that time period at 4197 homes on the market.  This means that sellers have to make sure they are doing all of the steps necessary to sell their home.  If you are a seller and have any questions about this, feel free to contact me.  In August 2010, 442 homes sold and 524 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from August 09 to August 10:

For Sale: 3679 in August 09, 4197 in August 10. Inventory is Up 14.1%
Sold homes: 648 sold in August 09, 442 sold in August 10. Sales are Down 31.8%.
Pending sales: 694 pending for sale in August 09, 524 pending for sale in August 10. Pending sales are down 24.5%.

Chart for average price per square footage:



In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $136 and $151. In August 2010, the average price per square foot in Portland was $146.

Yearly change from August 09 to August 10:

Average price per square foot in August 09 was $146. In August 10 it is $146. This figure has remained steady.

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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 68 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In August 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from August 09 to August 10:

Average time it takes to sell a home in August 09 was 56 days. In August 10, it is 68 days. An increase of time on market of 21.4%. 
The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 94% in August 09 and is 92% in August 10.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:



The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In August 2010, this figure was $308,000.

Yearly change from August 09 to August 10:

The average price of a home listed in August 09 was $390,000. In August 10, $356,000. This figure has decreased by 8.7%.
The average price of a home sold in August 09 was $285,000. In August 10 it was $308,000 This figure has increased 8.1%.

Months of inventory:


Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In August 2010, this figure was 9.5 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a strong buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 9.5 months for your home to sell. That number was 68 days, remember? It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Multnomah County from this moment, it would take 9.5 months for all available homes to sell before there would be nothing left.

Yearly change from August 09 to August 10:

The months of inventory in August 09 was 5.7 months. In August 10, it is 9.5 months. This figure has increased by 67.2%. This is a great indicator of the status of the market.

View the original 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.

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Moving to Portland from Philadelphia 

Hello all, As the title says, I'm hoping to move to Portland by the beginning of October (perhaps earlier, perhaps later, I really don't know!) but I want to learn more about the city and its people b…

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Co-housing in Portland 

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 h…

Started by Laura Polich in General Portland Discussion


East coast to west coast 

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 area…

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How is Portland for nondriver? 

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 aggr…

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Vacation in Portland 

Hi Guys!   First of all, thank you all for contributions you are making to this wonderful page! Absolutely wonderful source of information and inspiration.   Before we decide to move full time to Por…

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Portland Eats Out

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Portland Eats Out (PEO) is a community of like-minded eaters, coming together as members of a discount dining club to support the local restaurant community and promote hunger relief in Oregon.

PEO supports our local restaurant community by incenting members to dine out frequently on "slower nights" (Sunday through Thursday). PEO offers an on-going 15% discount at participating establishments. PEO
is Portland's only discount dining club that advocates collective giving to help eliminate hunger in Oregon -- 10% of every paid membership goes directly to the Oregon Food Bank. Become a Member of Portland Eats Out Today!

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