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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland September 25 - October 2 2010

Wow, I love early mornings like this one. The sun peeking through the bamboo in the backyard and a light fog rising up creating a kind of magical looking mist. I love sunny mornings. Especially in Portland where they are a treat, indeed. As you probably know, we are in the midst of a Portland Indian Summer. Indian Summer is defined as: a period of unusually warm weather in the autumn. The forecast predicts the next several days to be in the 70s and 80s...get outside and take it all in!

Something you definitely don't want to miss is the Vaux's Swifts over at Chapman school in NW Portland. They should be there for the next several days-- so head over an hour before the sun goes down and enjoy the show! 

Vaux's Swifts

Hope you enjoy this awesome Portland weekend! I'm headed to the Big Easy...have any recommendations?  Send 'em my way!


The Portland Photo of the Week

Our Portland Photo of the Week is a "Quiet time in the garden" by Lindsay.  I love the Japanese Garden where this photo was taken -- what a Portland gem. Learn more about the Portland Japanese Garden.

Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Lindsay 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.


Lucky Lab Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne, Portland
9/25 11:00AM–5:00PM

Bring your dirty dogs to the Lucky Lab and we promise to send them home squeaky clean! If you look closely
you may see a local celebrity doing the dirty work!  In the meantime, kick back and enjoy lunch, a live band and a refreshing beverage. All proceeds benefit the DoveLewis Blood Bank 

2010 Firefly Community Lantern Walk

The City Repair Project presents the Firefly Community Lantern Walk to be held along Portland’s river front on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm. The FIREFLY COMMUNITY LANTERN WALK is a community-based event held to promote connection to natural cycles. The event seeks to create a space for Portland community members to gather together to acknowledge the passing from summer to autumn – to celebrate harvest time and the shifting in balance of light.

The lantern walk route will start at the Main Street Plaza on the Eastbank Esplanade, just north of the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge. From there, participants can walk or ride a 2.5 mile circular route around the river: first north along the Eastbank Esplanade, then over the Steel Bridge, and back along Waterfront Park to the Hawthorne Bridge.

This is a free, all-ages event.

Participants are asked to bring a lantern or lights to carry. Lighted bikes are encouraged to start out first and be a vanguard for the procession.

Go to for further details about the Firefly Lantern Walk, ReWare workshops, and information about The City Repair Project.

Portland Polish Festival

The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts, … It is for everyone. 

During the festival, we provide non-stop stage performances, including a few dance groups and music bands, polka contest on Saturday and Sunday, a street dance, delicious Polish food and imported Polish beer. The event is held on Failing Street between the two historic buildings of the Polish Library built in 1911 and St. Stanislaus Church built in 1907, both located on N. Interstate Avenue in Portland Oregon.

Saturday: Sept 25, 11am - 10pm
Sunday, Sept 26, noon - 6pm
3900 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, Oregon

We have a ton of other local Portland events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!

Nob Hill Neighborhood

The Nob Hill neighborhood, also known as the NW 21st and 23rd Avenue neighborhood (with street signs also referring to the area as the Historic Alphabet district), is apparently known by many names. But, to anyone who lives in Portland, you know what area we are talking about in spite of the naming confusion. This is a very popular and trendy area to shop, dine, walk, and generally just hang out. Many restaurants, coffee shops, and specialty retail shops and boutiques line the two main drags of NW 21st and NW 23rd Avenues. You'll also find some great bars, spas, salons, and local markets...all with a creative flair.

Northwest neighbors find that Couch Park is an attractive green space to relax.

For some exercise, locals tell us they love walking up the hill to Pittock Mansion via the sidewalk staircases up through the West Hills, then walk down through Forest Park to Lower MacCleay park on Upshur. It’s a good 2+ hour hike and it’s like urban mountain climbing.

More neighborhood park links:

Wallace Park

Washington Park

Macleay Park

Read more about the Nob Hill neighborhood in NW Portland or find other neighborhoods.

New to Portland or visiting?  Check out our list of Best Portland Restaurants!


Portland's... Artists Repertory Theatre

Twitter and Facebook Integration

Now you can share your community content postings directly to Twitter and Facebook.  Click the "Twitter" or "Facebook" icons when you post your Portland event, Portland photos, blogs, etc. and post your content directly to Twitter and Facebook at the same time.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

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 Beaumont Wilshire 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 Beaumont Wilshire, 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 Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood from 6/09 to 8/10:

In Beaumont Wilshire, closed and pending sales have held strong throughout 2010 with small declines in the last couple of months.  Inventory has been declining slightly also.  In August 2010, the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood had 19 closed sales, 20 pending, and 104 on the market.

One year change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 9.6%
Homes sold: Up 5.6%
Homes pending sale: Down 37.5%

Chart for average price per square footage:



In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood has been between $163 and $204/sq. ft. In August 2010, the average price per square foot in the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood was $170.  

One year change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
August 2009: 165
August 2010: 170
Percentage Change: Up 3%

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 August 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood was 38 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 pressure on prices.  In August 2010, sellers in Beaumont Wilshire received, on average, 93% of their original listing price.

Change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Time on Market: Down 44.1%
Sold/List price% difference: Up 5%

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 August 2010, the average price of a house on the market in Beaumont Wilshire was $568,000. The average sale was $506,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 1.7%
Average sold price:  Up 7.4%

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.  August 2010 in the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood was buyer's market with 5.5 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 5.5 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in August, 38 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Beaumont Wilshire from this point forward, in 5.1 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

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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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


Portland Schools

Greetings, this is my first interaction on this thing. I've been living here since mid-July and am looking into public high schools near the NE district. I'm sixteen and know no one my age here. I sa…

Started by Simon X. in General Portland Discussion Sep 20.


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…

Started by Crystal H 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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