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This Week in Portland October 1 - October 8 2011

Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly Portland blog!  What a beautiful week we have had so far. Warm, sunny and just plain awesome. I've been out running, biking and spending as much time as I can outside - even if its just hanging out with a hose in one hand, glass of wine in the other and admiring my gorgeous garden that has flourished so nicely this last season. Soak it up, folks, sweater weather is coming your way and I am pretty sure today is The Day...

On that note, we share a haiku from Rob Creighton Garrison:

Summer's fading light;

Colors in the Great Wheel turn

To Winter shadows


Downtown Portland by Gerry Villani

If you are moving to or are new to Portland and this is a your first rodeo in terms of the Portland RAIN, well, we have a few words to share on that subject on our Moving to Portland Guide:

Is Portland Rainy?

Does a bear...uh, yes. It rains a lot here. A lot. If you are moving to Portland Oregon it is imperative that you know there will be long periods for which you will not see the sun. 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.

In other news: Remember that show Wheel of Fortune? Well, the show Wheel of Fortune is in town and looking for contestants to be on the show?



This Week's Top Ten in Portland

This week, we identify the top ten places to take someone who is visiting or has just moved to Portland. You locals might wanna have a look too-- we are always amazed at how many people have "never been to....!"

1. Located in Portland's Old Town China Town, the Portland Saturday Market is a must-see . Peruse the dozens of booths of handmade crafts, enjoy the amazing local foods and embrace the real Portland. Despite the name, Saturday Market is open on Sunday's, too. Category: SHOPPING FANATICS, FAMILIES, PEOPLE WATCHING

2. The Portland Japanese Garden is a stunning masterpiece, offering incredible views of downtown Portland and Mt. Hood. Category: GARDEN LOVERS, ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS

3. Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square - Portland's Living Room is a central hub for tons of Downtown Portland events, year round.  Come visit the Portland Pioneer Square and become a part of Portland's history. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, SHOPPING FANATICS, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS

4. The Portland Farmers Market - is located in downtown Portland and simply cannot be missed. Pick up local organic produce, dairy products, fresh baked breads, honey and much, much more. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FOODIES, PEOPLE WATCHING

5. Portland coffee shops are wonderful, so you will not want to miss a tour of some of our most popular local Portland coffee shops.  We are known for our fine coffee and you won't taste better anywhere, plus each Portland coffee house is unique and worth a visit while pouring over a magazine or local paper, or just people watching. Category: FOODIES, SHOPPING FANATICS

6. Pittock Mansion - Enjoy a piece of Portland's history and tour this magnificent mansion located in Portland with lovely gardens and scenery. Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, HISTORY BUFFS

7. Eastbank Esplanade - This paved trail goes around the Willamette River downtown, offering a great place to walk, bike, skate, or just people watch while enjoying the river scenery and Portland cityscape.  There are benches and several mini parks and statues along the trail, making it a pleasant place to spend time in Portland during the summer months.  Walk around the lower deck of the Steel bridge to cross over from Downtown Portland. Category: FAMILIES, BIKING, WALKING, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS, ROMANTIC

8. Laurelhurst Park - Another SE Portland favorite, Laurelhurst is a classic Portland park with mature trees and lovely scenery.  The perfect place for a family picnic or other fun things to do in Portland with kids or your whole family.  It's also a romantic place for couples.Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS

9. The largest used and new bookstore in the world, Powell's City of Books has been wowing locals and visitors alike since 1971. This store spans an entire city block, guaranteeing it will take you hours to traverse the nooks and crannies and color coded sections but we know you will love every minute of it! Category: BOOKWORMS, FAMILIES

10. Council Crest - For stunning views of Portland on a clear day, this is one of the most popular parks in Portland. Council Crest is thought to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level. Originally known as Talbot's Mountain after its pioneer settlers, it has also been known as Glass Hill and later as Fairmount, the name of the road that encircles it. Category: ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS, WALKING

Want more ideas? Here is a whole list of "Things to Do in Portland".



The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Fasai. Fasai snapped this photo while at the Corn Maize and pumpkin patch on the beautiful Sauvie Island.

Corn Maize, Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island


Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Fasai 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! 


Most Popular Portland Neighborhoods

The Pearl District, Irvington, Piedmont, Boise, Alberta Arts, Sellwood, Hawthorne, Nob Hill and Belmont

But, given our nearly 100 urban Portland neighborhoods, everyone has a different favorite so please do take some time and read about our Portland Neighborhoods (neighborhood profiles, videos and more!) If you're moving to Portland and want to meet people or ask questions about how to get started, join our very popular Portland blog; a real Portland community chock full of chits, chats and Portland events!  We hope this page has been a helpful moving to Portland guide, but join our Portland community forum and ask any questions you have about Portland--we are happy to help!

Learn more about Moving to Portland and find Visiting Portland complete with dozens of places to see and things to do to suit nearly every interest.

Looking for great food in your neighborhood? Here is our locals guide to the best restaurants in PDX, listed by neighborhood.


coava coffee roasters


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 (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.


Pendelton Yoga Roundup

September 29, 2011 at 6pm to October 2, 2011 at 12pm – Pendleton Convention Center The third annual Yoga Round-Up, a 3 Day Yoga festival has a full agenda of Yoga presenters who will be teaching Hatha, Raja, Vinyasa, Pranayama, and Nia dance. The event will have Massage and healingOrganized by Tania Wildbill, Founder/Director, Yoga Round-Up, | Type: yoga, festival


Bluegrass, Bowties and Radicle Foods

October 1, 2011 from 11am to 7pm – Radicle Foods The award winning original roots bluegrass group Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Risingwill be performing as part of the Bluegrass, Bowties and Radical Foods event at Radicle Farms located at 8200 Champoeg ROrganized by Brandee Sweesy | Type: family, harvest,festival, event


"No Man's Land"

October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm to November 6, 2011 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison StageIs what you remember ever what really happened? In this enigmatic tumble through time, two men circle each other in the limbo of logic, recovering memory and reconciliation as their lives hurtle towaOrganized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance


First Thursday - Portland Arts Gallery Hop Downtown/Pearl

October 6, 2011 from 6pm to 10pm – "Pearl District" Portland Art Event - Gallery Hop - First Thursday The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on the "First Thursday" of every month for an evening of art, wine and music.Organized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday



Wednesdays Portland Farmers Market

July 2, 2011 at 10am to October 26, 2011 at 2pm –Downtown Dates Wednesdays, May 4th through October 26th Times 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location The Wednesday Downtown Market is located in the South Park Blocks at Shemanski Park between SW Salmon & SWOrganized by Portland Farmers Market | Type: 




Moreland Farmers Market

July 6, 2011 at 3:30pm to October 13, 2011 at 7:30pm – "Sellwood Moreland" Wednesdays 3:30pm-7:30pm*, May 11th – October 13th 2010 The Moreland Farmers Market is a market with locally grown fresh produce, nursery stock, cut flowers, cheese, meat, fish, honey, baked goods, sOrganized by Moreland Farmers Market | Type:moreland farmers market




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 6Organized by Portland Timbers | Type: portland timbers




Object Stories

August 6, 2011 to December 31, 2011  Portland Art Museum Do you have an object you would never give up? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in the corner of your dresser drawer? Something that evokes a time in your life, a place you mOrganized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit




"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





Portland: The Game - Interactive Tour (Free Promo Tickets!)

September 12, 2011 at 12pm to October 24, 2011 at 7pm – Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown, Portland Art Museum Get off the couch and go enjoy Portland in a totally new way – through an interactive walking tour!   If you love scavenger hunts, you'll really love Portland: The Game! It combines the fun of a scavOrganized by Michael Forbes | Type: interactive, tour



Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.


The Portland Light Rail

Portland Light Rail - Also known as the "Max" the PDX Light Rail is operated by TriMet and is a hugely popular, cost friendly commuter option in the metropolitan Portland area. Connecting urban Portland to many of her suburbs, the light rail is a relatively fast and safe way to get around the city. The light rail has been a near three billion dollar investment with over 52 miles of track laid and 85 commuter rail stations.

Portland Light Rail

Learn more about the Portland light rail


Roseway Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report 

by Ross Seligman


Roseway features small to mid-sized single family homes in styles such as Ranches, Cape Cods, Tudors, and Craftsman Bungalow. The streets are generally sunny with some mature trees. To learn more about Roseway,click here.


Are you keeping an eye on Roseway or is it your neighborhood?  Check out this link for a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.

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


In August 2011, there were 35 closed sales, 34 pending sales, and 110 homes on the market in the Roseway Neighborhood.

One year change from August 2010 to August 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 19.7%
Homes sold: No change.

Homes pending sale: Up 25.9%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Roseway neighborhood has been between $125 and $155/sq. ft. In August 2011, the average price per square foot in the Roseway neighborhood was $150.


One year change from August 2010 to August 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
August 2010: 149

August 2011: 150

Percentage Change: Up 1.2%

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 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Roseway neighborhood was 45 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 August 2011, sellers in Roseway received, on average, 97% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from August 2010 to August 2011:

Time on Market: Up 7.1%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 3%

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  2011, the average price of a house on the market in Roseway was $352,000. The average sale was $319,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 2.9%
Average sold price:  Up .09%

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 2011 in the Roseway neighborhood had 3.1 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.1 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in August, 45 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Roseway from this point forward, in 3.1 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 Roseway 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

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 :


Portland Fireboat

Portland Fireboat by Mike O'Brien



Homes for sale in Portland


6920 SW ALDEN ST Portland, OR 97223 - Raleigh Hills - $449,900

See the full listing here.


623 NE SIMPSON ST Portland, OR 97211 - King - $268,000


















See the full listing here.



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