Ah, autumn has arrived and to many of us Portlanders, it felt like it snuck up on us due to the shorter summer season. But, as Angela mentioned in last week's blog, we have already had a taste of those wonderful indian summer days with sunshine and warm temperatures, combined with autumn coloring showing up in the trees and flowers. Warm days followed by cooler nights and the smell of woodsmoke filling the air has me craving hot chai tea and apple cider. Or, autumn and winter brews (this classic Portland scene; photo below from Mark Kenseth):
I love autumn, and I hope you have a chance to get outside in Portland to enjoy some fall activities like Oktoberfest at Prost this weekend, or touring your favorite Portland neighborhoods. Get out and take some photos of the fall scenery before the rain creeps up on us. It is hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner, reminding me to make our annual list of Portland Halloween events. Be sure to take a day trip out to Sauvie Island, or to the Columbia Gorge or Oregon Coast and enjoy autumn while it lasts.
I spent this past week holed up in a cozy house at Manzanita Beach. It was lovely out there, and very relaxing! To those of you who are moving to Portland or are new in town, you can drive to the beach from Portland in only an hour and a half. It's a wonderful getaway and we have all sorts of great coastal towns worth visiting. September at the coast (and during all of off-season) is a great time because there are not as many tourists and crowds, and often you can have a whole entire beach practically to yourself, so it can be amazingly quiet and peaceful. Below images taken this week at Manzanita.
Featured Portland Events this Week
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 calendar, here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.September 27, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Theatres in the Portland Area 15 Portland-area theatres are offering free tickets to see a play during the month of October. Reservations are available starting September 27th, and more tickets will be released throughout the month.
October 2, 2010 all day – "Bossanova Ballroom" Free Geek’s 10-year Anniversary Party! This October, Free Geek will be celebrating the conclusion of their first successful decade by coming out of our geeky shells to throw a party recognizing...
October 1, 2010 to January 9, 2011 – "Portland Art Museum" New exhibition celebrates Lee Kelly http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/feature/Lee-Kelly October 2, 2010 - January 9, 2011 Lee Kelly chronicles the 50-year career of one of the Pacific Northwest's...
October 1, 2010 to October 3, 2010 – "Holy Trinity Church" http://www.goholytrinity.org/cGreekFest.html Greek Fest Immigrants for Greece began arriving to the Northwest in the late 1800s to work in fishing, lumber, railroad and other jobs.
October 1, 2010 to October 3, 2010 – "Hollywood Theatre" October 1-2-3, 2010 • Hollywood Theatre, Portland Oregon The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
October 1, 2010 to October 9, 2010 – various Through a partnership with Film Action Oregon, The Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is a non-profit arts group that annually showcases feature, documentary and short films.
October 1, 2010 to October 3, 2010 – "Expo Center" The Best Fall Home and Garden Show in the state! Get your fall projects started at the Portland Fall Home and Garden Show!
October 1, 2010 at 6pm to October 15, 2010 at 7pm – Lone Fir Cemetery Micki Skudlarczyk Jacomijn Schellevis STILL October 1 – October 15 Reception: Friday, October 1 // 6 – 9PM Lone Fir Cemetery -- SE Morrison Street, Portland, OR.
October 1, 2010 from 6:30pm to 8pm – Love Art! Gallery On Friday, Oct. 1st we will be entertained by Jeffrey Cooper, The Urban Shaman. He plays several beautiful didgeridoos and acoustic guitar. Come join us to celebrate fall with friends, music.
October 2, 2010 from 10am to 2pm – Patagonia Portland Join Patagonia Portland on Saturday, October 2nd from 10am-2pm for a gear swap! Bring your used, human-powered outdoor activity equipment (camping, paddling, climbing, etc.) and sell it to other ...
October 2, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Time Magazine has called her "America's best young classical musician." Gramophone named her "artist of the year." Is there a better way for the Oregon Symphony classical series.
October 2, 2010 all day – "Newmark" Romp Stomp Boom! October 2, 2010 | 2pm Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway The whole family will enjoy the exuberant drumming, engaging audience participation and hilarious stories...
October 2, 2010 to October 3, 2010 – "Prost" Saturday at 11:00am - Sunday at 11:30pm Location Prost! 4237 N. Mississippi AVE Portland, OR Join us Oktober 2nd and 3rd for Prost!'s first annual Oktoberfest .
October 7, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm – Bagdad Theater Mortified Portland Returns In October With Our Biggest Show Yet! We Are Thrilled To Be The Opening Night Performance Of The 2010 Wordstock Festival Thursday, October 7th At The Bagdad Theater .
October 7, 2010 to October 10, 2010 – "Various, Portland" Wordstock is the Pacific Northwest's premier venue for writers, books, and storytellers of all kinds. To date we've featured writers from virtually every state in the US...
The Portland Photo of the Week
And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner. In keeping with my autumn mood, I selected the photo of a flower field, shared by Lindsay.
The Gorge White House, Flowers - by Lindsay
There were lots of great Portland photos uploaded to the site this week, so come check them out and add your own! You can even add them to the site directly from your cell phone: Just visit the Photos page and make note of your personal address for emailing or sending mobile photos. The next time you are out and about in Portland and see something photo worthy, you can share it on the spot!
Lindsay receives a gift certificate to one of our favorite new coffee spots in town, Coava Coffee Roasters. Locals and coffee aficionados from all over have been saying that Coava is the best coffee roaster in Portland right now. They were 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. 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! You can also upload your videos to the site, like this great photo montage of Portland neighborhoods created by Patricia Caliguire.
Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More
Below are the discussions posted on the Portland forum and Portland blog this month.
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My plan for when I move to Portland is to find a job in a restaurant, since that's always a good way to meet people. Can anyone tell me if it's relatively easy obtaining a job in a restaurant and wi…
Co-housing in Portland 2 Replies
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…
Moving to Portland from Philadelphia 2 Replies
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…
East coast to west coast 5 Replies
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…
Oregon Society of Artists invite you to participate in November Gallery Show, Small Treasures: Art For H2O at OSA. By participating, each artists will receive four 6x6 ampersand panels, either aquaboard or clayboard. All four pieces must be the same medium and same theme. For more info, please visit www.oregonsocietyofartists.com. or call Sandra Wood 503-203-1359 or email email@example.com ContinueAdded by fasai s. on September 28, 2010 at 2:04pm
King Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Market Report
By Ross Seligman
located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Boise, Humboldt,
Woodlawn, Vernon, Sabin, Eliot and Irvington neighborhoods.
To learn more about the King neighborhood, click here.
In my monthly Portland real
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 King
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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com
In King, closed and pending
have been selling strong for most of 2010 with a recent slowdown while
inventory has climbed. In August 2010, the King Neighborhood
closed sales, 28 pending, and 199 on the market.
More stats for you from your
friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:
Chart for average price per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the
per square footage in the King neighborhood has been between $135 and
$165/sq. ft. In August 2010, the average price per
square foot in the
King neighborhood was $137.
showing us two
things. First, how many days on the market that a home is
average, before being sold.
In August 2010, the average time on market
for a home in the King
This chart shows us what the
listing was and what the average sale was.
In August 2010, the average
price of a house on the market in King was $324,000. The average sale
Months of inventory gives a
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 King
neighborhood was buyer's market with 6.9 months of inventory.
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Look at this amazing home in the King neighborhood, complete with a round turret!
2. 5125 NE GARFIELD AVE Portland, OR 97211 - King - $699,000
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10075729
Want to see more great Portland real estate deals? Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.
Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods? Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.
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