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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 2 - October 9, 2010


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):

Beer and Bikes by Mark Kenseth
Beer and Bikes by 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.

Manzanita Oregon

Manzanita Beach, Oregon

Manzanita sunset, Oregon

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.

Free Night(s) of Theater

September 27, 2010 to October 31, 2010Theatres 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.

Free Geek 10 Year Anniversary Party - Geek to Glamour

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...

Portland Art Museum - Lee Kelly Exhibition

October 1, 2010 to January 9, 2011"Portland Art Museum" New exhibition celebrates Lee Kelly October 2, 2010 - January 9, 2011 Lee Kelly chronicles the 50-year career of one of the Pacific Northwest's...

Greek Fest

October 1, 2010 to October 3, 2010"Holy Trinity Church" Greek Fest Immigrants for Greece began arriving to the Northwest in the late 1800s to work in fishing, lumber, railroad and other jobs.

HP Lovecraft Film Festival

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.

Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

October 1, 2010 to October 9, 2010various 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.

Portland Fall Home and Garden Show

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 ~ First Friday

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.

Patagonia Portland Gear Swap

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 ...

Hilary Hahn Plays Tchaikovsky

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.

Portland Taiko: Romp, Stomp, Boom

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...

Prost Oktoberfest

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 .

Mortified, Wordstock & Sam Adams Together!

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 .

Wordstock Festival

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 by Lindsey

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.  

Want to add your own two cents to the Portland blog?  Please do!  But please remember to keep it real and community focused. Read our terms of use and don't spam the planet with self promoting material or weird stuff as it will just get deleted.  We have a zero spammer policy to keep the site valuable and hassle free for our members.  Thanks!


jobs in portland 1 Reply

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…

Started by Kimberly in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Rob Creighton Garrison Sep 25.

Laura Polich

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…

Started by Laura Polich in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Kristin Sep 20.

Simon X.

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.

Crystal 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…

Started by Crystal H in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Lorri E. Sep 9.


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…

Started by Kelly in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Drea Cooper Sep 5.

fasai s. Small Treasures: Art for H2O at OSA

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 or call Sandra Wood 503-203-1359 or email Continue
Added by fasai s. on September 28, 2010 at 2:04pm



  King Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Market Report

By Ross Seligman

King is 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 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 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

If you are looking for homes in the King 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 King neighborhood from 6/09 to 8/10:

In King, closed and pending sales have been selling strong for most of 2010 with a recent slowdown while inventory has climbed.  In August 2010, the King Neighborhood had 29 closed sales, 28 pending, and 199 on the market.

More stats for you from your friendly neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:

One year change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 23.6%
Homes sold: Down 3.3%
Homes pending sale: Down 28.2%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price 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.  

One year change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
August 2009: 152
August 2010: 137
Percentage Change: Down 9.9%

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 August 2010, the average time on market for a home in the King
neighborhood was 73 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 King received, on average, 93% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Time on Market: Up 128.1%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 4.1%

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 King was $324,000. The average sale was $297,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 0.3%
Average sold price:  Down 0.3%

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 King neighborhood was buyer's market with 6.9 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 6.9 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in August, 73 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in King from this point forward, in 6.9 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
listings from the RMLS:



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:

Want to see more great Portland real estate deals?  Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.

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