Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 6 - October 13 2012
Ah, fall has settled in almost like she was never gone! Our Piedmont backyard is filled with leaves and dang it, the heat is on in the house. I admit I dread the blasted time change. Fall back...No!! But, there are some aspects I do love about fall: pumpkin fests on Sauvie Island, making soups and stews from scratch, the smell of fresh baked breads, late mornings and afternoons in some of our amazing Portland coffee houses (*note: Portland's Coava Coffee was just named one of the 20 Most Beautiful Cafes in the World), drinking our fine, fine Portland beer and of course, crabbing on the Oregon coast and hiking the amazing coastal trails.
We've got a ton of great events going on this weekend! No matter what you end up doing, we hope you have fun enjoying the great fall weather on this fine Portland weekend. Us? We'll be at Lompoc enjoying a sunny afternoon.
The Portland Video of the Week
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The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week is by a great local photographer, Earl R Thomas. This heron in flight could very well be passing over an urban Portland neighborhood eyeing for big orange spots in backyard ponds. We had one that came and cleaned us out a year ago. 25 fish gone. One smart bird, agile bird.
Coming to a pond near you
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week, the local Portland business we are recognizing is New Seasons Market.
About New Seasons Market: Three families and
50 friends got together back in 1999 and decided to open a grocery
store. Not just any grocery store, mind you, but one that carried
everything from the essentials to the extraordinary. It had to be
friendly, fun, neighborly and supportive of sustainable agriculture. So,
on Leap Day, 2000, dreams and ideas gave way to our first store opening
at Raleigh Hills.
Mt Tabor Trail by Earl R Thomas
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here's the latest roundup of our featured Portland events for you to enjoy! Mark your calendars and feel free to add your own!
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by Rob Creighton Garrison
I just stumbled upon (not to be confused with stumbleupon.com; this was a legitimate and spontaneous stumbling) a website featuring weird facts. Since I live in a town that professes to be the epitome of weirdness, I had to have a look at anything it listed for Portland.
Boy! Portland certainly ranks right up there on the weird graph when it comes to some of the laws on the books!
Shoelaces have to be tied when walking on the street. Okay, what if you see that your shoelace is untied, stop to tie it, and a police officer sees you in the act? Do you then have one of those scenarios like with a parking meter that's elapsed and you're pelting madly toward your vehicle as you frantically dig in your pockets for change while the meter reader is just steps away? If you're seen to be tying your shoelace but it's not yet securely tied, are you still in violation and may be cited? These are questions.
It's illegal to wear roller-skates in restrooms. This makes sense to me (as any law does to anyone who isn't at all likely to violate them), but it does raise a concern for those poor members of Rose City Rollers, who have to take a break during a bout to visit the loo. Are we to expect these lady warriors to unlace their skates before unlacing, uh, other stuff so that they may relieve their bruised bladders? And what about the parents of kiddos out for a family skate? Your tyke is about to Old Faithful all over her Dora the Explorer tights, and you have to stop first to undo her skates? This seems needlessly cruel. Please, let's overturn this one, keep our laws logical, pragmatic, and only need fully cruel.
You may not park trucks on the street. That one's okay, but maybe it should be expanded to include other vehicles. Or all of them. It's an idea.
Of course weird laws aren't exclusive to Portland alone. For instance, in Hood River you need a license to juggle, and in Yamhill it's illegal to predict the future. State-wide, it's a no-no to wear the number '69' in public, and we're not allowed to talk sexy to our partners during sex (but what if it's just to your computer screen?).
Weirdness isn't only found in the justice system. Our unofficial motto isn't 'Keep Portland Weirdly Law-Abiding', now is it?
It's perfectly legal, if not downright expected, to eat doughnuts with bacon on them. To me that's like spreading strawberry jam on a cheese sandwich, but to each his or her own.
I attended a wedding at The 24 Hour Church of Elvis in downtown Portland some years ago. The church ultimately succumbed to financial pressures, but its sequined spirit lives on in the innerwebz. The fact that The Church of Elvis existed is weird. And cool. And very Portland.
We have a vacuum cleaner museum. Yes, we do.
We're weird enough to have allowed the sculpture below to be installed downtown. It's called “Quest” by the artist, and “Three Groins in a Fountain” by almost everyone else (except for those who prefer “Two Chicks and an Anatomically Correct Male Figure”. Or something like that. It's hideous. Or not. What do I know? I like pictures of windmills.
Anatomical correctness tastefully concealed for your viewing pleasure. (Go elsewhere for your smut, pervert!)
Weird isn't for everyone, and also isn't the same thing to all people. What's your definition of weird?
Read Rob's original post and comment back here: http://community.portlandneighborhood.com/profiles/blogs/weird
The Grant Portland Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report
By Ross and Leah Seligman
Grant Park is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Sullivan's Gulch, Irvington, Alameda, Beaumont - Wilshire, Rose City Park & Hollywood neighborhoods. To learn more about Grant Park, click here.
If you are looking for homes in the Grant Park 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 Grant Park neighborhood in the last 15 months:
In August 2012, there were 41 closed sales, 36 pending sales, and 74 homes on the market in the Grant Park Neighborhood.
One year change from August 2011 to August 2012
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 26.7%
Homes sold: Up 70.8%
Homes pending sale: Down 7.7%
Chart for average price per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Grant Park neighborhood has been between $163 and $193/sq. ft. In August 2012, the average price per square foot in the Grant Park neighborhood was $174.
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
Percentage Change: Down 3.6%
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 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Grant Park neighborhood was 41 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 2012, sellers in Grant Park received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.
More stats for you:
Change from August 2011 to August 2012:
Time on Market: Down 21.2%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 1.1%
Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:
This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In August 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Grant Park was $518,000. The average sale was $527,000.
More stats over one year:
Average active price: Down 2.8%
Average sold price: Up 18.7%
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 2012 in the Grant Park neighborhood had 1.8 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 1.8 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in August, 41 days. Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Grant Park from this point forward, in 1.8 months there would not be another home to sell. They would all be sold.
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Best Deals in Portland this Week
Every week Ross and Leah blog their Portland real estate listings and we share them here so you can see what's on the Portland real estate market.
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