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This Week in Portland October 8 - October 15 2011

Welcome to another week of the blog!  Dare we say it is(most definitely)...WINTER? Already? Wow. The summer came and went in a heartbeat, huh? Let's put it this way: the heat is already on and we are wearing coats, sweaters and boots. Aye!

If there is one thing Portland knows well, its the winter damp. Gray skies and cool temperatures pretty much dominate the year, lasting from October(ish) until May, even June at times. One must be made of tougher stuff to be a Portlander. You either thick-skin through the rain and cold and hike and bike year around or you retreat to the pubs and coffee shops and make a warm and cozy hibernation of the wet and cold seasons. Which one are you?

Fire Pits on Cannon Beach

Fire pit at Cannon Beach by Lindsay  - Learn more about the beautiful Oregon coast



This Week's Top Ten in Portland

This week we list 10 Places to go (eat, see, do, drink!) in PDX before you die:

1. Lompoc Brewing:  The best, best, best beer in PDX. All real and made right here, baby.

Lompoc afternoons

2. Pioneer Square: If you haven't sat on the bricks and watched the world for just a few minutes, you ain't no PDXer.

3. Saturday Market: Full of local crafters, locals and some crazies. Amazing cart foods, local live music and the best people watching to be had in fair Portlandia.

4. Pix Patisserie: In a word: Damn! This here is the BEST local chocolate (and dessert) and of course, date place on the planet.

5. Lovely's 50/50: In a race for best wood fired, handmade pizza in Portland, this pizza will make you crazy with want and desire. Finish with their homemade ice cream and find yourself never satisfied again anywhere else and somehow satisfied knowing there just is no better.

At lovely's fifty-fifty

6. Coava Coffee Roasters: With over FIFTY single origin coffees that have ranked superman-like scores at heavy weight, you'll never find more amazing coffee than this all-local Portland sensation.

7. Portland Timbers: If you've never screamed yourself senseless and became one with the masses, you're missing the other half of your soul.

8. Huber's Cafe: Portland's oldest restaurant opened in 1879. Originally, The Bureau Saloon, Huber's is an important part of Portland's edible history.

9. Montage: A little New Orleans or Crazy South never hurt Portlanders. In fact, we love the Montage and make it necessary for all newcomers to go-- eat, drink and be merry!

Local legend

10. The Portland Art Museum: Go here for an afternoon of wonderment and delight. A beautiful, well stocked, incredible museum.




The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Ruth Ann Reynolds. Welcome to heaven!  Hiking in Oregon is, indeed, heaven on earth. Lush, tropical feeling rain forest of sorts...amazing.



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


The Oregon Symphony presents Bronfman Plays Brahms

October 8, 2011 at 7:30pm to October 10, 2011 at 8pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallHow's this for a perfect pairing: Yefim Bronfman, the phenomenal pianist praised for his "jaw-dropping bravura," is back with the Oregon Symphony to perform one of the grandest of all piano works, thOrganized by The Oregon Symphony | Type: concert



Oktoberfest in St Johns on October 8th, 2011

October 8, 2011 from 1pm to 8pm – McMenamins St Johns PubOktoberfest @ St Johns McMenamins If you enjoyed seeing the trees on Lombard Street lit up last winter, then mark the 8th of October on your calendars now. The St Johns Boosters are joining with McMeOrganized by St Johns Boosters | Type: benefit



PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS 2011 Watch Artists at Work

October 8, 2011 from 10am to 5pm – 100 artists' studios in the Portland metro area  PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS 2011   Watch Artists at Work When: October 8, 9 & 15, 16 Time: 10 am to 5 pm, all art studios open both weekends*( 2 studios will be closed Oct 8 for Yom Kippur) Where: 10Organized by Portland Open Studios | Type: visual, arts,tour



Portland Marathon Kids Fun Run Obstacle Course & Festival at Lincoln High School

October 8, 2011 from 9am to 12pm – Lincoln High School Track FieldThis event is an expanded version of our 28-year-old Kids Mara Fun Run traditionally held on Sunday. This new event will be held on Saturday and be dedicated to our community of active Marathon-runneOrganized by Portland Marathon | Type: kid's, fun, run



"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



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 History of Portland Oregon

Resting at the base of Mt. Hood and nestled next to the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the city was an ideal location for settlers to build a lush and diverse community. Occupied pre-development by American, Canadian, and British traders and trappers, the land has long been known for its beauty and abundance. The first to create real clamor and fervor over the location were the great explorers Lewis and Clark. After their initial visit in 1804 and subsequent return to Washington D.C, in 1806, the country was slowly learning how amazing the climate and natural resources of the Portland Oregon area truly were.

Learn more about the history of Portland Oregon


Mill Park Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report 

by Ross Seligman

Mill Park is a family friendly community located in East Portland.  It offers nice residential areas, while also being along major roadways for a relatively easy commute into town.  Neighbors enjoy the East Portland Community Center, as well as family and community activities in local parks. To learn more about Mill Park, click here. 


Are you keeping an eye on Mill Park 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 Mill 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 Mill Park neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In August 2011, there were 12 closed sales, 12 pending sales, and 71 homes on the market in the Mill Park Neighborhood.

One year change from August 2010 to August 2011:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 2.9%

Homes sold: Up 33.3%

Homes pending sale: Up 50%


Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Mill Park neighborhood has been between $89 and $158/sq. ft. In August 2011, the average price per square foot in the Mill Park neighborhood was $94.


One year change from August 2010 to August 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
August 2010: 108

August 2011: 94

Percentage Change: Down 13.6%

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 2011, the average time on market for a home in the Mill Park neighborhood was 46 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 Mill Park received, on average, 92% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from August 2010 to August 2011:

Time on Market: Down 42.5%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 8%

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 Mill Park was $189,000. The average sale was $179,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 3.1%
Average sold price:  Up 15.5%

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 Mill Park neighborhood had 5.9 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, 46 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Mill Park from this point forward, in 5.9 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 Mill Park 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 :


Midland Library

Photo: Midland Library by Michael Barton


Homes for sale in Portland

11551 SE MORRISON ST Portland, OR 97216 - Neighborhood: Mill Park - $147,500

See the full listing here


2201 NE 58TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Neighborhood: Rose City Park - $289,900

See the full listing here


4029 SE ANKENY ST Portland, OR 97214 - Neighborhood: Laurelhurst - $539,000

See full listing here


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