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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 9 - 16 2010

Hello rainy Portland!  I overslept on this wet autumn morning because I was out last night at a cocktail party where I met several new friends.  One girl had just moved here from London, and when she realized she had been using to do all of her research, she gave me a huge hug and a thanks for how helpful this website had been to her in finding out more about the Portland neighborhoods.  She exclaimed "Oh my God, you're famous! Your website is referenced everywhere!", and I had to laugh. Of course, I'm not really famous, but it was a great moment for me, and it reminds me why writing this blog and running the site, while often a time consuming labor of love: is so fun and rewarding on many levels.  If you'd like to learn more about the Portland neighborhoods, search our Portland Neighborhood Pages.  

In line with the "keep it local" spirit of Portland, we are truly a local website and blog.  There is no big corporation behind Portland Neighborhood.  We are just two people who love Portland and wanted to make a useful resource website for others to use, and it has just grown and grown since we started it.  There is so much to cover in Portland that it can be hard to keep up, but we strive to bring you good relevant information to keep the site fun and useful.  If you have suggestions on things you would love to see added (or changed) on the site, please contact us, we love hearing from our readers. We also sincerely appreciate it when readers contact us to let us know something needs to be updated or changed, such as a new website link, business, or other valuable piece of information.  We are always looking for new info to share.

For example, for Portland Food Cart fans, you will be happy to know that Bing just launched their Food Carts Finder app.  And to celebrate, on October 11, they are sponsoring FREE Portland Food Cart food at several carts throughout Portland.  From

Portland loves food carts. Bing™ loves Portland and is celebrating the lovefest by giving away free meals, served by some of the most popular food carts in Portland. Check in here at the Bing™ Food Cart Finder at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. on October 13th and look for the golden sporks. The golden sporks will reveal the exact location where you can get free breakfast, lunch, and happy hour treats. Seize the day and eat to your heart’s content! 

Portland Food Carts change all of the time, so it's nice to have a handy map to make sure you are looking at the most recent information. Check our Portland Food Carts page to find some of our favorites.   I heard Spella's cart is closing, but fans will be relieved to hear they plan to open a real shop.  Beyond food carts, I was sad to hear of some Portland restaurant closures: Echo appears to to be gone, and Alu Wine Bar: both along NE MLK.  These were both really good restaurants, so I am sorry to hear they are gone, but it can be a tough business running a restaurant, and our economy is not what it used to be.  Best wishes to the folks behind these restaurants, I hope they have some plans in the works for new ventures.

Ok, so it is supposed to rain all weekend, but don't let that get you down.  I was standing outside last night enjoying myself when the very first pitter patter of raindrops began falling on my face.  Still, there are sure to be several more dry and sunny days (or at least partial days) interspersed throughout the rainy ones, so get out there and enjoy yourselves.  Rain, or no rain, there is plenty to do in Portland this week! 

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.

Oregon Brewers Guild Fresh Hops Tastival at Oaks Park

October 9, 2010 all day – "Oaks Park" Oregon Bounty Fresh Hop Beer Tastival Oaks Park Amusement Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way Featuring dozens of delicious locally brewed beers spiced up with freshly picked hops, this festival is a Hop Head… Organized by Oregon Brewers

Portland Nursery Annual Apple Tasting

October 9, 2010 to October 17, 2010 – "Portland Nursery" 23rd Annual Apple Tasting Event Soon the giant red apple balloon will be visible floating over our Stark street location, signaling the arrival of this year’s annual Apple Tasting – our 23rd year of… Organized by Portland Nursery

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, as well as from China, Wales… Organized by Wordstock

World Beer Tour

October 9, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm – World Forestry Center 2nd Annual World Beer Tour ~ Oct. 9 6:30pm - 9:30pm World Forestry Center Central Plaza &Cheatham Hall Sponsored by Maletis Beverage $45 for members (up to 2 tickets at discounted price) $50 fo… Organized by Amber Morrison  

Beatitude Mass for the Homeless

October 9, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9pm – First Unitarian Church Beatitude Mass (for the Homeless) As winter approaches and the depression lingers, homeless Portlanders need all the help they can get. This concert by the Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Orchestra of… Organized by First Unitarian Church

Free Night(s) of Theater

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 mon… Organized by Portland Area Theatre Alliance

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 No… Organized by Portland Art Museum

Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

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 from all over the w… Organized by PLGFF


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 Jacomijn Schellevis and Micki Skudla… Organized by Alicia Blue Gallery  

Socialist Feminist Meeting

October 13, 2010 from 6:30pm to 8pm – In Other Words Books Socialist Feminist Mobilizing Meeting There will be discussion on the war in Afghanistan and the affects on Afghan women who continue to bear the brunt of the on-going U.S. occupation of their count… Organized by Radical Women  


The Portland Photo of the Week

And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner:  Mt Hood from Larch Mt with Vine Maple Leaves by Aquatic Squirrel.  This is a lovely shot that reminds me why autumn is a great season to get out and take photos in and around Portland.  Thanks to everyone for uploading photos this week, drop by and visit the photo album for the latest.  

Did you know you can upload photos directly to the website from your cell phone?  You can - just visit the photos upload page and make note of the email address listed for sending photos via cell:  put that address in your phone, and then the next time you are out and about in Portland and see something photo worthy, you can share it on the spot!

Our weekly photo contest winner 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! 

Mt Hood from Larch Mt with Vine Maple Leaves by Aquatic Squirrel

Mt Hood from Larch Mt with Vine Maple Leaves by Aquatic Squirrel


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

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…

Started by Kimberly

Laura Polich

Co-housing in Portland

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 abou…

Started by Laura Polich

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 th…

Started by Simon X.

Crystal H

Moving to Portland from Philadelphia

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 kno…

Started by Crystal H



  Laurelhurst Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Market Report

By Ross Seligman

Laurelhurst Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

The Laurelhurst neighborhood is located in Southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Kerns, Sullivan's Gulch, Hollywood, Center and Sunnyside neighborhoods. This is one of Portland's most popular neighborhoods because it has older, established feel to it and it is conveniently located with an easy commute into Downtown.  There is plenty to do in the area, with many restaurants and other community amenities.  To learn more, 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 Laurelhurst 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 Laurelhurst 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 Laurelhurst neighborhood from 6/09 to 8/10:



In Laurelhurst, closed and pending sales have been on an upward trajectory for all of 2010.  In August 2010, the Laurelhurst Neighborhood had 6 closed sales, 8 pending, and 26 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): Down 21.2%
Homes sold: Up 100%
Homes pending sale: Up 166.7%

Chart for average price per square footage:



In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Laurelhurst neighborhood has been between $148 and $192/sq. ft. In August 2010, the average price per square foot in the Laurelhurst neighborhood was $182.  

One year change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
August 2009: 153
August 2010: 182
Percentage Change: Up 19.1%

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 Laurelhurst neighborhood was 140 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 Laurelhurst received, on average, 87% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from August 2009 to August 2010:

Time on Market: Up 250%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 9%

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 Laurelhurst was $480,000. The average sale was $453,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 5.3%
Average sold price:  Up 48.5%

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 2010 in the Laurelhurst neighborhood was balanced market with 4.3 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 4.3 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in August, 140 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Laurelhurst from this point forward, in 4.3 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
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Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Oh my gosh, look at this adorable little cottage bungalow with eyelash dormers in South Tabor.


5.  2633 SE 67TH AVE Portland, OR 97206 - South Tabor - $250,000 
See the listing here:


Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.

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