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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 13, 2012

Goodbye, summer weather.   I'm sure we will have many more sunny days scattered in with the wet ones.  Still, just about everyone I spoke to yesterday seemed dismayed and bummed out that the rain had arrived.  I got caught out in the rain myself and arrived home cold and wet and ready to hole up in a warm spot.  Portlanders tend to head to their favorite coffee shop or watering hole when the sky turns dark and rainy.  What's your favorite?

The Box Social

To lament/celebrate the arrival of the rain, we went to The Box Social drinking parlour  last night.

The Box Social Portland Oregon
From the Box Social website, " The Box Social is a cozy, warm, romantic neighborhood bar with well made, artisanal cocktails, a sophisticated wine list, a sampling of beers and nice little tasty bites.  The Box Social is open every night of the week from 4pm - 2am and we have both early and late Happy Hours (see menu for details). With our logo being "a drinking parlour" we strive to keep our guests feeling comfortable and at home, while they relax with an amazing drink and/or a perfect little snack."  

Well.  This is the place to come when you want a fancy cocktail.  The bartender was so much fun to watch, swirling all colors and flavors of various liquor, herbs, fruits, and other flavorings into mysterious concoctions.  If you need a place to nurse your sorrow on a cold, wet Portland night, this is a great spot!  The Box Social is on 3971 North Williams Ave.   I must say, that "Death in the Afternoon" (absinthe cocktail) is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of the rain in Portland.

There is a very cool night sky mural of the Downtown Portland skyline painted on their back wall. Artist Maria Joan Dixon brought this unique mural to life.  I wouldn't mind having this painted on my dining room wall at home - impressive!

The Box Social Portland Oregon

If you're over in North Portland's Boise Eliot neighborhoods, check them out.  This area has completely transformed over the past couple of years, and there is no shortage of great places to eat and drink along N Williams.  Other great options along this stretch include Tasty and Sons, Kenny and Zukes (in the former Pix spot), The New Old Lompoc Fifth Quadrant, Lincoln, Eat: An Oyster Bar, and Las Primas, just to name a few

Las Primas
Speaking of Las Primas, if you haven't tried this friendly Peruvian eatery, they are right next door to the The Box Social and serve tasty peruvian street food.  It is absolutely delicious, so if you want a nice dinner of empanadas or delectable sandwiches, stop in.  I plan to become a regular because I was addicted to the Butifarra sandwich after the first bite (pepper-rubbed sliced pork, mild chili pepper mayo, lettuce, salsa criolla (lime-marinated red onion with cilantro)  This is one of those locally owned spots that really define Portland's food scene.

From their website:

"Our menu is designed to reflect the food of the everyday Peruvian – quick, flavorful, street food and sandwiches served in a bustling environment. This is the food our Lima-raised Chef and co-owner, Catalina Acuña ate growing up, shared with her friends after school, and enjoyed while out-and-about in Lima neighborhoods. In 2005, Catalina’s cousin and co-owner, Sadie Morrison, an Oregon-native customer service and operations manager, began joining Catalina on her annual travels to Peru and quickly developed a passion for Peruvian food and culture. In 2011 we joined together to open Las Primas, Spanish for “the cousins,” and share casual, fresh, and authentic Peruvian foods with Portlanders."

Cousins Catalina Acuña and Sadie Morrison would welcome you to their restaurant, so drop in and give it a try.  Las Primas is located at 3971 North Williams Ave.

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Fasai .  This serenely beautiful photo was snapped at Winchuck River, in Brookings, OR;

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Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Art is good.  The following may not qualify.

Oh, Portland my town.
I so grok your mossy walks
And meaty doughnuts!

Politics on sleeve,
Mad two-wheelers on the streets,
Republicans, duck!

Art!  Zines!  Stickers!  BIRDS!
Where's a blank wall in this town?
Hand me some spray paint.

PBR?  So passé.
Is it ironic if I
Try a microbrew?

I run with my dog.
Or my dog runs with my bike.
My dog runs a LOT.

Tea only!  Coffee
Clashes with my yoga mat.
Sleeping Vishnu shakes!

Let's ride three abreast.
It's not like anyone else
Bikes the Springwater.

Rain is not acid.
Well, sometimes it is, but your
Umbrella looks dumb.

Her protest sign is
Spelled correctly! Our children
IS learning, G-Dub!

I'm an anarchist!
Now make me a latte while
I bust your window!

Own a bookstore and
Serve beer and coffee nude.
Dream business model.

I may promise not to do this again, if the price is right.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit 

"Sweeney Todd" at Portland Center Stage

September 18, 2012 at 7:30pm to October 21, 2012 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory Widely acknowledged as Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, Sweeney Todd is set amongst London’s seedy side streets and laced with Sondheim’s characteristically brilliant wit and dark humor. This Organized by Kinsley Suer | Type: theater, performing, arts, musical

Cindy Sherman

September 19, 2012 at 10am to December 30, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Internationally renowned photographer Cindy Sherman explores the role of women in today’s society through the use of portraiture and digital photo manipulation. Sherman has used green screen technolo Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: exhibition

"The Body of an American" at Portland Center Stage

October 2, 2012 at 7:30pm to November 11, 2012 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory War reporter Paul Watson has witnessed some of the most devastating scenes in modern history. As the ghosts of the tragedies he's recorded bear down on him, he crosses paths with playwright Dan O'Bri Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: play, performing arts, theater

The Black Lizard

October 5, 2012 at 8pm to November 4, 2012 at 5pm – Imago Theatre Imago’s production of Yukio Mishima’s The Black Lizard returns this season. It has been hailed by critics as being a rare gem, striking, fabulous, hilarious, mesmerizing, a dazzling production. It’s Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest

October 6, 2012 to October 31, 2012See body The tulips are no where in sight; in fact, there isn't a blooming flower to be found. No matter, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm will be buzzing with lots of family fun and frightful hauntings from Septem Organized by | Type: festival

Body Beautiful

October 6, 2012 at 10am to January 6, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience The Body Beautiful through this visually engaging exhibition from the renowned British Museum. The Body Beautiful explores t Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art/exhibit

Portland King Farmers Market

October 6, 2012 at 6pm to October 28, 2012 at 7pm – see body- every Sunday until Oct 28 Portland Farmers Market King Neighborhood Portland Farmers Market and residents of Northeast Portland can now enjoy the King Portland Farmers Market and the return of 35 vendors selling local farm-fr Organized by | Type: farmers, market

Pumpkin Funland

October 6, 2012 at 6pm to October 31, 2012 at 7pm – See body Pumpkin Funland 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Whimsical displays of favorite characters created in amazing detail from pumpkins, squash and other items from the garden. A fun Corn Maze. Free admission. Wheelchair Organized by | Type: festival

October Portland Real Estate Market Report

October 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Market Report: What's Happening?

Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In September 2012, inventory has remained steady with 2705 homes on the market.   In September 2012, 735 homes sold and 804 are pending for sale. 

Yearly change from September 11 to September 12:

Inventory is Down 22.5%

Closed Sales are Up 14%.

Pending sales are Up 29.3%.

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $141 and $161. In September 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $161.

Yearly change from September 11 to September 12:  Up 8.5%


Days on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 63 days to sell. The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In September 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 96% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from September 11 to September 12:

Average time it takes to sell a home has decreased 18.2%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 4%.


Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

In September 2012, the average price of a home that sold was $310,000.  The average price of a home that was listed was $375,000.  This does not mean that a home that was listed for $375,000 sold for $310,000.  The listed homes didn't necessarily sell.  For the sold/list price percentage, look at the 'Days on Market' graph.  In September 2012, this figure was 96%.

Yearly change from September 11 to September 12:
The average price of a home listed has increased 1.6%.
The average price of a home sold has increased 11.5%.
Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In September 2012, this figure was 3.7 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a balanced market. This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 3.7 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 63 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 3.7 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.
Yearly change from September 11 to September 12:
The months of inventory figure has decreased 32%.
About the report:


This is a comparison of the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last 12 months) for all of Portland and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Portland as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at: Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

This information doesn't matter if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss. 

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area homes for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports:

Best Deals in Portland this Week

Each week Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals from their listings. The Best Deals in Portland This Week: October 8th - October 15th

1. 2321 NE 28TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Dolph Park - $1,250,000

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2.  2633 NE 21ST AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Irvington - $875,000

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3. 517 NE LADDINGTON CT Portland, OR 97232 - Laurelhurst - $499,900

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4.  4933 NE GARFIELD AVE Portland, OR 97211 - King - $338,000


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5. 1914 NE 56TH AVE Portland, OR 97213 - Rose City Park - $299,900


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Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

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