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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 20, 2012

Hello, Portlanders.  Here is our weekly Portland  blog with a rundown of some fun things to do in Portland this week.  What amazing  autumn scenery  is coming alive in Portland this October.  Thanks to all our website community members who uploaded these lovely images to share.  It was hard to pick one Portland Photo of the Week winner.   Enjoy!

Autumn Colors by Earl R. Thomas
Autumn Colors - Photo by Earl R. Thomas

Photo by Aubrey Poole
Council Crest in Fall - Photo by Aubrey Poole

Photo by Rusty Davis
Downtown Portland - Metallic Overwatch - Photo by Rusty Davis

Photo by Gerri Villani
Autumn Water - Photo by Gerry Villani

Mt. hood photo by Earl R. Thomas
Mt. Hood - Photo by Earl R. Thomas

View from Timberline by Earl R. Thomas
Timberline - Photo by Earl R. Thomas

Portland Halloween Events 2012

We just updated our Portland Halloween Events page for 2012.  This year, many Halloween events and parties in Portland will fall on October 27, but you can attend Portland Haunted Houses and other Halloween attractions all month long.  Visit our Portland Halloween Events page to view the Portland Halloween Events list for 2012.    Here are just a few:

Portland Maize at the Pumpkin Patch

October 5, 2010 to October 31 - Haunted MAiZE 

The spooky Haunted MAiZE is open every weekend until Halloween! Boo! Portland's original cornfield maze at The Pumpkin Patch on beautiful Sauvie Island in Portland, 

Portlandia Maize:
Open every day: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday thru Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 & 31st
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Haunted MAiZE:
October: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 & 31st
Friday and Saturday: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Scream Haunted Houses

The Northwest's largest and most popular Halloween event "Scream" returns for its 12th year with an all new mega show with bigger, scarier, and more immersive thrills for Fright Fans of all ages.

Beginning this October the event will transform into a full-featured "Scream Park" with exciting rides, shows and attractions to keep you screaming for the entire evening!


Looking for the best haunted house in Portland? There are three at FrightTown, including the Baron Von Goolo's Museum of Horror. Werechickens and evil clowns and monkeys with chainsaws - OH MY! You might think you've seen it all but no other haunted house on the planet could possibly prepare you for the cacophonous cornucopia of creepies and crawlies that inhabit BARON VON GOOLO'S MUSEUM OF HORRORS! Von Goolo has searched high and low - from the snowiest mountain peak to the darkest corner under your bed - and filled his Museum with oddities and entities that will make your eyeballs run screaming into your brainpan! And now, with 10 years under his belt, BARON VON GOOLO'S MUSEUM OF HORRORS is the longest running haunted themed attraction in Portland! Come and see why Rue Morgue Magazine called the MUSEUM OF HORRORS 'the greatest cabinet of curiosities they'd ever seen.' You'll scream with laughter - if you can ever stop screaming!

13th Door Haunted House Portland

At the 13th Door Haunted House of Oregon (the Original), you will experience Portland’s Best Haunted Attraction! With our highly detailed sets you will become part of the horror as you journey amongst our animated creatures and theatrical actors. Join us this fall in Beaverton’s West Slope, for our Return to Facility 13, of the Door Corporation. PDX last discovered one of these abandoned covert Military research Facilities in 2006. This newly unearth branch of hives have revealed underground tunnel networks of chambered human hybrids experiments, laboratories of death and tortured creatures in alien nature. What will find you behind the 13th Door?

The 13th Door Zombies are scratching at the walls and ready to create your worse nightmares. The 2011 haunted attraction at the 13th Door "RAVEN MAD" is new and better than ever.

13th Door Haunted House PDX location is in Beaverton’s West Slope at 8805 SW Canyon Ln, Portland Oregon.

Milburn's Haunted Manor

Haunted House / Milburn's Haunted Manor - We dare you to come to our house! Milburn's Hall of Fame

Milburn's Haunted Manor and pumpkin patch. Located just outside of Hubbard, Oregon - Scaring people from Portland to Salem and the Greater Willamette Valley.
Come check us out for yourself and let us put a little Halloween chill up your spine.

Located at 11503 Broadacres Rd NE
Hubbard, Oregon 97032
(see page for directions)

Events at Milburn's

Attractions: Haunted Manor....................$9.00 

Wicked-Wood Forest...........$9.00

The Dark..............................$9.00

Multi-Pass All three Haunts: Haunted Manor, Wicked-Wood Forest and The Dark..........$20.00 (A $7.00 savings) 

Pumpkins: Small & Medium...............$3.00ea Large................................$6.00ea

Raining?...No problem.  The lines for our main events are covered to keep you dry while you wait.

Milburn's Haunted Manor.  This year the Manor reaches back to it roots when it was a small hotel in the early twenties.  Shut down by authorities after a multiple homicide, suicide incident that shocked the small country community.  Sign in at the front desk and enjoy your stay.  This "classic" haunted house experience is rated PG13.

Wicked-wood Forest.  Venture out into the darkness of our haunted woods.  Encounter all that the forest keeps hidden within its shadowy veils.  What lurks there will be happy you came to visit.  So happy, in may be invited to stay.  This event is an outdoor attraction and may be closed pending extreme weather conditions.  Rated PG13

The Dark.  Enter our new attraction if you dare.  As the name implies be prepared to wander in areas of complete darkness where only our ghouls can see.  Afraid of the dark?  No need we will make sure you are not... alone.  This haunt is rated PG13

Visit our Portland Halloween Events page to view the full list Portland Halloween Events list for 2012.  Feel free to add your own Halloween Events to the Portland Events Calendar!

Keep your Bike

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I'm going off the path a bit this time around, to offer a cautionary tale-slash-public service announcement.  Because BOY am I hacked off!  (Actually 'hacked' isn't the word, but these are family-friendly pixels up in here.)

Some cellar-dwelling miscreant stole the saddle and seatpost off of my bicycle as it stood locked just outside my front door.  This is extremely annoying, not the least because I had earlier in the week voiced concern about its security to the missus.  I live in Portland, Oregon, where the meth-ing dead and other forms of close-but-not-quite-rockin'-it humanity view bikes as the 'free' bin at a rummage sale should they have the time and the privacy, or the desperation rat-a-tatting through their withered veins.  I should have known better, and yet I played the odds.  Well, my odds apparently went to Vegas, crapped out at the tables, drank too much, and wet themselves while getting rolled by their temporary girlfriends at the no-tell motel.  Awesome.

The victim


So.  Here's what you do to avoid this kind of crap (can I say 'crap'? I'll chance it), and improve your chances of coming back to a whole and entire bike.  I'll assume there are at least one or two of you nice people (please, Jesus) who read this, and perhaps want to explore bicycling but never gave thought to how to keep them secure.  If I start you on the right path, that's a check mark in my 'done good; box.  I could just provide a raft of URLs for you to peruse about locking strategies, the best locks, the pros and cons of the Sheldon Method yada yada, but then what would I do?  I gotta write some lines here, man!

Storing your bike outside is a BAD idea. – If you can take it into your home or your office, do it!  This is the only way to approaching a near-100% guarantee that your bike will stay put.  Everything else, any other method, comes in at a distant second place.  Them's just the hard facts.  If you park your ride outside and a bike thief wants it badly enough and has the steely nerve necessary for the circumstances, your bike is his (or hers; there has to be at least one female bike thief out there, yeah?).

But of course if you're going to actually ride your bicycle there will be situations where you'll leave it parked outside even if just for a few minutes, say at the grocery store or coffee shop.  These are the times your bike is most vulnerable, and where good locks and good locking strategy are key. (Nyuk! See what I did there?)

Locking your bike with one measly cable lock is useless. – A small pair of bolt-cutters will defeat a cable lock in seconds, and will only give the thief a chuckle as he walks away with your dear machine.  And if you didn't run the cable through the rear wheel, someone looking only for a quick few bucks or a fix won't even need the bolt-cutters.  Rear wheels are spendy items, the second most expensive item next to the frame of the bike itself in most cases.  Use thick cable locks for the front wheel if you must use cables at all, but secure your rear wheel and frame to a solid, immovable object with a good heavy u-lock or a heavy chain lock.

Use two kinds of locks, and make 'em chunky. – Using a chain lock to secure your front wheel and frame to a post or rack, and a thicky u-lock to shackle your rear wheel and frame to the same or another solid object, makes a thief work twice as hard and demands different tools to defeat each in a timely, quiet manner.

Good locks cost a bit, and are heavy. Unless you got a shwingin' deal on your steed, though, the cost of locks is only a fraction of what you spent on your bike.  As to the weight, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, etcetera etcetera, please stop whining.

Park next to a poorly-secured bike, preferably a more expensive one.  –  You aren't wishing ill on another cyclist, but you are bettering the chances of your bike going unmolested. It's a simple fact.

Here's the best use for that cable lock.  –  Use it as a seat leash, the one thing I didn't have that cost me the saddle and seatpost afore-mentioned!  If you don't have a cable lock to use for this purpose, there are ready-made items available at your bike shop or on-line, or you can easily make one yourself.  Trust me, it's worth it!

Bike thievery will be with us as long as there are bicycles to steal, but you can at the very least make it difficult for the crooks.  In the meantime, love your riding, and do your best to keep your ride.

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Aubrey Poole.  This lovely quiet moment was captured at Oaks Bottom.

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week our winner is treated to Powells Books, the largest indie bookstore in the world! 

Deer at Oaks Bottom by Aubrey Poole

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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! 


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 

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 Funlad

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

Seven Guitars

October 9, 2012 at 7:30pm to November 11, 2012 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Seven Guitars by August Wilson Oct 9 – Nov 11 Is where you are ever where you hoped you’d be? The rhythm of 1948 Pittsburgh comes to life with August Wilson’s seven African American characters whose Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

Reel Music Festival

October 12, 2012 to October 27, 2012Locations: Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park Ave.) and McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St.). Reel Music 30 The 30th Reel Music Festival showcases films that tell the creative, unexpected, and sometimes transformative origins of sounds so infused in our experience. We hope that our annual cel Organized by NWFilmCenter | Type: reel music festival

Distillers Festival

October 19, 2012 to October 20, 2012See body Great American Distiller's Festival A celebration of American spirits will be held at Portland's Tiffany Center downtown on Friday, October 19th from 5-10pm and Saturday, October 20th from 1-10pm. V Organized by | Type: festival

MADAGASCAR 3 DVD Release Party at Oregon Zoo!

October 20, 2012 from 10:30am to 12:30pm – Oregon Zoo Get ready to wig out as we celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD debut of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted!  On Saturday, October 20th Radio Disney will be at the Oregon Zoo from 10:30am to 12:30pm with mu Organized by Andrea | Type: zoo, event

Beer & Pumpkins Tour

October 21, 2012 from 12pm to 2:30pm – Sauvie Island BREWVANA Brewery Tours is getting in the spirit of the season, offering adults a chance to combine the childhood fun of selecting the perfect Halloween pumpkin with one of the most delicious benefits Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour

Celebrate Ability 2012: "Branch Out"

October 23, 2012 from 5pm to 7:30pm – Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel Join the Connecting Communities Coalition for an evening of food, fun, and friends as we celebrate Portland's vibrant disability community! Ken Boddie of KOIN 6 News will serve as our Master of Cerem Organized by Connecting Communities Coalition | Type: celebration

National Food Day Potluck and Community Kitchen Skill Share/Idea Share

October 25, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8pm – St. David of Wales: Parish Hall All of a sudden, it's Autumn...Along with the harvests, National Food Day is coming up! Kitchen Share SE and Kitchen Commons are joining forces to host a potluck dinner, skill share and idea share an Organized by Gabby Holden | Type: potluck

Equity Foundation’s Halloween-Themed BENT

October 27, 2012 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Leftbank Annex Equity Foundation's Halloween Themed BENT Saturday, October 27, 2012 LeftBank Annex - 101 N Weidler St, Portland OR, 97227 Cabaret and Dance Party - $150 - 6:30pm Dance Party Only - $50 - 9pm For mor Organized by Andrew Hogan | Type: fundraiser

Concordia Portland Neighborhood Report

Concordia Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

Concordia is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Alameda, Sabin, Vernon, Woodlawn, Sunderland, Cully and Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhoods. Also check out the Alberta page for additional information on this neighborhood.  To learn more about Concordia, click here.

If you are looking for homes in the Concordia 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 Concordia neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In September 2012, there were 39 closed sales, 45 pending sales, and 105 homes on the market in the Concordia Neighborhood.

One year change from September 2011 to September 2012

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 15.3%

Homes sold: Up 50%

Homes pending sale: Up 15.4%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Concordia neighborhood has been between $126 and $160/sq. ft. In September 2012, the average price per square foot in the Concordia neighborhood was $140.

One year change from September 2011 to September 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 2.4%


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 September 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Concordia neighborhood was 76 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 September 2012, sellers in Concordia received, on average, 98% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from September 2011 to September 2012:

Time on Market: Up 10.1%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 3.2%


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 September 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Concordia was $317,000. The average sale was $264,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 14.9%

Average sold price:  Up 0.8%


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.  September 2012 in the Concordia neighborhood had 2.7 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 2.7 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in September, 76 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Concordia from this point forward, in 2.7 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 Concordia 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

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 15th - October 22nd


1. 3924 NE LADDINGTON CT Portland, OR 97232 - Laurelhurst - $799,900

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2. 1917 NE 15TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Irvington - $575,000

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3. 4804 NE 28TH AVE Portland, OR 97211 - Concordia/Alberta - $479,900

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4. 4322 SE 28TH PL Portland, OR 97202 - Creston - $379,950

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5. 6302 SE 49TH AVE Portland, OR 97206 - Woodstock - $269,000


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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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