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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 27, 2012

What a gorgeous time of year it is for Portland!  Thanks to Rachel Carlson and other members who have been uploading and sharing their photos on the Portland photo album.  I love the series of St. Johns images that Rachel shared this week.

Autumn in St. Johns - Photo Slideshow by Rachel Carlson

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If you're not in the mood for Halloween yet, then read Rob Creighton Garrison's blog, Spooky Town, (below) and visit one of the haunted Portland tours to get some inspiration. You can visit the Portland Shanghai tunnels, visit a couple of reputedly haunted places in and around Downtown Portland, go hang out at the McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon, or take a ghost hunting tour. Have fun and stay safe out there and enjoy Halloween in Portland. 

There are several Portland Halloween events on our Portland Events Calendar.  If we missed one, feel free to add your event directly to the calendar and share it on the site.

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Rachel Carlson for this lovely shot of the St Johns bridge in the mist.

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! 

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Spooky Town

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

One Halloween, when I was twelve years old and thought I was too old to trick-or-treat but still wanted to dress the part and prowl the neighborhood, I thought it would be a great idea to paint my face a dark emerald green that I chose from a watercolor paint set.

This turned out not to be that great an idea when it came to washing the color off, of course, and when she observed the aftermath of my attemps to scrub it off over the bathroom sink, my mother's face gained that second bracket to either side of her pursed lips that was always a signal that I'd once again exceeded her expectations in a way that mothers would rather not include in the family scrapbook.

Eh.  I had fun, at least.

I wasn't living in Portland then.  It would be another twenty-one years before I experienced a Stumptown Halloween in fact, but I remember being jealous of the citizens who celebrated the spooky holiday as kids in this town.  All the other Halloween nights I'd spent as a child were in either Roswell, New Mexico or Abilene, Texas.  Fine towns both, I've nothing negative to say about either, and the trick-or-treating in both were bountiful.  You just cannot beat Portland for atmosphere, though.  The mist, the architecture, the moody inhabitants, the preference for black evening-wear (and day-wear; pretty much all-purpose and all-season here, I know, but still!), and the parlor pallor, all conspire to make PDX a place geared for weird.

It's pretty evident our spirits (ghosts, spooks, revenants, whatever) enjoy hanging around places that feature creature comforts, because there are several establishments in Portland that allegedly attract other-worldly denizens.  Old Town Pizza, The Bagdad Theater, The Hollywood Theatre, The Benson Hotel, and, once upon a time, a downtown Burger King (think “MOO!” instead of “BOO!” – paging Gary Larson!); all have had patrons and staff report shivery goings-on.  The Shanghai Tunnels are also known to provide a frisson of creepiness, and given its history it's no wonder.

What's your favorite costume?  Surely we'll see The Avengers represented, but you KNOW that zombies will win out.  There'll be hordes of them in the streets, startling the Jeebus out of pub crawlers and bus passengers.  This town is in love with the lurching, shambling undead (ala George Romero; none of that athletic sprinting corpse stuff that thenouveau mort à pied favor).

I just thought of something.  What do Goths do for Halloween?  If I go to get my ear pierced or get a tattoo downtown on Halloween, will the staff be dressed like Donna Reed?  Do they wear pastels?

A few other macabre Portland points:

Friends of Lone Fir Cemetary give a Tour of Untimely Departures.

We have a mausoleum with wildlife art all over it.  (Is that macabre?  Or just funky?  Or both?)

Jerry Brudos.  Look him up.  Why there aren't Halloween masks of this guy I'll never know, but then you don't see many John Wayne Gacy masks either.

Happy Halloween, kids!

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 

Way Beyond Bizarre

October 26, 2012 at 6:30pm to October 31, 2012 at 11:30pm – Old Town Pizza Meet real ghost-hunters and paranormal historians like Jefferson Davis, ask questions of a clairvoyant and visit some of the most haunted sites on the entire west coast on an exclusive “Way Beyond BiOrganized by Gary Corbin | Type: spookywalkingtour

Annual Craft Fair - Vendors Wanted

October 27, 2012 from 10am to 7pm – St Johns the Apostle Catholic Church Seeking artists that make handmade items to sell. We're looking for vendors/crafters who may be interested in renting space in our Annual Craft Fair. This is a one day event. St. John's the ApostleOrganized by Tracie R | Type: craftfair

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 morOrganized by Andrew Hogan | Type: fundraiser

Boogie Nights IX | Portland's Funnest Halloween Party

October 27, 2012 at 8pm to October 28, 2012 at 2am –Melody Ballroom You're invited to Portland's funnest Halloween party, Boogie Nights IX. This party has incredible entertainment, huge bars and the crazy Boogie Nights costume contest with over $3,500 in cash and pOrganized by Mathew Weber | Type: portlandhalloween,party08em; font-weight: bold; font-family: Georgia,Palatino,'Palatino Linotype',Times,'Times New Roman',serif; color: rgb(26, 52, 89); clear: both; float: left; text-align: right; width: 95px;">

Eco-Horror Spooktacular

October 29, 2012 from 7pm to 9:30pm – The Hollywood Theatre Christian Divine’s brilliant comp collects clips from the eco-horror vault, assailing viewers with visual proof that the most horrific creatures on earth emerge from Mother Nature’s imagination and sOrganized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: filmparty,halloween

Steven Spielberg's Something Evil

October 29, 2012 at 9:30pm to October 30, 2012 at 12am – The Hollywood Theatre Before “Jaws”, Before “Poltergeist” even before “The Amityville Horror”, there was…”Something Evil” A very rare early Steven Spielberg film from 1972 presented on 16mm. This movie has never been avaiOrganized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: film

Stories from the Field: Design and Resiliency

October 30, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm – Mercy Corps Action Center In a nod to the CITIES exhibit, this year’s Stories from the Field event takes a look at how Mercy Corps designs country programs to address economic and social development challenges. In an increasiOrganized by Kirsten Anderson | Type: stories

Eye Candy Presents: Halloween Horror Video Hodgepodge

October 31, 2012 from 7pm to 11pm – The Hollywood Theatre  Before the tricking and the treating, come celebrate the Greatest Holiday of the Year in style with Portland’s favorite Mobile Music Video Museum. Eye Candy proudly presents a Halloween Horror VideoOrganized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: party,halloweenvideomusicfilm

Zombie Prom

October 31, 2012 from 8pm to 11pm – Portland Spirit VesselZombie Prom Cruise Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8pm-11pm Boards at Salmon Springs on the Portland Spirit 21 and over $20 per person $10 bistro and beverages from our full service bar available for purOrganized by Kristen Baxter | Type: halloweendance,paty

Mercy Corps Youth Educational Workshops 2012-2013

October 1, 2012 at 8am to June 28, 2013 at 5pm –Mercy Corps Action Center The Mercy Corps Action Center is a place to learn about our world and the interesting and tough challenges of our day. Join us to explore global issues through Mercy Corps’ work in 41 countries. Go bOrganized by Kirsten Anderson | Type: educational,workshop

"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'BriOrganized by Portland Center Stage | Type: play,performing artstheater

Flesh & Bone: Photography and the Body

October 5, 2012 at 10am to January 6, 2013 at 5pm –Portland Art Museum Capturing the movement and grace of the human body through photography has long been a source of struggle and inspiration. As a compliment to The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, the Portland Art MuOrganized by Henry Moreno | Type: exhibition

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’sOrganized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre

Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest

October 6, 2012 to October 31, 2012 – See 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 SeptemOrganized 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 tOrganized 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-frOrganized by | Type: farmersmarket

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. WheelchairOrganized 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 whoseOrganized by Artists Repertory Theatre | 

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King City Artist's Guild Art Show

October 11, 2012 at 8am to November 9, 2012 at 10pm – Concordia University's George R. White Library & Learning Center Concordia University hosts art show by the King City Artist’s Guild in the university’s George R. White Library & Learning Center through Nov. 9.Organized by Concordia University | Type: artshow

Reel Music Festival

October 12, 2012 to October 27, 2012 – Locations: 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 celOrganized by NWFilmCenter | Type: reel music festival

Scream Haunted Houses

October 20, 2012 to October 31, 2012 – See website 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. BegOrganized by Scream | Type: scream haunted house

Milburn's Haunted Manor

October 20, 2012 to October 31, 2012 – "Milburns" Attractions: Haunted Manor....................$9.00 Wicked-Wood Forest...........$9.00 The Dark..............................$9.00 Multi-Pass All three Haunts: Haunted Manor, Wicked-Wood Forest andOrganized by Milburn's | Type: portland haunted house

Portland Maize at the Pumpkin Patch

October 20, 2012 to October 31, 2012 – "Sauvie Island" Dates/Hours of Operation: Portlandia Maize: September: Open every day: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October: Sunday thru Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October: 5-6,Organized by Maize | Type: portland halloween

Fright Town Haunted House

October 20, 2012 to October 31, 2012 – FrightTown 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 prepaOrganized by Fright Town | Type: portland haunted house

13th Door Haunted House

October 20, 2012 to October 31, 2012 – 13th Door 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 amongsOrganized by 13th Door | Type: portland haunted house

October Portland Real Estate 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:

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