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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland October 30 - November 6 2010

Hallows Eve...Halloween. I am always interested in the origin of things so I Wikipedia'd Halloween history:

"Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)". The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end". A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

As someone who loves to cook and looks forward to Big Food Occasions (e.g., Thanksgiving, Christmas), I'm intrigued to think Halloween was originally a feast celebrating the end of summer. Perhaps my celebration of it needs to change some!  At any rate, on this Hallows Eve, I am meeting up with friends at the White Eagle in North Portland. The White Eagle is not only rumored to be haunted but is said to be the most haunted establishment in Portland! 


Sauvie Island Farm, Corn Maize, and Pumpkin Patch by Michael Barton


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The Portland Photo of the Week

We had a ton of great Portland photo submissions this week making it was fun and very challenging to pick just one. We loved the rich texture of this shot of downtown Portland taken by Karma Pakshi.


Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Karma will receive a $15 gift cert to one of our local favorites, Coava Coffee Roasters. Portland Monthly calls Coava "the best coffee in Portland - period"!  Coava was also named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new, stunning cafe is a "tasting room" for their onsite roastery. Prepare yourself to be blown away.  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! 



Featured Portland Halloween Events this Week

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this very weekend!  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.

Portland Maize at the Pumpkin Patch

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Sauvie Island" Open Daily! September 4 — October 31, 2009! THE MAiZE (5-acre Cornfield MAiZE) Sunday — Thursday* 10am—6pm Friday & Saturday 10am—10pm *Available after 6pm for groups of 25+ with a reservation-…

Scream at the Beach

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Jantzen Beach Scream at the Beach, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2010 as Portland’s largest, scariest and most popular Halloween event. There are some big and spooky surprises including the scariest haun…

Fright Town

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Memorial Coliseum A whole city block of screams and shock. beneath memorial coliseum, three separate haunted events. 

Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Haunted Portland" For Halloween or any time of year in Portland. If you've seen the "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Adventures", or "Paranormal State" TV shows, th…

Portland Shanghai Tunnel Tours

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Tunnels" Spooky! Tour the infamous Portland shanghai tunnels! Tours are held every Friday and Saturday evening, on the first Thursday evening of each month, and often on other weeknights as well. For the TO…

13th Door Haunted House Portland

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Canyon13th Door Haunted House PDX location is in Beaverton’s West Slope at 8805 SW Canyon Ln, Portland Oregon. We are a reviewed as Portland's #1 Haunted House and Rated PG-13 haunt. The 13th Door Zombies…

Milburn's Haunted Manor

October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Milburn's Manor" Haunted House / Milburn's Haunted Manor 2010 We dare you to come to our house! Milburn's Hall of Fame 2004 Rated #2 haunt of the season (House) 2005 Rated #1…

Halloween Masquerade Ball at Brasserie Montmartre

October 30, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm – Brasserie Montmartre Halloween Masquerade Ball Saturday October 30th | 8PM | $50 Door Join us in your best garb for Halloween this year. The party starts at 8 o'clock sharp on Saturday, October 30th. Be sure to come by…

Tales of Terror, John Palmer House, Fundraiser for PST and NestShare - October 29th and 30th ONLY

October 30, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm – John Palmer House Here's your chance to support two incredible groups in the Portland, Oregon area: Portland Story Theater and NestShare. This Halloween weekend, Portland Story Theater presents classic and original Ta…

Bent - A Hallow's Eve Ball

October 30, 2010 from 7pm to 11pm – Leftbank Annex Bent Halloween Ball! The spirit of Halloween will come to life on October 30th at Portland's new Leftbank Annex to raise money for Equity Foundation of Oregon. Get out your “bent” costume and get rea…

Portland Halloween Scavenger Hunt

October 30, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm – Montavilla Community Center Put together a team of 2-4 players and join us in a fun filled, night time halloween game. Teams compete to solve puzzles and decipher clues in a game of skill and chance - Scavengerhunt Style. Onc…

Ooky Spooky Halloween on the Barfly Bus

October 30, 2010 from 6pm to 7pm – "bus" Ooky-Spooky Eleventh Annual Halloween BarFly Bus Tour! Saturday, October 30th, 2010 7pm-1am $25 apiece All cover charges and appetizers included! Drink specials galore! COSTUMES MANDATORY - multiple…

The Great Pumpkin Event at the Portland Farmers Market

October 30, 2010 from 8am to 1pm – "PSU Farmers Market" The Great Pumpkin Event Oct 30, PSU Market A true Halloween harvest celebration, this 10th annual fall celebration includes a pumpkin carving contest and a children’s costume parade through the mar…

Portland Saturday Market Halloween

October 30, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – Waterfront October 31 Costume Parade/ Contest 12pm @ Main Stage Trick or Treating 12-3pm @ Main Stage Weekend Market Hours SATURDAYS 10 - 5pm SUNDAYS 11 - 4:30pm

Howloween at the Zoo

October 30, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Oregon Zoo" HOWLOWEEN AT THE ZOO Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 30-31 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kids love trick-or-treating, and the Oregon Zoo provides a fun and safe setting for this Halloween tradition. Trick-or-treaters in t…


Have a safe and fun Halloween!!  Oh yeah, if Hallows Eve isn't your thing, we have a ton of other local Portland events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!


Laurelhurst Park by Fasai S


Neighborhood Tour: Downtown Portland

Portland offers one of the most beautiful downtowns of any city, anywhere. Portland's downtown area is vibrant and alive. Neighborhood concerns are focused on improvements to the downtown area while maintaining a balance of quality urban living space, a thriving business community, unique shopping, and natural beauty offered along the riverfront, in the Park Blocks, and other integrated green spaces. "Portland's Living Room", Pioneer Courthouse Square, is a centralized community hangout where millions visit annually. Downtown is home to the Portland Saturday Market, where local artisans sell a variety of arts and crafts. Portland State University is Oregon's largest, most diverse, and only urban university.


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Hawthorne District (Richmond) Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

The Richmond neighborhood is located in southeast Portland. It is bordered by the Hosford-Abernethy, Sunnyside, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor, and Creston-Kenilworth neighborhoods. The Richmond area also falls within the Portland neighborhood popularly referred to as the "Hawthorne District".  For more about Richmond, 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 Richmond 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 Richmond, 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.

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Richmond neighborhood from 7/09 to 9/10:



In Richmond, closed sales have been steady throughout 2010, peaking in April.  In September 2010, there were 11 closed sales, 20 pending sales, and 68 homes on the market.

One year change from September 2009 to September 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 78.9%
Homes sold: Down 21.4%
Homes pending sale: Up 17.6%

Chart for average price per square footage:


In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Richmond neighborhood has been between $141 and $286/sq. ft. In September 2010, the average price per square foot in the Richmond neighborhood was $166.  


One year change from September 2009 to September 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
September 2009: 161
September 2010: 166
Percentage Change: Up 3.3%

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 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Richmond neighborhood was 39 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 2010, sellers in Richmond received, on average, 94% of their original listing price.

Change from September 2009 to September 2010:

Time on Market: Down 20.4%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 3%

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 September 2010, the average price of a house on the market in Richmond was $455,000. The average sale was $363,000.

More stats over one year:
Average active price: Down 3%
Average sold price:  Down 19%

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 2010 in the Richmond neighborhood was a buyer's market with 6.2 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 6.2 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in September, 39 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Richmond from this point forward, in 6.2 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

View the original article by Portland Realtor and Ecobroker, Ross Seligman.


Zombie Walk 2010 by Laura


Best Real Estate Deals in Portland

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  Check out the full list of best deals.

2324 SE 47TH AVE Portland, OR 97215 - Richmond (Hawthorne District) - $312,000-  Richmond Neighborhood

See the listing here:

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