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
"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!
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
Portland taken by
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
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
Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
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
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…
October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Haunted Portland" For Halloween or any
time of year in Portland. http://www.portlandwalkingtours.com/tours/beyond_bizarre.php
If you've seen the "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Adventures", or "Paranormal State" TV
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…
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
October 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 – "Milburn's Manor" http://www.milburnmanor.com/index.html
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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!
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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
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 http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
If you are looking for homes in Richmond, visit this link where
you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click
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
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.
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