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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland November 6 - November 13 2010

What a bizarrely wonderful week this was in Portland. Who could have dreamed that Portland would be sunny and clear and in the high sixties in November?!  Seriously, if you have just moved here, don't think that this is's far from it!  Norm or not, it was awesome and I know many of you agree even though I have heard people whining that they miss the rain. Soon enough, people. Soon enough!  Coming off of summer, I still feel a bit solar-powered and made sure to get out and soak up the sun every day that I could -- running in my favorite Peninsula Park and crunching through the leaves in downtown Portland.

This weekend I am off to do some crabbing in Newport, Oregon. The locals say that any month that ends in "er" is good crabbing season and so, we're off! 

Peninsula Park on a recent run



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The Portland Photo of the Week

What a gorgeous view of autumn in the Oregon gorge by Earl R Thomas.  Makes me want to head out for a day trip and enjoy the stunning drive. Thanks, Earl, for sharing this awesome photo!

Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Earl will receive a $20 gift certificate to a Portland favorite, Gustav's. "Serving lunch and dinner, Gustav’s offers an array of European and Northwest specialties. The full bar offers an unparalleled selection of German draft beer, as well as local bottled craft beer. Gustav’s is part of the Rheinlander heritage, owned and operated by the Mager family since 1963."

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

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.

Wolverine Tracking Project

October 21, 2010 at 7pm to March 31, 2011 at 5pm –Mount HoodCascadia Wild's Wolverine Tracking Project Spend your days snowshoeing in the winter woods.  Learn how to read the tracks animals have left in the snow.  Carry out surveys for rare carnivores that t



Audubon Society of Portland presents The Lost Bird Project

October 15, 2010 to December 15, 2010  McCall WaterfrontA collection of strikingly beautiful sculptures by artist Todd McGrain, The Lost Bird Project honors the lives and loss of five extinct birds. The sculptures are oversized bronze renderings of the Pa



The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World

October 23, 2010 at 10am to January 2, 2011 at 5pm –World Forestry CenterThe Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World Opens October 23! The polar bear — a charismatic icon in the struggle against climate change — faces a precarious future along with other ice



October 28, 2010 at 7:30pm to November 14, 2010 at 9:30pm – Miracle Theatre GroupPerformances October 28-Nov. 14, 2010 Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Preview, Friday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m., Opening Night (with complimentary reception catered by La Bamba). Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays



Portland's LARGEST Garage Sale

November 5, 2010 at 9am to November 6, 2010 at 3pm – Portland Expo CenterVendors & Shoppers Wanted: November 5th & 6th at the Portland EXPO Center Hundreds of Garage Sales all indoors in one place, Vendor Space is filling Fast reserve yours online at portlandgsale



Coffee Fair

November 6, 2010 at 10am to November 7, 2010 at 3pm – World Forestry CenterCoffee Fair ~ Nov 6-7 10am - 3pm $8 adults, $7 seniors (62+) and $5 children (3-18) Sponsored By K&F Select Fine Coffees Join us as we celebrate the world's most popular drink! Fuel your caffei



2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar

November 6, 2010 at 10am to November 7, 2010 at 4pm – LentsCelebrate harvest time and get a head start on your holiday shopping with over 40 local craftspeople and artists. You’ll find handmade items including jams, chocolates, jewelry, mittens, scarves, wre



Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band Benefit Concert for the Portland Rescue Mission

November 6, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm – The Bagdad TheaterBrian Blade & The Fellowship Band will be performing a benefit concert for the Portland Rescue Mission with Darrell Grant will perform at The Bagdad Theater on Saturday November 6th at 6pm. The



Social and Tour

November 7, 2010 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Daybreak CohousingCome and meet us! We are a growing, enthusiastic group of people enjoying our cohousing community in a lovely, older neighborhood of North Portland, Oregon. We are individuals, couples and families o



Grand Housewarming Party

November 11, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm – RejuvenationWe spruced up the place with new lighting, furniture and housewares – a perfect excuse for a party! No housewarming gifts necessary, thanks. In fact, we’ll treat you: * 5% of all sales donated to p:



The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

November 12, 2010 at 7pm to November 14, 2010 at 7pm – The Shoebox TheatreThree actors. Ninety-seven minutes. All thirty-seven of the Bard’s plays. It’s all here, with large doses of clowning and vaudeville thrown in. This irreverent, hilarious, and lightning-paced overvie



Northwest Food & Wine Festival

November 13, 2010 all day – Memorial Coliseum"Preferred & Grand Wine Tasting" November 13th, Memorial Coliseum 4 - 8 pm preferred guests - an hour more of tasting! 5 - 8 general admission When the doors of the Grand Tasting open at Memorial


Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!


Owl by Karma Pakshi


Neighborhood Tour: Goose Hollow

Goose Hollow's streets are lined with older Portland homes dating from the turn of the century.  Some former homes have been converted into law offices, coffee shops and other businesses, making this area a mix of residential and commercial.  Goose Hollow is also home to some of Portland's oldest dining establishments, such as the locally famous Goose Hollow Inn (best Reuben sandwiches in town) and the Leaky Roof (with the largest selection of Irish whiskey in Portland).  Drop by and spend an afternoon hanging out with the locals and get a taste of some Portland history.  

Many of the hilly streets of Goose Hollow afford wonderful views, and for the fitness buffs this is a great place to walk and run.  Climb the stairs or walk the streets through the neighborhood and within minutes you can transport yourself to some of Portland's most beautiful areas.  On the Western border up the hill, you'll find Portland's amazing Washington Park, Portland International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, the Vista Bridge, and a panoramic view of downtown Portland.  PGE Park, and the Multnomah Athletic Club are also in this area.  A trip to the Multnomah County Library is a very short commute and only a few Max light rail stops away.

Read more about Goose Hollow or find other neighborhoods. We have nearly 100 neighborhood profiles detailing the urban Portland neighborhoods.

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Maplewood Neighborhood Real Estate Report

By Ross Seligman

Maplewood is located in Southwest Portland, and as such features a nice mix of suburban and rural options, while being located relatively close to downtown for an easy commute.  There are a wide variety of home styles, and some areas feature hills with views.  There are plenty of popular Portland neighborhoods in this area located nearby, such as Multnomah Village, so there are many areas to shop and find family friendly activities. To learn more about Maplewood, 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 Maplewood 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 Maplewood, 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 Maplewood neighborhood from 7/09 to 9/10:



In September 2010, there were 25 closed sales, 37 pending sales, and 383 homes on the market in the Maplewood Neighborhood.

One year change from September 2009 to September 2010:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 18.9%
Homes sold: Down 41.9%
Homes pending sale: Down 19.6%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Maplewood neighborhood has been between $139 and $190/sq. ft. In September 2010, the average price per square foot in the Maplewood neighborhood was $171.  

One year change from September 2009 to September 2010:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:
September 2009: 185
September 2010: 171
Percentage Change: Down 8%

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 Maplewood neighborhood was 94 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 Maplewood received, on average, 87% of their original listing price.

Change from September 2009 to September 2010:

Time on Market: Up 14.6%
Sold/List price% difference: Down 1%

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 Maplewood was $543,000. The average sale was $479,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 18.8%
Average sold price:  Up 7.4%

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 Maplewood neighborhood was a buyer's market with 15.3 months of inventory.

By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 15.3 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in September, 94 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Maplewood from this point forward, in 15.3 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.


Tryon Creek State Park by Michael Barton


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.

4960 SW TEXAS ST Portland, OR 97219 - Maplewood neighborhood- $369,900

See the listing here: 

Did you know there are nearly 100 unique Portland neighborhoods?  Read and learn all about these interesting urban communities.


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