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This Week in Portland Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2011

Hello, Portlanders!  Happy mid-November, I hope you got out and enjoyed the auspicious 11-11-11 yesterday.  Unfortunately I got to celebrate by sleeping through most of the last 24 hours as I either got food poisoning or a stomach virus and have been terribly ill for the past two days.  I woke up feeling almost normal this morning, albeit weak and shaky - but with just enough energy to write the blog!  I hope your 11-11 went better than mine!  There are a lot of colds and flus going around at work right now, so I hope you all stay well and avoid the bugs!  If you need a good chicken soup recipe to fight off a cold, here is one quick and easy recipe I found:


I make an even easier variation of this soup when I am sick, or for friends who are sick.  I throw whole chicken pieces into boiling water and chicken broth to cook, while in a separate pan I cook my chopped onions, celery, and carrots.  When done, I fish the chicken pieces out (saving the broth and water, of course), and slice the chicken meat off the bones, then put the chopped chicken back into the cooking pot.  Add the carrot, onion, celery mix, and stir.  You can use either bagged noodles or frozen (hey, if you're sick, you certainly are not going to have the energy to roll out homemade noodles), and cook those last so they don't get all mushy.

Definitely add just a dash of hot pepper: cayenne and red pepper flakes work fine, to kick that cold right out of your system.  A little bit of ginger is another option. Salt and pepper (I use seasoning salt), and add any fresh or dried herbs, toss some parsley in at the very end and serve.  I promise it will make you feel better.  

38th Northwest Fimmakers' Festival

Hey, this week is the 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival.   From Willamette Week:

The Willamette Week Promotions Department is proud to support the 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival! Not only are we gearing up to see an amazing slew of films form talented local makers, screening November 11-20, but we're also getting ready to celebrate the Northwest Film Center's 40th anniversary! The Festival kicks off tomorrow with an amazing collection of short films, followed by the the Film Center's big 4-0 Birthday Party.

Enter to win tickets!

The WW Movie Staff on the Festival:

Instead of the usual mid-life displays of sports car and trophy companion, the NW Film Center’s regional festival is celebrating its 38th year with a name change (it was the Northwest Film & Video Festival) and an ad campaign trumpeting its status as fertile ground for fresh talents. Also, it has taken an interest in binge drinking. The youthful indiscretion is earned: Even with encore screenings of work by the usual suspects—Gus Van Sant, Matt McCormick, Irene Taylor Brodsky—there is still more new material than we have space to consider. Here’s looking at you, kids.

Read WW's full coverage.

NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium
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In the mood for some holiday shopping this weekend?  I am personally still in denial that the holidays are already upon us, but if you are in the mood for some crafty shopping, there are three events this weekend you might want to check out.

Hip Happening Fall Holiday Craft Bazaar - in Sellwood today from 11am - 5pm at the Sellwood Masonic Lodge.  More info at:

Also, in Oregon City today, is a charity holiday Craft Fair:

Oregon City - Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Anne # 1089 will have its annual winter charity craft sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2011. St. John's Catholic Church, 417 Washington Street in the Parish Center.
There is no admission charge, and the building is handicapped accessible. There will be tables of craft exhibitors from the community. Come walk the event to find that one special handmade gift for the holidays.
Space proceeds from the event will be donated to local community in need through out the year.

And of course, the Portland Saturday Market is full of great gifties.  They have even opened a new annex to give you even more shopping opportunities:

Shoppers and art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to mingle with the 60+ artists to discuss their craft and inspiration.
There will be artist demonstrations throughout the day in several craft categories such as glasswork and sculpture.

Portland Saturday Market (open on Saturday AND Sunday) offers a unique opportunity for customers to shop directly from artists. The Portland Saturday Market Annex brings this shopping experience to the rest of the week, with live demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pieces and handmade goods in fashion, beauty, jewelry, visual arts and more.  

Open November 9 through December 27th

600 SW 10th Ave. Portland, OR
Corner of SW 10th & Alder in the Galleria Building
Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat 11-7pm
Sun 12-5pm

This Week's Top Ten in Portland

Our Portland Top Ten list features ten local places that you might enjoy visiting in Portland each week.   This week we wanted to play off the autumn inspiration and recommend ten Portland area parks where you still might catch a last chance autumn view of leaves and gorgeous scenery as we head into the second half of November.  There are still some leaves on the trees out there, so get out this weekend and enjoy the fresh damp air.  Use the Portland Parks Finder website to find a local Portland park with the amenities you are searching for.

Tryon Creek State Park - Inspired by Micheal Barton's photo series posted on the photo album this week.  Tryon Creek State Park is a SW Portland and Lake Oswego local's favorite hangout.  This oasis features lovely trees and walking paths. "Tryon Creek State Park is a 670-acre forest located on the boundaries of Portland and Lake Oswego. Over 50 species of birds and many small mammals reside in the Park. Tryon Creek, home of crayfish, trout and other aquatic life, is one of the last unobstructed tributaries of the Willamette River in the Portland area and is located within a highly vulnerable watershed due to its urban location. The Park has 14 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, as well as a Nature Center and open-air shelter that can hold up to 125 people. (Tryon Friends)

Forest Park - No Portland parks listing would be complete without a mention of the biggest city park in the Portland area.  An urban park that is hard to beat, with something for everyone!

Portland Japanese Garden - I haven't made it to the garden lately so I don't know how many autumn leaves are left, but this time of year is my favorite because of all of the Japanese maple trees.  I even painted an oil landscape of one of my favorite tranquil scenes in this garden.  If you need a bit of serenity, go check it out!

Washington Park - For parks within parks, Washington Park offers something for everyone.

Macleay Park - This remains my favorite close-in NW Portland park for getting away from it all while still being right in the city.

Laurelhurst Park - A great park for visiting at any time of  year, this Laurelhurst neighborhood park has a lovely manmade pond, the better to reflect the colors and scenery.

Mt Tabor Park - Mt. Tabor Park in SE Portland is a great place to take your camera and get some exercise at the same time.  My friend lives next to this park and enjoys jogging the trails.  I dabble in oil painting, and she asked me to do an autumn oil painting of the Mt Tabor reservoir with autumn leaves in the foreground.  She says she will enjoy sitting in her living room this winter staring at the painting and feeling at peace.  That is exactly the effect I would hope my landscape painting would have on her mood, so mission accomplished.  Go enjoy Mt. Tabor this weekend and find some inspiration of your own.  Don't forget your camera!

Smith and Bybee Wetlands - For something different, visit this wetlands in North Portland. "Most visitors to the lakes can find beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles, and one of the largest remaining populations of Western painted turtles in Oregon. Access to the wildlife area is either by the Interlakes Trail - a paved, accessible trail that includes two wildlife viewing platforms - or by non-motorized boat. There is a canoe launch area as well as restrooms, interpretive displays, a covered shelter, parking for 40 cars, a bus drop-off, and public art." (City of Portland)

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - In Sellwood, just bordering the Eastbank Esplanade, this trail is close in and easy to get to.

Hoyt Arboretum- Trees, trees, and more trees: Although Hoyt Arboretum is relatively young, it possesses the largest group of distinct species of any arboretum in the U.S. Its plant collection contains 10,000 individual trees and shrubs, representing nearly 1,000 different species from around the world. (City of Portland)

The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Michael Barton. This is a lovely Oregon fern captured in the sunlight. This is part of Michael's Tryon Park series, come take a look at the Portland photo album to view more inspirational Portland autumn photos, and be sure to upload your own! Thanks for sharing your Portland photos with us, we always enjoy seeing what people have uploaded each week!

Portland Photo by Michael Barton on
Tryon Creek State Park by Michael Barton

Michael will receive a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Bookstore.  Each week we select a Portland photo winner, so come upload your images to the Portland photo album.

If you're a book lover and you live in Portland Oregon, then Powells Bookstore is no surprise to you because it is a local favorite. Powell's City of Books is one of the most visited spots in town whether you're visiting Portland and looking for popular places to visit, or whether you've lived in Portland your entire life.  they say 80,000 people browse the shelves of Powells each day.   If you're visiting with a group, you can even arrange a tour.  "From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell's Books has grown into one of the world's great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world's most successful dot-coms ( serving customers worldwide." (  Learn all about Powells Bookstore.

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! 


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Featured Portland Events

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! 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 for free (please read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.

Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years (Free event)

October 10, 2011 to December 11, 2011Lewis & Clark College In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Bonnie Bronson Fund, this exhibition debuts new work by the Bonnie Bronson Fellows, some of the Pacific Northwest's most influential Organized by | Type: museum, event

75 Gifts for 75 Years (Free event)

October 11, 2011 to February 5, 2012Museum of Contemporary Craft Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the exhibition 75 Gifts for 75 Years celebrates an important milestone in the history of one of the oldest modern craft institutions in the United State Organized by | Type: art, event

Epicurean Excursion Walking Tour

October 12, 2011 at 10am to December 31, 2011 at 2pm – Heathman Hotel A unique and delicious walking tour where you’ll taste the foods, sip the drinks, meet some artisans & vendors in their shops - while exploring Portland. If you watch the Food Network or consider Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: food, tour

Chocolate Decadence Walking Tour

October 14, 2011 at 3pm to December 31, 2011 at 6pm – Heathman Hotel The Chocolate Decadence tour showcases the Rose City's spin on the world's favorite sweet indulgence. While the coffee junkies and beer snobs are yammering away about their respective libations, you' Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: chocolate, tour

Scavenger Hunts Search Party at Pioneer Courthouse Square

October 15, 2011 at 11am to March 17, 2012 at 1pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square What mysteries lurk behind the bright lights of Portland's hippest art galleries, chic shops, bookstores and microbreweries? Come to Jamison Square at 6 PM on First Thursdays and find out! Upon arri Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain

October 16, 2011 to March 4, 2012OMSI Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes more than 200 authentic human specimens and highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance. Through respectful, aesthetic displays Organized by | Type: omsi, show

Wolverine Tracking Project

October 19, 2011 at 7pm to November 28, 2011 at 7pm – Portland and Mt Hood National Forest Love to snowshoe? Interested in the animals that live on Mt Hood?  Join the Wolverine Tracking Project, a volunteer survey program through Portland-based Cascadia Wild. Develop animal tracking skills Organized by Cascadia Wild | Type: workshop


October 20, 2011 at 7:30pm to November 13, 2011 at 9pm – Milagro Theatre Created by Martín Milagro, directed by Olga Sanchez and sponsored by Ronni Lacroute, The Oregonian and the Consulate of Mexico in Portland.   ABOUT THE PLAY Every year, the dead are commemorated in P Organized by Miracle Theatre Group | Type: día, de, los, muertos, celebration

Chris Burden: Ghost Ships

November 2, 2011 at 10am to January 22, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Ghost Ships is a trio of actual sailboats that have been reconfigured and programmed by the artist to periodically unfurl sails, pivot rudders, and simulate navigation. The sailboats will seem to sai Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art, exhibit

Mottainai: The Fabric of Life – Lessons in Frugality from Traditional Japan

November 4, 2011 at 12pm to November 27, 2011 at 4pm – Portland Japanese Garden Art in the Garden Fall 2011 This exhibition of antique Japanese folk textiles from the Meiji period (1868-1912) demonstrates the remarkable ability of the Japanese to not only make do with the very l Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: art, exhibition

Interior Spaces - Paintings by André Knaebel

November 4, 2011 at 7pm to November 30, 2011 at 8pm – red e café Interior Spaces address the relationship between the figure and the emptiness of the space that surrounds it.  Artist reception - Friday, Nov 4 at 7pm.  Organized by Kristin Kane | Type: art, showing, at, red, e, café, through, november

Westside Christian High School Presents Alice in Wonderland

November 4, 2011 at 7pm to November 13, 2011 at 2:30pm – Alpenrose Opera House Westside Christian High School opens their unique stage production of Alice in Wonderland on Friday, November 4 at the Alpenrose Opera House. The production features live, original music by Michael A Organized by Westside Christian High School | Type: theater

Scavenger Hunt Search Party at the Central Library

November 5, 2011 at 11am to March 3, 2012 at 1pm – Portland Downtown Central Library Turn your Rosetta-stone brain on high and unravel the mysteries hidden in the stacks, on the walls, and places you never imagined existed in a public library. Upon arrival, a highly-trained Run Brai Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt 

Hip Happening Fall Holiday Bazaar

November 12, 2011 all day – Sellwood Masonic Lodge The holidays are right around the corner! Come join us for our 4th annual bazaar!Start your gift shopping early at the Hip Happening. Over 40 artisans selling their unique one-of-a-kind creations.Get Organized by Hip Happening | Type: art, &, craft, bazaar 

Winter Craft Sale

November 12, 2011 from 9am to 7pm – St. John's the Apostle Catholic Church Oregon City - Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Anne # 1089 will have its annual winter charity craft sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2011. St. John's Catholic Church, 417 Wa Organized by TracieLyn Rydzewski | Type: charity, event 


November 13, 2011 from 10am to 5pm – O'Connors @ The Vault The 2nd Annual In the Bag: benefit for the arts Pop-up Purse Sale is just around the corner.  We collect purses and then sell them, and all monies raised benefit the choir, band, orchestra, drama, an Organized by Linda Doyle, Jaci Evans | Type: fundraiser, for, wilson, hs, arts, programs 

Wine Tasting Party Fundraiser for Portland Symphonic Girlchoir

November 13, 2011 from 3pm to 7pm – Northeast Broadway   The Portland Symphonic Girlchoir presents its Fall Wine Tasting featuring conversation, appetizers, and libations benefiting PSG’s Scholarship fund. Pour Wine Bar & Bistro is a relaxed, fun pla Organized by Roberta Jackson and Deb Burgess | Type: fundraiser

November 2011 - Portland Real Estate Market Report

by Ross Seligman

Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In October 2011, inventory has dropped with 2370 homes on the market.   In October 2011, 422 homes sold and 586 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from October 10 to October 11:

Inventory is Down 31.7%

Closed Sales are Up 1.4%.

Pending sales are Up 27.1%. 


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $132 and $148. In October 2011, the average price per square foot in Portland was $136.

Yearly change from October 10 to October 11:

Average Price/Square Foot has decreased 5.8%

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, 77 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 October 2011, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from October 10 to October 11:

Average time it takes to sell a home has increased 13.2%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 1%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In October 2011, this figure was $280,000.

Yearly change from October 10 to October 11:

The average price of a home listed has increased 7.8%.

The average price of a home sold has decreased 7.6%.

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 October 2011, this figure was 5.6 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 5.6 months for your home to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 77 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 5.6 months for all available homes to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from October 10 to October 11:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 32.7%.
About the report:

They are 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.


To see and/or bookmark a monthly automatic updating chart, click 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:


Best Real Estate Deals in Portland - Homes for Sale in Portland

Each week, Ross shares five cool Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.

1. 2144 NE 22ND AVE Portland, OR 97212 - Irvington - $775,000

See the full listing here


5. 1400 NW IRVING ST Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $248,500

See the full listing here

View the full list of weekly Portland real estate deals.

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