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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland November 17 - November 24 2012


Welcome to the weekend, PDX and welcome to another edition of our all local Portland blog!  The weather this week was just incredible, right? Sunny, WARM, brilliant colors =  a.w.e.s.o.m.e!  Seems the whole city had a spring in their step- even the squirrels and birds were bouncing about.


So who is ready for Thanksgiving?  What's it gonna be?  Dining in?  Dining out?  Just another day?  I'm normally quite festive which translates to cooking up "trial run turkey's" in June and July but this year, I'm slow to get it together. The guy behind the meat counter at New Seasons who sees me about 4-5 times a week looked at me today like I'd gone perfectly mad and said: "I'm pretty sure you haven't ordered your turkey yet, miss?!" Indeed. I'd better figure it out fast lest I become one of those crazies parking 4 blocks from the packed-to-the-gills-store on Thanksgiving Eve being forced to fight to the death over the last can of cranberry preserves. You know...


No matter what you do to celebrate, we hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday full of love, family and friends.



Fall in the Japanese Gardens


Portland's Japanese Garden rockin' her fall colors by Portland photographer Earl Thomas


The Portland Video of the Week

Vegans/veggies: Avert your eyes! All else: NOMZ! Get some!!




Powell's Bookstore Picks

We love Powells!   Portland Book Review of the Day   Portland eBooks   Powell's Author Interviews



The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week was so hard to choose!  We had so many fantastic submissions!  We fell in love with the mushroom series by Julie Lynn Kelly. Thanks for sharing these fabulous images!

JK Mushroom Head

Above: The Photographer, "JK Mushroom Head"

Another unknown

Above: Unknown. Honey mushrooms?


Above: Log-O-Shrooms

Lepiota or "Shaggy Parasol"

Above: Lepiota or "Shaggy Parasol"

Shaggy Mane

Above: "Shaggy Mane" - They get inky as they age; look at the bottom rim

Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. This week, the local Portland business we are recognizing is Coava Coffee Roasters.

About Coava Coffee Roasters:  Coava is a family of hardworking people who are passionate about excellent coffee. We source, roast and brew the best single origin coffees in the world. What began as a dream has evolved into a roastery unlike any other.

Coava began in a garage in North Portland, where Matt Higgins roasted coffees with total precision. Because Matt had worked in the industry for a decade, he knew Coava couldn’t roast exceptional coffee without sourcing from the best farmers in the world. Today we are proud to feature single origin coffees from meticulous, hard-working farmers who take risks to work exclusively with us.

Our name, Coava, was inspired by Englishman William Biddulph, who traveled to Turkey in the 1600s and discovered that “coava” was a term for unroasted coffee, a word previously unknown in the Western world. Raw coffee is at the heart of what we do. We strive to create beautiful roast profiles based on the inherent qualities of each unroasted coffee. That’s why we only roast single origins, focusing on quality, intensity and balance in the cup.

As a result, Coava is known for roasting some of the highest scoring coffees in the world, a craft we humbly practice in our roastery in Portland, Oregon. 


humbly made


Waterfowl Expresses Concern Over Foul Water

Waterfowl Expresses Concern by Portland photographer Earl R Thomas


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by Rob Creighton Garrison


'Tis the season, when many of our fellow Americans celebrate the fact that they actually have expendable funds by standing in long lines for hours and hours, DAYS even, so that they may indulge in the privilege of blowing the whole lot on stuff for themselves and friends and family, who in all likelihood don't really need said stuff.



Yes, it's nice to give people gifts, sure it is.  It's great to watch them tear the wrapping paper off and squeal in delight, or at least smile, or blush, or quirk a brow as they try to determine what the gift is, what it does, or when they ever told you they wanted whatever it is.  It's nice to receive their thanks, which, if they do it right, should be expressed in an effusive manner sufficient to offset the flicker of obvious confusion you see pass over their faces as they examine the object you somehow concluded against all logic that they couldn't do without.  Gives one the warm holiday fuzzies, it does.


Makes me tired just thinking about it, and I don't mean just the waiting in lines or doing hand-to-hand combat with competing consumers.  Being put into a half-nelson by a grandmother intent on procuring the very last Lalaloopsy doll is almost assuredly no fun, and being forced to knee-cap a neighbor for the sake of taking the sole remaining Madden NFL video game home has to leave a dent in one's soul I'd imagine, but from my perspective it goes deeper than that. It's hard to buy stuff for people who already have a lot of stuff.  Do they already have that DVD?  Or this CD?  Do they even like fondue, or chess?  Is Chutes and Ladders appropriate for a 12-year-old, or will that permanently relegate me to Clueless Fogey Hell?  Maybe I'd be better off in the long run if I just give the kid the BB rifle and offer to pay any medical expenses that accrue in the period between the unwrapping and the point where a parent wrenches the thing from the kid's sweaty grasp.  After a certain point I would no longer care what mayhem I'd set in motion, I'd just want the process to be OVER.



So here's a thought.  Kind of counter-intuitive, I think, considering how many people, in the midst of their mad scramble during the holiday rush to find and purchase the HOTTEST THING, tend to believe it's too much trouble to dwell on others' problems because they just don't have the time.  The thought is this: It's EASIER to help those of our fellow citizens in need than it is to schlep back and forth across town, or cram ourselves into malls and risk being trampled or pepper-sprayed, all in pursuit of shiny-shiny trinkets and gizmos that don't fulfill immediate need.  Think about it.  There are those who need food, or clothes, or a roof, often all three.  They don't much care what color any of it is (although I won't donate lima beans, I refuse!), or that none of those things offer wifi or a touchscreen or 3D graphics (actually I'm wrong about that last thing, that comes stock).  It's as easy as tossing a few cans in a barrel at your grocery store or the post office or the library or countless other businesses who host one.  It's as easy as putting a warm winter coat under the donation tree at your place of business.  It's as easy, if you want to fill your hands and work some muscles, as helping to build a house for a family.



You can even cut out the middle man.  It's not against any law to just walk up to someone and hand him or her a blanket or a sandwich.  See the need, fill the need.  Simple.



Have a Happy Thanksgiving, folks.  Please make it one for which others may give thanks.



Read Rob's original post and comment back here:





Kenton Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman


The Kenton neighborhood is located in North Portland and is bordered by Arbor LodgeSt. Johns, and  Piedmont neighborhoods. Kenton is also in close proximity to other popular neighborhoods via the Max light rail which is located on nearby Interstate Avenue. A drive to downtown Portland is a mere 7-8 minutes away in good traffic conditions and a bike ride is about 25 minutes and is in mostly designated bike lanes.  To learn more, click here.


If you are looking for homes in the Kenton neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here


On to the report: Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Kenton neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In October 2012, there were 47 closed sales, 55 pending sales, and 189 homes on the market in the Kenton Neighborhood.

One year change from October 2011 to October 2012

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Up 3.8%

Homes sold: Up 23.7%

Homes pending sale: Up 41%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Kenton neighborhood has been between $121 and $147/sq. ft. In October 2012, the average price per square foot in the Kenton neighborhood was $136.

One year change from October 2011 to October 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 0.1%


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 October 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Kenton neighborhood was 65 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 October 2012, sellers in Kenton received, on average, 97% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from October 2011 to October 2012:

Time on Market: Up 4.8%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 3%


Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In October 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Kenton was $256,000. The average sale was $249,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 2.7%

Average sold price:  Up 7.8%


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.  October 2012 in the Kenton neighborhood had 4 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 4 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in October, 65 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Kenton from this point forward, in 4 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.

In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. 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.

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 Kenton 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


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 Deals in Portland this Week


2137 NE SCHUYLER ST Portland, OR 97212 - Kenton - $835,000

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2036 SE TAYLOR ST Portland, OR 97214 - Buckman - $619,000

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2354 N WATTS ST Portland, OR 97217 - Kenton - $259,000

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Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:


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Brookings- by Portland artist, Fasai


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