This Week in Portland
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2011
Hello, Portlanders, and
welcome to our weekly Portland blog.
guess I can't be in denial that the holidays are finally here, because
Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away. So, I decided to
focus this blog on Portland Thanksgiving and holiday ideas to hopefully
help get you in the spirit of the season. First off, check
the Portland Top Ten list below if you are looking for places to eat Thanksgiving Dinner in
Portland's plethora of fabulous eateries will pull out the
stops to serve you a delicious Thanksgiving feast this year.
We listed ten, but there are plenty of restaurants with
Thanksgiving dinner: call ahead to your favorite Portland restaurant to
see if reservations are required, because many will fill up fast.
Next, since it is a time of giving thanks and pausing to reflect on
what brings gratitude to your life, it is also a time to think about
giving to those less fortunate as well as to worthy local Portland
organizations. I wanted to mention WWEEK's Give Guide,
a very cool idea indeed. When you give, you might get some
goodies in return...
is Willamette Week's Give!Guide?
It's a publication, accompanied by a website, whose primary goal is to
facilitate year-end giving to a cross-section of Portland-area
non-profit organizations. WW's Give!Guide is inserted in all 80,000
copies of Willamette Week, and functions much like a catalog. Donors
can select one, two or multiple organizations and make a donation
online in a single, easy transaction.
should I give through the Give!Guide?
There are a number of special benefits – both to you as a
donor and for the organizations you donate to.
For example: Anyone who gives $10-499 will receive a postcard loaded
with coupons good for discounts and freebies all over town.
In addition to those goodies, the first 1,000 or so donors of
$100-$499 will receive a Chinook Book app.
But wait, there’s more!
Donors of $500 to $999 will receive home delivery of a wine from A to Z
Wineworks, a nice bag of Stumptown Coffee, Widmer beer and a Chinook
Book app, and more.
Donors of $1,000 to $2,499 will receive a bottle of pinot noir from Rex
Hill Vineyards, a packadge of Bob's Red Mill Honey Oats
Granola, a nice bag of Stumptown Coffee, Widmer beer and a
Chinook Book app, and more.
And donors of $2,500 will get a bottle of sparkling wine, some
especially fine Rex Hill pinot, Moonstruck Chocolates, Stam dog treats,
Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut oats, the Chinook Book app, and a visit with
one of WW’s owners on your doorstep when either Mark Zusman
or Richard Meeker makes your personal delivery.
Read more, and give, at Willamette Week's
Give!Guide 2011 Website.
Speaking of giving thanks, I would like to express my personal
heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the city of Portland, and especially
to the readers of this website. This website is a work of love, and a
personal expression of our love of Portland. We
sincerely appreciate all of the contributions to the site: photos,
forum postings, questions, and your personal notes thanking us for our
work on the website and blog each week. Our goal
with the site is to share as many of the positive attributes of
Portland that we can: from the beautiful Portland photos, to Portland
events, places to eat, and of course our great individual
neighborhoods. We hope you enjoy it, and always appreciate
hearing from our readers. Happy Thanksgiving
Week's Top Ten in Portland
Portland Top Ten list features ten local places that you might enjoy
visiting in Portland each week. This week we wanted to give
you some ideas with the top ten
places to eat
Thanksgiving dinner in Portland.
Not everyone enjoys cooking a huge meal, but you still might
be in the mood for Thanksgiving dinner-- without the big mess to clean
up. These restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Portland
should fit the bill! For even more Thanksgiving restaurants
in Portland, check the PortlandFoodandDrink
blog! Happy Thanksgiving, Portland!
- As Portland's oldest restaurant, Hubers is known for
their roast turkey year-round, so it just goes without saying they
would be on the top of our Portland
- Our local Portland hotels
are usually offering a special buffet feast on the holidays, and one of
the best Thanksgiving buffets in Portland can be found at the Heathman
this link to view the menu and make reservations
- In the
Pearl District, Andina
is celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24 with a special
Peruvian three-course prix fixe menu (download
featuring pavo al horno con calabaza y salsa de saúco
(heritage turkey with quinoa-hazelnut stuffing and elderberry gravy)
alongside many of our signature dishes. Seatings will begin at 1:00 pm
and continue until 9:30 pm, with live music from the Danny Romero Trio.
Pricing for the three-course menu is $50 per adult and child 12 and
over, $25 for children 5-11. Children under 5 can order a la carte.
(There will be no regular lunch service. The bar and the courtyard will
be open until 11:00 pm).
Irving Street Kitchen,
Thanksgiving To Go
My friends clued me into this one: pick up your entire
Thanksgiving meal to go from one of Portland's finest restaurants,
Irving Street Kitchen. I am told it is simply delicious!
- North Portlanders will flock to this cozy German pub on Mississippi
Avenue for the 3rd Annual Turkey Feed this year.
- If laboring in the kitchen all day doesn’t sound
like your idea of fun this year, why not start a new holiday
tradition? Come and enjoy Aquariva’s special
Thanksgiving menu and leave the cooking to Executive Chef, Andy Arndt
and best of all…no dishes to wash. Relax and
relish the view along the Willamette River while enjoying a bountiful
meal with family and friends. For reservations please call
503-802-5850. Thanksgiving Menu
- If you'd like a tasty
smoked bird to eat at home, check out Podnah's BBQ where (if you're
lucky) you can
snag a bird right out of the smoker. Yum!
- Meriwether's is the perfect setting for a unique farm-to-table
Thanksgiving dinner. The stone fireplace, stained glass and hardwood
floors provide one of the coziest spots in Portland to enjoy a
memorable Thanksgiving meal with family and friends.
farm-to-table fare, Urban Farmer is offering Thanksgiving Dinner in
Portland this year. Menu
- Chef Dustin Clark takes traditional Thanksgiving turkey and
deconstructs it by roasting the entire breast in the tandoor until it
is perfectly juicy and tender, separating and slow cooking the dark
The Portland Photo of
Portland Photo of the Week
winner this week is by Karma
Pakshi. Karma uploaded
a gorgeous series of nature inspired images on the Portland photo
album, go take a look.
sharing your Portland photos with us, we always enjoy seeing what
people have uploaded each week!
by Karma Pakshi
Karma 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
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
(www.powells.com serving customers worldwide." (Powells.com) Learn
all about Powells Bookstore.
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!
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
15, 2011 at 7:30pm to December
24, 2011 at 7:30pm – Artists
Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage Will
Sherlock Holmes crack his own
case? Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with
the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show
crafted by Seattle veteran play…
Repertory Theatre | Type: performance
17, 2011 at 8pm to November
19, 2011 at 11pm – Helium
Comedy Club Harland Williams from
will be performing at Helium Comedy Club. Thursday, November
17 @ 8:00 PM- $15Friday, November 18 @ 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM-
$20Saturday, November 19 @ 7:30 PM…
Comedy Club | Type: comedy,
18, 2011 at 8pm to November
19, 2011 at 10pm – Rose
A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses
audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally tu…
by Cirque du Soleil | Type: cirque
18, 2011 to November
20, 2011 – "NW
Film Center" Nov 11-20, NW Film
Center - 38th
Annual Northwest Filmmakers' Festival The Northwest Film Center is a
regional media arts resource and service organization founded to
encourage the study, appreciatio…
by NW Film Center | Type: film
18, 2011 at 10am to December
24, 2011 at 7pm – St.
John's district, Old Salvation Army Building, across the street from
Pattie's Home Plate A craft market
handmade art and crafts such as quilts, jewelry, wood carvings, stuffed
animals, high-quality prints of original paintings, and more!
Store Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 7 pm;…
by Laura Woodruff | Type: art/craft,
19, 2011 from 8:30am to 2pm
Russell Middle School 25th Annual
Fix-It Fair Season
Fix-It Fair The City of Portland’s 25th
annual Fix-It Fair season will kick off in November. Fix-It Fairs are
free events where you can learn simple and effective w…
by City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability | Type: free,
19, 2011 from 9am to 4pm
Dalles,Oregon St Marys Christmas
19th Saturday *9am - 4pm 609 Cherry Heights Road, The Dalles Free
parking and Free admission Donna Bender/Prism Imagery will have a
display of photographs,cards…
Bender | Type: st,
25, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Courthouse Square" Tree Lighting
Ceremony presented by
SmartPark | 5:30pmBe Merry at the Square! On the day after
Thanksgiving, Portlanders will gather at the Square to celebrate the
official start of the season by lig…
by Pioneer Square | Type: portland
Portland Real Estate Market Report
Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report by Ross Seligman
Sellwood feels much less
"hipster" and "chic" than say, Mississippi Ave, Alberta Arts or the
Pearl-- but a definite, at ease kind of 'anything goes, all are
welcome' type of feeling is present on these streets. Like
most Portland neighborhoods, Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods feel
very self-sustaining. Local grocery store New Seasons, many
local coffee shops plus a few local coffee roasters make this community
feel warm and a lot like its own small town. Walking the
streets in Sellwood and Moreland neighborhoods invokes a "back in the
good old days" feeling. This area is family friendly,
walkable, and livable with a strong sense of community pride. To learn more,
Are you keeping an eye
on Sellwood or is it your neighborhood?
Check out this link for
a monthly updating real estate chart for this neighborhood.
If you are looking for homes in the Sellwood 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
Sellwood neighborhood in the last 15 months:
In October 2011, there
were 22 closed sales, 26 pending sales, and 108 homes on the market in
the Sellwood Neighborhood.
One year change from October 2010 to October 2011:
Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 12.2%
Homes sold: Up 22.2%
Homes pending sale: Down
for average price per square footage:
In the past 15 months,
the average price per square footage in the
Irvington neighborhood has been between $140 and $173/sq. ft.
In October 2011, the average price per square foot in the
Sellwood neighborhood was $159.
year change from October 2010
to October 2011:
Change in Price Per Square Foot:
Percentage Change: Up 2.6%
Days on Market, Sold/List
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 2011, the average time on
market for a home in the Sellwood neighborhood was 67 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 2011, sellers in
Sellwood received, on average, 94% of their original listing
More stats for you:
Change from October 2010 to October 2011:
Time on Market: Up 116.1%
Sold/List price % difference: Down 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 2011, the average price of a house on the market in
Sellwood was $403,000. The average sale was $370,000.
More stats over one year:
Average active price: Up 6.6%
Average sold price: Up 12.5%
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 2011 in the
Sellwood neighborhood had 4.9 months of inventory.
By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 4.9 months for your
home to sell. That figure was, on average in October, 67
days. Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another
home were to come on the market in Sellwood from this
point forward, in 4.9 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 Sellwood 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.
Visit our website
where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area real estate
and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood
reports at : http://www.propertiesofportland.com
Best Real Estate
Deals in Portland - Homes for Sale in
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.
SW ELIZABETH ST Portland, OR 97201 - Portland Heights - $865,000
See the full
NW LOVEJOY ST Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $229,000
See the full
View the full list of
real estate deals.
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