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This Week in Portland Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2011

Hello, Portlanders, and welcome to our weekly Portland blog.  Ok, I 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.  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...

What 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. 

Why 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 Portland!

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 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!

Hubers  - 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 Thanksgiving restaurants list!

Heathman - 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 restaurant. Follow this link to view the menu and make reservations

Andina -  In the Pearl District, Andina is celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24 with a special Peruvian three-course prix fixe menu (download menu) 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!

Prost! - North Portlanders will flock to this cozy German pub on Mississippi Avenue for the 3rd Annual Turkey Feed this year.

Aquariva -  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

Podnah's - 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!

Meriwethers - 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.

Urban Farmer- Sophisticated farm-to-table fare, Urban Farmer is offering Thanksgiving Dinner in Portland this year. Menu link.

Wildwood - 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 meat.

The Portland Photo of the Week

The 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.  Thanks for sharing your Portland photos with us, we always enjoy seeing what people have uploaded each week!

Portland Photo by Karma Pakshi
Photo 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 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.

"Sherlock Holmes and the Caseo of the Christmas Carol"

November 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 Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: performance

Harland Williams at Helium Comedy Club

November 17, 2011 at 8pm to November 19, 2011 at 11pm – Helium Comedy Club Harland Williams from "Half Baked" 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 Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: comedy, stand-up

Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour Cirque du Soleil

November 18, 2011 at 8pm to November 19, 2011 at 10pm – Rose Garden A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally tu Organized by Cirque du Soleil | Type: cirque

38th Northwest Filmmaker's Festival

November 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 Organized by NW Film Center | Type: film

North End Holiday Market

November 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 with unique, 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; Organized by Laura Woodruff | Type: art/craft, market,

Fix-It Fair

November 19, 2011 from 8:30am to 2pm – Ron 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 Organized by City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability | Type: free, fair

St Marys Christmas Bazaar

November 19, 2011 from 9am to 4pm – The Dalles,Oregon St Marys Christmas Bazaar November 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 Organized by Donna Bender | Type: st, marys, christmas, bazaar

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square

November 25, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7pm – "Pioneer 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 Organized by Pioneer Square | Type: portland holiday

Sellwood Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report

Sellwood Moreland 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, click here.


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 3.7%


Chart 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.

One year change from October 2010 to October 2011:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 2.6%

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 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 price.

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

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 :


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.

1626 SW ELIZABETH ST Portland, OR 97201 - Portland Heights - $865,000

See the full listing here


1420 NW LOVEJOY ST Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $229,000

See the full listing here

View the full list of weekly Portland real estate deals.

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