The holidays somehow totally snuck up on me this year and I am just astonished that Thanksgiving is next week! I guess I was in denial because of our nicer weather in late October and early November. I was even able to block out the displays of Christmas trees at my local Fred Meyer for the longest time, even though they started putting out ornaments and lights before Halloween was even over. Happy holidays, Portland. We wish everyone a wonderful season, however you choose to celebrate it.
This week we got a taste of our good old fashioned torrential downpours, accompanied by wet leaves piled up in the gutters, and miniature rivers of water flowing through the streets of Portland. We raked our leaves up, and much like washing your car seems to always cause it to rain the next day...I am pretty sure we are to blame for the wind and rain kicking up the very next day, rendering the earlier rake-a-thon pretty much useless. The sidewalk is once again covered in slippery wet leaves. Oh well. Such is autumn in Portland when the rain returns.
Although it sounds like I am complaining, the truth is that I thoroughly enjoyed the rain on my face and splashing through huge puddles like a little kid. I think most Portlanders would say they don't mind the rain (at least not for the first few months, anyway). In fact, the only thing that bugs me about heading into winter is the fact that it seems to be dark when I get up and dark even before I leave to come home from work. Whether you suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or not, I highly recommend you take your Vitamin D, and get one of those full spectrum lamps (SAD lights) to feel better during our darker months. If you want to buy a full spectrum man-made "sunshine" lamp, visit Sunlan on Mississippi Avenue. I don't know why these light bulbs cost so much more than a plain old lamp, but perhaps you must ask yourself the question; "what price, happiness?" during the long dark winter. SAD is no laughing matter, unless you are the Portland Mercury, in which case you might enjoy this article which explores alternative treatments.
Downtown Portland, by Angela Higgins - Photo taken at noon on November 17, 2010 (just kidding, it was taken at 6pm)
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week! 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.
November 20, 2010 from 12pm to 3pm Downtown Meet the Artists series will feature the art from 5 artists monthly. November's Featured Artists Opening will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20th you're invited to come by, check out the gallery, hear and Organized by Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery
November 18, 2010 at 9:30am to November 21, 2010 at 2pm Hillsboro, The Venetian Beaverton/Hillsboro, Oregon. CYT Beaverton is proud to announce their first stage production; a pop culture phenomenon! Join Tammy, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about her first day of teach Organized by Lauren Bowen
November 20, 2010 from 10am to 5pm Monarch Hotel & Conference Center Sophisticated Beads is having our biggest event of the year! Holiday shoppers will find the perfect gift for somebody special on their list that can be treasured for years to come. Enjoy FREE parkin Organized by Lea McWhorter
November 20, 2010 at 10am to November 21, 2010 at 5pm Montgomery Park Atrium and Ballroom The Wild Arts Festival celebrates nature in the work of regionally and nationally-known artists and writers. Now in its 30th year in Portland, the Festival has become the northwests premier show and Organized by Portland Audubon Society
November 20, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Count on plenty of fireworks when British pianist Stephen Hough returns to tackle the flamboyant First Piano Concerto of Franz Liszt. Then the heat turns up even higher as Carlos Kalmar and the orche Organized by Kelly Vanderzanden
November 4, 2010 at 7:30pm to November 21, 2010 at 2pm Imago Theatre The behind-the-scene thriller Stage Left Lost Nov 4 to 21 at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Avenue. Thurs thru Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2:00, Tickets are $10 Thu/Sun, $12 Fri/Sat. Call 503.231.9581 or www.ticket Organized by Imago Theatre
November 17, 2010 at 10am to February 13, 2011 at 5pm Oregon Historical Society African Americans have a long-standing, but little known, mural tradition. Denied access to mainstream museums and galleries, venues within the Black community became showcases for images of the comm Organized by Rachel Butler
October 1, 2010 to January 9, 2011 "Portland Art Museum" New exhibition celebrates Lee Kelly http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/feature/Lee-Kelly October 2, 2010 - January 9, 2011 Lee Kelly chronicles the 50-year career of one of the Pacific No Organized by Portland Art Museum.
October 15, 2010 to December 15, 2010 McCall Waterfront A 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
October 23, 2010 at 10am to January 2, 2011 at 5pm World Forestry Center The 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 Organized by Amber Morrison
The Portland Photo of the Week
And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner: Christmas Valley by Fasai. Fasai shares a lot of beautiful photos of Portland on the site, and she also is one of the featured artists today at the Meet the Artists series Downtown. If you're out and about in Downtown Portland today, be sure to drop by and say hello to Fasai! Thanks to everyone for uploading photos this week, drop by and visit the photo album for the latest.
Did you know you can upload photos directly to the website from your cell phone? You can - just visit the photos upload page and make note of the email address listed for sending photos via cell: put that address in your phone, and then the next time you are out and about in Portland and see something photo worthy, you can share it on the spot!
Our weekly photo contest winner receives a gift certificate to one of our favorite new coffee spots in town, Coava Coffee Roasters. Locals and coffee aficionados from all over have been saying that Coava is the best coffee roaster in Portland right now. They were named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new cafe is a "tasting room" for their roastery. Learn more about Coava Coffee Roasters.
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!
Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More
Below are the discussions posted on the Portland forum and Portland blog this month.
Hi everyone, My husband and I are moving to Portland in the next year. We are looking for information on the different neighborhoods and
Started by Andrea Bennett
My Husband and I have been wanting to move to Portland or the surrounding areas for a few years now but have not yet made the leap. We're i
Started by Cami Petzinger
Im Staying at Hotel Modera. which is sw clay st. trying to figure out what in the area and where I should go. Im a big fan of really good b
Started by carol a keller
I'm going to be coming out to Portland next summer just for a couple months and am wondering where a fun, place to live would be that I cou
Started by Jenna Peterson
In for the weekend Nov. Fri 19th & Sat 20th. Looking for some high energy music (concerts?) and dancing. Any suggestions?
Started by Marc Rosewood
Hello out there. Wondering if I could get any advice. I'm looking for a new neighborhood that would encompass most of my lifestyle, that
Started by April Wolfe
Hi Everyone, Hope this is the right place to post this. Can anyone tell me of any bars/restaurants in PDX or the burbs that show boxing o
Started by Lindsay
Like several others here I want to move to Portland. I also want to reduce my carbon footprint. For me part of that means urban living in
Started by David Mitchell
Woodstock Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report
By Ross SeligmanWoodstock Neighborhood Real Estate Report
Woodstock is a lovely area of Portland with many nice older homes tucked into quiet neighborhood streets. This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland with
some of the homes being built in the 1880's. To learn more about Woodstock, 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 Woodstock neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges.
Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in
In October 2010, there were 38 closed sales, 52
pending sales, and 322 homes on the market in the Woodstock Neighborhood.
Chart for average price per square footage:
One year change from
to October 2010:
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 2010, the average
time on market for a home in the Woodstock neighborhood was 58 days.
This chart shows us what the average listing was and
what the average sale was. In October 2010, the average price of a house on
the market in Woodstock was $209,000. The average sale
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 2010 in the Woodstock neighborhood was a buyer's market with 8.5 months of inventory.
By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 8.5 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average, in October 58 days. Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Woodstock from this point forward, in 8.5 months there would not be
another home to sell. They would all be sold.
Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland Metro Area listings from the RMLS: http://www.propertiesofportland.com
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. Here is this week's featured listing.5. 6620 SE 48TH AVE Portland, OR 97206 - Brentwood - $225,000
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10087800
Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.
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