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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland November 24 - December 1 2012


Welcome to another edition of our all local Portland blog, PDX! If you are reading this, then you survived the holiday food marathon we call Thanksgiving. You would have also survived what the media calls "Black Friday" and what we call "Love your Local Business Friday".  That's right! Inject some of your holiday dollars into the local economy! If you are looking for great local places to shop, first start at the Saturday (and Sunday!) Market and then head to Alberta Arts, Mississippi Avenue, Hawthorne, The Pearl, Multnomah Village to name just a few! Not only will you spread some local love but you will likely find one-of-a-kind treasures that your loves ones will adore.


We hope you have plenty of leftovers and are starting this weekend with a warm and happy heart. Have a great weekend and enjoy the last week of November 2012!


The Portland Video of the Week

You can- and you should!- eat at Portland Food Carts when it's raining...




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 is a beautiful image by Portland area photographer, Earl Thomas.  Earl shares a view through his lens from Ridgefield, Washington. Breathtaking!

Fall Colors at Ridgefield

Fall Colors at Ridgefield

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


Cannon Beach at Sunset

Cannon Beach at Sunset by Jo Grishman


Featured Portland Events this Week

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by Rob Creighton Garrison

It's Thanksgiving Day.  The turkey is charring away in the oven, the side dishes are prepped and ready to be stewed, whipped, boiled, chilled, bowled and meted out in Himalayan mounds come the ringing of the midday chow bell.  There will be only five ravening humans at the table this time, so my chances of being elbowed in the throat are considerably less this year.


That guy sitting next to the speaker?  He just wants him to shut up and pass the gravy already.


The missus is pretty traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving, although she graciously stops short of making me eat cranberry sauce (thank the godz; no sauce I ever eat will retain the shape of the can when dumped onto a plate, on this I swear my very life-- oh, you actually make your own cranberry sauce? Aren't you special?  Bless your heart, but my real point is that I will never willingly eat cranberries because they taste like they were scooped out of a bog, which, WOW, they were!).  The main feature is always turkey, despite my suggestions in years past of roast beef, or a nice pork loin, or a stack of pancakes shaped like a turkey.  For Christmas we are much more catholic in our approach; we'll dine out on Indian or Chinese cuisine then (NOMZ), but Thanksgiving is just done the one way, and that one way means eating a big-ass bird.  No debating this, lest I want to sit at the kids' table, and I don't ever want to go through THAT again.


        Dammit, that was mine!



There will also be cornbread stuffing of course, never any weird regional alternative (like 'dirty rice' stuffing, apparently popular in the South but which to me tastes like it got dropped on the floor and maybe not picked up right away, JUST MY OPINION), and broccoli cheese casserole, one of those dishes which feature a healthful vegetable mugged into submission by raging simple carbs and their fat bully pals. And mashed potatoes.  You don't include the mashed potatoes, you FAIL Thanksgiving.  I don't even want to know what else you have to eat.  Seriously.


Don't forget the pies.  Pumpkin pie is my favorite, but the wife always includes coconut cream as well, which is okay I suppose, seeing as how it's at least a vector for whipped cream.  This time around we're having lemon meringue too, to round things out to a trifecta of questionably conspicuous confectionery consumption.  Actually, I change my mind, the lemon meringue is my favorite.  Hell, maybe I'll just dump a slab of each on the plate, spoon a ring of mashed potatoes around them and have a cage match.  That's not playing with my food.  That's research.


A personal tradition of mine:  the television has to be tuned to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I don't even have to be watching it, but it's just something that's stuck with me since I was a kid, hearing the hosts burbling about the floats, the drums and horns of the marching bands, and the cheering of the crowd.  Just one of my things.



I hope your Thanksgiving is all you'd wished, and you get to eat everything you like.  I hope you're thankful for it.  I am.  I'm thankful for a kind and thoughtful wife who has to put up with a lot.  I'm thankful for good friends who are quite forgiving of my prideful ways.  I'm thankful I live in an interesting, quirky, weird city nestled in one of the most beautiful spots on the face of the Earth.


Let's not forget, please, to do something to help make others thankful, others who are having a difficult time thinking of things to be thankful for.  When you're far from home fighting on foreign soil, or standing over a burning barrel in front of your storm-wrecked house, it's good to be reminded that others are thinking of you and want to help.  So keep them in your thoughts and in your heart.


There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. –Albert Einstein                                                                   


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North Tabor Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

By Ross and Leah Seligman


North Tabor is located in Northeast Portland. It is bordered by the Laurelhurst, Hollywood, Rose City Park, Montavilla, Mount Tabor and Sunnyside neighborhoods. To learn more, click here.


If you are looking for homes in the North Tabor 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 North Tabor neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In October 2012, there were 28 closed sales, 39 pending sales, and 70 homes on the market in the North Tabor Neighborhood.

One year change from October 2011 to October 2012

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 30%

Homes sold: Up 27.3%

Homes pending sale: Up 69.6%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the North Tabor neighborhood has been between $132 and $158/sq. ft. In October 2012, the average price per square foot in the North Tabor neighborhood was $148.

One year change from October 2011 to October 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 12.5%


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 North Tabor neighborhood was 53 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 North Tabor received, on average, 97% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from October 2011 to October 2012:

Time on Market: Up 1.9%

Sold/List price % difference: Down 1%


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 North Tabor was $319,000. The average sale was $302,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Down 12.1%

Average sold price:  Down 8.5%


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 2012 in the North Tabor neighborhood had 2.5 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 2.5 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in October, 53 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in North Tabor from this point forward, in 2.5 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 North Tabor 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:



Ross & Leah's "Best Deals in Portland"


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7033 N PORTSMOUTH AVE Portland, OR 97203

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4456 NE OREGON ST Portland, OR 97213

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