I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We spent ours with friends here in Portland and had a great time celebrating and counting our blessings. As usual, I ate too much and felt like I was in a food coma throughout most of the day yesterday. If you would like to get some exercise, you might appreciate the latest Portland Group that was just created on our site: The Portland Walking Group. Mark promises to add lots of walking events soon, so go join the group and get out there on some great Portland walks!
How many of you braved the crowds and went shopping on Black Friday? I chose to avoid the madness and only left my house at dinner time. If you're lazy like me and prefer shopping online, Cyber Monday is just around the corner. When filling your holiday shopping list, don't forget to support our local economy by buying local! We have so many wonderful independent Portland businesses that offer really unique, high quality gifts and merchandise. Be sure to visit your favorite neighborhood shops to see what gifts you might find. Some of the most popular shopping areas in town include Downtown around Pioneer Courthouse, the Pearl District, Alberta Arts District, Mississippi Avenue, Alphabet District/NW Nob Hill, Beaumont/Wilshire, Sellwood, Clinton, and Hawthorne Boulevard, just to name a few. I also always stop in Powell's Bookstore for books and other wonderful gifts each year.
I have started adding all of the Portland Holiday Events to our Portland Events Calendar, and as you can see there is a TON of stuff going on in Portland starting this week and running all the way into the new year. It is an annual family tradition to visit holiday classics like Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo. If you have a Portland Holiday Event to share, feel free to post it on the Portland Events Calendar so I can pick it up and feature it in the weekly blog.
Above: Polar Bear at the Oregon Zoo by Michael Barton
Also, this season always reminds me that there are many families who may be struggling to make ends meet. Our local economy is still hurting and there are many people out of work, making it even more important this year to lend a helping hand, if you are in a position to do so. I will be running features on several local Portland charities who need our help this year during the holidays. This week, I have posted information on the Oregon Food Bank and the Portland Police Sunshine Division. Be sure to take a moment and read about these wonderful organizations and consider donating your time or money to help.
Portland Sunshine Division - Hope for Holidays
Excerpt from http://sunshinedivision.org/hopeforholidays.htm
Oregon Food Bank - Fill the Bag
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. For more ideas, here is the full list of Portland Holiday Events.MAX
November 24, 2010 to November 28, 2010 OMSI OMNIMAX THE POLAR EXPRESS Mon.-Wed.: 6:00 p.m. Fri.-Sun.: 6:00 p.m. Watch snowflakes float down on Portland's largest screen and feel the train rumble via 12,000 watts of digital surround sound in this ti Organized by OMSI
November 24, 2010 to December 6, 2010 "Gerding Theater at the Armory" November 21 December 26 On the Main Stage By Phil Grecian Based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark Directed by Rose Riordan Wacky and wistful, and fresh a Organized by Portland Center Stage
November 24, 2010 to December 25, 2010 "The Old Church" Christmas Holiday Concerts and Events at the Old Church run through the month. There are numerous concerts. Visit website for list of events and times: http://www.oldchurch.org/calendar.htmlOrganized by The Old Church
November 26, 2010 to December 4, 2010 "Keller Auditorium" Portland's Singing Christmas Tree Making music and memories since 1962 Guest performers: Timothy Greenidge, Michael Allen Harrison, Georgene Rice, The Jefferson Dancers, Audra Cross, and Ali Mills C Organized by PCPA
November 26, 2010 to November 28, 2010 "Newmark Theater" Now in its 8th year, The Portland Ballets beloved production of La Boutique Fantasque has become a tradition for families throughout Portland. This years presentation of La Boutique Fantasque will Organized by OBT
November 26, 2010 to January 2, 2011 "Portland Oregon Zoo" See the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland, aglow with a million lights.* More than 200 animated animals swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they' Organized by Oregon Zoo
November 26, 2010 to December 25, 2010 Portland International Raceway Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", the 18th annual Jubitz Winter Wonderland - Powered by Comcast will grab your attention with gl Organized by Jubitz
November 26, 2010 to December 30, 2010 "The Grotto" 23nd Annual Christmas Festival of Lights November 26, 2010-Thursday, December 30, 2010 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. with gates closing at 10 p.m. Closed Christmas Day $8.00 general admission $4 children ages 3- Organized by "The Grotto"
November 26, 2010 to December 5, 2010 "Expo Center" WHAT: The 28th Annual Americas Largest Christmas Bazaar WHO: Individuals, families, and tiny businesses from throughout the Pacific Northwest gather once a year to sell their wares at 1000 booths
November 27, 2010 to November 28, 2010 "Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall" The gravity-defying movements and choreography of these aerialists, acrobats, dancers and jugglers captivated us last season so we invited them back to present their spectacular Holiday show. A won Organized by Oregon Symphony
November 27, 2010 to November 28, 2010 "Winningstad Theatre" Get in your pumpkin coach and race to the theatre before the clock strikes 12! Stylized puppets and rich costumes dance and swirl in Cinderella, an original musical based on the French classic. Force Organized by Tears of Joy
November 27, 2010 at 11am to November 28, 2010 at 3pm World Forestry Center Wreath Making Class ~ Nov. 27 & 28 Thanksgiving Weekend Sessions: 11am - 1pm & 1pm - 3pm Event Floral will offer a wreath making class Thanksgiving weekend at the World Forestry Center Disco Organized by Amber MorrisonHandmade Sale
November 28, 2010 from 11am to 5pm The Left Bank Annex The GIVE Handmade Sale is a unique gifting experience as well as a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank (OFB). You can feel good in knowing that 10% of artists sales will go to the OFB. Shoppers are Organized by jen Neitzel, Julz Nally and Michelle Gay
November 30, 2010 to January 2, 2011 Ellyn Bye Studio Nov 30 - Jan 2 Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macys Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris truly odd encounters with his fe Organized by PCS
November 30, 2010 at 10am to December 1, 2010 at 6pm Center for Health & Healing at OHSU's South Waterfront District OHSU Heart Research and Handmade NW 2010 Holiday Bazaar! Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday December 1, 10 am 6 pm, Handmade NW brings more than 20 artisans to South Waterfront to support OHSU Hea Organized by Handmade NW
December 1, 2010 to December 5, 2010 "Pioneer Courthouse Square" Welcome to the 2010 Holiday Ale Festival! The winter season holds many gifts for beer lovers in the form of big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter's night. Each year, the Organized by Pioneer Courthouse Square
December 3, 2010 all day "Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall" An Evening With The Black Crowes Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys Tour Friday, December 3rd $36.75 - $64.00 THE BLACK CROWES take flight like never before with their first-ever double album of all aco Organized by PCPA
December 4, 2010 all day "Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall" Please join Pacific Lutheran University's Choir of the West, the University Chorale and members of the University Symphony Orchestra in what has become one of the region's most inspirational Christma Organized by PLU
December 4, 2010 all day "Winningstad Theatre" Come celebrate the season with family and friends as Julianne creates a night of joy and cheer with artists Janice Scorggins, Cloud 9 a capella group, her band, a host of talented young performers an Organized by PCPA
The Portland Photo of the Week
And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner: Oregon Zoo by Michael Barton. Not only is this an amazing photograph, but this picture made me laugh so hard, I just had to share it. Michael uploaded a whole series of amazing images of the Oregon Zoo, so be sure to come check them out. Thanks to everyone for uploading photos this week, drop by and visit the photo album for the latest.
Oregon Zoo by Michael Barton
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.
Happy Thanksgiving 1 Reply
To my friends in Portland Happy Thanksgiving, it may be in the 80's here in FL but I still wish I was there!
Started by David Mitchell in General Portland Discussion.
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 could rent on a month to month basis. I am mostly interested in
Started by Jenna Peterson in General Portland Discussion.
Moving to Portland from So Cal 5 Replies
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 in our mid 20's and have no children so schools and such are
Started by Cami Petzinger in General Portland Discussion.
Where to Live in Portland 8 Replies
Hi everyone, My husband and I are moving to Portland in the next year. We are looking for information on the different neighborhoods and towns in and around Portland. We are both in our mid 30's
Started by Andrea Bennett in General Portland Discussion.
A new recipe was added to the Portland Kitchen group by Robert. Portland Cassoulet recipe.
Mt. Tabor Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Market Report
By Ross SeligmanMt. Tabor Neighborhood Real Estate Report
Mt. Tabor is a lovely area of Portland with many nice older homes tucked into quiet neighborhood streets. Climb the hill up Mount Tabor and you'll have some stunning views with beautiful scenery and the Portland skyline off in the distance. To learn more about Mt. Tabor, 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 Mt. Tabor 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 12 closed sales, 20
pending sales, and 80 homes on the market in the Mt. Tabor 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 Mt. Tabor neighborhood was 23 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 Mt. Tabor was $409,000. The average sale was $371,000.
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 Mt. Tabor neighborhood was a buyer's market with 6.7 months of inventory.
By the way, This does NOT mean that it will take 6.7 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average, in October 23 days. Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Mt. Tabor from this point forward, in 6.7 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 in Humboldt.3. 4518 N KERBY AVE Portland OR 97217 - Humboldt - $399,999
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10087926
Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.
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