Portland Blog: This Week in Portland December 18 - December 25 2010
The big news this week is a hysterical new show about Portland
that is about to grace the airwaves ala IFC. If you're about to jump into the
Portland puddle (aka "move here"), we beg you to watch this hysterical
video that Portlanders are admitting is "painfully true". I watched and laughed -- it IS true.
"The 6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series PORTLANDIA,
created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie
Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney), premieres on IFC
Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Each episode's character-based
shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering
of Portland, Oregon.
"I love Portlandia. It really represents so much of what I love
culturally, musically and in so many other ways," said Fred Armisen. "This
started as just a fun summer activity for Carrie and me. We'd be hanging out in
Portland and shooting whatever made us laugh, and that evolved into Portlandia."
PORTLANDIA's inhabitants include but are not limited to: the
owners of a feminist book store; a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who
attach cut-outs of birds to everything ("put a bird on it!"); an organic farmer
who turns out to be a cult leader; an adult hide and seek league; and a punk
rock couple negotiating a "safe word" to help govern their love life. The first
episode depicts Armisen and Brownstein meeting with the Mayor of Portland (Kyle
MacLachlan) who solicits the duo to write a new theme song for the city. This
segment features a cameo from the real mayor of Portland (Sam Adams) playing the
assistant to MacLachlan's "mayor." Much of the series' original music is written
and performed by Armisen and Brownstein.
An assortment of guest stars inhabit PORTLANDIA, including Kyle
MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and
Recreation), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Hellboy), Heather Graham (The
Hangover), Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael &
Michael Have Issues), Jason Sudeikis (SNL, The Cleveland Show), and Gus Van Sant (Milk).
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann also guest stars, alongside James Mercer (The
Shins), and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The
Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).
Brownstein and Armisen spent years observing the joyous
eccentricities of Portland, Oregon (when Fred was on hiatus from SNL), which
spawned their "Thunderant" project, a compilation of online videos that combined
their unique music styles and comedic sensibilities. Their artistic
collaboration garnered an online cult following, as their "Thunderant"
characters resonated with a young audience celebrating individuality, free
spirit and weirdness."
In other news, we're on the home stretch toward the Christmas
holiday! Allow me to be preachy and say: SHOP LOCAL! Head down to
Saturday Market or
Hawthorne or the
support local Portland businesses! Need the perfect gift? Gift cards to
local businesses rule.
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is
Michael Barton who has shared a small series of photos from a recent trip to
Smith and Bybee Wetlands which is located over in north Portland. As a north
Portland local, I love riding my bike and hiking around here. Michael captured
some very beautiful moments that I hope will inspire others to make a short
journey to this awesome wetland.
Geese in flight
A Great Blue Heron waits
Ducks just doing some duck business
Our weekly Portland photo winner gets a gift certificate to a
local Portland business of our choosing. Mark will receive a $20 gift
certificate to local Portland brewing company, Lompoc. Lompoc is a
Portland original and absolute PortlandNeighborhood.com favorite. In fact, part
of this website was born over Lompoc beer!
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on
events happening this very weekend! 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
Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
November 30, 2010toJanuary
Bye Studio Nov 30 -
Jan 2 Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the
Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’
truly odd encounters with his fe…
December 1, 2010toDecember
About: “Mr. B’s” captivating Christmas classic draws its inspiration from the
choreographer’s childhood recollections of dancing the original version of the
Nutcracker in Russia. Today, his enchantin…
December 10, 2010toJanuary
Theatre" DO JUMP! is
one-third of a century old (well, almost). Come and celebrate with us this
Holiday Season! We will be performing works from the past 33.333... years,
including favorites from At Such a Di…
December 18, 2010from 11am to
Historical Society Spend
the first weekend of winter break at the Oregon History Museum and enjoy a
variety of fun family activities and crafts! Learn about trains during this
family day and see a historic model train…
December 18, 2010from 7:30pm to
Schnitzer Concert Hall
The Oregon Symphony. The Portland Symphonic Choir. Together in Handel's Messiah:
It’s what classic holiday memories are made of. No matter how many times you've
heard Handel's Messiah, you've never…
December 20, 2010from 7pm to 9pm
Mark Presbyterian Church
Sing-Along Messiah at St. Mark on December 20th Benefits Neighborhood House
Portland pianist Michael Barnes Will Accompany Dozens of Local Voices Portland –
The Portland community is invited to enjoy…
November 26, 2010toDecember
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-…
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland
events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!
A walk in the Rose Garden by Lorri
Neighborhood Tour: Belmont
Like the Hawthorne District, the Belmont Street area is a very popular area
in southeast Portland. With a strong sense of Portland individuality,
Belmont has many locally owned coffee shops, markets, and distinctive shops and
restaurants. Belmont Street is a favorite destination for many locals, whether
it's for an afternoon at the Avalon, a night at the Blue Monk, or a cup of joe
at the neighborhood coffee shop. This area has a nice mix of urban diversity,
with a funky feel, and local color.
Read more about
discover who lives here, what local life is like and what local businesses make
up this neighborhood.
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other neighborhoods? We have nearly 100 neighborhood profiles detailing the
urban Portland neighborhoods.
November 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's
By Ross Seligman
Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening?
They are a comparison of November 2009 - November 2010 for all of
Multnomah County and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own
analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze
Multnomah County as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little
micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes,
price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This
analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Multnomah County. If you
have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market
in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to
contact me at:
Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington,
Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.
On to the report:
Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland,
Oregon for the last 15 months:
In November 2010, we see a drop in inventory
from October with 3629 homes on the market. This strong buyer's market means
that sellers have to make sure they are doing all of the steps necessary to sell
their home. If you are a seller and have any questions about this, feel free to
contact me. In November 2010, 432 homes sold and 492 are pending for sale.
Yearly change fromNovember09
For Sale: 3255 in November 09, 3629 in November 10. Inventory is Up 11.5%
Sold homes: 662 sold in November 09, 432 sold in November 10. Sales are Down
Pending sales: 412 pending for sale in November 09, 492 pending for sale in
November 10. Pending sales are Up 19.4%.
Chart for average price per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has
been between $136 and $148. In November 2010, the average price per square foot
in Portland was $139.
Yearly change fromNovember
Average price per square foot in November 09 was $144. In November 10 it is
$139. This figure has dropped 3.1%.
on market and 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 all of Multnomah County, in
all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 68 days to sell.
The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the
home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on
prices. In November 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 92% of their
original asking price.
Yearly change fromNovember09
Average time it takes to sell a home in November 09 was 63 days. In November 10,
it is 68 days. An increase of time on market of 7.9%.
The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 93% in November 09
and is 92% in November 10.
Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:
The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under
$400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has
sold. In November 2010, this figure was $282,000.
Yearly change fromNovember09
The average price of a home listed in November 09 was $382,000. In November
10, $342,000. This figure has decreased by 10.5%.
The average price of a home sold in November 09 was $272,000.
In November 10 it was $282,000 This figure has increased 3.7%.
Months of inventory:
Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would
take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is
considered a buyers market. In November 2010, this figure was 8.4
months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a strong
This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 8.4 months for your home
to sell. That number was 68 days, remember? It means that, if not a single
listing were to come on the market in Multnomah County from this moment, it
would take 8.4 months for all available homes to sell before there would be
Yearly change fromNovember09
The months of inventory in November 09 was 4.9 months. In November 10, it is
8.4 months. This figure has increased by 70.8%.
As I have said before, none of this information matters if you have a
particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own
micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home,
please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on
this blog or send it to you.
Hey people, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats?
Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful
for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you
think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can
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