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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland December 22, 2012

Portland Lights on Peacock Lane

Photo by Michael Barton - Lights on Peacock Lane

Hello, Portlanders!   If you put off your Christmas shopping because you thought it was end of the world, you still have 3 days left to shop! Don't think you have to hit some big box retail store either, because some of the best gifts can be found right here in Portland.  Here are a couple of Portland gift ideas for your weekend shopping.  Have fun out there!

Portland Chocolate

One of my favorite presents to give each year is Moonstruck Chocolate.  And, my family and friends seem to love it just as much as I do and have come to expect that annual box of melty deliciousness. You can visit one of the Moonstruck Chocolate cafes  (which I am sure will be packed this weekend) or there is a Moonstruck counter in the new Fred Meyer off NE Broadway (or you can purchase on-line).  Other great Portland chocolate shops include Alma chocolate, Cacao, and The Meadow: which is also a great place to find gourmet salt and other goodies for the foodie in your life.

Portland Coffee

Portland Coffee makes another great gift.  Visit one of Portland's best coffee shops and pick up a bag or two of whole beans to share with the coffee lover in your life.

Here are some of Portland's favorite coffee shops (by no means an all inclusive list!):

Coava Coffee Roasters  - 2011 and 2012 winner of NW Regional Barista Competition and Brewers Cup. Hailed by Portland Monthly as: "The best coffee in Portland. Period." 

BARISTA - Located in the Pearl District and in Alberta Arts

Coffee House Northwest - Located NW Portland

The Albina Press - Located in Humboldt and Mt. Tabor

The Fresh Pot  - Located on Mississippi Ave and Hawthorne Ave

Stumptown  - Many locations throughout Portland

The Arbor Lodge - Located in Arbor Lodge

Portland Massage Gift Certificates 

Pamper your spouse, significant other, friend, Mom, or Sister with a relaxing massage.  You can purchase Portland massage gift certificates and package deals on-line from Holistic Portland Massage and other spas around Portland.   Everyone loves to relax!  There are some Portland facial and hair salon gift deals over on MercPerks, too.

Portland Yoga Gift Certificates

Portland is full of amazing yoga studios in nearly every neighborhood.  Pick up some yoga class gift certificates at your favorite yoga studio in Portland.

Portland Beer

For the Beer lover in your life, visit a Portland Bottleshop and pick up a few bottles of unique beers to sample.  If your friend prefers wine, we have some amazing wine shops in Portland, too!

Portland Arts & Crafts

Don't forget the Portland Saturday Market Festival of the Last Minute for some great handcrafted gifts.  Portland Saturday Market and the "Festival of the Last Minute", is open EVERY day through December 24.

Portland Saturday Market Festival of the Last Minute

Portland Books

And of course, whether on-line or in person, a gift from Powells City of Books is always appreciated.

Powell's Bookstore Picks

We love Powells!   Portland Book Review of the Day   Portland eBooks   Powell's Author Interviews

Portland Oregon Area Skiing and Snowboarding

For the favorite snow bunny in your life, a gift certificate or lift pass to Mt Hood Meadows, Timberline, or Ski Bowl will certainly be appreciated.  Here are some additional Oregon Snow Sports.

Portland Sports Events Tickets

Timbers fans will rejoice with Portland Timbers tickets, and Timbers Holiday Gifts and clothing, or pick up Trailblazers Rip City Holiday Ticket deals, 2013 Season Tickets to the Rose City Rollers, or other Portland sports events tickets.

Oregon Coast Gifts

If your loved one enjoys the Oregon coast as much as I do, a unique gift idea might be a gift certificate to a hotel or resort, or a visit  to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Here are some ideas for Oregon Coast Gift Certificates.

Portland Independent Shops

And finally, head out to any one of Portland's favorite streets for great shopping at our local and indie Portland businesses.

Little Boxes Portland has several ideas for you.  The most popular shopping areas in town include N Mississippi Avenue, NE Alberta Street, SE Hawthorne, Belmont, Division, and Clinton, Sellwood, NE Broadway, NE Fremont, NW 23st and NW 23rd Avenue, and of course the Pearl District and Downtown Portland.

Whatever you are doing this holiday,  PortlandNeighborhood wishes you a very happy holiday season and happy New Year!

Holiday Lights by Michael Barton

Photo by Michael Barton

Snow (Hold the Ice)

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I want a white Christmas.

I know, I've stated here before that snow and I don't get along.  It's hella annoying to get around in, it creates laundry, it conspires with my capricious center of gravity to render me suddenly horizontal with a muffled thud (or not so muffled if snow's evil familiar, ice, has a vote), and it has this dark power it wields over motorists whereby it transform them into complete morons seemingly bent on crashing themselves into trees, houses, and each other.  Snow makes topography a mortal enemy.  If I ever buy a house in the West Hills (say, after the starship lands and its captain hands me a check equal to the annual operating costs of Luxembourg), there will be a thicky perimeter of sand bags and spike strips surrounding my front lawn.

So yes, ordinarily not a fan.

                                                               photo by Trevor Blake, Flickr

I can't point to any one reason why I want snow this year.  Maybe it's due in part because I'm often in the company of kids who get all sparkly-eyed at the possibility, and a spouse who is squeeeing right along with them.  I have tried to impart to them explanations as to why snow is usually a bad idea all-round, but I'm always met with blank faces (“look, he's still here ohmygaw”) and a rather more muscular expression from the missus, the same one she gets when the cable goes out.

Perhaps it's because snow in Portland is just uncommon enough to be a treat.  I mean snow that sticks; it actually snows here a fair amount over the course of the season, but it tends to be the non-commital variety with no grip, pretty enough to look at as it's falling but vanishing at ground level.  A light-hug-and-a-pat snow, a no-tongue snow. Bah. I'm looking for assertive precipitation this year.

Now understand me, I'm not looking for the kind of snowfall like that of December 2008, or of winter 2003-2004.  Those storms caused a lot of damage and overall misery, and they sucked up my cherished vacation time while we had to stay home at the top of our hill and not move.  One day of that is great, two days is pretty okay, more than that is Suckytownville City.  There are just so many cups of cocoa and cider one can drink before it all begins to taste like frustration and false bonhomie.

A nice few inches of fine picturesque alabaster, a kindly blanket that perhaps dissuades motorized travel but stops short of caving in rooftops or encouraging cardiac episodes while shoveling out the Prius, that's what I would like.  Snow that makes everyone happy but leaves the power-lines up and off the roads, please.

I made a pledge to the missus that I'll walk Peacock Lane if there's snow on the ground on or before Christmas.  I'm also going to walk (or bike? Dare I?) the Springwater in the snow.  Or maybe even a Forest Park trail if it's open.  That would be really cool.

                                                                photo by Crystal M. Trulove

I think I just answered my question as to why I want a white Christmas:  It's the quietest the world gets.

Portland Photo of the Week

Portland Lights on Peacock Lane

Lights on Peacock Lane by Michael Barton

Come upload and share your photos on the Portland Photo Album each week for a chance to win. This week's Portland photo winner snags a gift card to Powells City of Books! This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Michael Barton. 

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Featured Portland Events this Week

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Sherlock Homes and the Case of the Christmas Carol

November 27, 2012 at 7:30pm to December 23, 2012 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by John Longenbaugh Nov 27 – Dec 23 Will Sherlock Holmes crack his own case? Our favorite quirky, Scrooge-infused inquisitor and his host of supern Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre, holiday

"The Santaland Diaries" at Portland Center Stage

November 27, 2012 at 7:30pm to December 30, 2012 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory Starring Darius Pierce as Crumpet 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 enco Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: performing arts, theater

A Very Joan Crawford Christmas

November 29, 2012 at 7:30pm to December 23, 2012 at 2pm – The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza - 1785 NE Sandy Blvd Why take a sleigh ride to Grandma's house, when you can visit Mommy Dearest instead? Kam Sisco breaks out the eyebrow pencil and red lipstick and returns to the stage as Joan Crawford in a special ho Organized by triangle productions! | Type: theatrical, -, stage, show

Alpenrose Dairy-Storybook Lane C

December 7, 2012 at 3pm to December 23, 2012 at 6pm – Alpenrose Dairy Christmas In Dairyville opens once again to welcome the Holiday Season.         Portland, Ore. — Get your family in the holiday spirit with a stroll down Storybook Lane.  Alpenrose Dairy and the Cad Organized by Monica | Type: christmas, in, dairyville-storybook, lane

Private Residents put on Stunning Christmas Display for Years

December 7, 2012 at 6pm to December 31, 2012 at 6pm – 7-11 on Wall Street Two private residents have put on a stunning, all-encompassing Christmas display at their own residence in the NoPo/St. Johns area for some 48-odd years now - on their own dime, each year. This event Organized by Lauren Peterson Chilson | Type: christmas, display


December 7, 2012 at 7pm to January 1, 2013 at 3:30pm – Imago Theatre ZooZoo returns to Imago Theatre from December 7th through January 1st and returning by popular demand “Cats!” Imago brings to life the antics of our everyday household cat in a not so everyday way. D Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre

Portland Grotto Festival of Lights

December 8, 2012 to December 31, 2012"The Grotto" The beloved Grotto Festival of Lights! The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights 2012 Dates: November 23, 2012 through December 30, 2012 (closed Christmas Day) Our celebration of Christmas begins the Organized by The Grotto | Type: grotto festival of lights

Wenzel Farm Christmas Fantasy Trail

December 8, 2012 to December 29, 2012"Wenzel Farm" Christmas Fantasy Trail Great for all Ages! Take a Christmas walk through a lighted, wooded "Fantasy Trail", decorated with thousands of lights for your Christmas enchantment. Be sure to visit our wa Organized by Wenzel Farm | Type: christmas fantasy trail

The Polar Express - Mt. Hood Railway

December 8, 2012 to December 28, 2012"Mt Hood Railway" All aboard the Mt. Hood Railway for the Polar Express! This fun family event is a magical holiday tradition. December 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,12,13,1415,16,1 Organized by Mt Hood Railway | Type: the polar express

Portland Christmas Ships Parade

December 8, 2012 to December 21, 2012River 2012 Christmas Ship Parade Schedule December 7 - 21, 2012Columbia River      Willamette River Special performance in Camas/Washougal Dec. 1st 2012 marks the 58th year for the Christmas Ship Pa Organized by Portland Christmas Ships Parade | Type: portland christmas ships

Jubitz Winter Wonderland Lights

December 8, 2012 at 5pm to December 25, 2012 at 9pm – "Portland International Raceway" 20th anniversary! Jubitz Winter Wonderland festival of lights at the raceway! Nov. 22nd - Dec. 25th Sunday - Thursday 5 PM - 9 PM* Friday & Saturday 5 PM - 11 PM Closed Mon 12/10, and Tues 12/11 Organized by Jubitz Winter Wonderland | Type: jubitz winter wonderland lights

Zoo Lights Portland

December 8, 2012 at 5pm to December 23, 2012 at 8pm – "Oregon Zoo" Zoo Lights Portland Celebrate the holiday season amid the brilliant hues of ZooLights. More than a million LED lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous Organized by Oregon Zoo | Type: oregon zoo lights

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

December 12, 2012 to December 23, 2012Keller Light the fire in a child’s heart (and spark your own childhood wonder) with this beloved trip into a land where toy soldiers fight r Organized by PCPA | Type: the nutcracker

It's a Wonderful Life

December 12, 2012 to December 23, 2012"Brunish Theater" A holiday favorite for all ages! An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he Organized by Stumptown Stages | Type: it's a wonderful life

A Tuna Christmas

December 13, 2012 to December 23, 2012"PCPA Dolores Winngstad Theater" Seasons Greeting from Tuna, Texas!!! Back by popular demand, Oregon Repertory Theatre presents the fun and entertaining A Tuna Christmas– the hilarious sequel to the hit comedy, Greater Tuna. Master Organized by PCPA | Type: tuna christmas

Portland Saturday Market Festival of the Last Minute

December 15, 2012 to December 25, 2012"Portland Saturday Market" Portland Holiday Shopping, Saturday Market Style.  It's the Portland Saturday Market Festival of the Last Minute! Open Every Saturday & Sunday, & everyday from December 15 through Christmas E Organized by Portland Saturday Market | Type: portland holiday shopping

Salt & Straw It’s a Wonderful Life Holiday Giveaway at the Concession Stand!

December 23, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm – The Hollywood Theatre It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas here at the Hollywood Theatre. To celebrate the latest addition to our concession stand arsenal, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, we will be selling their limi Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: ice, cream, party, film, movie, giveaway,

 Goose Hollow Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Report

by Ross and Leah Seligman

Goose Hollow Neighborhood Real Estate Market Report

Goose Hollow is a charming neighborhood, with a delightful mix of old and new homes and community spaces.  Bordering downtown Portland, Goose Hollow is one of the original neighborhoods of old Portland and is also in close proximity to Forest ParkNob Hill and Arlington Heights neighborhoods. To learn more, click here.

If you are looking for homes in the Goose Hollow 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 Goose Hollow neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In November 2012, there were 7 closed sales, 5 pending sales, and 24 homes on the market in the Goose Hollow Neighborhood.

One year change from November 2011 to November 2012

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 35.1%

Homes sold: Up 40%

Homes pending sale: Up 66.7%

Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Goose Hollow neighborhood has been between $204 and $306/sq. ft. In November 2012, the average price per square foot in the Goose Hollow neighborhood was $253.

One year change from November 2011 to November 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Down 13.2%


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 November 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Goose Hollow neighborhood was 55 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 November 2012, sellers in Goose Hollow received, on average, 96% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from November 2011 to November 2012:

Time on Market: Down 38.2%

Sold/List price % difference: Up 6%


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 November 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Goose Hollow was $648,000. The average sale was $416,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 40%

Average sold price:  Up 15.6%


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.  November 2012 in the Goose Hollow neighborhood had 3.4 months of inventory. By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 3.4 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in November, 55 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Goose Hollow from this point forward, in 3.4 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 Goose Hollow 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

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

1. 1135 SW VISTA AVE Portland, OR 97205 - Goose Hollow - $1,398,500

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2. 4037 NE STANTON ST Portland, OR 97212 - Beaumont - $835,000

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3. 1400 NW IRVING ST Portland, OR 97209 - Pearl District - $415,000

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4. 300 SE 47TH AVE Portland, OR 97215 - North Tabor - $389,000

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 5. 7527 SE HARRISON ST Portland, OR 97215 - Richmond - $335,000

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 Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:


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