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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland February 14 - 21

Dearest Portland,

Happy Valentines Day! Love it or hate it- celebrate it! If you have somehow missed our comprehensive blog of Portland Valentines Day Events, here it is once more! We hope you have an awesome V-Day no matter what you do or who you're with. Remember, even for you total procrastinators, its never too late to get flowers!

In other news, Happy Birthday to Oregon! Oregon turns 150 today on Valentines Day. What's not to love about that sweet coincidence?

We're running a new Portland Photo contest, the theme of which has been chosen by our last Portland Photo winner and amazing photographer, Paula. Here's the skinny-- upload the most awesome picture for the theme Portland Parks and you win a $25 gift certificate to McMenamins! Deadline to submit your photos is February 21, winner to be announced February 22.


Portland Events

Here is our weekly staff pick of Portland event listings on PortlandNeighborhood.com. Enjoy!

Featured Event: Japanese Garden presents Free Admission Day

This is the fourth year the Japanese Garden has hosted Free Admission Day, and they are excited to carry on the tradition this year. During Free Admission Day, the Garden’s first Art in the Garden Exhibition will be open in the Garden’s Pavilion. Titled Shodo: The Way of the Brush, this outstanding exhibition features fine calligraphy by Master Calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii of Tokyo with work by members of the Meito Shodo Kai. The exhibition is also free of charge.


32nd Annual Portland International Film Festival
Welcome to the 32nd Portland International Film Festival, Feb 5-21, the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. It is time once again to shed a little cinematic illumination on the world and the human condition we all share.

The Turn of the Screw - Portland Opera A tale as taut as a violin string.” This haunting ghost story will have you on the edge of your seat. Based on a Henry James story, it starts simply enough. A governess accepts the charge of caring for two young children in the country. But when the ghosts begin to appear, that simplicity is shattered...

Portland Jazz Festival A slew of Portland artists playing at several different venues in Portland. Don't miss it!

150 Days of Wine - Celebrate Oregon's 150th Birthday at Willamette ... Oregon is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2009, and to celebrate, Willamette Valley is throwing a party! The lineup, which will kick off on Valentine's Day and continue through Labor Day weekend, will offer unique activities that are sure to please any enophile. Home to more than 200 wineries, the heart of Oregon's wine country will offer special tastings and events throughout the region.

We Love Chocolate Local wonder Food Front is offering a yummy chocolate event! "Join us for our third annual local chocolate fest-a delightful afternoon of all things chocolate. Local chocolate-makers will be in the store to sample their delectable treats." Valentines Day 11-5

We attended a really great tasting at Saraveza this week-- Cascade Brewing (Raccoon Lodge) was at Saraveza earlier this week and we just happened on by and were glad we did! "Is it wine? NO! It's a beer." Saraveza has tastings all the time, so keep an eye out for the events they load up!

Have a Portland Event you want to share? Load it up on our Event Calendar! If it catches our eye, you'll see it featured in our weekly Portland blog. Want to feature an event? Contact us for more details!




Ross Seligman's Portland Neighborhood Spotlight On: Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood


The Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood is a beloved part of SE Portland and, indeed, what many people think of when they think of SE. Bordered by the Willamette River and SE 30th between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell, Hosford-Abernethy includes the vibrant and evolving Clinton Street (midnight Rocky Horror showing at the Clinton Street Theater anybody?) and the breathtaking rose gardens of Ladd's addition. With a rich assortment of restaurants, streets bursting with character, and gorgeous homes - all within walking distance - Hosford-Abernethy is a jewel of the SE. As usual, to experience more, I will refer you to the .com side of Portlandneighborhood for the neighborhood profile for Hosford-Abernethy.

A walk through Clinton neighborhood:



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 Hosford-Abernethy 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.

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.

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood from 10/07 to 12/08:


As you can see from this chart, in December 2008, sales are at their lowest point in 15 months. However, if you look at the entire year, 2008 was pretty good for Hosford-Abernethy. It shouldn't be surprising. Although, like I keep needlessly saying, this has been the worst year economically in our history since 1929, Portland is a magnet for people from all over the country and is no longer a well kept secret. Where do people want to live who are flocking to Portland? Neighborhoods such as Alberta, NW, Eliot, and.... Hosford-Abernethy! So, this chart shows us some data that shouldn't be surprising. Namely, that sales are down as they always are in the normal sales cycle of the winter. And, since this was the year of the stock market crash, etc, the numbers are lower than last year. Compare these stats to other parts of the country and you can see why I say that Portland is weathering the storm. Also, things are ramping up again thanks to interest rates being so low combined with the drop in prices. Like Alberta and Eliot, this Spring should be very good for Hosford-Abernethy.

Read more of this neighborhood analysis prepared for you by Ross Seligman.


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