• Take a salsa-making class at SE Portland restaurant Xico
• Sign up for an art class at Carter and Rose
• Visit Washington Park’s International Rose Garden
By Nancy Mitchell – Apartment Therapy
You may think of tile as a dull subject, but that’s where you’d be wrong. There’s always something new in the tile world, some new shape or texture or color or configuration. Lately, I am very into the look of matte black tile paired with black grout. It’s sophisticated, it’s modern, it doesn’t show dirt — a win all around. For more examples of this surprising trend, visit this link.
The Portland Art Museum is featuring a major new exhibit on well-known architect John Yeon. For more information on both Yeon’s architectural legacy as well as his roll in conservation click here.
Design Within Reach has opened their impressive Portland Studio in the Pearl. Located at 825 NW 13th Avenue, this is a definite upgrade from their old store but still features all of their modern classics. For more information visit their website.
In November, the American Institute of Architects Portland announced the results of their annual design awards at a gala hosted at Revolution Hall. Among the 14 selected projects were buildings designed by ZGF Architects, which was nominated firm of the year by Architect Magazine, and Waechter Architecture, a company with no shortage of AIA awards.
The jury consisted of renowned Boston architecture experts Mariana Ibañez of Ibañez Kim Studio, Tim Love of Utile Design, and Elizabeth Whittaker of Merge Architect. Mayor Charlie Hales also selected four projects, including a micro house designed by Fieldwork and a modernist apartment building designed by Works Progress.
Check out who won what in the slideshow above.
By Tom Banse, OPB
Home prices in the Seattle and Portland metro areas are rising faster than anywhere else in the country right now — about twice as fast as the national average.
The latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Schiller home price index increased by 11 percent year-over-year through September 2016 in the Seattle metro area, the fastest among the top 20 housing markets measured. The Portland metro area came in right behind Seattle with a 10.9 percent increase for single family home prices over the past year.
Professor Gerard Mildner at Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate said you can boil this down to strong economies meeting limited inventory.
“Unfortunately, we’re not building enough housing units,” he said. “I don’t think that is well understood. We’re building about 20 percent fewer housing units in the last three years as compared to 1990 to 2007.”
Mildner sees some signs that price increases may be tapering off, and there are a lot of new apartments in the pipeline. But he said the local political and regulatory climate suggests housing supply will remain tight over the medium term.
“I think we face a chronic problem,” Mildner said in an interview Tuesday. “People in this region will need to be high savers so that they can break into that market.”
If it’s any consolation, despite the eye-popping average sales prices in the Northwest’s biggest cities, the region still trails California’s major metro areas by a lot.