Pearl Overview December 2017


97209 Market report for the week of February 13, 2012


Today we have another market statistic report for you folks!

This time it’s a weekly report that we get from Fidelity National Title.

Click here to see the report.


In this report you will find:

  • The current real estate market conditions for condos and townhomes
  • Trends in pricing
  • Current levels of supply and demand
  • and Value Metrics


Dandelion, near NW 15th & Thurman
Photo by cleartrampoline


Is everyone enjoying the lovely sun-breaks we’ve been seeing the past couple of days?


Design Commmission to review new Pearl Marriott Hotel proposal

The City of Portland Bureau of Development Services is preparing for a public hearing on the proposal for the Pearl Marriott Hotel to be built at NW 9th and Marshall. The hearing before the Design Commission is tentatively scheduled for May 17 at 1:30pm.

The followng description is included in a Request for Response sent on April 2, 2012.

Proposal: A new six-story hotel, courtyard, and associated sidewalk improvements are proposed on a vacant, full-block site on the east side of NW 9th Avenue, between NW Marshall and Northrup Streets on the south and north, and NW Station Way to the east. The layout of the building is in a ‘U” shape open to the south, with a ground level courtyard and passenger vehicle driveway and valet parking turnaround. The proposal may utilize some off-site parking in the Station Place Garage across NW Marshall Street to the southeast, although this will require approval through a (separate) Central City Parking Review. No on-site parking is proposed.

The main floor of the hotel will include a main entry facing NW 9th Avenue, with a secondary courtyard and valet drop-off entry on the opposite side of the lobby. The main floor will include a reception and lobby area, a lounge and breakfast room area, conference rooms, and an exercise area with indoor pool for hotel guests. The upper five floors will contain 224 hotel guest rooms, each with a small kitchenette. The Marriott Residence Inn hotel concept caters to travelers who typically stay at the hotel for an average of 5-6 days. Each floor of the hotel building is approximately 28,000 square feet, and the gross square footage of the building is 172,700 square feet.

Exterior materials on the building include a light colored brick, metal panel systems, fiberglass windows on the upper floors, and an aluminum storefront system at the ground floor. A perforated metal panel system is used on a vertical wrapping tower/screen element near the main entry on 9th Avenue, extending vertically up the façade and then horizontally across the roof. Rooftop mechanical equipment is mounted behind metal equipment screen walls, and approximately half of the roof, on the south portions of the building, will include an eco-roof.

In 2001, a Central City Master Plan (LUR 01-00281 MS SU) approved residential-only uses for this block, and required a publicly-accessible plaza area of approximately 2,450 square feet along the NW Marshall street frontage of the site. The applicant is proposing to construct the required plaza, but a Central City Master Plan Amendment is necessary to allow the hotel versus residential uses on the site.

For a building of this size, the Zoning Code requires two on-site loading bays. A single loading bay is proposed for the north face of the building, off of NW Northrup Street. In order to reduce the required number of loading spaces from two to one, the applicant has requested an Adjustment Review.

Public improvements with the project include new sidewalks and street trees in the rights-of-way immediately adjacent to the hotel, which are improved with curbing only today except along NW 9th Avenue. New street tree species include Red Maples, Hornbeams, and flowering pear trees. Connections to public water services, sanitary sewers, and storm sewers in adjacent streets are also proposed.

Hot Spots in the Pearl


The Pearl District is a thriving commercial area with shops of all sorts, restaurants of the highest quality, and centers for the arts. It is also a residential area with grocery stores, barbers, banks, and businesses providing all of the other goods and services needed by the people who live there. This page lists a few of these businesses.

Judie Dunken is a member of the Pearl District Business Association which maintains a website at covering the businesses of their members. Another neighborhood directory can be found at

Navigate quickly with this list:

Banks & ATMS

Children’s Shops

Coffee,Bakeries & Desserts

Dining & Drinks; Galleries

Grocery Stores

Health & Fitness

Home & Design





Banks & ATMs

Chase Bank
1035 NW Lovejoy St.
(503) 295-7827.

Umpqua Bank
1139 NW Lovejoy St.
(503) 288-5612

US Bank-Pearl
1040 NW Lovejoy St.
(503) 412- 3420

Wells Fargo
845 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 225-3474


Green Frog Toys
1031 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 222-2646

Hanna Anderson
327 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 321-5275

Little Urbanites
916 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 227-8729

REI- Recreation Equipment Inc.
1405 NW Johnson St.
(503) 221-1938

Posh Baby
809 NW 11th Ave

Coffee, Bakeries and Ice Cream

Cloud Seven
901 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 336-1335

Via Delizia
1105 NW Marshall St.
(503) 225-9300

539 NW 13th Avenue
(503) 579-6678

Cupcake Jones
307 NW 10th

The Daily Café (Pearl)
902 NW 13th Ave (+ Kearney St)
(503) 242-1916

Lovejoy Bakery
939 NW 10th Avenue
(503) 208-3113

Starbucks (Pearl)
1134 Northwest Glisan Street
(503) 221-7426

Dining & Drinks

Blue Hour
250 NW 13th Ave.
(503) 226-3394

Bridgeport Brewery
1313 NW Marshall St.
(503) 241-3612

Deschutes Brewery
210 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 296-4906

926 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 619-0580

Mio Sushi Pearl
1317 NW Hoyt St.
(503) 224-7905

555 NW 12th Ave.
(503) 228-6161

On Deck Sports Bar
910 NW 14th Ave.
(503) 227-7020

1309 NW Hoyt St.
(503) 833-5060

Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th Ave.
(503) 223-7275

Peemkaew Thai
323 NW Park Ave.
(503) 621-3164

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
1139 NW Couch St.
(503) 432-4000

Piazza Italia
1129 NW Johnson St.
(503) 478-0619

Silk (Vietnamese)
1012 NW Glisan St.
(503) 248-2172

Vault Martini
226 NW 12th Ave.
(503) 224-4909

Vino Paradiso
417 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 295-9526

50 Plates
333 Northwest 13th Avenue
(503) 228-5050

1314 Northwest Glisan Street
(503) 228-9535

Davis Street Tavern
500 NW Davis Street
(503) 505-5050

1230 Northwest Hoyt Street
(503) 241-8800

Low Brow Lounge
1036 Northwest Hoyt Street
(503) 226-0200

Metro Vino
1139 NW 11th

1022 Northwest Johnson Street
(503) 223-6535


Chambers @ 916
916 NW Flanders St.
(503) 227-9398

The Cultured Pearl (new location)
1110 NW Flanders St.
(503) 226-4246

The Dapper Frog
915 NW Davis St.
(503) 224-4000

Gallery 815
815 NW Glisan St.
(503) 719-5996

Gallery 903
903 NW Davis St.
(503) 248-0903

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson St.
(503) 226-4391

Plan B Gallery
120 NW 9th Ave.
(503) 236-0600

Siler Studio
NW 11th Ave. & Marshall St.
(503) 969-0009.

Grocery Stores

Little Green Grocer
1101 NW Northrup St.
(503) 297-4728

1303 NW Lovejoy St.
(503) 205-6746

Whole Foods
1201 NW Couch St.
(503) 525-4343

Health and Fitness

24 Hour Fitness
1210 NW Johnson St.
(503) 222-1210

Asula Chiropractic and Wellness
818 NW Marshall St.
(503) 719-5225

Bar Method
904 NW Hoyt St.
(503) 954-3811

Barre 3
1000 NW Marshall St.
(503) 206-8308

Bling Dental
926 NW 13th Ave.
(503) 227-2444

Hosmer Chiropractic
1102 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 227-2279

LA Fitness
1400 NW Northrup St.
(503) 928-8892

Pearl Dental
1211 NW Glisan St.
(503) 977-3275

Pearl Women’s Center
140 NW 14th Ave.
(503) 771-1883

Veritas Clinic
425 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 478-1144

Yoga Pearl
925 NW Davis St.
(503) 525-9642

Home & Design

American Institute of Architects
403 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 223-8757

Anne Sacks
402 NW 9th Ave.
(503) 233-0611

Bella Casa
223 NW 9th Ave.
(503) 222-5337

Bravado Home and Design
536 NW 14th Ave.
(503) 224-0555

Dig Garden Shop
425 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 223-4443

EWF Modern
1122 NW Glisan St.
(503) 295-7336

Pearl Hardware
1621 NW Glisan St.
(503) 228-5135.

Site Works
1255 NW 9th Ave.
(503) 230-2337

105 NW 13th Ave.
(503) 221-4500

West Elm
1201 NW Couch St.
(503) 224-4480

Thea’s Interiors: Vintage Living
1204 NW Glisan Street
(503) 274-0275


1314 NW Glisan St.
(503) 228-9535

Camellia Lounge
510 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 221-2130

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside St.
(503) 225-0047

Jimmy Maks
221 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 295-6542

Living Room Theaters
341 SW 10th Ave.
(971) 222-2005

Mission Theatre
1624 NW Glisan St.

Sherman Clay
131 Northwest 13th Ave.
(503) 775-2427

Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th Ave.
(503) 248-1030

1425 NW Glisan St
(503) 221-1150

Wilf’s at Union Station
800 NW 6th Ave.
(503) 223-0700

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LexiDog in the Pearl
416 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 243-6200

Pearl Animal Hospital
1250 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 954-3393


1022 NW Lovejoy St.
(503) 227-8373

1125 NW Couch St.
(503) 274-0293

30 NW 12th Ave.
(503) 241-1355

Dr. Martens
10 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 552-9000

Judith Arnell Jewelers
320 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 227-3437

Keen Garage
NW 13th Ave. & Lovejoy St.
(503) 542-5560

1015 NW Couch St.
(503) 226-0220

Lulu Lemon
1231 NW Couch St.
(503) 274-0007

Mabel & Zora
748 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 241-5696

Monique’s Boutique
429 NW 10th Ave.
(503) 294-0094

1022 NW Johnson St.
(503) 274-8882

907 NW Irving St.
(503) 525-2552

Powell’s Books
1005 West Burnside St.
(503) 228-4651

REI- Recreation Equipment Inc.
1405 NW Johnson St.
(503) 221-1938



Portland Center Stage
128 NW 11th Ave.
(503) 445-3700

The Dunken Group Client Appreciation 2015

Tables upon tables of happy clients!
Tables upon tables of happy clients!

I look forward to my client appreciation dinners each year.  I get the chance to show clients my gratitude by hosting an event at one of the top tier restaurants in the Pearl District. Last year was at Jamison on the Square, which was excellent.  This year it was at OBA! Another great choice!  The afternoon was well spent.

The Agenda
The Agenda

The food was impeccable – everything delicious, bountiful, and creatively plated. The service was profound: Oba! managed to serve 65 people, many with individual dietary needs, in an efficient and thoughtful manner. (Anyone considering holding a large-scale party or dinner should consider using Oba!, they were wonderful).

Place Setting
Beautiful Place Setting

The ambiance of the day was upbeat and fun, enhanced by the Dan Balmer Jazz Trio.  The Trio played a diverse selection of originals and standards during the meet and greet and cocktail time and provided a nice backdrop to some interesting and fun conversations.

Two of The Dan Ballmer Trio
Two of The Dan Ballmer Trio

My reward for these events is always getting to see everyone in the same place. Some of you I have known as long as 50 years or more from my school days in Forest Grove!  

The relationships I have built with clients are long and lasting and I am proud of that – it’s the thing I most love about my work, and this event gives me a chance to thank you and reflect on how grateful I am for the experience of working with you.  I have known several of you for so long I am now helping your sons and daughters with their real estate needs!

Everyone had a great time, ate some delicious food, listened to excellent live music played by a local band, and spent time laughing and enjoying themselves.

A smashing success, and I already can’t wait for next year’s dinner!

Pearl District Business Association Real Estate Sales Person of the Year: Judie Dunken!

business awardsI am proud to share that I was recognized as the “Real Estate Sales Person of the Year” by the Pearl Business Association.  What a wonderful surprise and honor!

The awards were announced at a lovely luncheon at the Benson Hotel earlier this month.

I have already visited two other winners for some business purchases, visiting Gann Brothers Printing for my printing needs and picking up some gift cards for clients from Nossa Familia coffee.  I also found out that Duane Cook, who runs Pearl Ace Hardware, grew up in Forest Grove, and I was best friends with his sister!  Nothing quite like the Pearl District community, it truly is a small world.

I am so grateful to those to acknowledged me with their votes, and to be recognized alongside some amazing businesses who are also part of the fabric of the community in the Pearl District.  A true honor.

Via Delizia – A Great Choice for Business Lunches in the Pearl!

Via-DeliziaI just love Via Delizia. It is my “go to” place when I want to meet clients or a friend for a business lunch.  There is enough space to stretch out and bring laptops or paperwork if I need it for the meeting, the space itself has a beautiful atmosphere, and the service is top-notch. Alex and his son, Isaiah, the proprietors, always aim to please, and that attitude comes through with the rest of the staff. Alex makes a killer latte, and adds a special touch with cinnamon on top, if you ask.

Now that I am a regular, I get a caramel heart on top! Via Delizia has a great menu with a wide range of paninis, and a delicious tasty tomato basil soup with yummy croutons on top. My fave is the caprese salad.

Give Via Delizia a shot for your next business lunch in the Pearl, I bet you’ll love it!

edit: I was at Via Delizia for breakfast this morning, and tried the Black Pearl Benedict, and it is simply amazing. Delicious! Be sure to try it if you are ever at Via Delizia for breakfast, and thank me next time you see me!

NW Examiner Community Awards Dinner!


The NW Examiner is a gem, one of the things that makes the Northwest part of Portland (including The Pearl!) my favorite community. (You may have seen my ads in the paper in the past. I love working with them and supporting what I think is a wonderful part of our little corner of the world).

The NW Examiner Community Awards are an opportunity for the paper to recognize the hard work done by the awardees throughout the year to make our community even better.

It was inspiring to hear the work people have accomplished this year. These are people that are making a difference in our community in NW Portland!

I was proud to be a sponsor of this event and participate. If you love your community, you can get involved too.

Call me if you would like to know more about this event or an opportunity to contribute! I’d love to talk about it.

Why do the streets angle at Burnside?

So where did the Pearl come from. What is the origin of the name? How does the land fit in the overall development process of Portland?

I decided to become a member of the Oregon Historical Society today so that I can use their library to research the history of the Pearl. The OHS research library was a great find.  You ride an elevator to the top of the building and it opens to a desk staffed by a volunteer. There are lockers here for storing your personal belongings while in the library. You may not use cameras or audio recorders since much of the material is on loan or under copyright.  At the end of a hallway, you enter the library. (Just getting to the library made me feel that I was going to a special place.)  I explained what I was interested in to a librarian, and he immediately took me to two books covering the topic and then brought me a folder of newspaper/magazine clippings of recent articles about the Pearl District. Folks around me were talking about aunts and uncles as I dived into one of the books – “Portland Names and Neighborhoods” by Eugene E. Snyder. I like this library very much.

Here is what I learned. In 1852, Captain John Couch brought his family to his property in Portland. He owned a square mile of land north of Burnside that stretched from the river to where 23rd street is now.  This includes today’s Pearl District. At the time this was virgin forest with several streams running from the west hills to the river.  He had a cabin located near where Union Station now stands and there was a lake by the cabin. Leading from the cabin was a path through the woods into town.

Around 1865, Captain Couch, subdivided some of the property and laid out streets. When laying out the initial streets for Portland, south of Burnside, the surveyor had aligned the streets with magnetic north. This made  them seem more parallel to the Willamette river. But, Captain Couch, as a mariner, had relied upon the North Star for navigation, and so he decided to orient the streets with true north. If you look north on one of the numbered streets in the Pearl, you should see Polaris, the North Star.  At the time, true north was 20 degrees off of magnetic north. So when you cross Burnside on one of the North-South streets you will notice that the street makes a 20 degree angle as it enters the Pearl District.  Now you know why!