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Root for the Home Team in Goose Hollow, Portland

Goose Hollow blends historic beauty with modern charm, where everyone from sports lovers to foodies are welcome. The neighborhood offers a mix of residential and commercial areas situated in Southwest Portland. Restaurants and pubs are plentiful, and you can also take in a game at Providence Park stadium, where the Timbers and Thorns teams play.

As one of Portland’s original neighborhoods, Goose Hollow still features century-old homes. Newer condos and apartment complexes are also springing up to accommodate the influx of newcomers into this popular neighborhood. The appeal of living in a walkable, urban and gorgeous area adjacent to Downtown Portland makes Goose Hollow a popular option for renters.

Where is Goose Hollow?

Goose Hollow is situated in the Southwest corner of Portland. You’ll find Downtown Portland directly to the east, Southwest Hills to the south, and Nob Hill to the north. Or you can head west to Arlington Heights and attractions like the Portland Japanese Garden and Washington Park Playground.

History

Goose Hollow was established in 1845 near Tanner Creek, and the neighborhood’s name isn’t ironic. Locals once let their geese loose to roam around Tanner Creek Gulch. Although Goose Hollow has been geese-free since the late 19th century, there are still stunning historic buildings and landmarks to enjoy.

Lifestyle

What to Do

Goose Hollow attracts city lovers looking for a mix of urban amenities and a laid-back vibe. You’re within biking or walking distance to shopping, dining and nearby neighborhoods to access everything you need. Although there’s no green space in Goose Hollow, you can bike over to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Downtown Portland or west to the Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park and Hoyt Arboretum.

Goose Hollow is also a haven for sports lovers and college students. The neighborhood is popular among Portland State University students and soccer fanatics. The Portland Thorns FC and Portland Timbers FC play in Providence Park.

Unlike some cities that look to soccer as an afterthought to their NFL and NBA teams, Portland locals are fierce supporters. Soccer games sell out, but locals gather at spots like the Cheerful Bullpen for pub food and pints. You’ll need to get there early to grab a stool or settle for standing room only.

The combination of diehard soccer loyalty and college vibe makes Goose Hollow a lively shopping destination for souvenirs and swag. Stop by Portland Gear or craft your own keepsake from recycled materials at Scrap. You can still find other non-Portland obsessed shops and boutiques around the neighborhood like Woonwinkel and Canoe. For more expansive big box retail options, locals head to the nearby Downtown or The Pearl District.

Beyond sports, retail and pubs, you can also embrace your independent spirit at the Artists Repertory Theater. As the longest-running professional theatre company in the city, the theatre presents local artists, creatives and performers.

Where to Eat & Drink

Take a morning walk through Goose Hollow and make your way to Fehrenbacher Hof for a new appreciation of the term, “coffee house.” Step into the first floor of a 1930s home for a cozy cup of coffee and dig into their board games with friends. Afterward, grab a donut at Coco Donuts. They may be less iconic than Portland’s Voodoo Donuts, but still serve up airy classics like cinnamon and sugar.

 

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For pizza, Hot Lips is a must for locally-sourced ingredients and a regular selection of homemade pies. Vegans delight in picking up cheeses at Utopia, Portland’s only dairy-free cheese shop. Bring a basket or lunch bag to pack-up a picnic and head to a nearby park. Part pub, part restaurant, the historic Goose Hollow Inn is also renowned for its Reuben sandwiches and overdraft beers in this long-standing institution.

 

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Wherever you live in Portland, beer and microbrews are never far away. The Leaky Roof Gastropub promises high-end casual meets neighborhood comfortable. Choose from seasonal food sourced from local businesses whenever possible, cocktails and beer.

Moving to Goose Hollow

Real Estate Snapshot

Historic million dollar homes abound in Goose Hollow, but renting is more reasonable than what you’ll find in markets like San Francisco and Seattle. Expect to pay an average of $1,557 on apartments for rent in Goose Hollow, which is higher than the average $1,484 rent around the rest of Portland.

Goose Hollow is also undergoing commercial and mix-use development, like the 130+ apartment building and retail space along Burnside and Alder Street. Other projects include the Press Blocks Complex, Taylor Street Apartment Complex and Morrison Street property. Expect to see more complexes going up with hundreds of residential units and thousands of square feet of retail space slated.

Transportation

Portland’s urban center is all about biking and walking, and Goose Hollow is no exception. You’ll end up encountering a traffic tangle as you head into Downtown, but you can pick-up the TriMet from there to connect to the rest of the city.

Another option is to hop on the Max Light Rail for an easy commute into the city. The station lies within a busy commuter’s corridor and also recently introduced a “Bike and Ride” area. The protected space holds dozens of bikes so you can bike, ride and then return home at the end of the day with ease.

Lyfts and Ubers are also readily available around the neighborhood and the rest of Portland.

Schools & Employment

Goose Hollow primarily attracts college students and career climbing professionals but is also welcoming to families. Parents send their kids to local public schools or private options nearby. The Portland State University crowd are regulars around Goose Hollow, but you’re also not far from Portland Community College Downtown Center and Oregon State University and Portland State University.

There’s good news for sports lovers if you want to live, work and play in Goose Hollow. The sports neighborhood is home to Providence Park and the Multnomah Athletic Club that serve as potential employers. Retail and hospitality opportunities are also available in the nearby shopping and hotel mecca of Downtown Portland.

Ready to settle into the historic yet hip and sports-friendly area of Goose Hollow? Savor the community spirit, local pubs and historic backdrop the neighborhood has to offer. Find your next apartment on RENTCafé!

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Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

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