Blog Stories Neighborhood Spotlight: Take a Gander at Goose Hollow

Neighborhood Spotlight: Take a Gander at Goose Hollow

By Living Room Realty, May 22, 2018


One of Portland’s original neighborhoods is also one of its most uniquely named. Goose Hollow, a close-in southwest urban community, was established in 1845. Reportedly, the distinct name came about due to geese that once roamed the area. The geese, much to the chagrin of nearby residents, devoured vegetation and prevented neighbors from sleeping soundly with their boisterous gatherings. When the police received complaints about the rowdy birds, they cautioned the owners to contain them or be arrested and face charges. Despite the stern warning, the geese continued to wander freely. Each time enforcers tried to rid of the geese, several female residents who claimed ownership of the animals, threw sticks and stones until the enforcer retreated. This frequent quarrel between neighbors, along with the gulch that ran through that section of town, inspired the then police chief to nickname the neighborhood Goose Hollow. The name stuck and is revered by residents today.


Cityscape and mountain views, the roar of soccer fans at Providence Park during a Timbers or Thorns match, the “just right” amount of grit mixed with ornate historical homes, the hidden staircases built into neighborhood hillsides, the cozy local coffee shop, and the proximity to the PSU farmers market.

Both the walking and biking ability are superior, though some areas are quite hilly so you’re bound to get a workout! ranks Goose Hollow the 5th most walk-able neighborhood in Portland with a score of 93. It also landed an 83 for transit and 82 for biking. Additionally, recently ranked it #23 in the top neighborhoods to live in for the entire state of Oregon.


Per Portland Monthly, the median sales price of homes in Goose Hollow for 2017 was $378,750 and the average numbers of days it took for those homes to sell was 42. There is a wide variance in home prices and a dense mix of property types in this neighborhood. Currently in Portland’s RMLS, the least expensive home for sale is a 468 square foot condo listed at $195,000. Another condo with over 2,000 square feet is listed at $850,000. And, a historical home built in 1892 with over 7,200 square feet is on the market for $2.45M.

The diverse styles of homes in this urban community along with its charm, stellar city and mountain views, and close-in convenience makes Goose Hollow a special place to visit and live.

Be sure to check back soon to read more about Goose Hollow and a few of its celebrated treasures!

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