Goose Hollow is a charming neighborhood with a delightful mix of old and new homes and community spaces.  Bordering downtown Portland, Goose Hollow is one of the original neighborhoods of “Old Portland” and is in close proximity to popular Forest Park, Nob Hill and Arlington Heights neighborhoods.

Goose Hollow shares the best attributes of both a city’s downtown district and an established historic residential neighborhood. It’s one of Portland’s original neighborhoods, actually; it was established in 1845! Lincoln High School, which was erected in 1869 and is the oldest high school in the Northwest, is in this neighborhood.

The best parts of this area of Portland (though Timbers fans may dissemble as they point to Jeld-Wen Field) are the residential portions that feature some of the best examples of this city’s architecture, both old and new. Turning a corner is like time travel, as you pass under balconies of modern apartment buildings and find yourself in the shadow of a 100-year-old Portland four-square. Many of these great old houses have been smartly maintained as residences, and others now bear the names of commercial concerns, but all stand ready for your appreciation on shaded, tree-lined streets. Walking is by far the best way to see this neighborhood, so park the car and go wander.  Whatever you do, don’t pass up the views from Vista Avenue Viaduct (most of us just call it Vista Bridge).

After you’ve whetted your appetite striding through the streets, there are a number of fine eateries nearby to tempt and fortify you.  Try Kiwan Cafe Rio if you crave gluten-free fare and delicious smoothies, or perhaps stop next door at Tributes for a yumtious Italian sandwich.Kingston Bar & Grill is mere steps away too, for beers, sports on the tube(s), and team spirit. For some of the best Italian food in the city, the romantic surrounds of Gilda’s Italian Restaurant are a must for date night.

The arts are well-represented here too. Artists Repertory Theatre is never short of edgy and ground-breaking programs, and Polaris Dance Theatre celebrates the fluid physical poetry of movement.

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Goose Hollow’s streets are lined with older, many upscale, Portland homes dating from the turn of the last century.  Some former homes have been converted into law offices, coffee shops and other businesses, making this area a mix of residential and commercial.  Goose Hollow is also home to some of Portland’s oldest dining establishments, such as the locally famous Goose Hollow Inn (best Reuben sandwiches in town) and the Leaky Roof (with the largest selection of Irish whiskey in Portland).  Drop by and spend an afternoon hanging out with the locals and get a taste of some Portland history.  

Many of the hilly streets of Goose Hollow afford wonderful views, and for the fitness buffs this is a great place to walk and run.  Climb the stairs or walk the streets through the neighborhood and within minutes you can transport yourself to some of Portland’s most beautiful areas.  On the Western border up the hill, you’ll find Portland’s amazing Washington Park, Portland International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, the Vista Bridge, and a panoramic view of downtown Portland.  PGE Park, and the Multnomah Athletic Club are also in this area.  A trip to the Multnomah County Library is a very short commute and only a few Max light rail stops away.

Goose Hollow is also home to the neighborhood known as Historic King’s Hill. Located just south of Burnside and Northwest 23rd Avenue, to King Avenue. Gorgeous historic homes, many registered with the National Historic Register, can be found here.  We noted several historic plaques, with homes built from 1890 through the early 1900’s.  Additional historic areas in or near Goose Hollow include Vista Ridge, Gander Ridge and Lownsdale.  If you want to tour the area, we recommend walking as opposed to driving, so you can really appreciate the architectural details and beautiful yards and gardens of these special homes. 

Capture the feeling of Goose Hollow in our video, featuring a song from local Portland band, Derby:

Goose Hollow Parks

PGE Park – Baseball park

Washington Park

Hoyt Arboretum

Portland International Rose Test Garden

Portland – Japanese Garden

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park

World Forestry Center

Oregon Zoo

Goose Hollow Community Resources

Multnomah County Library – Northwest Portland

Goose Hollow Day Care

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Goose Hollow is the 8th most walkable neighborhood in Portland.

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Goose Hollow Neighborhood Vibe

An unique urban neighborhood located on the fringe of Downtown Portland, Goose Hollow has a mix of well-heeled neighbors who enjoy the close proximity to the city life, as well as taking advantage of some of the best city parks in the country.  In 2007, Goose Hollow was featured in a “Best Places to Retire” article on  Although statistically speaking, this area is full of people aged 20-40, and many singletons and renters enjoy this lovely community as well.  Live here if you want an easy commute to downtown Portland, and want to enjoy the convenience of living in a close knit neighborhood with plenty of amenities nearby.


Goose Hollow Zip Code 97204, 97205

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Goose Hollow Real Estate

Goose Hollow’s hilly streets feature many older Portland homes full of charm and character.  Goose Hollow is tucked away just west of downtown, just a few minutes commute away.  Conveniently located along major transportation lines and close to many popular shops and restaurants, this is a great area to live. The MAX light rail train runs right through Goose Hollow, making it a breeze to get downtown, and points east and west of the city.  New construction has changed the face of Goose Hollow, so in addition to historic homes you now have a choice of loft style, condominium and apartment living, with the modern conveniences of a coffee shop, pizza joint, and market right next door.Rentals

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If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this Portland neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information, or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for neighborhood homes for sale.