Goose Hollow Neighborhood | Portland, OR | Moving Guide

Goose Hollow is a historic neighborhood in southwest Portland. It got its unique name because, in the neighborhood’s early years, residents would let their geese run free in Tanner Creek Gulch, before it was infilled over a century ago — although the creek is still there today.

The Goose Hollow neighborhood encompasses King’s Hill, Vista Ridge, Gander Ridge, and the areas surrounding Tanner Creek. Beloved by Portland residents and visitors alike for its quintessential Portland charm, abundant city amenities, and walkability, the neighborhood is a must-consider for anyone moving to the Portland area.

About Goose Hollow, Oregon

One of the Rose City’s most beloved areas, Goose Hollow is known for its unique PNW charm. The neighborhood has a mix of new and old homes, and is ideally situated if you love city amenities. It couldn’t be more walkable, and the MAX light rail system has two stops in Goose Hollow; there’s a station at Providence Park and another at SW Jefferson St.

Nestled between downtown Portland, the Pearl District, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Northwest District, and Washington Park, you’ll never run out of great places to explore, shop, and try some of Portland’s best restaurants, bars, and breweries.

Although Goose Hollow is situated in the heart of the city, it’s not far from the untouched natural beauty of the PNW. By car, it takes about an hour and a half to get to the coast or Mt. Hood, and just over 30 minutes to visit the Columbia River Gorge.

Key Facts

Here’s a brief look at the Goose Hollow neighborhood by the numbers:

  • Population: 3,061
  • Median Age: 39
  • Average household size: 2 people
  • Median household income: $104,330
  • Crime rate: 36.01 per 1,000 residents
  • Temperatures: Average July high of 80° / average January low of 37°
  • Average days of rain per year: 156

Best Things to Do

Because Goose Hollow represents a unique mix of historic charm and a unique metropolitan feel, you’ll be able to find a fun and exciting experience no matter what you’re looking for.

Goose Hollow is home to Providence Park, a staple of Portland-based entertainment and culture. With over 80 years of history, Providence Park has hosted sporting events, concerts, political assemblies, and more! The arena is also home to the Portland Timbers, four-time MLS champions, and the pride of enthusiastic sports fans all over the city.

You can also find the beautiful Portland Japanese Garden located in Washington Park, just northwest of Goose Hollow. These vibrant gardens are both exquisite and historic. In fact, the former ambassador of Japan, Nobuo Matsunaga, stated upon his visit that it was “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” The garden, which sprawls over 12 acres, provides both a beautiful and serene display of nature and an authentic appreciation of Japanese culture.

There are also a host of museums and art centers in the Goose Hollow neighborhood, including the historic Pittock Mansion, which provides a unique and intimate look into the history of the city. Goose Hollow is also home to the oldest art museum in the Pasific Northwest, and the seventh oldest in the United States, the Portland Art Museum. Founded In 1982 and home to more than 50,000 pieces, this museum offers various art collections, including modern and contemporary, Native American, Asian, European, photography, and many more.

Where to Eat

Goose Hollow boasts a variety of bars and restaurants for both family dining and nights on the town. If you’re looking for Italian fine dining, Gilda’s Italian Restaurant is a Goose Hollow neighborhood staple. The Goose Hollow Inn is a classic, laid-back tavern. The Inn was opened by Bud Clark in 1967 and is known for its famous Rueben. The pub is still owned by Bud and his family and sometimes you may even find Bud himself at one of the tables. 

For vegan locals and travelers alike, Vtopia All Vegan Restaurant and Cheese Shop boasts an extensive menu of delicious and entirely vegan options. Kinari Thai is a little nook nestled in the Goose Hollow neighborhood, offering traditional Thai dishes with a unique contemporary atmosphere.

If you’re a gamer looking for a fun night with friends, Mox’s Boarding House is a unique shop, gaming library, and restaurant. You can even rent one of their private rooms for your next game night.

You can also turn to Coco Donuts, which offers deliciously fresh handcrafted donuts and its very own unique roasted coffee. The Soop (which translates to “forest” in Korean) offers a variety of classic Korean dishes. What sets it apart from other dining experiences is that the location grows their own vegetables with microgreens and hydroponic farming right from the store so that patrons can be assured they are eating the freshest and cleanest vegetables possible.

Where to Shop

Some of the best markets and shopping areas in Portland are located in or around Goose Hollow. The area offers a great mix of convenient essentials and fun boutiques. With a unique, Portland-centred design, Portland Gear offers stylish and functional casual clothing and athleticwear.

There are also a variety of shops and boutiques throughout the nearby Northwest District on 23rd avenue. This quaint and trendy area can offer you unique finds in clothing boutiques, furniture shops, coffee houses, and gift shops. Some of these stores include Paxton Gate, Sloan Boutique, Tender Loving Empire, Moments byNorri, Like Nobody’s Business, and many more.

Goose Hollow Flowers is the perfect place to stop if you’re looking for that charming small-town feeling in the middle of the city. It’s a true gem of the neighborhood, where you’ll find gorgeous, fresh arrangements on display and available for order and delivery. There’s no shortage of convenient places to buy groceries, either. With both a Fred Meyer and a Safeway within easy walking distance, and smaller grocers like Commodore Grocery and Zupan’s Market, you can always find what you need.

Moving to Goose Hollow?

This Goose Hollow neighborhood guide just scratches the surface of what SW Portland has to offer. If this neighborhood sounds like somewhere you could envision yourself living, we’re here to help with all of your moving needs. We offer full pack-and-move services as well as one-item moves, storage bays for rent, and shipping container loading and unloading. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free estimate or send us an email at

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