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Neighborhood Spotlight: Take a Gander at Goose Hollow

By Amy Hascall, May 22, 2018

GOOSE WHAT? THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME:

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.

SOME THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT GOOSE HOLLOW:

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! Walkscore.com 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, Niche.com recently ranked it #23 in the top neighborhoods to live in for the entire state of Oregon.

REAL ESTATE:

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!

Amy Hascall

Broker

Amy’s interest in real estate was ignited back when she was working hard as a teacher and, not uncommonly, searching for supplemental income. Enter real estate! During the summer months, she would trade in her red pen and school clothes for a hammer and tool belt with a goal to renovate and sell homes. She learned a lot about real estate along the way and, after completing several of those summer projects, she realized she not only had a knack for real estate, she was passionate about it, too. Fortunately, real estate was also an ideal way for her to combine her desire to educate, build relationships and put her solid negotiating skills to work… and for 13 years, she’s been doing just that. As a native Oregonian who’s lived all around the Portland metro area, Amy has had plenty of time to uncover what makes each of our unique neighborhoods shine. She’s always excited for the opportunity to assist others in finding the perfect one to match their way of life, personality and needs. Having lived in a downtown Portland condo for the last nine years, Amy truly gets both the benefits and challenges condo life in a city can bring, helping her relate to both current condo dwellers and those exploring the option. Experience has taught her that buying and selling condos requires extra attention to detail, which happens to be a specialty of hers! Amy is all about soaking up everything our corner of the majestic Pacific Northwest offers, from adventures in nature to its fabulous cuisine. She’s often found attending Timbers and Thorns soccer matches, volunteering for The Pongo Fund (Oregon’s pet food bank), mountain biking in Forest Park, and fixing up a 1920 bungalow with her partner in both life and home-improvement, George. Additional tidbits: • Certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) • Goose Hollow Foothills League member • HOA Board member • Pearl District Business Association representative • Manager at The Pongo Fund www.thepongofund.org • Bachelor of Arts in Education from Linfield College • Masters of Science in Education from Western Oregon University
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