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ALL ABOUT

Condos For Sale In Goose HollowGoose Hollow is located in southwest Portland, adjacent to Downtown Portland, the Pearl District, the Hillside neighborhood, and Washington Park. It's home to PGE Park and is served by two major freeways: I-405 and U.S. Route 26, not to mention the MAX Light Rail system. Some former homes have been converted into law offices, coffee shops and other businesses, making this area a mix of residential and commercial. Many of Goose Hollow's streets are hilly and give residents beautiful views of everything from Washington Park to a panoramic view of downtown Portland, making it a favored area for fitness buffs. It acquired its distinctive name through early residents' practice of letting their geese run free throughout the wooded hollow in the Tualatin Mountains.

HISTORY

Bordering downtown, the charming neighborhood of Goose Hollow is one of the original neighborhoods of Portland and boasts a delightful mix of old and new. Streets are lined with older Portland homes dating from the turn of the century, some of which are registered with the National Historic Register, and some of Portland's oldest dining establishments. One can take a self-guided walking tour around some historic blocks like Historic King's Hill, Vista Ridge, Gander Ridge, and Lownsdale and admire and fully appreciate homes' architectural details and beautiful gardens and yards.

ENTERTAINMENT

PGE Park
PGE Park is home to the Triple-A Baseball Portland Beavers and professional soccer's Portland Timbers, and that makes it a multi-purpose facility instead of “just a baseball field.” It's a state-of-the-art newly remodeled facility, located in the heart of downtown Portland, that was originally built in 1926. The recent renovation immediately hoisted PGE Park up to become one of the finest stadiums in both the Pacific Coast League and the USL. A number of other teams and events call PGE Park home, also. Portland State University's home football games and women's soccer games are played at the stadium, and many high school football contests are hosted here in the fall.

Hoyt Arboretum
Covering 185 acres about two miles west of downtown, Hoyt Arboretum is home to more than 1000 species of trees gathered from around the world. There is a 1, 2, and 4 mile self-guided tour available to study this living laboratory where scientists and students grow seeds gathered from the wild into plants that would not otherwise grow in our climate and habitat. These plants produce seeds that can be used to replant native ecosystems that have been destroyed or are at risk.

Washington Park

One of the oldest, best-loved, and well-used parks in Portland, take a tour of Washington Park for the many bronze sculptures, statues and memorials; not to mention it includes some beautiful gardens, the Discovery Center, the World Forestry Center, the Children's Museum…what more could a person want out their back door? Check out the Washington Park Chiming Fountain, where water drips from one bronze pan to another and gargoyles around the base spout water. There's also the Lewis and Clark Memorial “Coming of the White Man,” a 1904 bronze statue given to the city by the heirs of David P. Thompson, an early Portland mayor and donor of the elk statue on Main between the Plaza Blocks. Another bronze statue portrays Sacajawea holding her son Jean-Baptiste, and one could run their fingers over the stones of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial for hours.

Portland International Rose Test Garden
Portland's long infatuation with roses is no better portrayed than at the Rose Test Garden. Free tours are offered June through September, perfect rose season. Trained volunteers lead you through this facility that began as a World War I safe haven for European hybrid roses that enthusiasts feared would be destroyed in the bombings. Roses were sent from all over the world and now it's only one of six testing grounds for the American Rose Society miniature rose test program.

Portland - Japanese Garden
Open all year, Portland's Japanese Garden has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. This 5.5-acre haven of tranquility is actually five distinct gardens: Sand and Stone Garden, Natural Garden, Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, and Tea Garden. People can join or leave guided public tours at any time, as the peacefulness of the garden lends itself to meditation and quiet contemplation. Discover ponds, waterfalls, trees and shrubs growing in their natural state, or discover yourself through careful meditation and study in this harmonious atmosphere.

Oregon Zoo
Visitors will have unprecedented opportunities for observation of the large variety of animals at the Zoo. Orangutans and white-cheeked gibbons exhibit natural behaviors indoors and outdoors. Literally, they climb and swing over visitors' heads and come nose-to-nose with them at glass viewing windows. Some must-do's: eat at the AfriCafe, stroll through the African Rainforest, visit the polar bears and elephants (especially Packy), feed the Lorikeets, and ride the train. Coming soon, the Predators of the Serengheti exhibit will debut wild dogs and cheetahs, and lions return after a several year hiatus.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

Goose Hollow Inn
Former Portland Mayor Bud Clark bought this restaurant in 1967, naming it the Goose Hollow Inn to re-ignite the interest in the neighborhood and it's history. And this place has character that's hard not to notice. According to the Inn's personal storytellers, the whole neighborhood got it's name from an argument a group of women had about who's geese were really who's, and apparently there's an Oregonian article to prove it. That aside, the staff seems to gel, the clientele smile, and at least one story gets told. They also claim, of all things, to have been officially recognized as having the best Reuben sandwiches on the planet.  Drop in and ask for the story on that one, someone is sure to be happy to tell you.

Leaky Roof Global Bistro
The charming Leaky Roof has been in business since 1947, and there's nowhere else to go for a whiskey; they stock the largest supply of Irish whiskey in Portland. There's also fireside dining with a menu emphasizing local and sustainable foods, and all the meat is antibiotic and growth hormone free from the Northwest. The fish is wild caught, and produce is organic when possible. Even though some new dishes have been thrown in from the “old country,” such as A Jamesy King's Irish Sunday Dinner and even a pot o'porridge during brunch, some of the establishment's menu favorites dating back to 1947 have been preserved. This is a great place to chill out and while away a couple of hours, Goose Hollow style.
 

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