Housing in Goose HollowGoose Hollow has a mix of both historic and newer residences, including apartment buildings, condos, townhomes, and a few detached single-family homes (many of these are listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Some older apartment buildings have been converted into condos; while some newer condos have been constructed in the last ten years. The west side of the neighborhood has some beautiful historic large homes. Over 80 percent of the residents reside in an apartment and this number is increasing. Much of the apartment living is by students at Portland State University which is just across the I-405 freeway from the Goose Hollow neighborhood. According to the 2000 census: 67.1% of the households in Goose Hollow have one person per household.
Goose Hollow is host to several distinct, but related, residential communities. These consist of:
Lownsdale area: an "uptown" area of older brick apartment houses and residential hotels, mixed with commercial and light industrial activities;
King's Hill Historic District: an area that once hosted the residences of Portland's turn of the century wealthier merchants, now partly infilled with higher density apartments and offices. The Historic District is bounded by W. Burnside Street, SW Canyon Road, SW 21st Street and Washington Park. Within its 430 acres, the Historic District includes 105 buildings, many of which are homes from the Late Victorian, late 19th and early 20th Century American Movements, and late 19th and 20th Century Revivals;
Goose Hollow area: the "hollow" itself, an outskirt of downtown that mixed commercial, residential, industrial, and highway commercial activities in an area that had been family farms and Portland suburbs before the automobile.
Gander Ridge and Vista Ridge: less intimately associated hillside residential areas bordering the hollow, but strongly related to it socially and historically.
While the neighborhood has now less than half the housing stock it had thirty years ago, it remains one of the most densely populated parts of the City. Its attractiveness as a place to live has much to do with this association's insistence on maintaining a pedestrian environment and rebuilding a community focus lost in a period of dislocation and changing patterns of urbanization accompanying the development of urban freeways. Recent trends are toward rebuilding the neighborhood's housing stock with new units exceeding demolitions in the 1990's.
College Housing Northwest is a private non-profit organization that provides housing for students of nearby Portland State University, Portland Community College, and their families. Because of it's proximity to the University and to downtown Portland, Goose Hollow has long been a favored location for student living.
The Inner Westside Community Development Corporation is another non-profit housing provider with an interest in rebuilding and maintaining the stock of affordable housing in Goose Hollow. Contact the Goose Hollow Planning Committee for further information.
The Housing Authority of Portland administers a number of rent assisted housing units available to individuals and families meeting income guidelines in Goose Hollow.