No advice on house-buying, I’ve been away from Portland too long to know neighborhoods or prices.
However, it will take you an hour to an hour and a half to get to the ocean, depending on where you want to go and how many other people want to be there at the same time. but it’s always worth the drive.
Do you wear hats? I’ve always found that hats are better in the rain than umbrellas, especially if there is wind. And in Portland, there will be wind more often than not. The rainy season stars in late October, though there will be plenty of rain-free days until mid-December. It is not unheard of to have some rain everyday from mid-Decenber until March–but there are many kinds of rain, and after a while, it has to be coming down in buckets before it even register. Temperature will drop down to 20 to 30 degrees at night, and climb into the 50’s during the day. March to the end of May, the start of some beautiful weather, interrupted by rain. Almost impossible to plan anything outdoors and know what the weather will be like. Oh, it may snow in December or January, but not much, and only for a couple of days. June is overcast/foggy. Drives people nuts. July, August, early September–summer. Sunny day after sunny day, between 65 and 90 degrees, except for maybe a week or two when the temp. goes up to 104 or there-a-bouts and everyone melts. It seems to be getting warmer every year. Oh, and it will rain occasionally. Late September to mid-October–best time of the year. Still mostly sunny, with crisp mornings and chilly nights, maybe 70 degrees in the middle of the day in Sept. but 55-60 by the end of October.
People talk about the rain, but it’s not like it is pouring every second of every day, even in the middle of winter. We get a lot of mist and sprinkles, with some awesome downpours every once in a while.
Welcon to Portland, we’ll have to have a DopeFest for you when you get here, and introduce you to the great local beer, wine or cider. And here’s a hint–the ocean does not close during the rain. Put on a coat and a hat and go walking on a deserted beach, a favorite pasttime of any true Pacific Northcoaster!