Seeing as how I live in Portland, I guess I can add to this thread.
Yeah, Portland has a ton of breweries that make really good beer.
However, remember this, Oregon just officially declared itself to be in a recession! *I'm a product of that, and am currently unemployed. *(I'm going back to school next semester to start towards a master's degree).
As for house prices in the PDX area, I couldn't tell you. *I've been renting since I moved here (~1.5 years ago). *The people are really mellow (at least the ones I've met) and the whole city is generally more casual than other cities I've lived/visited.
The job market's pretty crappy right now, but depending on what you can do, there are *some* jobs. *My suggestion is to go to http://www.oregonlive.com. *It has a job search engine, and will also give you a good idea about what's around Portland.
Salem isn't too far away (I used to work with a guy who commuted from Salem everyday).
PDX also has Mt Hood not far away for skiing, or just looking at. *Mt St Helen's is in sight as well. *I can see it from my front porch. *(I'm renting a house on an Island about 10 miles from PDX proper).
Suburbs outside of Portland consist of:
Tualitin (Tualutin) -> I have no idea how to spell this one
Lake Oswego (This one's pretty expensive)
Scappoose (Or Scapoose, again, not sure of the spelling)
There are a few more than this, but if you're looking for a place, and these names come up, it will give you a good idea of where they are. (If you know where PDX is in the first place).
Fall: *Rain! *(I grew up in Western NY, so rain doesn't bother me like it does for other people.)
Winter: More Rain (In the mountains: snow)
Spring: a little less rain
Summer: *Both summers I've lived here, we've been in droughts, so no rain.
It doesn't rain continuously, but you'd be a fool not to expect it if it's cloudy out.
PDX has parks everywhere, including the largest forested region in a metroplitan area. *Ever see things for Survivor? *One of the women was from Portland, and her video had her biking in forest park topless. *Forest Park is in PDX proper.
They also make a lot of movies here. *The latest one has Tommy Lee Jones, and Benicio del Toro.
Um, that's about all I can think of. *If you live in Portland, you can pretty much walk or catch a train anywhere you want. *If you live in the 'burbs, expect some pretty crappy traffic at times.
Oregon itself is a great state, high desert in some places, great mountain skiing in others, ocean beaches, and the Columbia Gorge. *
(Holy crap, you'd think I work for the tourist department.)
If you move to Oregon, I bet you'll like it. *I haven't met anyone who has come to Portland and NOT liked it.