As 2022 comes to a close, I'm taking the week off :) May you have a warm and prosperous New Year!
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
It is hard to believe sometimes, but yet another Holiday seasons has arrived and with it a little snowfall along the coast. Is was fleeting to say the least but it did happen. Meanwhile the Holiday season brings forth opportunities for getaway trips to watch the storms or perhaps a mild Christmas along the seashore. I wrote this article a few years back and it still resonates today:Yes December has arrived and once again the beach is in prep for holiday fun with a salty twist. Check out https://funbeach.com for events on the Long Beach Peninsula for the holidays and more in 2019.
They like to do fireworks on the beach on New Years Eve, that should fun. Many people like to watch the storms roll in during the wet and wild December. Although the weather can be rough and rowdy, the temperature tends to be 5° to 10° warmer at the beach than it is inland. I'd still bring a coat ;)
I wrote this general weather piece a while back check it out:
One of the stark contrasts with the weather and climate on the Washington coast as compared to inland areas like Portland-Vancouver is the nearly flat chart of average temperatures across the whole year. Yes if you like a fairly predictable temperature over the course of a whole year, it is hard to beat the beach. Of course it is wetter and windier at the beach but the temperatures are nearly static. Look at that chart!
In Long Beach, WA, there is only 16° of difference between the average high in July and the average high in January! Contrast that against Vancouver, WA where the difference is 36°. Or how about a place like Spokane, WA where the difference is an astonishing, 50°. You may find it interesting that Long Beach, WA has the same difference in average daily high as San Diego, CA! Yes San Diegans enjoy a tight 16° spread between summer and winter as well. Yes, I know the spread is the same but So-Cal is much warmer.
To be fair the coast tends to favor a cooler climate, but the moderating effects of the mighty Pacific Ocean keep the extremes minimized and the averages very predictable and pleasant all year long. Heat waves in the summer are very rare and when they do happen they are quite short lived. Deep freezes in the winter are equally rare and again very short lived.
So if you want to live in a place that doesn't really have a major shift in seasons then the coast could be the ticket. It is really a two season affair on the Washington Coast, a short 4 months of mild summer weather and long but very mild 8 months of winter.
The beach is affordable and fun all year round, check it out!
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Well all that sunshine and tomfoolery has passed. Mid October with warm summer-like weather inland and to a lesser degree at the coast has finally yielded to Autumn. Rain, cooler temps, and wind have all returned and seemingly with a vengeance.
These storms can whip off some dangerous surf, so caution is always advised when near the ocean. But storm watching in the fall has the advantage of somewhat warmer temps than watching in the dead of winter. This can be a great time and it seems we have an extended period of rough and tumble weather coming our way. later this week snow levels will drop down around 2500 feet and temps even at the beach may struggle to break out above 50º. But then more mild temps return next week.
Watching the mighty Pacific crash onto the shores of the beach is a magnificent sight and sound. The next two weeks should provide some great opportunities.
The real estate market has slowed down a bit in the wake of significant interest rate increases over the last several months. Many buyers are checked out of the market awaiting more favorable conditions. This leaves the door open for some softening prices and opportunities to get a beach house for a little better deal than just six months ago. Keep you eyes peeled for deals, you might just find one.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Hmm, definitely not like the 'good ole' days of 5 years ago ;) But I did find a couple of cottages that were pretty cheap one even fell under that $250k mark. Keep in mind I am using the Portland based RMLS and there are more listings on the Seattle based NWMLS, but a search of Zillow or Trulia will find listings from either MLS system.
So value on the peninsula have skyrocketed in the last few years but there are still values to be found for the thrifty shopper. Keep you eyes peeled, these 8% rates are eroding the buyer pool and sellers are getting nervous. You can still have the beach dream so get out there and find it.
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
I often write about the Long Beach Peninsula on this blog. That is largely because I have a fair bit of experience there, but also because it has been a great region for value and relative location. But what about other nearby coastal areas and towns? Sticking with the Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon region, I can break it down into three 'zones'.
- Clatsop County, OR: Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton, Astoria
- Pacific County, WA: Ilwaco, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Oysterville
- Grays Harbor County, WA: Westport, Ocean Shores, Copalis Beach, Pacific Beach
- County Population: @ 41,000
- County Area: 1084 square miles, 829 on land
- More than 34 miles of Pacific coastline
- Highest point: Saddle Mountain, 3283 feet
- Largest City: Astoria, population 10,181 (2020)
- Seat of Government: Astoria
- Largest beachfront town: Seaside, population @ 7000
- Median home price: $533,086
- Most expensive town: Arch Cape median price $969,272
- Taxes: mean property tax 0.9%, no sales tax, aggressive state income tax
- Nearest Costco Store: Warrenton, OR 5.6 miles from Astoria
- Nearest Hospital: Columbia Memorial, Astoria & Providence Seaside, Seaside
- Major highways: US 101, US 26, US 30
- Nearest city of 100k+ population: Hillsboro, OR population @100,000; 77 miles from Astoria, 1:43 drive; Vancouver, WA 89 miles 1:35 drive
- Nearest Major City: Portland, OR 96 miles from Astoria, 2hrs drive
- County Population: 23,365 (2020)
- County Area: 1223 square miles, 933 on land
- Nearly 36 miles of Pacific coastline
- Highest point: 3003 feet, unnamed high point
- Largest City: Raymond, population 3081 (2020)
- Seat of Government: South Bend
- Largest beachfront town: Long Beach, population @3000
- Median home price: $292,651
- Most expensive town: Chinook median price $365,417
- Taxes: mean property tax 1%, 8.1% sales tax, no income tax
- Nearest Costco Store: Warrenton, OR 21 miles from Long Beach, 55 miles from Raymond
- Nearest Hospital: Ocean Beach Hospital, Ilwaco; Columbia Memorial, Astoria, OR 19 miles
- Major Highways: US 101, SR 6, SR 103, SR 401, SR 105
- Nearest city of 100k+ population: Hillsboro, OR 99 miles 2:18 drive from Long Beach, Vancouver, WA 108 miles 2:07 drive.
- Nearest Major City: Portland, OR 116 miles from Long Beach 2:17 drive
|Northhead Lighthouse, Cape Disappointment, WA|
- County Population: 75,636 (2020)
- County Area: 2224 square miles, 1902 on land
- Roughly 39 miles of Pacific coastline
- Highest point: 4884 feet, Wynoochee Point
- Largest City: Aberdeen, population17,013 (2020)
- Seat of Government: Montesano
- Largest beachfront town: Ocean Shores, population 6715 (2020)
- Median home price: $358,311
- Most expensive town: Pacific Beach median price $925,738
- Taxes: mean property tax 1%, 8.9% sales tax, no income tax
- Nearest Costco Store: Olympia, WA 49 miles from Aberdeen, 87 miles from Ocean Shores
- Nearest Hospital: Harbor Regional, Aberdeen, 23 miles from Ocean Shores; Summit Pacific, Elma, 20 miles east of Aberdeen
- Major Highways: US 101, US 12, SR 8, SR 105, SR107, SR 109
- Nearest city of 100k + population: Tacoma, WA 79 miles 1:17 drive from Aberdeen; 101 miles and 1:53 drive from Ocean Shores
- Nearest Major City: Seattle, WA 109 miles from Aberdeen 1:47 drive; 132 miles 2:31 drive from Ocean Shores
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Last week I recorded eight straight days over 90º with most of them in the upper 90s in Vancouver. Meanwhile at the coast temps were cozy in the 70s and 80s for the most part. I really do not like hot weather... not even a little bit. Along the coast you be surprised if you have one day at 90 let alone eight in a row!
So if you are ready to retire in the cool comfort of the sea, SW Washington beaches and the adorable towns the dot them could be for you. The Long Beach Peninsula offers a wide range with busy tourist spots in the south and super quiet countryside in the north all while maintaining a short walk or ride to the beach.
With these warmer summers the beach is starting to look even better. That's all I got I am trying to lose this damn COVID bug I got, so wish me luck.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
|Photo by Montel Graves|
Down in the Portland-Vancouver metro area it was also perfect weather with a high of 75º and a 9:30PM temp around 68º under sunny skies all day long and clear skies all night. It seems that SW Washington in general had a 4th to remember and that is always nice.
My sister has reported to me on occasion that she remains surprised at how little fog she gets considering the notorious reputation for it. It is by no means absent but summertime does deliver a fair number of clear nights by her record. She has lived there now going on five years. I think it could be related to the mouth of the Columbia River acting perhaps as a bit of a blower pushing the marine layer back a bit in the near vicinity including the Long Beach Peninsula. Perhaps I can get a meteorologist to confirm or refute that.
If the beach life is for you the Long Beach Peninsula could be your ticket to happiness.