Yes, I agree you may want to visit before you pack up and move. You will certainly compete with the college students for rentals. Once you find one then you'll be fine, but it is competitive. Finding a large house for a rental... depends on what you consider large? :-) Most homes average 1500-2200 sf roughly. There are some large old homes here, but not as many as in Portland. Many are being converted into businesses here when they are in town.