That is quite a change in scenery. It will be interesting to see whether, over time, your photography changes in subject matter or composition that in any way can be traced to the change in environment.
Anyway, you can probably buy down coats that are no longer rated for sub-zero weather!
Congrats to hubby on the new job. My SIL works at the lab too. Finding rentals in the area was tough most of what is offered is small, and most of the time not kept up. SIL ending up buying a brand new house.
You will love the area lots to see and do. If you need any help on areas to start your search let me know I am sure I can get some info for you.