Where in Chile?
I hope I am not jumping in here too late. I currently live in the Lakes District of Chile with my Wife and Son. It is beautiful here but yes, it rains a lot. It is similar to the Pacific Northwest of the US. We are "Gringos" from the Mountains of California (Lake Tahoe area) and have been living here in Chile for a couple of years now. It is everything we had hoped. Nice people, a simpler lifestyle and very reasonable Real Estate prices compared to California or many areas of the world, now days.
I agree that Conception is nice although we have only visited there for a couple of days. Vina del Mar is also nice. The smog in Santiago is worse in the Winter and not so bad in the Summer when many people are on vacation out of the city and I am assuming the "inversion layer" is less severe. Keep in mind that Summer is January/February, not July/August like in the North. It is not so hot in Santiago but the coast is more temperate and the areas West of Santiago have very nice year-round weather.
You might look at the Zapallar area which is north of Vina del Mar along the Coast. Santiago is still a big city and I guess we are not city folk but living just two hours from Santiago in Zapallar is a nice compromise, it is on the beautiful Pacific Coast and it is an "upscale" area. It depends on your budget and your personal likes/dislikes.
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