I'm coming from the suburbs now, so I know how it works very well...
I'm am having trouble finding something on the east side, but I will expand my search eastward from close in. There seems to be precious little West of 205. Then again, 10 miles from the East side is probably easier than 10 miles from Beaverton, unless I make circles around Tabor.
(The other catch, I'm bringing my dog, a very active mix, so those 300sq ft studios are very much out!)