I know Iâ€™m coming late to this party but I thought there was something I could add to what has already been said.
First, as for walkability the east side has more to offer close to the city center than the west side. Check out Hollywood, Laurelhurst, Irvington, Alameda, Beaumont, Wilshire, Concordia, Alberta Arts, Overlook, Kerns, Mt. Tabor and the entire Hawthorn Corridor*, not to mention Sellwood and Westmoreland.
(* the Hawthorn Corridor includes the following neighborhoods: Sunnyside, Buckman, Laddâ€™s Addition, Crown Heights, Richmond and the Clinton district.)
For rentals you might want to consider Craigâ€™s List as an additional resource. It will give you a good idea of the overall market for rentals as well as leads. Craigâ€™s list is more up to the minute than many of the other rental sites.
I was born and raised on the east side. If you need anything please donâ€™t hesitate to call.
Michael McBarron, Broker
Windermere/Cronin & Caplan Realty Group