Quite welcome. But I apparently always something more to say! … we concur on the price / safety / location compromise.
1. We have a few concerns about that walk too. Do it in daylight / commuting hours, but usually use GA ave / Petworth. Nothing too specific, and I’ve biked it many times, but there’s just a couple of deserted areas.
2. The 70 and 79 buses are invaluable!Quick shots up and down GA ave, including to the metro.
3. I do bike a lot and think it’s a good compromise location in that respect. Reasonable bike ride to Columbia Heights, access to Rock Creek and Met Branch trails. Not a lot of restaurants / bars immediately in the area, but there are a few good ones here and there.