Capitol Hill resident chiming in - I’ve lived here for over 10 years. Don’t be afraid of the city - there are so many parks and open spaces that even a “city” house can have a less urban feel than you would think. Also, don’t let the prices scare you away - we bought a 4 bedroom, 2bath row house on the Hill, with a full park view, one block from the metro and with a bus stop in front of the house, for $265k. Admittedly we got lucky, and it was a forclosure with some scary cosmetics - but if you’re patient, you can find great real estate here. Less than $10k later and we have a beautiful home with all the ameneties, close to everything we love. My commute is 10 minutes, and even my husband (who teaches at GMU) only takes about 25 minutes because he’s commuting against traffic. We’d be about 25 minutes from UMD as well. My son walks to school.
Let me know if you want more info - we love where we live, and we’ve been here a long time so we can answer any specifics you might be curious about.