How long was your current commute in California? Where is your new job located?
Boonies to people living in DC generally means anything outside of the city's limits. The price of housing can easily double from inside the beltway to another 20-30 minutes out. There are several major highways going in to DC and they can all reach a stand still at peak traffic hours. Depending on your comfort level, further out may be better -- you just need to know where to look. Shoot me a PM if you want.