Hey, AC. Good to hear from you. Do you mind if we inquire about your status? Obviously, we don't need to know identity-compromising details. So, did you get a job nearby?
Considering your commute options, think about the following places:
4. Over the border (MI).
That rent value may get you a small house in the Swanton area. House prices are falling. In Toledo itself, the signs are practically screaming "RENT ME RENT ME OH GAWD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE RENT ME". Hopefully you can leverage this sort of desperation into a sold rent value on a small place.
I don't know why you're concerned about Buckeye Cable. My ISP Toast.Net offers DSL for $18/mo. DSL is fine, right?
And finally, low crime is not much of a concern once you decide to avoid Toledo. In more of the boonies like Swanton, however, occasionally some idiot tries a home invasion, just to find out the right to keep and bear arms is yet remembered there. Har har!