About This Listing
Maitri House is a unique, warm environment. We are a mulit-generational, family-inclusive, semi-urban Intentional Community in Takoma Park, Maryland. Our house is within 1 mile of DC and its metro rail system.
Our kitchen is a joy to cook in, and guests are welcome to use it following the requests posted in the kitchen.
One of our core aims as a community is to live out compassion in our interpersonal relationships and in our participation in the wider world.
You might enjoy staying at Maitri House if you want to visit an intentional community, see how community works in depth, or simply prefer a congenial and dynamic atmosphere over a more hotel-like atmosphere. This is a well lived-in home with 16 residents. At our house you may meet a variety of people engaged in social justice work who together have considerable knowledge about DC. We're using AirBnB revenue to support some sustainability projects.
Please note that, in order to be a safe place for people with chemical sensitivities, we ask guests to leave any products with the ingredient "fragrance" behind. Note also: no alcohol, smoking, or weapons.
The particular room will vary because we're filling rooms while members of our community are on trips of varying lengths. Our stay includes access to our common spaces, including kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry, and balcony.
We serve a vegan-inclusive dinner most nights, and typically have a variety of food available at other times. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen. Non-vegan food is allowed here.
Our house is not for everyone. For example, we keep the house cool in the winter and don't have A/C in the summer. Also, with many adults and children living here, we are not a super-tidy or very quiet place.
Notes about accessibility:
We want our house to be safe for all of us, including people with chemical sensitivities, so please no perfume or other fragranced products. We find that often guests do not understand this request, so if it is unfamiliar to you, you might read about chemical sensitivities on the invisible disabilities site.
Our house is not currently wheelchair visitable as defined by the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (we have steps up to the front and the bathroom clearances are too small.) If any guest who uses a chair or other mobility device or has other accessibility needs would like to visit, we’re interested in discussing what we could do.
In addition to their room, guests have access to the shared common spaces, including kitchen, dining room, living room, balcony, and yard/garden. There is free on-street parking and a RelayRides car.
Interaction with Guests
Depending on my and my housemates schedules, we are usually available for interaction. We've made friends with several of our guests.
We're located on a quiet street, 2 blocks from the natural food co-op, 9 blocks (0.9 miles) from the takoma metro station, 3 blocks from sligo creek park, and are surrounded by several small parks and playgrounds.
We're a 0.9 mile walk or bus ride through quaint downtown Takoma Park to the DC metro system.
We're located within two blocks of 7 different bus routes.
Travel times to downtown Washington DC:
Once you get on a train, it takes about 15 minutes to get to union station, and about 20 minutes to get to DuPont Circle.
The Mall and the Smithsonian are a little longer, you can either walk from Union Station, or change lines at Metro Center and go two more stops on the Orange or Blue lines.
There are usually 15-19 human residents, including 3-5 children. We want our house to be welcoming for children, parents, activists, friends, and persons who are sensitized to chemicals.
To support our intentions, we ask that visitors:
Communicate needs/requests clearly
Pitch in by cleaning up after yourself
Don't bring synthetic chemicals on person or clothing (including perfumes, colognes, and anything containing the ingredient "fragrance", petrol products, fresh nail polish, hairspray, many brands of soap, creams, and lotions, etc.) when in doubt, ask before you pack – we have shampoo, soap, and detergent available
No alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, or products that produce smoke
We also want you to know that:
We have lots of kids, so joy or noise may occur at unpredictable times
And, note that we choose a mostly un-air conditioned house, and instead our shady trees, fans, and timely opening and closing of windows help us to keep the house cooler than outdoors on hot summer days, but not as cool as A/C.
The house was easy to access by Metro. We were introduced to everyone in the house and invited to have dinner. The room we stayed at was comfortable and cheerful. We had access to all rooms of the house, including the backyard. The neighborhood was lively, with a creek close by and plenty of parks. From the beginning we felt very welcome and at home. They were very interested in our experiences and gave time to talk with us. Every one of the people we met were very interesting and gave us impeccable treatment. Overall the Maitri household is of an exceptional value you don´t find easily.
My sister and I were taking a trip along the east coast, something we've been wanting to do for quite some time. We really wanted to stay and see Washington. Ryan's place was exactly what we were looking for. I think we may have been there during the times that not many others were there but everyone was so nice and welcoming. Ryan made us feel as home and as if we fit in nicely there. The room was also really good. We didn't need much just a bed to sleep in but the private room given was spacious enough for 2 people. We only stayed 2 nights and most of the time we were in the city so we didn't get to enjoy the company of Ryan and the others who live there as much as we would have liked. Would definitely recommend this place for anyone visiting Washington as it is also very close to the metro.
Ryan's place was just good. Though they had many people in their house, it was still quiet and comfortable to live there.
Overall we had a great time at the Maitri House! Ryan gave us a warm welcome and made sure that everything was fine upon our arrival. The room and the bed were very clean. Unfortunatly the bathroom next to our room did not meet our expectations. It really could have been cleaner.
Nonetheless the people living at Maitri House are all friendly, open-minded and helpful. We had a great time eating together and there was even a small house concert.
The neigborhood is very safe and the house is in walking distance to the metro (you can also take a bus!).
Thanks for the great time - we would recommend everyone to stay here!
Ryan is very kind and the house itself was located in a very quiet, pleasant neighborhood. While I enjoyed it passing by many interesting at Takoma Park and neighborhoods, it might be a bit far for someone for long walks or prefers a close proximity to the metro. The community is generous about welcoming guests to share meals. My son and I enjoyed our time in Washington DC a lot. Ryan, thank you very much! Wish all the best for you, your daughter and the company!
Ryan and Emily were super accommodating. On our drive down we hit some crazy traffic and realized we be quite a bit later than our original check in but when we messaged Ryan to let him know he let us know not to worry and that Emily would be there to let us in. The house was as described and very welcoming. The residents of Maitri House are committed to what they're doing and it was awesome to see a community like this in action. I wish we'd had more time to hang out with Ryan and some of the others but our weekend was booked solid with plans already. We had a great time!
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About the Host, Ryan
I have lived in the DC metro area since 2000. I love DC because of the vibrant folk and activist communities here.
I'm both a parent and an activist. I facilitate workshops on communication, relationships, and relating with children.
I also helped to found Maitri House, an intergenerational intentional community.
I serve as a research assistant professor at Georgetown University studying biophysics, cancer cell biology, and the bioethics of maternity and infant care.