Maitri House Intentional Community

House - Private room · Manor Cir, Takoma Park, MD 20912, United States

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 walking distance of DC and its metro rail system.

Your host, Ryan
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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 walking distance of DC and its metro rail system.

The Space

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.

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 6
Beds: 1
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Ryan was a great host and the rest of the residents in the house were just as welcoming. The Maitri House has many innovative house rules for a sustainable lifestyle - it was a great living here to experience them.

    July 2014
  • We arrived just in time for dinner. We were greeted and encouraged to help ourselves. The conversation was easygoing and everyone was pleasant. It was nice not to be treated like guests - we were just two more in a house full of people. Our room was downstairs off the kitchen and had a bathroom to ourselves to use. The only hangup we had was that the room was warm. We had a car, but there is easy access into D.C. by train or bus.

    June 2014
  • We had a positive experience at the Maitri House! Ryan was very generous and patiently answered tons of our questions about the co-op living style; he even offered to provide guidance and support if we wanted to start our own. He repeatedly made efforts to make us feel comfortable and "at home," since we're shy and new to the co-op style. We stayed over a holiday weekend so we didn't see most of the residents, which was actually good for us because we may have been overwhelmed by so many new faces. The neighborhood was quiet, safe and conveniently located. We are happy that we had the opportunity to visit and recommend the Maitri House to anyone who is interested in co-op living.

    May 2014
  • I had a nice stay at Maitri House Intentional Community. Everyone was very kind and the house itself was located in a very quiet, pleasant neighborhood. While I enjoyed the walk to the metro as it passed by many interesting shops, restaurants, and neighborhoods, it might be a bit far for someone who has less enthusiasm for long walks or prefers a close proximity to the metro.

    May 2014
  • Great location and comfortable room. This is a welcoming home and we had a great stay.

    May 2014
  • If you're in DC I'd highly recommend staying here! The house is filled with wonderful, interesting people who are incredibly welcoming. Within a day or two you'll feel just as comfortable here as in your own home. But you won't just depart with a rested body, but also, dare I say it, a rested soul. As Henry David Thoreau said 'the mass of men [sic] lead lives of quiet desperation'; yet not here.

    May 2014
  • I stayed at Ryan's home for a night with my best friend, and it was great. Ryan is a great communicator and checked in on us to make sure everything was fine. The house itself is so amazing and very welcoming. My best friend and I are both activist and loved the house rules and the attention to detail to make it an inclusive community. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Takoma Park.

    May 2014
  • Ryan was a friendly and trustworthy host, as were his housemates. The bedroom and bathroom on the first floor worked well for my one-night stay.

    May 2014
  • Ryan was great and able to get my Fiance, my dog and I in on very very short notice and was accommodating of our late arrival. The room was comfortable and clean. Wish we could have stayed longer and gotten to know more of Ryan and his housemates! Will definitely be back when we're in the area again.

    April 2014
  • We absolutely loved staying at the Maitri House. Ryan was such a gracious host! He included us in events that he thought might interest us and we had a great time hob knobing with the locals. All the residents we met were kind and generous. We enjoyed two home-cooked vegan meals while we were there and chatted with various residents who were all doing interesting things in their community. The room was also nice. I thought the bed was very comfortable, but I like firm mattresses. We would definitely go back and hope our paths cross with Ryan and his housemates in the future.

    April 2014
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Oakland Mills High, Washington College, University of Maryland
I have lived in the DC metro area sine 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.
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