Georgetown Beehive Interfaith House (scholars/writers/peace people) in Georgetown, DC

by Carole Sargent
Housing For Rent + Shared
Washington, DC 20057

Join a group of faculty-level scholars, artists-in-residence, research fellows, etc. in this welcoming “beehive” of a house. I use the word beehive because up to six people come and go for a day, a week, or a semester or so; this is not a permanent or even a longer-term living situation. The number of people in the house may vary while you are here. I based it quite loosely on a House of Studies model.

The house features peaceful common spaces, occasional shared meals when possible and desired, interfaith meditation, and facilitation of study, writing, and publishing. If you don’t know Washington well, then welcome! I’m a DC native who loves sharing my city.

Because I have worked at Georgetown University for 20+ years, I can help you think about the important professional relationships you seek during your time in Washington. When appropriate, personal introductions from this house can help open up a Georgetown world for you that many others have said they found quite difficult to penetrate. Also, this neighborhood can be SO expensive. It has one of the highest cost-of-living indexes in the nation, so many Georgetown faculty members commute long distances. That’s much of why I started this house: to create a peace haven for scholars that is affordable and comfortable, yet only steps from campus. **IMPORTANT: I do not make money on the house,** but instead run it through an academic not-for-profit. Your contribution (it is NOT rent) includes everything I could think of to make life serene and comfortable in a context of simplicity.

We are smoke-free, alcohol moderate, and vegetarian-friendly. Two cats and a nine-year-old standard poodle live on the main and upstairs floors. A housekeeping service comes twice a month. LGTBQ+friendly, Black Lives Matter.

The best thing about this house isn’t the accommodations themselves (they’re basic, although they’re fine). It’s in the people. Us. We’re amiable, quiet-ish scholars, happy to share our university and city, and also the culture of a contemplative, writing life. We offer daily prayer and/or meditation at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. University guests and neighbors sometimes come over for meals. Historic Georgetown Visitation Monastery is just steps away, and if you want to you can join me when I attend mass there with the semi-cloistered nuns. There are also many other houses of worship (Presbyterian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim… DC has so much…) My dream is to eventually have a wall of this house filled with photos of people who have lived here and shared our table, our meditation space, and our vision for hospitality.