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Cohousing in Washington, D.C.
Once a relative novelty, communal living facilities continue to increase in popularity.
Steve Pretl, a 12-year resident of Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, D.C., stands in the development's central courtyard. (Photos by Matt Roth)
Jared Marx carries his daughter, Beatrice, 1, as his wife, Kit Slack, walks down the steps with their two-year-old daughter Nora.
Pretl drops off his recycling on a recent Saturday. The development's residents place an emphasis on green living.
Sucha Mulholland, 9, left, and JoJo Small play on a third floor walkway. The community is home to 65 adults and 22 children.
Sucha chases Tony around the courtyard.
Ann Zabaldo, left, asks Tony to help adjust her lamp. Zabaldo is a partner in a developer specializing in cohousing projects and is a past-president of the Cohousing Association of the United States.
Zabaldo, right, who has multiple sclerosis, eats lunch with friend Brigitte Wazana, who lives in another nearby cohousing community.
Residents and their guests gather for a New Mexico-themed green chile party.
Residents and friends gather for a party in the community's common house. Cohousing developments emphasize social events and gathering in communal areas.
Children in the cohousing development play together as adults look on.
Candice Naidoo, center, an au pair living with a family in Takoma Village Cohousing, chats with her fellow residents during their weekly group dinner.
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