January 19, 2021 (Arlington, VA) – Finding a place to live can be both exciting and challenging. Join hosts and best friends Christine Louise and John Begeny as they tour homes and explore communities in the Washington, D.C. region, one neighborhood at a time. Discover the history and culture of these vibrant areas and learn more about the current real estate market in the new series If You Lived Here, premiering Monday, February 15 at 8pm on WETA PBS and WETA Metro.
“There are so many unique communities in the Washington, D.C. metro area that a prospective buyer can make their home,” said Miguel Monteverde, Senior Vice President and General Manager, WETA Greater Washington. “If You Lived Here is a fun way to learn about those communities and listed properties. This show is a perfect example of the new type of programming we are producing now, showcasing the best of life in the DMV."
Longtime Washingtonians Christine Louise and John Begeny have been colleagues at WETA for 20 years, creating local WETA documentaries such as Discovering Washington: Through the Lens; The Washington Cherry Blossoms: A Gift of Friendship, winner of a National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Emmy; and a trilogy of films tracing the evolution of historic Alexandria, VA from the city’s early years to the present day. They are passionate about the region they live in, and have seen the evolution of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas over the years.
In each 30-minute episode, John and Christine explore three properties in one neighborhood with the help of an expert realtor: a starter home, a mid-level, and a “dream house.” After each tour, they compete with each other to guess the listing price. Follow these two friends as they venture across the DMV, and learn about homes on the market and the notable businesses nearby, as well as the character and history of each community. If You Lived Here explores places to call home in the Washington, D.C. area for newcomers and long-time residents alike.
Following a four-episode premiere on February 15 featuring H Street NE and Shaw in Washington D.C., Old Town Alexandria in Northern Virginia, and Silver Spring in Maryland, episodes will air on Mondays at 8pm on WETA Metro and at 9pm on WETA PBS.
Twelve neighborhoods throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland are featured in the inaugural season of If You Lived Here:
Washington, D.C. — H Street NE, Shaw, Capitol Hill, Petworth/16th Street, Anacostia, SW Waterfront
Maryland — Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Hyattsville
Virginia — Old Town Alexandria, Falls Church, North Arlington
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