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If You Lived Here

WETA's house-hunting series spotlights a wide array of neighborhoods and properties throughout the national capital area while celebrating each area’s history, culture, notable places and flavor. Hosts, best friends and longtime Washingtonians Christine Louise and John Begeny tour homes and communities with local realtors, exploring the D.C. Metro region one neighborhood at a time.

Rockville

28m 36s

Together with Rockville realtor Rowena De Leon, John and Christine Louise visit three homes in the Maryland neighborhood from a starter condo to a dream bungalow. Along the way, our hosts explore the history of Rockville Pike, Offutt’s General Store (which later became Hank Dietle’s Tavern), and stop by Gwennie’s Bakery, a local Filipino business featuring traditional UBE desserts.

Episodes

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    Rockville

    S3 E16 - 28m 36s

    Together with Rockville realtor Rowena De Leon, John and Christine Louise visit three homes in the Maryland neighborhood from a starter condo to a dream bungalow. Along the way, our hosts explore the history of Rockville Pike, Offutt’s General Store (which later became Hank Dietle’s Tavern), and stop by Gwennie’s Bakery, a local Filipino business featuring traditional UBE desserts.

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    Foggy Bottom

    S3 E15 - 28m 35s

    In Foggy Bottom, hosts John and Christine explore life along the Potomac River with realtor Gigi Winston. With tours of an updated one-bedroom unit, followed by a two-bedroom townhouse, to a dream renovation overlooking the river at the Watergate Complex, viewers might never want to leave. Plus, dive into the history and activity of the Kennedy Center and the past, present and future of Watergate.

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    Columbia

    S3 E14 - 28m 50s

    Realtor Peter Boscas takes John and Christine on a tour of Columbia, MD, a planned community that inspires local residents with its vision for diversity and inclusion. The hosts visit a classic Columbia townhome, a contemporary property and a newly built four-bedroom home. The episode also explores Merriweather Post Pavilion and shares stories of the famous artists that have performed there.

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    Rosslyn

    S3 E13 - 28m 26s

    In Rosslyn, with realtor Aiden Berri, John and Christine explore urban living, from a ground-level condo with a perfect patio, to a two-bedroom with incredible views, to a stunning penthouse with its own private elevator. Viewers will explore Rosslyn’s history and residential renaissance, plus some unique background about its famous neighbor, Arlington National Cemetery.

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    Leesburg

    S3 E12 - 28m 45s

    Vineyards, country charm and history – welcome to Leesburg! Join hosts John Begeny, Christine Louise and realtor Vicky Noufal, as they tour 3 homes in this Virginia community, including a single-family built in 1798, a five-bedroom in the heart of the Lansdowne neighborhood and a gorgeous large home on 11 acres.

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    Mount Rainier

    S3 E11 - 28m 46s

    With realtor Silvana Dias, hosts John and Christine visit the “streetcar suburb” of Mount Rainier, MD. First, visit a bungalow that encapsulates the “epitome of a Mount Rainier home,” then an “urban-country” historic farmhouse, and, finally, a newly built home in the heart of the neighborhood. Also, meet 3 of Mount Rainier’s mayors and learn about the thriving artistic community.

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    Adams Morgan

    S3 E10 - 28m 49s

    Guided by realtor David Bediz, John and Christine visit Adams Morgan, a popular entertainment destination in D.C. with both diverse housing options and a diverse community. Tour a one bed/one bath apartment that overlooks Meridian Hill Park, a Beaux-Arts style co-op in the heart of the neighborhood, and a 100-year-old town house on a quiet street.

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    Annandale

    S3 E9 - 28m 10s

    In Annandale, VA, hosts John and Christine tour 3 homes with realtor Deirdre Thao Vo. First, a split-level starter home, followed by a charming mid-century modern home with contemporary updates. Finally, the hosts explore a 5 bed/5 bath modern, open-concept home. Also learn about Annandale’s Korean food and business community, thriving local arts scene and one particularly interesting shop.

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    Logan Circle

    S3 E8 - 28m 31s

    With realtor Daryl Judy, John and Christine tour 3 homes in Logan Circle, D.C. First, a one bedroom condo with a loft and rooftop terrace. Next, a modern condo with beautiful updates. And finally, a 5-bedroom row home featuring architectural arches. Also, learn about the evolution of Logan Circle from local business owners and residents who have lived through the transformation of the area.

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    Bethesda

    S3 E7 - 28m 36s

    John and Christine travel to Bethesda, Maryland with realtor Dana Rice to tour three distinct houses. First, visit a bungalow-style starter home, then a “stereotypical” Bethesda colonial-inspired home, and finally, a 2000-built renovated home situated on a country lane. Also, hear from historians, meet a horticulturist from the local coop, and tour the Josiah Henson Museum and Park.

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    Vienna

    S3 E6 - 28m 41s

    Nestled along the Washington & Old Dominion railroad line, Vienna is home to many local favorites, including the Vienna Town Green and Jammin Java music venue. With help from realtor Lex Lianos, hosts John and Christine tour and guess the listing prices of three homes, ranging from 1960s split-levels to 2020s bungalow styles. Also, hear from Vienna mayor Linda Colbert.

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    Deanwood

    S3 E5 - 28m 10s

    Once home to legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye, the Deanwood neighborhood in D.C. has a deep sense of community among its residents. Join hosts John and Christine and realtor Keith James as they tour 3 homes built between the 1910s and 1920s and learn about the neighborhood’s many churches, the Lederer Community Garden in Marvin Gaye Park and Nannie Helen Burroughs’ National Training School.

Extras + Features

  • Is This the Perfect Income Property in Rockville, Maryland?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is This the Perfect Income Property in Rockville, Maryland?

    S3 E16 - 5m 56s

    John and Christine visit a charming 4-Bedroom, 3-Bath home in Rockville, Maryland nestled near Lake Needwood and Manor Country Club. The galley-style kitchen offers plenty of counter space and the dining room seamlessly connects to the living room. In the basement, a full-size kitchenette with a dishwasher and an exterior door makes the space perfect for rental opportunities or an in-law suite.

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    Preview: Rockville

    S3 E16 - 30s

    Together with Rockville realtor Rowena De Leon, John and Christine Louise visit three homes in the Maryland neighborhood from a starter condo to a dream bungalow. Along the way, our hosts explore the history of Rockville Pike, Offutt’s General Store (which later became Hank Dietle’s Tavern), and stop by Gwennie’s Bakery, a local Filipino business featuring traditional UBE desserts.

  • A Modern Farmhouse in the Heart of Rockville Packs Surprises: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Modern Farmhouse in the Heart of Rockville Packs Surprises

    S3 E16 - 7m 7s

    Christine and John tour a stunning modern farmhouse in Rockville, Maryland. Thoughtful design choices, including stunning tile work, add visual impact throughout the home. In the kitchen, quartz countertops and a farmhouse sink impress. The main level surprises with a bedroom suite that could easily double as a den, providing one-floor living and accessibility.

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    Tour a Stunning 1960s Condo in Rockville, Maryland

    S3 E16 - 6m 12s

    Christine and John tour a 2-Bedroom, 2-Bath condo in Grosvenor Place, a local landmark in Rockville, Maryland. From the moment they enter, the charm of the '60s is evident, with classic parquet floors that are making a stylish comeback. The living room boasts panoramic views, and the balcony reveals a breathtaking scene of a pond, green spaces, and trails – all within reach for residents.

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    Rockville is a Cultural Tapestry with a Vibrant History

    S3 E16 - 2m 9s

    Nancy Pickard of Peerless Rockville details the history of Rockville, Maryland and the town's transformation after World War II. The post-war era brought about a wave of growth and change. Today, Rockville is a thriving city, with a rich tapestry of 120 different ethnicities and nationalities represented. Stella Fernandez, owner of Gwenie's Pastries, specializes in Filipino and Asian desserts.

  • A Cozy Foggy Bottom Condo with Updates and Vintage Charm: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Cozy Foggy Bottom Condo with Updates and Vintage Charm

    S3 E15 - 3m 57s

    John and Christine tour a 1-Bedroom, 1-Bath condo at Potomac Overlook in the heart of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Highlights include a beautiful den with French doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a patio door that lets the fresh air in. The spacious kitchen features glass doors with lights, ample counter space, and a high-tech induction stove.

  • Preview: Foggy Bottom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Foggy Bottom

    S3 E15 - 30s

    In Foggy Bottom, hosts John and Christine explore life along the Potomac River with realtor Gigi Winston. With tours of an updated one-bedroom unit, followed by a two-bedroom townhouse, to a dream renovation overlooking the river at the Watergate Complex, viewers might never want to leave. Plus, dive into the history and activity of the Kennedy Center and the past, present and future of Watergate.

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    The Transformation of Foggy Bottom

    S3 E15 - 3m 58s

    Explore the rich history and transformation of Washington DC's Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The area was originally home to several Native American settlements before Jacob Funk established the haven of Funkstow in 1765. The neighborhood earned the name Foggy Bottom during the industrial period from 1850 to 1940, due to a mix of river fog and industrial soot and is now home to the Kennedy Center.

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    A Federal Townhouse with Historic Charm and Modern Elegance

    S3 E15 - 5m 26s

    Christine and John explore a beautifully renovated federal townhouse on 25th St., NW, in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. This 1900s gem combines historic charm with modern updates, creating a unique and inviting living space. The completely renovated interior features an open concept design, granite countertops, and a unique wood backsplash in the kitchen.

  • The Ultimate Watergate Condo Tour: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Ultimate Watergate Condo Tour

    S3 E15 - 6m 54s

    Christine and John can't get over the exquisite details of this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath condo in the Watergate complex of Washington, DC. The spacious living room, dining room, and entertainment zone with wet bar create the perfect setting for unforgettable parties. The kitchen is a chef's dream and how can you beat the view with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Potomac?

  • Modern Elegance Meets Nature in Columbia, Maryland: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Modern Elegance Meets Nature in Columbia, Maryland

    S3 E14 - 6m 18s

    Christine and John's second house tour in Columbia, Maryland is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a beachy vibe. Nestled amidst nature with cedar shake siding, this home offers a glimpse of the classic charm of old Columbia. The open-concept living and dining area with dual sliding doors bring the natural light inside and the white washed fireplace provides a nice update on an original feature.

  • Preview: Columbia: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Columbia

    S3 E14 - 30s

    Realtor Peter Boscas takes John and Christine on a tour of Columbia, MD, a planned community that inspires local residents with its vision for diversity and inclusion. The hosts visit a classic Columbia townhome, a contemporary property and a newly built four-bedroom home. The episode also explores Merriweather Post Pavilion and shares stories of the famous artists that have performed there.

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    Falls Church, VA

    Saturday
    Jun 22

    30 Minutes

    Falls Church, Va.; condo in Winter Hill; brick rancher; Eden Center history lesson.
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    Capitol Hill, SE

    Saturday
    Jun 29

    30 Minutes

    Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.; Eastern Market; Alley house; Deer House.
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    Monday
    Jul 1

    30 Minutes

    Touring homes and communities in the Washington, D.C. region.
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    Tuesday
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    Touring homes and communities in the Washington, D.C. region.
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    30 Minutes

    Touring homes and communities in the Washington, D.C. region.
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    Touring homes and communities in the Washington, D.C. region.
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    Saturday
    Jul 6

    30 Minutes

    Touring homes and communities in the Washington, D.C. region.

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