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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

  • Get a Glimpse of Resort Living at Lansdowne on the Potomac: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Get a Glimpse of Resort Living at Lansdowne on the Potomac

    S3 E12 - 6m 33s

    John and Christine tour a huge, 6,400 square foot, 5-bedroom, 4.5 bath home in Lansdowne on the Potomac, a resort community in Leesburg, Virginia. They are blown away by the home's grand entrance, formal dining room, family room, gourmet kitchen and beautiful golf course views. If you buy this house, you may never want to go on vacation because you'd be living a vacation lifestyle right at home!

  • The Epitome of Farmhouse Chic in Mount Rainier: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Epitome of Farmhouse Chic in Mount Rainier

    S3 E11 - 8m 18s

    John and Christine tour a 5-bedroom, 3.1 bath farmhouse in Mount Rainier, Maryland. The property is a new build home, but the builder has kept the house in harmony with the character of the community. The home's cohesive design elements impress, including shiplap accents, teak floors, and herringbone tile. The open concept living room, kitchen, and dining space make for a great entertaining space.

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    A Bungalow with "the most unique bathroom we have ever seen"

    S3 E11 - 6m 41s

    John and Christine visit a 2-bedroom bungalow, which realtor Silvana Dias calls the epitome of a Mount Rainier, MD home. It's an ideal starter home with plenty of character and charm, which is walking distance from the shops along Rhode Island Ave. The team loves the vintage features and the home's potential for updates and renovations.

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    A Streetcar Suburb Transformed

    S3 E11 - 2m 24s

    Bryan Knedler and Malinda Miles, both former mayors of Mount Rainier, Maryland discuss the history and culture of their small city in Prince George's County. Mount Rainier began in the early 1900s as a streetcar suburb as working class families built businesses and homes. For decades it was a Whites-only enclave but since the 1960s, the town has evolved into a very diverse community.

  • Preview: Mount Rainier: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Mount Rainier

    S3 E11 - 30s

    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 three of Mount Rainier’s mayors and learn about the thriving artistic community.

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    Step Inside This Urban Country Farmhouse in Mount Rainier

    S3 E11 - 6m 7s

    Christine and John visit a 5-bedroom, 2-bath urban country farmhouse in Mount Rainier, MD. As they explore the house, they appreciate its unique blend of traditional and modern features, such as the bamboo flooring and sustainable built-in shelves. They particularly like the dining room and den, which capture the urban country feel. Other highlights include a new bathroom and converted attic.

  • This Wardman Townhouse is the Best of Classic and Modern: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    This Wardman Townhouse is the Best of Classic and Modern

    S3 E10 - 9m 31s

    Christine and John love the timeless vibe in this 5-bedroom, 3.1 bath Wardman style townhouse in DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood. Built in the 1920s, the home still has many classic details alongside more recent updates. The team loves the original hardwood floors, ceiling beams, and exposed brick. A big island in the cook's kitchen adds utility and skylights bring in natural light.

  • A Starter Home with a View of Meridian Hill Park: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Starter Home with a View of Meridian Hill Park

    S3 E10 - 3m 40s

    John and Christine tour a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo in Park Tower, a beautiful art deco building along 16th Street in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC. The building was built in 1928 and features a loggia at the top of the building, which overlooks Meridian Hill Park. The tour showcases the renovated kitchen, spacious bedroom, and updated bathroom.

  • Preview: Adams Morgan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Adams Morgan

    S3 E10 - 30s

    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.

  • Adams Morgan: From Rural Getaway to Urban Center: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Adams Morgan: From Rural Getaway to Urban Center

    S3 E10 - 2m 24s

    Historians Jeanne Fogle and Eddie Becker discuss the transformation of Washington, DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood. The area was originally farmland but in the late 19th century, Mary Foote Henderson had a number of beautiful large homes constructed, which became embassies. Other builders followed suit and built townhouses and luxury apartments.

  • A "Great Gatsby kind of feel" in the Heart of Adams Morgan: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A "Great Gatsby kind of feel" in the Heart of Adams Morgan

    S3 E10 - 7m 27s

    Christine and John tour a 4-bedroom, 2-bath unit in the Beverly Court co-op building, right in the heart of DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood. The building dates to 1915 and has plenty of historic charm. High ceilings, arches, a dumbwaiter in the kitchen, and a primary suite bathroom a clawfoot tub and hammered copper sink give this home a "Great Gatsby kind of feel" according to Christine.

  • Preview: Annandale: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Annandale

    S3 E9 - 30s

    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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    If You Lived Here

    Mount Pleasant, D.C.

    Saturday
    Jul 27

    30 Minutes

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

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