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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

  • "Buy What You Like & Make It What You Love" in Annandale: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    "Buy What You Like & Make It What You Love" in Annandale

    S3 E9 - 5m 3s

    Christine and John visit a split level house in the tree-lined Crestwood Manor neighborhood of Annandale, Virginia. With a patio and large backyard, there's a lot to love outside. Inside, the 4-bedroom house is move-in ready with new floors, large windows, and a whitewashed brick fireplace. The kitchen and bathroom are a bit dated and can use updates but this starter home has plenty of potential.

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    How Annandale Evolved Into a Hub for Korean-American Culture

    S3 E9 - 2m 30s

    Annandale residents discuss how their community evolved into a hub for Korean-American culture. Over the past several decades, Korean restaurants and businesses have played a significant role in revitalizing struggling areas of Annandale and earned the community the title of Virginia's original Koreatown. Kogiya, a Korean BBQ restaurant, shows the interactive and engaging nature of Korean cuisine.

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    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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    A Mid-Century Modern Home That "Looks Like a Resort"

    S3 E9 - 6m 41s

    "This looks like a resort!", exclaims John as he and Christine visit a 4-bedroom mid-century modern home in the sought-after Truro neighborhood of Annandale. The large picture windows provide spectacular views of the wooded, quarter acre lot and the has been updated with new flooring and contemporary touches. With clean lines, timeless design, and updates, this home is a keeper!

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    A 'Logan Circle Gem' with a Little Bit of Everything

    S3 E8 - 8m 12s

    Christine and John round out their tour of Logan Circle with a unique 5 bedroom, 3.1 bath Victorian rowhouse on 13th St., NW. Built in the late 1800s, the home is a mix of eras and styles, as various owners have added their tastes over the years. With a grand living room, a spiral staircase, multiple archways, and exposed brick accent walls, the home has a little big of everything!

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    Does This Logan Circle Condo Have the Best Views in DC?

    S3 E8 - 5m 6s

    What this 800 sq. foot, one bedroom condo in Washington DC's Logan Circle neighborhood lacks in size, it more than makes up for in amenities! A private rooftop terrace, tall ceilings, and large windows leave an impression, as does the kitchen, which features a high-end, built-in Sub-Zero fridge and frosted glass cabinets that open up the space. Best of all, are the spectacular views!

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    Logan Circle Residents Reflect on the Changes They've Seen

    S3 E8 - 4m 27s

    Logan Circle residents discuss the changes they've seen in their neighborhood. Back in the 1970s, the community was a haven for prostitution and drug activity as many homes fell into disrepair. City and neighborhood leaders worked to bring positive change and Logan Circle has seen a revitalization. New businesses and restaurants have brought vibrancy, but along with it, gentrification.

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    The Epitome of Downtown Living in Logan Circle

    S3 E8 - 4m 38s

    "My first impression is the word, 'chic'," says John as he and Christine tour this 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo in Washington's Logan Circle neighborhood. From top to bottom, the space has a very sleek and modern design. The living room has large windows and a wrap-around balcony with impressive city views. There's a lot to love inside and it's hard to beat the location!

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    Preview: Logan Circle

    S3 E8 - 30s

    With realtor Daryl Judy, John and Christine tour 3 homes in Logan Circle, D.C. First, a two bedroom condo with a loft and rooftop terrace. Next, a modern condo with beautiful updates. And finally, a 4-bedroom townhome 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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    A Walled Garden and More Surprises in Bethesda

    S3 E7 - 7m 44s

    As soon as they enter this classic center hall colonialin Bethesda's Westgate neighborhood, John and Christine are drawn to the window at end of the hallway. The home features a beautiful sun porch, a kitchen with a mix of vintage and new features, and a bright basement with new floors. Outside, a hand-built brick walled garden and beautiful landscaping give the home tremendous curb appeal.

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    Preview: Bethesda

    S3 E7 - 30s

    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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    Discover the 'Wow Factor' in this Stunning 6 Bedroom Home

    S3 E7 - 7m 19s

    Built in 2000, this 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath home in Bethesda's English Village neighborhood features a large front porch that overlooks a beautifully manicured yard. Inside, the entryway, living room and dining room impress, as they flow into an open concept kitchen. From top to bottom, gorgeous floors and details give the home a casual elegance as large windows look out on a 10,000 square foot lot.

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    Navy Yard, DC

    Saturday
    Feb 24

    30 Minutes

    Three homes in Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard.
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    Annapolis, MD

    Saturday
    Feb 24

    30 Minutes

    Three homes in Maryland's capital, Annapolis, Md.
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    Southwest Waterfront

    Monday
    Feb 26

    30 Minutes

    Three homes in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
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    Southwest Waterfront

    Tuesday
    Feb 27

    30 Minutes

    Three homes in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
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    Mount Vernon, VA

    Saturday
    Mar 2

    30 Minutes

    A 1950s starter house, mid-century modern house and a colonial house.
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    Sandy Spring/Olney, MD

    Saturday
    Mar 2

    30 Minutes

    Three homes in Sandy Spring and Olney, Md.
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    Anacostia

    Monday
    Mar 4

    30 Minutes

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

    Tuesday
    Mar 5

    30 Minutes

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

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