Culture

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.

Kensington

28m 48s

Resident and realtor Mark Hudson shows John and Christine three houses in his hometown of Kensington, MD. Discoveries follow: Kensington’s founding as a Victorian garden community, the Noyes Library for Young Children, Antique Row, and connections with the nearby Ken-Gar neighborhood. Plus, local historians, librarians, shop owners and neighbors share about a place they love to call home.

Episodes

  • Falls Church: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Falls Church

    S2 E2 - 27m 50s

    Outdoor activities for families, great restaurants, charming homes: welcome to Falls Church, Virginia! Christine and John guess listing prices of a 1940’s condominium in Winter Hill, a picturesque brick rancher tucked away in a quiet tree-lined lot, and a modern sanctuary with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. Plus, residents share their favorites, and the Eden Center offers a history lesson.

  • Hillcrest: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hillcrest

    S2 E1 - 28m 38s

    In the season 2 premiere, hosts John and Christine visit Hillcrest in Southeast D.C. – aka “the Silver Coast” – where residents love their community green space, and history runs deep. They tour 3 very different residences ­– a remodeled 1930’s townhome, a traditional colonial with unexpected living spaces on each level, and a 1932 villa that comes with gardens, patio and a (former) speakeasy.

Extras + Features

  • A Mid-Century Modern Stunner in Kensington: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Mid-Century Modern Stunner in Kensington

    S2 E14 - 9m 3s

    "The details of the mid century modern hit you as soon as you walk through this door," exclaims Christine as she and John tour this 1960 home in the Rock Creek Hills section of Kensington. Inside, teak wood finishes and brickwork pop. Outside, the wraparound deck with woodland views make the home feel more like a retreat than a house in the suburbs. This one is a stunner!

  • A Small Town Feel Minutes from the City: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Small Town Feel Minutes from the City

    S2 E14 - 6m 4s

    With a spacious first floor bedroom and two more upstairs, this charming cape cod in Kensington is the perfect place to raise a family or age in place. Christine and John love the small town village feel of the neighborhood, and the details inside the home create a cozy blend of vintage and updated.

  • Preview: Kensington: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Kensington

    S2 E14 - 30s

    Resident and realtor Mark Hudson shows John and Christine three houses in his hometown of Kensington, MD. Discoveries follow: Kensington’s founding as a Victorian garden community, the Noyes Library for Young Children, Antique Row, and connections with the nearby Ken-Gar neighborhood. Plus, local historians, librarians, shop owners and neighbors share about a place they love to call home.

  • A Secret Garden in Kensington's Historic District: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Secret Garden in Kensington's Historic District

    S2 E14 - 5m 58s

    John loves "a house with a story" and this 4 bedroom, 3 bath charmer in the Kensington Historic District definitely fits the bill. Built in 1909 and tucked away on a large double lot, the front walk feels like a secret garden path. Inside, the original home has been enlarged to over 2500 square feet and features striking custom stonework and breathtaking windows. A true private oasis!

  • "Hold Your Light" in Ken-Gar: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    "Hold Your Light" in Ken-Gar

    S2 E14 - 2m 38s

    The predominantly African American community of Ken-Gar was established in 1892 by maids and butlers who worked as house servants in the large homes of Kensington. Today the "Hold Your Light" mural at the gateway to the neighborhood celebrates the endurance of the human spirit.

  • A Country Cottage Along Columbia Pike: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Country Cottage Along Columbia Pike

    S2 E13 - 6m 5s

    "I've walked into a country cottage," says Christine as she tours this impeccably renovated 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in Arlington's Claremont neighborhood. The charm flows through the house from top to bottom, and the functional layout makes it easy to see why so many Claremont residents stay in their homes for decades.

  • Preview: Columbia Pike/Lake Barcroft: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Columbia Pike/Lake Barcroft

    S2 E13 - 30s

    From the top of Columbia Pike to Lake Barcroft, realtor Judy Cranford can't wait to show off the homes in her own neighborhood. Explore a highway that is vital in African American history and hear stories of immigrant families that call this area home. Plus, a visit to Phoenix Bikes shows how local students give back and get around, while John and Christine enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Barcroft.

  • "A United Nations in an actual community": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    "A United Nations in an actual community"

    S2 E13 - 3m 26s

    As photographer Lloyd Wolf likes to say Arlington, Virginia's Columbia Pike corridor is "A United Nations in an actual community." Over the past 50 years, the neighborhood has welcomed immigrants from all over the world. Today, international diversity and culture are celebrated, along with Arlington's rich African American history at The Black Heritage Museum, which opened on the Pike in 2018.

  • A  Wooded Retreat Inside the Beltway: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Wooded Retreat Inside the Beltway

    S2 E13 - 7m 32s

    John and Christine are blown away by this mid-century deck home in the woodsy Lake Barcroft neighborhood. With 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, exposed beams throughout and windows that bring in the natural light, it's a true work of art -- with a vibe that is much more mountain retreat than Beltway bureaucrat.

  • Combining Form and Function on Columbia Pike: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Combining Form and Function on Columbia Pike

    S2 E13 - 4m 45s

    Christine and John are impressed with how the open layout of this renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath duplex along Arlington's Columbia Pike corridor combines form and function. From a beautiful multi-purpose island for prepping, cooking and dining, to the renovated bathrooms, this small space packs quite a punch!

  • 1930s Charm with Plenty of Room to Spread Out: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    1930s Charm with Plenty of Room to Spread Out

    S2 E12 - 6m 14s

    This 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath house was much smaller when it was originally built in 1930, but the large lot left room for a big addition. A great room and screened in porch bring the light into rear of the home, while large windows in the front offer great views of the quiet street. Plus, there's a surprise on the top level!

  • Vintage Charm and Cozy Comfort in Chevy Chase, DC: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Vintage Charm and Cozy Comfort in Chevy Chase, DC

    S2 E12 - 5m 40s

    The archways, corner cabinets and classic bathroom tile give this Chevy Chase, DC home plenty of vintage charm, but don't be fooled. Modern renovations, including a wet bar in the basement and a new kitchen pack a lot of comfort into the cozy space.

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