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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.

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

  • Kensington: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Kensington

    S2 E14 - 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.

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    Chevy Chase

    S2 E12 - 28m 50s

    Residents like realtor Julie Roberts love the parks, markets and the Avalon Theatre that give Chevy Chase's "D.C. side" its small-town feel. Julie guides John and Christine through three beautiful homes that feature corner cabinets, corner showers and even corner bathtubs. Plus, the important story of how Lafayette-Pointer Park was recently renamed to honor Captain George Pointer and his family.

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    Columbia Pike/Lake Barcroft

    S2 E13 - 28m 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.

  • Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park

    S2 E11 - 28m 49s

    The influences of Howard University run deep in D.C.'s Bloomingdale & LeDroit Park. With the help of realtor Suzanne DesMarais, John and Christine guess listing prices of three homes across both areas and gain a new appreciation of exposed brick and turrets. Local residents also share their history and perspective on these two fascinating adjacent neighborhoods.

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    Fort Washington

    S2 E10 - 28m 32s

    With stunning views, a fort that has watched over the District for two centuries, and a vibrant African American boating community, Ft. Washington offers an intriguing mix of history and outdoor space. In this episode, local realtor and resident LaGreta Dennis guides John and Christine to two homes in Ft. Washington followed by an end-unit townhome just up the hill from nearby National Harbor.

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    Georgetown

    S2 E9 - 28m 42s

    Bicycles & bowties greet John & Christine when they meet realtor & Georgetown fixture Jamie Peva. Residents and visitors of Georgetown know this popular neighborhood very well. But do they? This episode features little-known history, new perspectives and lots of jazz. Plus, 3 homes built between 1850 and the 1900s, offering the kind of sneak peek that everyone wishes for when visiting Georgetown.

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    Reston

    S2 E8 - 28m 27s

    Reston is one of America's most successful planned communities. This episode shares the history and vision of Robert E. Simon, the "R-E-S" in Reston, and how the water, paths and public art connect residents. Hosts John and Christine visit 3 different homes –with ponds, trails and penthouse views – guided by the show’s first mother-daughter/resident-realtor team, Boofie and Margaret O'Gorman.

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    Mount Pleasant

    S2 E7 - 28m 14s

    Guided by resident & realtor Megan Conway, Christine & John visit Northwest D.C.’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood to guess listing prices for a condo in a striking Beaux-Arts building; a mid-century modern townhouse with an oasis out back; and a renovated 1882 Victorian home. Plus, stories of historical preservation, Central American migration, and how mom & pop businesses help shape the community.

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    Bowie

    S2 E6 - 27m 59s

    If You Lived Here travels to Bowie, Maryland, where hosts Christine and John guess listing prices for three homes, including a 15,000 square foot property that has to be seen to be believed. Also, learn about Bowie’s journey from affordable housing for some to fair housing for all, its thoroughbred horse-racing history, and discover why minor league baseball is so vital to the larger community.

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    Brookland

    S2 E5 - 28m 13s

    Christine & John guess listing prices in a Brookland neighborhood the locals call "Little Rome.” Up first - a classic and colorful 1923 rowhouse, followed by one of Brookland’s beautiful "kit" bungalows. The day ends in style at the former home of jazz great Shirley Horn. Also, a visit to long-time local business Petals, Ribbons & Beyond, and origin stories from a Brookland historian.

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    Del Ray

    S2 E4 - 28m 32s

    Once home to the 2nd largest U.S. railroad, Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia is quaint, friendly and fun. Hosts Christine and John visit a 3-bedroom townhome built in 1956, an elegant, remodeled 1930’s home, and an expanded bungalow with a beautiful blend of old and new. Plus, see how Del Ray celebrates its canine residents with murals, and meet a local shop owner.

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    Capitol Hill

    S2 E3 - 28m 26s

    The largest neighborhood in Washington, D.C. is full of history, from Eastern Market, one of the city’s oldest public markets, to 100+ year-old homes. Join Christine and John as they guess the listing prices of a remodeled Alley House just 6 blocks from the Capitol, a historic condo that was previously the Mount Joy Baptist Church, and the Deer House, built by an Italian stonemason in 1903.

Extras + Features

  • A style "so cohesive, it knocks my socks off!": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A style "so cohesive, it knocks my socks off!"

    S2 E12 - 7m 32s

    This Chevy Chase, DC home is a throwback to an earlier time, with such a classic style that you might be surprised to learn it was built in 1989. On the main floor, the woodwork and details create a space perfect for entertaining, while matching bay windows knock John's socks off. Upstairs, tall trees outside keep the bedrooms cool and shady while the master bath is a sight to behold.

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    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.

  • Preview: Chevy Chase, DC: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Chevy Chase, DC

    S2 E12 - 30s

    Residents like realtor Julie Roberts love the parks, markets and the Avalon Theatre that give Chevy Chase's "D.C. side" its small-town feel. Julie guides John and Christine through three beautiful homes that feature corner cabinets, corner showers and even corner bathtubs. Plus, the important story of how Lafayette-Pointer Park was recently renamed to honor Captain George Pointer and his family.

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    Open Concept on the Inside with City Views Looking Out

    S2 E11 - 6m 59s

    From top to bottom, consistent design elements tie this fully renovated Bloomingdale Victorian rowhouse together. With 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 3,000 square feet of living space, there's plenty of room to spread out. Plus, the view of the city from the upper level is "like looking at a painting."

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    This Converted Bloomingdale Row Home is Perfect for Two

    S2 E11 - 4m 36s

    A long exposed brick hallway draws John and Christine into this 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit in a converted Bloomingdale, DC rowhome. With original architectural features, good sized bedrooms, and a move in ready kitchen, it's perfect for roommates or a couple.

  • Changes in LeDroit Park Through the Years: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Changes in LeDroit Park Through the Years

    S2 E11 - 3m 19s

    Longtime residents of LeDroit Park in Northwest Washington discuss the changes they have witnessed in their neighborhood. Once the home to Black intellectuals like Mary Church Terrell, Anna J. Cooper, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, the community saw the influx of drugs and crime in the 1980s. More recently, the community has rebounded but grapples with the impacts of gentrification.

  • Preview: Bloomindale/LeDroit Park: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Bloomindale/LeDroit Park

    S2 E11 - 30s

    The influences of Howard University run deep in D.C.'s Bloomingdale & LeDroit Park. With the help of realtor Suzanne DesMarais, John and Christine guess listing prices of three homes across both areas and gain a new appreciation of exposed brick and turrets. Local residents also share their history and perspective on these two fascinating adjacent neighborhoods.

  • A LeDroit Park Rowhome That Blends History and Modernity: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A LeDroit Park Rowhome That Blends History and Modernity

    S2 E11 - 6m 53s

    "You feel that sense of age in this house, in the great way," says John as he and Christine explore this 4 bedroom, 2 bath house in the LeDroit Park Historic District, just down the block from where Duke Ellington grew up. Spacious front bedrooms offer views of Howard University and natural light coming in from a courtyard make the updated kitchen feel bigger. What's not to love?

  • "A Little Piece of Heaven" in Fort Washington: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    "A Little Piece of Heaven" in Fort Washington

    S2 E10 - 5m 32s

    Located on a large, peaceful lot in the Fort Washington Forest neighborhood, just minutes from National Harbor, this rambler is a "Little piece of Heaven." With 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths all on one level, it's perfect for young families or as a home to age in place -- and the retro 1950s details just add to the charm.

  • Modern Style with Just the Right Number of Retro Touches: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Modern Style with Just the Right Number of Retro Touches

    S2 E10 - 6m 45s

    Renovated from top to bottom, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Fort Washington's Tantallon Hills neighborhood balances modern style with just the right amount of retro touches. Large windows and new floors make the inside sparkle, while the spacious screened-in porch with woodland views provides a peaceful retreat out back.

  • Rich History and Recreation on the Potomac: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Rich History and Recreation on the Potomac

    S2 E10 - 3m 27s

    The original Fort Washington was built in 1808 to protect the growing capital city of Washington, D.C. but was destroyed during the War of 1812. Rebuilt in 1814, the brick structure is the namesake for the neighborhood that grew up around it. Today the predominantly African American community of Fort Washington is home to an avid group of boaters who relish life on the water.

  • Preview: Fort Washington: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Fort Washington

    S2 E10 - 30s

    With stunning views, a fort that has watched over the District for two centuries, and a vibrant African American boating community, Ft. Washington offers an intriguing mix of history and outdoor space. In this episode, local realtor and resident LaGreta Dennis guides John and Christine to two homes in Ft. Washington followed by an end-unit townhome just up the hill from nearby National Harbor.

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