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

  • 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

  • The Heart of Washington's Latino Community: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Heart of Washington's Latino Community

    S2 E7 - 4m 48s

    Residents of Mount Pleasant love the quiet vibe of their tree covered neighborhood, and rallied to protect it when proposals to build high density apartment buildings gathered steam in the 1970s. The small community feel helped attract thousands of Central American immigrants to Mount Pleasant in the 1980s, and transform the neighborhood into the heart of the Latino experience in Washington.

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    A Detached Home in Mount Pleasant -- In More Ways Than One

    S2 E7 - 6m 50s

    Built in 1882, this 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath home is one of the few detached homes in Mount Pleasant. With a beautiful blend of historic charm and modern luxury, the details are a delight -- as is the property's quirky backstory. The house was originally built elsewhere and moved to the neighborhood in 1903 -- and got a parking ticket in the process!

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    "Open Concept Before There Was Open Concept"

    S2 E7 - 5m 23s

    Located in a 1917 beaux arts building designed by famed D.C. architect Harry Wardman, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo on 16th St, NW was "open concept before there was open concept." Large windows bring in light and complement the flow of the living space inside, while the balcony offers a respite with city views.

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

    Preview: Mount Pleasant

    S2 E7 - 30s

    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.

  • Light and Bright on Hidden Pond: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Light and Bright on Hidden Pond

    S2 E6 - 5m 43s

    A wet bar, a recording studio and a "deluxe rumpus room" impress, but John and Christine can't get over the natural light flowing through this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse in Bowie... Plus, there's a view of the Hidden Pond that gives the neighborhood its name!

  • Preview: Bowie: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Bowie

    S2 E6 - 30s

    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.

  • An Entertainer's Dream in Bowie: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    An Entertainer's Dream in Bowie

    S2 E6 - 5m 18s

    With a formal dining room, a party room downstairs, and a fenced backyard it's easy to imagine entertaining family and friends at this house in Bowie's Northridge neighborhood. John just hopes that the old school arcade game will convey!

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    It's a Great View from the Bleachers in Bowie

    S2 E6 - 2m 17s

    The tight knit community of Bowie, Maryland rallies around their beloved minor league baseball team, the Bowie Baysox. Host families house players and form lifelong bonds that go beyond what happens on the field.

  • Is This Bowie or the Luxury Suite in Vegas?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is This Bowie or the Luxury Suite in Vegas?

    S2 E6 - 8m 44s

    15,000 square feet with 7 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms! There's so much to see in this Woodmore Estates home that John and Christine "divide and conquer" on their tour -- and both keep finding new spaces to explore. From the veranda to the solarium to the three separate dining areas, the endless wonders leave them asking if this is Bowie or Las Vegas!

  • Preview: Brookland: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Brookland

    S2 E5 - 30s

    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.

  • Inside and Out, This Historic Brookland Home Sings: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Inside and Out, This Historic Brookland Home Sings

    S2 E5 - 7m 38s

    "This home goes on forever!" says Christine as she and John visit the former home of legendary D.C. jazz singer Shirley Horne in Brookland. With a large addition and renovations, it's easy to envision lots of different configurations for the main level. Upstairs, the bedrooms have a nice and bright feeling and views of the expansive yard. Inside and out, this property sings!

  • This Classic Row Home in Brookland "Quacks" John Up: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    This Classic Row Home in Brookland "Quacks" John Up

    S2 E5 - 6m 32s

    The garden flows out to the street in front of this classic 3 bedroom, 3 bath Brookland row house. But that's just the beginning of the home's colorful charm! Tile adorns the stair risers and bright colors pop in every room. The eclectic style has Christine and John discovering surprise after surprise, including a very "feathery" powder room. This might be their most memorable house tour yet!

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