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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.

Deanwood

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.

Episodes

  • Deanwood: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • Sandy Spring/Olney: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sandy Spring/Olney

    S3 E4 - 27m 28s

    With realtor Karen Rollings, John and Christine check out the Sandy Spring/Olney neighborhoods. Join them as they visit three properties in the area and attempt to guess the listing prices. Also, learn about the area’s Quaker and African American history and explore the country’s largest outdoor climbing park, Sandy Spring Adventure Park.

  • Mount Vernon: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mount Vernon

    S3 E3 - 28m 24s

    Once home to George Washington’s farmland, Mount Vernon prides itself on its history. Led by realtor Lauren Kolazas, hosts John and Christine guess the listing prices on a quaint starter home built in 1950, a mid-century modern home designed by architect Charles Goodman, and a breathtaking colonial with influences from the 1770s.

  • Annapolis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Annapolis

    S3 E2 - 28m 56s

    With help from realtor Kirstin Whitaker, John and Christine visit the nautical town of Annapolis, Maryland’s capital. They tour and guess the listing prices of three homes, from historic to modern, all with water views. Also, follow along to learn about the famous naval history of the town, as well as the arts, culture and buildings that make the story of Annapolis come to life.

  • Navy Yard: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Navy Yard

    S3 E1 - 28m 3s

    From a row home built in 1915 to a condo overlooking Nationals Park, the season premiere explores both old and new homes in D.C.’s Navy Yard. Guided by realtor Chris Chambers, hosts John and Christine tour three homes in the Southeast D.C. neighborhood to guess the listing prices of each location and learn about the area’s meaningful history from some of Navy Yard’s long-time residents.

Extras + Features

  • An 'Urban Suburban' Feel with Income Property Potential: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    An 'Urban Suburban' Feel with Income Property Potential

    S3 E5 - 5m 7s

    With an attractive Spanish style exterior, back patio, and large yard it's hard to believe this home sits in the heart of a bustling city. Inside, the open concept design has great flow. Recessed lighting brightens the space and original hardwood floors add character. Downstairs, a renovated basement with full bath has great potential as an income property.

  • Preview: Deanwood: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Deanwood

    S3 E5 - 30s

    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.

  • Room for 'As Many Cooks in the Kitchen as You'd Like': asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Room for 'As Many Cooks in the Kitchen as You'd Like'

    S3 E5 - 6m 20s

    This 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath three-story home in Washington DC's Deanwood neighborhood is over 100 years old but you wouldn't know it once you step inside. After a top to bottom renovation, everything is new, from the distinctive short plank maple floors, to the huge kitchen, and remodeled basement, which is a ready-made income property. "This house really gives you that, WOW!"

  • A Newly Renovated Cape Cod in Deanwood Wows the Team: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Newly Renovated Cape Cod in Deanwood Wows the Team

    S3 E5 - 6m 45s

    Christine and John are impressed by the thoughtful renovations in this 3 bedroom, 2.1 bath Cape Cod home in the Deanwood neighborhood of NE Washington DC. The kitchen has style and function with plenty of counter space and cabinets. The basement features exposed brick, a bedroom and full bathroom. On the main level, two more bedrooms flank a bathroom with 1920s Art Deco tile.

  • Deanwood Neighbors Fight Food Insecurity: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Deanwood Neighbors Fight Food Insecurity

    S3 E5 - 3m 21s

    The Deanwood neighborhood in NE Washington, DC offers a diverse collection of houses on large lots, numerous green spaces and recreation opportunities, easy access to highways, and a Metro Station. But of all the amenities, Lederer Gardens may be the prize of the community. Located within Marvin Gaye Park, the communal garden is an urban agriculture effort designed to fight food insecurity.

  • Slavery and Freedom in Sandy Spring: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Slavery and Freedom in Sandy Spring

    S3 E4 - 3m 10s

    Sandy Spring, MD was first settled in 1728 as a predominantly Quaker farming community dependent on slave labor. Between the 1770s and 1820s Quakers in Sandy Spring manumitted their slaves and many of the formerly enslaved families remained in the area as wage workers. As the home to a proud free Black population, the village was an oasis of sorts, surrounded by slave holding plantations.

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

    An Entertainer's Dream in Olney Mill

    S3 E4 - 6m 43s

    With a pool, a remodeled open concept kitchen/living area and a basement bar, this 4 bedroom, 2.1 bath Olney Mill home is an entertainer's dream. From exposed beams on the main floor to a weathered accent wall in the master bedroom, the style is very "shabby chic." It's gorgeous, but the finishes and the neighborhood make guessing the list price a challenge. How did John and Christine fare?

  • Preview: Sandy Spring/Olney: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Sandy Spring/Olney

    S3 E4 - 30s

    With realtor Karen Rollings, John and Christine check out the Sandy Spring/Olney neighborhoods. Join them as they visit three properties in the area and attempt to guess the listing prices. Also, learn about the area’s Quaker and African American history and explore the country’s largest outdoor climbing park, Sandy Spring Adventure Park.

  • This Sandy Spring Stunner has "A Room for Everybody"

    S3 E4 - 6m 43s

    John and Christine are blown away by the space and details in this 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath home in Sandy Spring. At over 3,800 square feet, "There's a room for everybody," says Christine. The detailed molding and trim give the home an elegant feel, and large windows bring in the natural light. With the primary suite on the main level, this home is setup for aging in place -- which is a good thing sinc

  • This Starter Home in Olney is a Blank Canvas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    This Starter Home in Olney is a Blank Canvas

    S3 E4 - 6m 33s

    "You can re-imagine this space in so many different ways," says John as he and Christine tour a 4 bedroom, 2.1 bath home in the Olney Mill neighborhood -- and it's easy to see why. What the home is lacking in updates, it makes up for in potential. All it needs is a little TLC, according to realtor Karen Rollings.

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

    Preview: Mount Vernon

    S3 E3 - 30s

    Once home to George Washington’s farmland, Mount Vernon prides itself on its history. Led by realtor Lauren Kolazas, hosts John and Christine guess the listing prices on a quaint starter home built in 1950, a mid-century modern home designed by architect Charles Goodman, and a breathtaking colonial with influences from the 1770s.

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

    A Mid-Century Modern Stunner in Hollin Hills

    S3 E3 - 6m 32s

    John and Christine are blown away by the design and flow of this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath mid-century modern home in Alexandria's Hollin Hills neighborhood. Large windows looking out on the half-acre wooded lot provide ample natural light as thoughtful renovations combine the home's mid-century modern roots with more recent upgrades. John is ready to move in but can he correctly guess the home's price?

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    If You Lived Here

    Vienna, VA

    Monday
    Feb 13

    30 Minutes

    Tour of three homes, ranging from 1960s split-levels to 2020s bungalow styles, in Vienna, Va.
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    If You Lived Here

    Vienna, VA

    Monday
    Feb 13

    30 Minutes

    Tour of three homes, ranging from 1960s split-levels to 2020s bungalow styles, in Vienna, Va.
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    If You Lived Here

    Vienna, VA

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    30 Minutes

    Tour of three homes, ranging from 1960s split-levels to 2020s bungalow styles, in Vienna, Va.
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    Bethesda, MD

    Monday
    Feb 20

    30 Minutes

    Tour three distinct houses in Bethesda, Md.
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    If You Lived Here

    Bethesda, MD

    Monday
    Feb 20

    30 Minutes

    Tour three distinct houses in Bethesda, Md.
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    If You Lived Here

    Bethesda, MD

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    30 Minutes

    Tour three distinct houses in Bethesda, Md.
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    If You Lived Here

    Bethesda, MD

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    30 Minutes

    Tour three distinct houses in Bethesda, Md.

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