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The 'Real World' house's legacy: New tenants and a lasting relationship


2000 S Street NW (Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post)

They're still on the air for a few more weeks, but MTV's "Real World" gang left D.C. and their gorgeous digs in Dupont Circle last fall. So what's next for the tricked-out reality show mansion?

Tricked-out office space. On Monday, national nonprofit HealthHIV is moving into the top two floors of the $5 million landmark at 2000 S St. NW. "It definitely influenced us in picking that house because it's a highly visible space that we could be proud of," said Executive Director Brian Hujdich.


Andrew and Andrea in the proverbial hot tub on "The Real World: DC." (Screengrab from MTV.com)

With filming over, producers stripped out the groovy leather furniture, cheesy Washington decor (pop-art presidents, swooping bald eagles: "Norman Bates, with a dash of John Ashcroft," wrote our colleague Dan Zak last fall) -- and, alas, the Jacuzzi and hot tub where so many of the cast members got lucky on camera. But the new tenants get to keep cabinets, refrigerator, granite counters and columns left behind. They also decided to preserve the main entrance -- featured so prominently on the show -- exactly as is. "We kept all that intact as a tribute to the show, which is actually kind of corny," Hujdich said. (Or maybe a marketing shtick: The owner, Douglas Development, is hoping to place a restaurant in the first floor of the now-famous building.)

Another legacy of the "Real World" D.C. stay: Love! On Wednesday's show, we saw resident horndog-nerd Andrew Woods finally connect with a pretty girl. Producers are clearly trying to build suspense about their relationship, but any Facebook sleuth could read that Woods and the local girl, Andrea Leigh, 24, are still together. The Crofton native and Marymount grad has since moved to Colorado, where Woods is finishing his college degree; she's looking for a job out there in laser aesthetics.

What's it like to fall in love on camera? (We saw one of their first kisses on TV.) "I'm grateful that all those moments are caught on tape," she told us. "That's something I'm going to have for the rest of my life."

By The Reliable Source  |  March 12, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
 
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