Reston, VA

Geographic Location

Reston is conveniently located between Washington, DC (about 19 miles East) and Dulles International Airport (six miles West) and is easily accessible via the Dulles Toll Road and the Silver Line of the Washington DC Metro
 

Overall Personality

Reston is the first planned community in the United States and is a model for new community developments throughout the United States and Europe.  Designed by its Founder, Robert E. Simon, Reston features European-style plazas to encourage social interaction, regularly scheduled free outdoor concerts, Farmer’s Markets, and Special Events.  There are paved walking paths throughout Reston which weave behind homes and under roads so that the entire town is pedestrian accessible.  There are over 16 pools and 20 Tennis Courts, biking and hiking trails and access to the W&OD bike trail which passes through Reston and extends from beyond Leesburg Virginia all the way to Georgetown, Washington, DC.  The overall theme is that it is the perfect place to ‘Live, Work, and Play’.  Disclaimer – I love in Reston myself and I love it!
 

Defining Characteristics

The Reston Town Center is exactly that – the ‘Center of Town’.  It includes corporate offices of many of the Top 50 Fortune 500 companies, as well as an amazing array of shopping and dining choices from places as casual as Ted’s Bulletin, to Morton’s Steakhouse , and everything in between. It is also a superb destination for those who consider Shopping a ‘Hobby’.  There is a skating rink in the Fall and Winter, and Free Outdoor Concerts throughout the Summer.  People who live further West (in Loudoun County) treat the Reston Town Center as their ‘downtown’ when they are ready to shop, relax, and enjoy dinner out with family and friends.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

Nearby Lake Anne Plaza has more shopping and dining options in an exceptional setting, and is a historical landmark of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Lake Anne was the centerpiece of Reston when its development first began in 1962. Robert E. Simon purchased the 6,750 acres which make up Reston with the proceeds from his sale of Carnegie Hall in New York City.  The plan was to be able to live and work in the same community and have cultural and recreational facilities available to everyone who lived there, with a major focus on preserving many acres for parks.
 

Types of Homes in the Area

There are numerous architectural choices throughout Reston from mid-century Ramblers, to 1970’s Contemporaries, as well as traditional Colonial and Victorian style homes.  In addition, there is a wide selection of town homes and condominiums (both high-rise and mid-rise) which are  located everywhere from the very urban setting of the Reston Town Center to homes on one of the Reston’s lakes, or deep in the woods on large private lots.
 

Annual Events

There are too many Annual Events to list them all – but the highlights are the ‘Concerts on the Town’, just bring a lawn chair blanket and Enjoy!  The Virginia Fine Arts Festival takes place in May every year, as well as Children’s Performances, The Washington Film Festival, the ‘Taste of Reston’, The Washington West Film Festival , and Thanksgiving and Halloween Parades.

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