Prior to becoming one of the area’s first planned communities in 1964, Reston, VA was the location of a large farm and Bourbon distillery. After selling his family’s estate of Carnegie Hall, Robert E. Simon used the proceeds to purchase this nearly 7,000-acre tract of land, and hired master planners to build out a planned community, incorporating higher density housing to conserve open space, as well as mixed use areas for industry, business, recreation, education, and housing.
The careful planning of Reston has allowed for common grounds, parks, large wooded areas, 2 golf courses, 20 pools, 4 lakes and extensive hiking and biking paths sprinkled amidst an abundance of offices, shops, restaurants, neighborhoods and recreation. The Reston Town Center provides the community with a central and walkable “downtown” that offers ice skating in the winter and festival-events in the summer. Surrounding the town center you’ll find a mix of mid-rise condominiums and business offices, providing an urbanized look and feel, however there is no shortage of established single family and townhome neighborhoods outside of the town center limits.
The addition of the Dulles Toll Road in and the extension of the Silver Line Metro has made accessibility to and from the city more convenient than ever before. This increase in convenience has brought with it an increase in population, business, jobs – and of course demand. Once just a quiet western suburb of Northern Virginia, Reston is now bustling and alive, embodying the ideals it was founded on, “live, work, play and get involved.”
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