Reston

Overview

Reston was the vision of Robert E. Simmon Jr., founded in 1964, it was the first planned community in Virginia. It set the new standard for clustering homes together to promote open space, fields, trees and parks for creating a more desirable physical appearance and environmental quality for the community. Reston takes its name from its founder’s initials, R.E.S. and the British suffix for town, creating Reston. It’s founding principals are “Live, Work, Play and Get Involved” and this motto still resonates in the community today.

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Geography

Reston is located in Fairfax County, Virginia just 20 miles outside of Washington, DC.
Route 7 defines Reston’s northern border while the Dulles Toll Road (Rt. 267) splits North and South Reston. Followed west, the Dulles Toll Road is a direct shot to Dulles International Airport, followed east will bring you to Rt. 66 which is the easiest way to get into D.C.

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Reston Town Center

The Reston Town Center was originally included in Robert Simmon Jr.’s master plan but phase one did not open until 1990. The town center has grown considerably since it’s opening and continues to expand today. The town center is built around a large fountain square, the Mercury Fountain, and the covered pavilion across the street. The covered pavilion serves as a concert venue every weekend in the summer and during the winter months is converted into an ice skating rink. Reston Town Center hosts a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences, below is a short list of the few stand out experiences:

Shopping : Banana Republic, Anthropologie, L’Occitane En ProvenceApple
Dining : Busara Thai, Clyde’s, Jackson’s, Passion Fish, Ted’s Bulletin
Click here to view the full list of the dining options in Reston Town Center

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Community

The Reston community has a lot more to offer than just the town center, an overwhelming majority of Reston falls under the Reston Association. The Reston Association has plenty of amenities for it’s citizens to enjoy, there are 15 outdoor pools, 49 tennis courts, four lakes, a 72 acre nature sanctuary and many more parks, fields & tot lots. There are always events going in the community, for a calendar of these events, visit their website here.

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Metro

The Silver Line Metro is the newest addition to Reston. The first phase of the Silver Line Metro project is schedule to open in the second half of 2014. The Metro will run.from Wiehle Avenue in Reston, through Tysons Corner and merge with the Orange Line at the East Falls Church stop. The Silver Line will continue to make all of the Orange Line stops through Arlington and into DC. Wiehle-Reston East Metro stop will also offer bus service to Washington Dulles International Airport, serving as a great way for commuters to get to and from the airport.

 

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