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Living in Reston, VA

Reston is a vibrant community in the heart of Northern Virginia that was founded in 1964 . A planned community, Reston is known worldwide for its forward-thinking concepts of what it means to be able to work and play where you live and to be connected to those around you. The community includes a variety of neighborhoods from bustling urban settings to wooded tranquil escapes.

Live, Work and Play in Reston, VA

Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon (1914-2015) , believed in the importance of creating a community that included places for residents to live, work, do business, play, attend school and places of worship, all while conserving open space. This is what you’ll find in Reston’s village center neighborhoods, which include Lake Anne , Hunters Woods , South Lakes , North Point ,Tall Oaks and the downtown core, Reston Town Center . Consistently ranked as a top community, Reston is a census-designated place and municipal services are provided by both Fairfax County and the nonprofit Reston Association .

Within Reston’s neighborhoods, residents enjoy everything from fast food options to fast-casual restaurants to formal dining. Businesses are clustered in the village centers, while residences are spread around the centers. Since open space was important to Reston’s guiding principles, its residents are able to enjoy its many parks and miles of trails. Reston has more than 1,300 acres of maintained open space, including four lakes, three ponds, 20 miles of stream, 800 acres of woodlands and two golf courses. Meanwhile, in Reston Town Center residents flock to the multitude of restaurants and entertainment options, destination retail and its pavilion, which serves as a venue for large community events, concerts and ice skating in the winter.

Reston’s Guiding Principles Created a Unique Community

Reston is unique in that it includes many different styles of housing. In Reston Town Center, you will find apartments, condos and townhomes. Moving farther out from Reston’s core you’ll find all these types of homes, as well as single-family homes in cozy, close-knit neighborhoods as well as in quiet secluded ones. Because of Reston’s guiding principles put into place during its development, the community is a great place for residents of all ages with housing and amenities for each stage in life.

People often choose Reston for its proximity to Washington, D.C., its unique features, all it has to offer at its village centers and town center, access to Fairfax County Public Schools and more. Reston provides a place for many to live, whether they’re looking for a lively city lifestyle, a great place for their families to go to school or work or a place that’s quiet and peaceful. Additionally, Reston has a strong sense of community with many opportunities for people to get involved .

Situated along the Dulles Toll Road, Reston is about 20 miles west of Washington, D.C., and just six miles east of Dulles International Airport.


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  • Outdoor enthusiasts are often attracted to Reston’s wealth of woodlands, trails and parks.
  • Shopping and dining are never far away when you live in Reston with its numerous village centers.
  • Reston Town Center’s ice-skating rink is one of the community’s many winter-time attractions.

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  • 298 Homes Sold*
  • 74 Avg. Days on Market*
  • $439,000 Median Price*

*over last 3 months

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