Welcome to Reston, VA
Surrounded by gorgeous foliage, with a strong economy, great schools, low crime rates, and a wide range of recreational activities, Reston Virginia is one of the best cities to live in NoVA. Don’t just take my word for it, it has many well-deserved accolades. CNN Money Magazine ranked it #7 in 2012 and #10 in 2014 as one of the Best Places to Live in America and in 2012, it was crowned by Foursquare as the 7th most romantic place in our nation.
Reston, Virginia is a planned community founded in the mid-1960s by Robert E. Simon. He believed in the philosophy of “Live, Work, Play, and Get Involved” and developed mixed-use areas for business, education, housing, and recreation. By establishing a high quality of life, he hoped it would allow residents to become rooted in the community throughout the various stages of their lives from childhood to retirement.
Housing includes townhouses, single-family detached homes, and condominium complexes for a range of income levels. For those that desire waterfront living, Reston has some amazing lakeside homes in Lake Anne’s subdivisions: South Shore Road, Orchard Lane, Chimney House Road, and Water’s Edge. Waterview Cluster and Lakeside Cluster also offer beautiful options as well.
Made up of five villages containing lakes and beautifully wooded areas, shopping and dining districts, and recreational facilities all connected by 55 miles of winding pathways, while only 22 miles from the amenities of dynamic Washington DC, Reston is the ideal location for your next home.
Reston, Virginia provides its residents with a wide range of recreational activities and opportunities to stay happy, healthy, and busy. Open green spaces are in abundance with plenty of parks, wooded areas with running streams, wildflower meadows, four stunning lakes, golf courses, and much more. In addition, there are tennis courts, 20 public swimming pools, and scenic pathways with bridges and tunnels allowing pedestrians to traverse the community away from the traffic.
Surrounding the Mercury Fountain in Fountain Square is the Reston Town Center, a mixed-use development with shops, restaurants, a 13-screen movie theater, and a pavilion that hosts concerts and events during the year and turns into an ice skating rink in the winter. It is also home to high-rise condominiums and office buildings with businesses that include Google and Rolls-Royce North America.
Lake Anne Village Center is another favorite venue in Reston Virginia. From canoe, rowboat, and paddleboat rentals, to locally owned boutiques, eateries, and a variety of services, it is also home to a Farmer’s Market, Open Air Market, and features free concerts on Thursday evenings in the summer, and more.
The 476-acre Lake Fairfax Park boasts a marina, a water park that includes a lazy river, a carousel, camping and picnic facilities, and a skateboard park. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston Multicultural Festival, Reston Holiday Parade, and the Reston Triathlon are just a few of the annual festivals and events in Reston.
There are many options for shopping in Reston from the European-style outdoor shopping mall Reston Town Center with over 50 stores and 30 restaurants to the unique vendors of Lake Anne Plaza and various smaller shopping areas.
In addition, residents can head to the Worldgate Center in nearby Herndon or Virginia’s largest shopping mall in Tyson’s Corner, less than 10 miles away. Tyson’s Corner Center features over 300 shops, restaurants, and services and is located across from the luxury-shopping destination, The Shops of Fairfax Square.
Not Your Average Joe’s complimentary bread and dipping oil starter is beyond compare and the restaurant offers a seasonally changing and diverse menu of delectable dishes for every taste and fancy. With a fantastic brunch and a wide variety of seafood dishes and mouth-watering steaks for the non-fish lovers, Passionfish is Reston’s go to spot when you want first-class service in a beautiful ambiance.
If you are craving traditional Southern fried chicken with all the fixings, head to Hen Penny situated in an adorable farmhouse-style venue. For affordable and authentic Japanese sushi and bento box meals, Ariake is where you will want to be, especially if you enjoy dining al fresco. For a list of other restaurants in Reston, click here.