Get to Know Reston

Reston is a “move up move down” community – there’s something here for everyone. That’s why we have chosen to build our lives here, and our clients do too.

Reston is the first planned community in the United States, but many people looking for homes for sale in Reston, VA don’t know that. What they know is that Reston is a wonderful place to live, work and play. We live here and couldn’t agree more!

Spend some time in Reston and you will feel the strong sense of this community. Walk the public paths through Reston’s 1,300 acres of open space. Have dinner at historic Lake Anne Village Center, Reston Town Center, or another of the many dining options. Watch a little league game at one of the dozens of local baseball fields.

Reston Real Estate Insights

New buyers often discover Reston because of its proximity to Washington, DC and the dozens of businesses along the Dulles Technology Corridor. They move to Reston because of the community.

Buyers not familiar with Reston are always pleasantly surprised by the diversity of neighborhoods — from starter condos and townhomes to single-family homes to affordable luxury in all forms and accommodating a variety of living arrangements.

  • Waterfront property by Reston’s four lakes
  • Luxury condos in the town center
  • Townhomes overlooking the golf courses
  • Single-family homes bordering parkland

There are also a wide range of styles. Here you will find options in many styles: contemporary, colonial, mid-century modern, transitional, patio homes and more!

Sprinkled throughout Reston are pools, tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, and the village centers for shopping and dining.

Every neighborhood has its own personality. People who move to Reston tend to stay in Reston. In fact, many of our clients are long-time Restonians who would never dream of leaving Reston, moving to larger or smaller real estate as their living needs change. Maybe that’s why Reston is considered of the best places to retire.

Central Location Offers Many Options

Location is everything, and Reston is central to everything the Washington, DC metro area offers. Reston’s proximity to the Dulles Technology CorridorTysons Corner, and Washington D.C., make it geographically appealing for commuters.

People who live here never need to wander far for great sports and fitness and world-class events.

Other wonderful amenities include:

Excellent Schools for all Grade Levels

For those with children, Reston is ideal. Reston is part of Fairfax County Public Schools, nationally ranked as one of the most successful school systems in the country. has additional information and ratings by school. In most neighborhoods, elementary school children can walk to school.

Reston Events

There is never a lack of events to attend in Reston! Here is a sampling.

Best of Reston Awards, recognizes the hard-work and dedication of honorees and raises important funds for Reston non-profit Cornerstones

Capital Steps, an evening of comedic political satire all to support an important cause – to help families in Cornerstones’ Embry Rucker Community Shelter move to permanent housing

Cardboard Boat Regatta, a community event designed to foster a sense of Reston pride, celebrate the family-friendly atmosphere of historic Lake Anne Plaza, and support the Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Farmers Market, offers locally grown foods to support local food producers

Flavors of Fall, features area restaurants sampling their favorite fall menus, entertainment throughout the day with live music and dancing, fall beers, and family activities

Founders Day, family-friendly activities to remember Reston founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. and celebrate the history of this special community

Home Tour, annual self-guided ticketed tour which features half a dozen Reston homes that have been recently renovated

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, one of the top five outdoor art festivals in the country with a reputation for showcasing high-quality, hand-crafted artwork

Pride Festival, a full day of entertainment, music, food, education and celebration to celebrate and support Greater Reston’s LGBTQ community

Reston Triathlon, people compete in Olympic distances in swimming, running and biking with cheering crowds and volunteers all welcome

Reston Multicultural Festival, a celebration of the diversity and community spirit that is found in Reston featuring music, entertainment, dress, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world

Reston Holiday Parade, with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees, and much more

Summer Concert Series, free performances draw the community together at Reston Town Center and Reston Station

Taste of Reston, the largest outdoor food festival in the area and was voted “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine for the past six years

YMCA Gala, an elegant evening of food and drinks, a silent auction, and music and dancing to support the YMCA’s Fairfax County Reston Caring for Community campaign

Reston Community Organizations

Several organizations are part of the vibrant fabric of Reston. They support the unique combination of designated spaces for open air activities, businesses, community activities and residential areas that make up this community.

Reston Association is a private, non-profit, community service and homeowners’ association is dedicated to making Reston a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Reston Town Center is an acclaimed outdoor venue offering famous-name retail shops, restaurants and movies, the Center’s hub features a Pavilion for hosting special events, concerts and festivals year-round.

Cornerstones non-profit organization provides support and advocacy for community members in need of basic necessities or quality childcare.

YMCA Fairfax County Reston serves nearly 14,000 individuals in its 57,340 sq. ft. of space. This Reston facility offers a full array of wellness, aquatics, camp and child care programs for its members and participants.

Reston Museum is a volunteer-based museum that explores noteworthy elements of Reston community life and features rotating exhibits created by local students.

Reston Chamber of Commerce holds invaluable networking events promoting established businesses and community organizations and encouraging new business development.

Dulles Business Corridor of amazing growth particularly in technology and the Internet, Virginia State Route 267 has become a nationally recognized business presence.

Reston Public Transportation offers local bus and rail schedules, businesses, carpools, and transportation news with this helpful online resource. For specific Metro information, visit the Silver Line Metro.

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