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by Eve Thompson — January 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Just Sold

This is a sponsored post form Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate.

Only nine properties went from pending to sold in Reston last week. That small number is consistent with the very sluggish November/December numbers we were seeing.

What’s much more encouraging is the large number of pending home sales, which is at 66. More than half of those properties went under contract in the past two weeks. That confirms there is a lot of activity in the market — certainly more than at this time last year.

Overall inventory is at 218 active homes for sale, or about a three-month’s supply.

Here are a few of the homes that sold this past week in Reston.

11990 Market St. #2014. 3BR, 3 BA. List Price: $1, 362,834. Sold Price: $1, 362,834. Seller Subsidy: $ 0

12001 Market St. #276. 1BR, BA. List Price: $299,990. Sold Price: $295,000. Seller Subsidy: $0

2078 Beacon Heights Dr. 3BR 2.5 BA. List Price: $939,000. Sold Price: $918,000. Seller Subsidy: $0

12148 Captiva Ct. 4BR, 2.5 BA. List Price: $325,000. Sold Price: $305,000. Seller Subsidy: $6,800

11685 Bennington Woods Rd. 4BR, 3.5 BA. List Price: $799,900. Sold Price: $794,000. Seller Subsidy: $0

12001 Taliesin Place. #23. 2BR, 1.5 BA. List Price: $329,500. Sold Price: $322,500. Seller Subsidy: $5,800

12195 Chancery Stations Circle. 3BR, 3 BA. List Price: $749,000. Sold Price: $740,000. Seller Subsidy: $580

11400 Washington Plaza W #1003. 2BR, 2 BA. List Price: $440,000. Sold Price: $440,365. Seller Subsidy: $0

by Kimberly Berry — January 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Berry&BerryRevised

 This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Reston Town Center that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement, and private sector employee matters. They write biweekly on RestonNow.

On Jan. 15, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum ordering federal agencies to offer up to six weeks (240 hours) of advanced paid sick leave to federal employees relating to the birth of a child, adoption of a child, or the placement of a foster child in their home. The Office of Personnel Management will have 90 days to issue guidance to federal agencies in implementing the new leave policies detailed in the Memorandum.

The Memorandum is designed to address the disparity between federal and private-sector leave policies. While private sector paid sick leave policies tend to vary considerably by occupation, they are generally better than federal sick leave policies.

In his Memorandum, the President reasoned that “offering family leave and other workplace flexibilities to parents can help achieve the goals of recruiting and retaining talent, lowering costly worker turnover, increasing employee engagement, boosting employee morale, and ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

In addition, the President has asked Congress to pass a national paid sick leave standard by way of the Healthy Families Act that would allow employees who work for businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven annual paid sick days. While the new paid parental leave policy will help federal employees with new children, it is hard to predict whether Congress will pass the broader Healthy Families Act. The President’s proposal for a paid sick leave standard is generally good for employees, employers, and for the economy as a whole.

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by Karen Goff — January 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm 459 5 Comments

Lake Anne FloristLake Anne Florist Virginia Wine and Gourmet is closing its doors later this week.

Now is your chance to take advantage of some great closing deals. Wine and beer are discounted 25 percent; Gourmet food discounted 50 percent.

The store is also offering deep discounts on wine accessories, baskets and containers  as well as “buy something, get something free,” Tuesday and Wednesday.

You can also pick up a small helium tank at the sale.

Store owner Linda Fuller is retiring. Fuller, who has been operating the shop at 11426 Washington Plaza since 1996 — and at other spots in and around Reston for 40 years – has been seeking an owner for her businesses since last summer. Asking price for the business is $24,995.

Other store closing and opening news around town:

Unleashed at Hunters Woods Village Center closed Jan. 24.

The Dandelion Patch at Reston Town Center is slated to close this week.

Today (Jan. 26) is the last day for The Gap at Reston Town Center.

Glory Days Grill at North Point Village Center opens for business on Wednesday.

Photo: Lake Anne Florist/file photo

by Karen Goff — January 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm 218 0

FCPS School BusMore snow is in the forecast for later on Monday, so Fairfax County Public Schools have canceled afternoon and evening activities.

From the county:

All activities scheduled in Fairfax County public schools or on school grounds for this afternoon and evening are canceled, Jan. 26, (Condition 6), including:

  • extracurricular activities
  • interscholastic contests
  • team practices
  • field trips
  • middle school after-school programs
  • professional learning and training courses
  • adult and community education classes
  • recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS

SACC centers will remain open until 6:15 p.m.

by Karen Goff — January 26, 2015 at 11:00 am 248 7 Comments

Tetra Building in Reston/Courtesy of Tetra It’s a 3,200-square-foot building in a lush lakeside setting. It’s the former Reston Visitors Center, and Reston Association is considering purchasing it for community use.

RA voted at its regular meeting on Thursday to send the idea to a community referendum, and ultimately RA members will decide whether to add the multi-million dollar building and the surrounding 2.5 acres to its holdings.

The building, which overlooks Lake Newport and is adjacent to Brown’s Chapel Park and Lake Newport Tennis, operated as Reston’s Visitors Center from 1982 to 2003. It currently is office space for commercial real estate firm Tetra Partners. It is currently undergoing an appraisal to determine the purchase price, RA board members said.

The property at 1145 Baron Cameron Ave. is currently designated in the Reston Master Plan as a convenience center (mix of commercial, office and limited retail). However, RA has recommended in the Master Plan Phase 2 draft that the convenience center designation be removed and the parcel be limited to office or community use.

So tell us in the comments — What do you see for the property? What uses could the existing building and surrounding area have for RA and the members?

Photo: Tetra building at 11450 Baron Cameron Ave./Tetra file photo

by Karen Goff — January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,712 5 Comments

Developer JBG Companies is planning a new development at Sunset Hills and Reston Parkway that will bring Reston Town Center-type amenities closer to where the future Reston Parkway Metro Station will be located.

The developer is seeking a special exception in order to add retail, restaurant and food stores to the 13-acre site that currently houses three office buildings.

The new development will be called RTC West. The area is bordered by the W & OD Trail on the side of Reston Town Center, Town Center Parkway, Sunset Hills Road and the complex that currently houses Chipotle, Potbelly, Chick-fil-A, Carrabba’s and Extended Stay America.

“The development vision includes the upgrade of the first one or two floors within the office buildings to be more suitable to retail uses, and extensions of the retail program in specific areas of the site,” says JBG materials included in a Fairfax County Planning Commission Staff Report.

“This development will transform RTC West into a retail destination with a vibrant pedestrian-friendly environment to complement the existing office components.”

JBG’s application to the planning commission says the project will have 40,100 total square feet of retail stores, eating establishments, quick service food stores, and fast food restaurants.

JBG says it plans to convert 15,100 square feet of office space to retail/restaurant space and add 25,000 square feet of new retail/restaurant space (on the southwest corner of the site) within an existing office campus on three parcels. JBG says it will convert the first two floors of each building to turn office in to retail.

The plan includes:

Connecting an existing walkway to the adjacent trails along the public roadways and adding two new crosswalks across Town Center Parkway, as well as connecting the development to the W & OD trail, which runs on the northern part of the property. One development condition for JBG is working with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and Dominion Virginia Power to establish an easement for a pedestrian connection between the site and the W&OD trail.

Adding 1,538 parking spaces to the current 1,600 that already exist.

Leaving 15 percent open space (90,000 square feet) as per zoning requirements.

Closing the existing exit-only driveway on Town Center Parkway and to construct new signalized access point about 440 feet north of the intersection at Sunset Hills Road. Constructing an entrance in this location will require the relocation or closure of an existing entrance for the property across Town Center Parkway to avoid an unsafe intersection, JBG says. JBG will have to work out an agreement with Boston Properties, which owns that parcel, as a condition of development.

Other development conditions in the county staff report:

More road improvements, including a new turning lane on Reston Parkway, and pedestrian improvements.

Attention to keeping existing trees and planting new ones and meeting underground stormwater management standards.

See the entire staff report on the Fairfax County Planning website.

The plan will go before the Fairfax County Planning Commission in a public hearing Feb. 4.

by Karen Goff — January 26, 2015 at 8:00 am 255 3 Comments

Reston Town Center

RA Camp Signups Start Today — Think summer! Reston Association summer camp registration begins today for RA members. [Reston Association]

Kudos For Midtown Jewelers — Reston Town Center’s Midtown Jewelers is a winner of WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015 for engagement rings and wedding bands.  The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network. [WBTW TV]

Big Lease For Noblis — Federal contractor Noblis Inc. has signed on for a full building and part of a second at 2000 and 2002 Edmund Halley Drive in Reston. Noblis will lease 160,000 square feet from JBG. [Washington Business Journal]

Bill Could Alter Happy Hour Rules — Bill in Virginia General Assembly could unlock some of the “must remain secret” details of Happy Hours in the commonwealth. [Washington Post]

by Karen Goff — January 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm 1,041 1 Comment

Snowplow/Photo Courtesy of VDOTSnow is headed to Northern Virginia on Monday, so be prepared.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.

From the NWS:

  • Precipitation type: Snow, possibly heavy at times.
  • Accumulations: 1 to 2 inches.
  • Timing: snow will begin late tonight and continue through late Monday afternoon. The Heaviest snowfall will occur between early Monday morning and Monday afternoon.
  • Temperatures: in the lower 30s.
  • Winds: northeast 10 to 15 mph.
  • Impacts: roads will be snow covered and slippery with visibilities being reduced to near One-quarter mile at times. The combination of snow covered roads and low visibility will make traveling dangerous.
  • Outlook: snow will continue Monday night into Tuesday, with additional accumulation possible.

Reston Now will update you with any school closings or road issues.

File photo

by Karen Goff — January 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm 368 0

House hunting? Start with these open houses this weekend.

North Point Condo1515 North Point Drive
2 BR, 2 BA Condo
$339,900
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

coleraine ct12340 Coleraine Court
3 BR, 2.5 BA SFH
$519,900
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

11423 SmmerHouse11423 Summer House Court
3 BR, 2 FB, 2 HB TH
$600,000
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

wakerobin2214 Wakerobin Lane
4 BR, 2.5 BA SFH
$679,900
Open Sunday,1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

middle creek2301 Middle Creek Lane
3 BR, 1 FB, 2 HB TH
$389,890
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

2075 Cobb2075 Cobblestone Lane
3 BR, 2.5 BA SFH
$544,995
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

11525 Wild Hawthorn Court11525 Wild HAwthorn Court
3 BR 2 FB, 2 HB TH
$524,900
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

11530 Links Dr.11530 Links
4 BR, 2.5 BA TH
$444,000
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

11443 Hearthstone11543 Hearthstone Court
4 BR, 2 FB, 2 HB TH
$450,000
Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

For complete real estate information, visit Reston Now’s Real Estate section.

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