by Tim Regan — March 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm 0

Reston Real Estate: Just Listed

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

Wow! There were 50 new properties that came onto the market in Reston in the past seven days — that’s a busy week. That brings the total inventory to 250 properties. The sales are keeping pace with the new listings; the past 30 days has seen 101 properties go from PENDING to SOLD.

Here are a few listings new to the market:

11403 ORCHARD GREEN CT. 3 BR 2.5 BA. List Price $579,000. Open Sunday.

11400 WASHINGTON PLZ W #602. 1 BR, 1 BA. List Price $249,900.

1209 TOTTENHAM CT, 5 BR, 4.5 BA. List Price $1,135,000. Open Sunday.

1201 WILD HAWTHORN WAY. 3BR, 2 FB, 2 HB. List Price $583,900. Open Sunday.

2408 ALSOP CT. 4BR, 2.5 BA. List Price $448,000.

2000 BEACON PL. 4BR, 3.5 BA. List Price $849,50/ Open Sunday.

Click here for more listings and information on Reston Real Estate.

by Karen Goff — March 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

Sahel's Med Spa at North PointA longtime hair and nail salon at North Point Village Center has a new owner and an expanded menu of beauty services.

Nail Studio & Day Spa at 1458 North Point Village Center is now Sahel’s Medical Spa & Beauty Studio.

The salon was recently purchased by Sahel Yamini, who also owns Smooth Exposure Medical Spa in McLean.Dr. Ahmad O. Noori M.D. is the medical director.

In addition to hair and nail services, the North Point location offers medical spa services. Among them:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Photo facials
  • Fractional laser treatment for skin care
  • Injectables such as Botox and Restylane
  • Spray tanning
  • Chemical peels

Visit Sahel’s Medical Spa & Beauty Studio online for prices and package information. Call 703-481-6245 for an appointment.

April specials include:

  • 20 percent off first service for new clients
  • $5 off custom airbrush spray tans
  • Spa mani/pedi for $75 ($15 discount)
  • Brazilian wax for $45 ($15 in savings)

by RestonNow.com — March 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Searching for a new home in Reston? Check out these open houses this weekend. For more open houses and complete real estate information, visit Reston Now’s Real Estate section.

12107 Sundance12107 Sundance Court
2 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


12025 New Dominion12025 New Dominion Parkway
2 BR, 2 BA Condo
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


11403 Orchard Green11403 Orchard Green Court
3 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


12190 Abington Hall12190 Abington Hall Place
3 BR, 2.5 BA Condo
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


2341 Glade Bank2341 Glade Bank Way
3 BR, 2.5 BA Condo
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


12037 Lake Newport12037 Lake Newport Road
5 BR, 3.5 BA SFH
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


1956 Belmont Ridge1956 Belmont Ridge Court
2 BR, 2.5 BA TH
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.


1830 Fountain Dr1830 Fountain Drive
3 BR, 3 BA Condo
Open Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

by Karen Goff — March 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm 764 0

Justin Hughes/Credit: FCPD(Updated 4:30 p.m. Friday with additional details) A 42-year-old Reston man has been charged with burglary and assault after police said he forced his way into a Reston Town Center condo Wednesday evening.

Fairfax County Police said two residents of The Savoy, at 12000 Market St., were home about 11:18 p.m. when they answered a knock at the front door.

The suspect, identified by police as Justin Hughes, forced his way in, assaulted the victims then fled on foot.

Police said the victims and the arrested subject are next door neighbors in the apartment building and had prior contact.

One of the victims incurred non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Officer then located Hughes in the hallway outside the victims’ apartment and charged him with with burglary and two counts of assault.

It is not yet known whether the suspect knew the victims or how he got into the secure building. Reston Now is trying to obtain more details from police and will update this story as we get information.

In other crime news this week from FCPD’s Reston District Station:

Two burglaries in the area on March 19. In the first incident, a resident of the 13000 block of Rose Petal Circle, near Frying Pan Park in unincorporated Herndon, reported someone entered the residence and took property. Police said a 1999 Toyota Corolla was also stolen from the same block that night, but it is not known whether it was from the same home.

Also on March 19, a resident of the 10900 block of Thanlet Lane in Reston reported someone entered the residence and took property.


  • 13100 block of Parcher Avenue, cash from business
  • 2400 block of Alsop Court, property from vehicle
  • 1100 block of Dranesville Road, purse from vehicle
  • 11900 block of Heathcoat Court, cash from vehicle
  • 1000 block of Autumn Mist Lane, property from residence.
  • 11900 block of Democracy Drive, phone from business.
  • 1700 block of Business Center Drive, bag from business
  • 8700 block of Potomac Hills, purses from vehicle
  • 1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, medication from vehicle
  • 2300 block of Old Trail Drive, items from vehicle

Photo: Justin Hughes/Credit: FCPD

by Elizabeth Arguelles — March 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm 2 Comments

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This is a sponsored post by Dr. Elizabeth Arguelles, veterinarian and owner of Just Cats Clinic at Lake Anne Plaza.

Does your cat ever have issues with an upset stomach? Do they vomit on occasion or even have diarrhea sometimes? If you answered yes to either of those questions, your cat may have an underlying gastrointestinal issue.

One of the most common in cats is IBD, or Irritable Bowel Disease. IBD can be very uncomfortable for your cat, but learning to recognize the symptoms of a flare up can help you manage the symptoms and keep your cat more comfortable.

What is IBD?

IBD is not actually a single disease. Instead, the term refers to a group of chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that are caused by an infiltration of inflammatory cells into the wall of a cat’s gastrointestinal tract.

These cells cause a thickening of the digestive tract lining. They also inhibit digestion, as well as the normal absorption and passage of food. Though it can affect cats at any age, IBD is more commonly seen in felines that are middle-aged or older.

What causes IBD?

What actually causes the infiltration of inflammatory cells is not currently known. It may occur as a result of the body’s response to bacteria or parasites. Or it may be due to an allergy to certain ingredients in your cat’s food. IBD could also be caused by an underlying abnormality in your feline’s immune system. (more…)

by Karen Goff — March 27, 2015 at 10:45 am 2 Comments

Capt. Ron Manzo is new commander of FCPD's Reston District StationFairfax County Police’s Reston District Station has a new commander. Capt. Ronald Manzo took over as the district’s top cop on March 1.

Manzo, a 47-year-old Fairfax County native, has been with FCPD for 22 years, rising through the ranks at various stations around the county. He spent 13 years at the Franconia District station, where he was everything from a crime prevention officer to detective.

His two most recent postings since rising to the rank of captain were as the Assistant Commander at West Springfield and commander of the Planning Research Bureau, which works directly with the Chief of Police.

Reston Now spent a few minutes with Capt. Manzo this week at his office in the new $18 million Reston District Station on Cameron Glen Drive. He says one of his goals is to “get back to basics” in policing here — have a greater visibility and more effective outreach with citizens.

Reston Now: You have been posted all over the county in your career, but never before in Reston. What strikes you as unique about Reston compared to other stations?

Capt. Manzo: I have only been here three weeks, so I am still getting a feel for Reston. The community has been very supportive. Supervisor Hudgins has done great things here.

Reston is growing. Other parts of the county don’t seem to be growing as fast. The Metro, the bike paths. These are different challenges I face as a commander on how we provide services here.

Reston Now: A common thing some people say is “Metro brings crime.” Metro has been here for eight months and according to FCPD stats, crime has not gone up. So is that statement a myth?

Capt. Manzo: I have only been here three weeks, so I have not looked at all the numbers. But in talking to the officers, we have not seen an increase. I think more people getting on Metro here and riding to where they need to go than people heading here.

Crime is down across the county. I think Metro is a good thing, a great thing.

Reston Now: You were talking about getting back to basics and getting officers out on bikes. What else are you instituting here?

Capt. Manzo: In coming here one of the first things I did is run the stats on officers in the station to see where we were as a station. I want to focus on improving our service. I dusted off our strategic plan, which each station has, looked at areas we can improve.

We can improve in community outreach. We support the mission of preventing and fighting crime, too, of course, but I want to get us back to the basics. Getting patrol officers to “own” patrol area. Creating a police service area manager so I can monitor some of the citizen complaints in Reston that don’t necessarily rise to criminal level. I can assign that to a PSA officer, and they can put it out and then get back to me with what actions were taken. (more…)

by Karen Goff — March 27, 2015 at 9:15 am 241 49 Comments

Tetra Building/Credit: Yelp

A building inspection performed on the former Reston Visitors Center has revealed elements and systems that will need to be replaced in the next 5 to 10 years. Among them:

  • Major elements of the HVAC system are in need of replacement
  • The roof needs replacement
  • Exposed trusses and supports on the exterior need to be replaced
  • Some windows and siding need to be replaced
  • Some minor exterior drainage issues need to be addressed
  • Minor water damage on the interior needs to be repaired

RA land use attorney John McBride says the seller of the building, Tetra Partners, knew about the roof and HVAC on the 32-year-old building already and has agreed to pay for replacement. The rest of the list, compiled by Criterium Engineers this week, will be further examined and may be open to negotiation on the $2.65 million purchase price, McBride said.

RA announced in January it is seeking to purchase the 3.48-acre property that features a 3,128-square-foot building on the banks of Lake Newport. The building will be used for community and recreation space, as well as available for event rentals.

Purchasing the property, which is adjacent to other RA recreation space such as Brown’s Chapel Park, would give the association 98 continuous acres of open space and protect against overdevelopment, RA says.

The purchase cannot go forward until it is put to a member referendum in April.

On Thursday, at the second of two public hearings on the purchase, the RA Board of Directors heard from a half-dozen members in person and several more via emails read by President Ken Knueven. Reaction was mixed — some members, including Reston founder Bob Simon (via a phone conversation with Knueven) — said they approve of the purchase, but still need more information. Others said they did not understand the rush to acquire the property and questioned whether the expense of even putting the idea to referendum ($20,000 to $30,000) was necessary.

Much of the meeting centered on changes to the fact sheet on the purchase. See the revised fact sheet on RA’s website.

One of the changes: RA has factored in snow removal and landscape maintenance costs, which were originally left off because they will be done by RA staff. The additional annual expense of more than $15,000 means RA members will see an impact in their assessment a year earlier (2018) than originally forecast.

RA forecasts a $2.57 impact in 2018, $4.55 in 2019 and $4.43 in 2020, though RA CEO Cate Fulkerson said with new properties being added to the association by then, the increases may not happen at all.

The board narrowly approved the changes to to the fact sheet. South Lakes Director Richard Chew was the lone dissenter (two directors abstained and one was absent).

Said Chew: “Our support was contingent on a fact sheet that made a compelling case to our members. As presented tonight, the fact sheet fails to do so. It fails to spell out that there is a full develpment plan. … I am not convinced our failure to purchase will result in overdevelopment. It does not say how much it will cost RA to increase and enhance green space.”

Chew also said the fact sheet does not discuss how the $8.50 increase per member (in 2018-2020) may be mitigated.

The board voted to approve the conditional purchase contract and release the property appraisal once the contract is executed. It also voted to hold at least one community meeting in April for additional member comments.

by Karen Goff — March 27, 2015 at 8:00 am 0

Terraset Elementary students make African masks in GRACE Art enrichment/Courtesy Terraset PTA

More Cuts For Libraries — Fairfax County Public Library employees say cutbacks are hurting the already struggling system. [Fairfax Times]

Police Programs For Teens — The Fairfax County Police will hold a Teen Police Academy this August for high school students interested in a law enforcement career. [FCPD]

SLHS’ Sneak Peek: Hairspray – The South Lakes High School Theatre Arts program is busy rehearing for the musical Hairspray, which will run the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. [YouTube]

Reston Part Of Location Trend? — Young people are seeking homes near urban-style, town-center type suburban areas. [Al Jazeera]

Herndon High Student Earns Top Writing Honor — Herndon High School’s Colleen Flanagan won a Gold Key in the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards Competition. [FCPS]

Photo: Terraset Elementary students make African masks in GRACE Art enrichment/Courtesy Terraset PTA

by RestonNow.com — March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am 0

On Fridays we take a moment to thank our sponsors and advertisers.

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the business community for the vibrant region.

The Avant, new luxury rentals in the heart of Reston Town Center.

The Harrison, brand-new apartments now leasing at Reston Town Center.

Berry & Berry, PLLC, Reston law firm specializing in federal employment, retirement, labor union, and security clearance matters.

Just Cats Clinic, Reston’s first cats-only vet practice.

Reston Real Estate, Eve Thompson of Long & Foster Real Estate specializes in Reston homes.

Becky’s Pet Care, offering friendly pet services in Northern Virginia.

Reston Community Center, Serving Reston’s recreational and cultural needs.

Cindy L. Beyer Design, Reston-based interior design firm with creative ideas for residential and commercial clients.

George Washington University, offering teacher licensure programs to fit your schedule.

Potok’s World Photography, specializing in wedding and portrait photography.

Uber Offices, shared work spaces with locations in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.

Old Towne Pet Resort , premier pet boarding for dogs and cats.

Hunters Woods Co-Operative Preschool, registration now underway for 2015-16.

Tranzon, nationwide real estate auction company.

YMCA Fairfax County Reston, day camp registration now open.

Glory Days Grill, “The Official Food of Hometown Sports,” with nearby locations at Fox Mill and North Point.

Reston Hospital Center, Reston’s medical center that is nearly done with its $40 million expansion.


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