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Reston Real Estate: The Road to Less

by Eve Thompson — November 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

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This is a sponsored post by Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

I remember well the day my husband Rick and I knew it was time to give up our single family home on Buttermilk Lane in Reston. It was right about this time of year — minus this amazing weather we’ve been having. Wewere bagging up our 100+ bag of leaves on a cold blustery November day and I thought “wow. I am so over this.”

Our youngest daughter had left that August for Georgia Tech, so we were rattling around in our house — forever shouting to one another from the upstairs to the downstairs. It wasn’t a huge house, but it was so much more than we needed — and more importantly, so much more than we wanted to maintain. It seemed every weekend was dedicated to house maintenance or other related management. We were both seriously over it!

Our downsizing journey started on that cold afternoon in November. We made a side stop in a lovely townhouse overlooking the Van Gogh Bridge and ultimately landed in our perfectly sized Lake Anne condo. The townhouse was ultimately still too large and too vertical but was probably a necessary step for us in the transition process.

At the time that we decided to sell our Buttermilk Lane house, I was not a Real Estate agent so we engaged an agent with good understanding of the Reston market and scheduled a walk-through of our home to discuss what needed to be done to get it ready to sell. Our place was in pretty good shape — we had a few things to do but the vast majority of our effort was in purging the house of the accumulation of 15-plus years’ worth of junk. I was shocked at how long this step took. We started in November and were listed about 12 weeks later and it took every bit of those 12 weeks to get it ready.

In the end, we had less junk, less to take care, less to worry about and lots more time. We also moved into a great community where a snowy day becomes a reason to host a casual potluck, not a worry over who will shovel the walk.

Here are a few great downsizing options.

Not ready for a condo but want a great walkable community? Check out this great option near Lake Anne Plaza.

Want a more urban experience with tons of dining options? Check out these Reston Town Center options.

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