Reston Makes Money’s ‘Best Places to Live’ List

by Fatimah Waseem January 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm 16 Comments

Reston has been recognized by Money Magazine as the best place to live in Virginia.

Each year, the magazine releases its picks for the best places to live in the country.  Top localities in each state were selected based on Money’s data and analysis of jobs, standard of living and education.

Here’s what the magazine said about Reston:

Reston was once just an idea. In the early 1960s, architect and economist Robert E. Simon mapped out a vision for a community that upheld open space, recreational facilities, and aesthetic beauty. Today, the thriving Washington, D.C., suburb includes expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses, and bridle paths.

The magazine also notes Reston Town Center’s unique role as a “community hub” and as the home of a Google office and five of the largest venture capital firms in Virginia. It also touted the community’s Metro rail station.

  • Wings!!

    Imagine the awards we’d get if Reston had a Hooters

    • Mike M

      That would be worth more real value than:
      1) Bob Simon’s overrun vision?
      2) “Community hub” . . . Whaaaat?
      3) Metro. Ha!
      4) What does the presence of venture cap firms have to do with “best places to live? Money is phoning it in, and on behalf of RealEstate.com. Real estate and truthiness are not the best of pals. Commercial real estate and truthiness seem to be enemies.

  • Willie Reston


  • cRAzy

    Better enjoy Reston now before the County ruins it with tens of thousands of new residents.

    • 40yearsinreston

      Thank Hudgins

    • jmsullivan

      Too late. Basically the quality of our lives is getting squeezed out of us and turned into money for a handful of developers.

  • reston resident

    They must be talking about Reston BEFORE the latest Comprehensive Plan is fully implemented. These sorts of articles are less than worthless, but realtors (not a profession known for its forthrightness and honesty–worse than some lawyers in my book) love to plant them in all manners of publications and click baits.

    • Mike M

      Note that some of those who comment in here and some who are quoted in the real estate articles are in realty and law! That nexus is our problem.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Give us your tired, your poor, your teeming masses yearning to be….

    ….stuck is stifling, soul sucking traffic trying to cross a bridge.

    • Tom

      Are you referring to the poor souls trying to cross the American Legion bridge heading from Virginia to Maryland during rush hour?

  • 40yearsinreston

    Real estate click bait

  • OneReally

    Reston makes the best place I want to leave.

    Just 5 years until the kidos are done with school.

  • Tom

    Yeah, well it also picked traffic-clogged Rockville as the best place to live in Maryland so there. No much credence to this list.

  • Richard

    They’re correct, of course, but to suggest that Reston Town Center is the “hub” is ridiculous. I don’t know too many Restonians who still consider it a central meeting place now that they implemented (poorly) a paid parking scheme. Lake Anne is the heart of Reston, not RTC.

  • Chkitout1

    Gerry Connolly, Ken Plum, Cathy Hudgins, all Democrats all ran unopposed. Now people of Reston are upset because these people sold them out to developers and WMATA. Too bad voters, you made the bed, you sleep in it.

  • LindaR

    they must not have been aware of the effect of paid and Boston properties has done to Reston. Do they know that three of the major restaurants have gone and that part of town center is a ghost town with boarded up store? People are going to be thrilled to move to Reston with an empty town center.


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