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Reston Real Estate: Plain on the Outside But… Is There a Surprise Inside?

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. For a more complete picture of home sales in your neighborhood, contact her on Reston Real Estate.

In Reston we have a number of apartments that were built in the 1970’s that converted to condominiums in the late 1980’s: Vantage Hill, Park Crest and Ivy Oak are just a few of them.

As a Realtor, I always find them interesting. They are mostly tan brick with the ever present Reston Brown trim. They tend to be a little on the boxy side, a little on the plain side; but most of them are set on really large land parcels. Some are set in the woods, others have open park like areas but they all have a lot of open space.

Vantage Hill sits on 15 beautifully wooded acres that has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. That’s 15 acres for 152 units or more than 4,000 square feet per unit. I don’t know where else you’d find anything approaching that amount of open space in a more recently built condominium.

The other surprise of these 1970’s conversions is on the inside. By today’s standards these units are really large. Ivy Oak units range from 1,760-1,875 square feet. Ivy Oak is also unique because they are townhouse style condominiums; they are on 2 levels so you don’t have someone living above you. The floor plan on the main level is very open and many have wood burning fireplaces. When you look at the money for the space and the physical settings of these communities, they stack up pretty well against their more contemporary counterparts.

We all know the old adage of not judging a book by its cover — the same is true for property. You do yourself a disservice when you refuse to view a property based solely on your response to the outside. Take a look, and then decide.

Vantage Hill, Parkcrest and Ivy Oak owners, tell us what you love about your neighborhood.

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Crime Roundup: Armed Man Robs CVS Pharmacy in Reston Town Center

Fairfax County police are searching for an armed man who robbed the CVS Pharmacy in Reston Town Center Sunday afternoon.

Police said the man showed a gun and took cash and property from the store at around 1:40 p.m. He was described as a white man wearing a green jacket and tan pants, police said.

In a separate incident in the Herndon area, two suspects stole cash from victims who were trying to buy a phone on Sunday around 1 p.m.

The suspects, who were dressed in dark clothing, displayed a weapon and demanded money as the victims negotiated a price for the phone. They were described as black men between the ages of 19 and 25.

The incident comes as local police warn of 20 home break-ins between September and January. The break-ins in Reston and Herndon follow a similar pattern. Homes, town homes and apartments near a walking path or woods were robbed, but local police declined to disclose how the reports may be connected.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, cell phone from residence

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, property from residence

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

2600 block of William Short Circle, license plates from vehicle

2300 block of Colts Neck Road, cash from business

2100 block of Centreville Road, merchandise from business

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, jewelry from residence

12900 block of Centre Park Circle, packages from residence

11900 block of Market Street, merchandise from business

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, purse from business

11700 block of Plaza America Drive, wallet from business

11900 block of Saint Johnsbury Court, wallet from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of the crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

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Reston Community Center Seeks Input on Priorities

Reston Community Center’s Board of Governors wants to hear from its constituents at a meeting on Feb. 12 at its Hunters Woods location (2310 Colts Neck Road) at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is intended to gauge the community’s priorities by seeking feedback from partners, patrons and constituents.

During the meeting, the board will provide an update on goals outlined in the center’s strategic plan from last year through 2021. Board members will also present information about renovations to the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center.

“This is our opportunity to hear from our community to affirm that we are pursuing their goals for RCC programs and services. We are looking forward to a productive conversation,” wrote Leila Gordon, RCC’s executive director.

To RSVP, email [email protected] by Friday at 4 p.m.

What would you like to see RCC do differently this year? What are the center’s strengths? Comment below. 

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Herndon Father of Five Killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

Rahim Barak, a 58-year-old father of five, was killed by Taliban insurgents during a chaotic siege at Kabul’s largest hotel last month. It was the first time the U.S. citizen, who lived in Herndon for the last 17 years, visited his home country in 30 years.

Three other U.S. citizens were killed in the Jan. 20 attack. Insurgents stormed the Intercontinental Hotel, a prominent hilltop hotel often visited by foreign guests and envoys. Barak was found with a single gunshot to the head. Others were found with burnt bodies and missing body parts. Hundreds of other guests spend the night hiding in rooms, unsure if they would survive the night.

Minutes before the incident, Barak had taken a photo with two friends as they dined at the hotel. The picture is the last possession his family has of him when he was alive.

Political turmoil and conflict caused by the Soviet Union’s invasion of the Afghanistan pushed Barak to flee from his home. He sought refuge in Peshawar, Pakistan and came to the United States in the late 1980s to build a new life for himself and his family.

Leaving behind his studies in law, Barak took up a motley of jobs at a pizza restaurant, Dulles International Airport, Marriott and a movie theater, working long hours and six days a week at one point. Family members and friends remember him for his loving personality and generous nature.

Barak later married his wife of 22 years and had five children. The youngest is six. Most recently, he worked as a cab driver and a travel agent.

His eldest son, Fawad Barak, 21, describes his father as a “people’s champ” who was always ready to offer a helping hand and sacrificed his life “for the betterment of his family, children, and loved ones.”

“There were very few moments where he was able to enjoy the fruits of his labor but most of his life, especially since the war in Afghanistan, he aimed to seek a better life for his family and children,” his son said. “I remember my father would always tell me that the sweat, toil and tears that he put in for his family will soon be relieved when his eldest child graduated from college and so forth with his other children following his footsteps.”

His father’s dream is now coming close to reality. His eldest son is wrapping up his junior year at George Mason University. In meantime, his son hopes to pass down the dreams and passions that drove his father’s hard work to his siblings.

“I am blessed and grateful to have been in a presence of such a beautiful human being, and most of all for him to be my father will be the greatest honor bestowed upon me while I’m on this earth,” he said.

Barak is survived by five children and his wife. Hundreds attended funeral services at All Dulles Area Muslim Society center in Herndon several weeks ago. He was known for regularly attending pre-dawn prayers at the mosque.

“The amount of love and support from the community we have received and the attendance at his funeral services displays a true testament of his character and who he truly was,” his son said.

A LaunchGood campaign for the family has raised $11,343 since it was launched on Feb. 1.

Photos via Fawad Barak

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Marvin Gaye Inspired Dance Performance to Come to Reston

The award-winning dance performance titled “What’s Going On – The Marvin Gaye Project” will be coming to the Reston Community Center tomorrow.

Choreographed by Vincent Thomas, Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah, the show will feature modern, jazz and West African dance looking to incite “thoughtful engagement with audience members,” according to Reston Community Center’s website.

“What’s Going On” also won Best Dance Performance in Baltimore magazine last year. For the award Baltimore magazine said, “Thomas found the perfect muse in Marvin Gaye, bringing this legendary soul singer to life in a breathtaking production.”

Tickets for Reston residents will cost $20 and $30 for all others.

Photo Courtesy Dance Place

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Tuesday Morning Notes

County Set to Decide on Assisted-living Facility Today – A decision on a proposal to bring the 91-unit project, called Kensington Senior Development, to 11501 Sunrise Valley drive is expected today at around 3:30 p.m. The project has drawn backlash from neighboring residents. [Fairfax County Government]

One-on-One Time with Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins – On Wednesday, Hudgins will be available to discuss issues with residents. No appointments are necessary for the drop-in time from 4-6 p.m. at Reston Regional Library.

Watch Capitol Steps Perform Live – Reston Association is organizing a trip on Feb. 23 to watch a live performance by Capitol Steps at the Ronald Reagan building. The group has “been putting politics and scandal to music” for the last 30 years, according to an event description. [Reston Association]

Photo by Fatimah Waseem

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