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Reston Real Estate: Hickory Cluster

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.

Urban planning and architectural students study Reston, VA for a reason — some of Reston’s early designs were groundbreaking.

Hickory Cluster, the first development in Reston, is one. Designed by the famous architect Charles Goodman, they represent why Goodman’s early designs changed the way developments were planned.

Architectural historian Elizabeth Jo Lample noted in Housing Washington, “The appeal of living in a Goodman house is enormous to those who share his avant-garde spirit, plus his ideals for openness, engagement with nature and liberal social values… To those who are fortunate enough to obtain them, his dwellings feel like highly livable works of art, glazed conduits to the natural world.”

One of Goodman’s trademarks is the way he used the land.

In Hickory Cluster, he arranged groups of townhouses around intricately paved terraces, which in turn are leveled into a wooded hilltop. Overlooking Lake Anne Village Center, the Hickory Cluster townhomes features sharp changes in the rooflines, varying sizes and contrasting textures.

The homes come in a variety of designs with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, rooftop terraces, balconies, playrooms, private studies, family rooms and recreation rooms.

The cluster backs up to Reston Association path and is just a short walk to Lake Anne, Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Elementary School. The Reston Station, Silver Line Metrorail, is a five minute drive and Dulles International Airport is within 15 minutes by car.

Charles Goodman also designed Hollin Hills, a single family home development in Alexandria VA. For an up close look at Hollin Hills be sure to check out the Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour this April 28th.

Like Hickory Cluster these homes have stood the test of time with spaces that feel just as relevant today as they did more than 50 years ago.

Visit the Hickory Cluster website to learn more about this historic, and beautiful, Reston community.

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Updated: Reston Association Election Ballots Delayed for Nearly 3,500 Renters

Reston Association says a “technical mix-up” led to delays in mailing roughly 3,500 non-apartment renters elections ballots.

Renters of privately owned houses, townhouses and condominiums did not receive ballots will receive ballots by the early next week. Apartments renters were not impacted by muddle. All other ballots were mailed on Monday, March 5.

The delay in mailing ballots will not impact the deadline for voting, which ends on April 2 at 5 p.m. Members can also vote online.

RA first became aware of the issue yesterday after receiving inquiries from members who did not receive ballots, according to Mike Leone, RA’s director of communications and community engagement.

“After doing some internal research we learned the common thread was that these members were renters living in non-apartments. In the complex process of compiling the data file of RA voting members, a portion of the database related to renters was improperly coded, leading to these members not receiving their ballots,” Leone wrote in a statement to Reston Now.

In a statement, Intelliscan Inc., RA’s independent election contractor, and RA’s Elections Committee, said the delay “will not impact the accuracy or integrity of the voting results.”

Results of the election will be announced on April 10. Thirteen candidates are vying for four open seats on RA’s Board of Directors.

“We apologize for the mistake and are confident the remaining ballots will be mailed early next week,” Leone added.

Graphic by Reston Association

This story has been updated.

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Founding Farmers is Coming to Reston

The most booked restaurant in the Nation on Open Table is opening their latest restaurant at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.

Founding Farmers Reston has something for everyone.

Their full-service restaurant and bar is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a decadent Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on weekends. The restaurant’s beautiful design, comfortable spaces and original art are worth the trip alone. Reserve your table today.

You could also stop by their Founding Farmers First Bake Café, located within the restaurant, for freshly-made Grab & Go goodies.

  • Get your day going with a quick and healthy breakfast.
  • Quench your thirst with a farm health fresh-pressed juice.
  • Grab a dozen donuts and a carton of their specialty-roasted Compass Coffee to share with everyone at the office.
  • Enjoy an afternoon treat with a fresh-baked cookie or their house-churned ice cream.

As a farmer-owned restaurant, almost all of Founding Farmers food and drink – even the Founding Spirits, made in their DC distillery and used in their cocktails – is made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients from American family farms.

Make your way over to Reston Station to see all that Founding Farmers has to offer.

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Crime Roundup: Few Incidents This Week

Last week was a particularly quiet week in crime, with the exception of a lockdown at three Reston schools on Friday. The Fairfax County Police Department reported little to no other incidents over the last several days.

On Saturday, a 19-year-old Reston resident was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of alcohol under 21 and possession of marijuana.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Cyrus Fakhar was driving with high beams on and under the speed limit along Dry Mill Road when he was arrested. He was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

FCPD reported one larceny on the 2400 block of Centreville Road. A wallet was taken from a business.

Anyone with information about any 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 to Hold Annual Prom Dress Giveaway

Teens can save money this prom season by attending the Annual Diva Central Prom Dress Giveaway at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne.

The event will be held on March 24 (Saturday) from noon until 6 p.m. The free event is open to all middle and high school students who are in need of a prom or spring formal dress and accessories. There is a limit of one dress per person.

RCC opened up donations for dresses and accessories in February and received hundreds of dresses. Volunteers will be available to help teens select their perfect prom or formal look, and a makeup artist will also be available from 4 to 6 p.m.

“School dances are becoming increasingly expensive experiences for middle and high school students. We hope to lessen that financial burden by giving local teens the opportunity to create their entire prom or dance look for free,” said LaTanja Jones, RCC’s collaboration and outreach director, in a press release.

Photo via Reston Community Center

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Op-Ed: More Conversation, Less Confrontation

This is a commentary from Eric Carr in response to an editorial published on March 9. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

Recently on these pages, an editorial appeared attacking me rather personally over a recent episode involving the RA Elections Committee. What struck me is that its author is a man I have never met and, indeed, was not involved in the issue. He did not reach out to express his concerns to me prior to putting pen to paper.  If he had, he would have learned that my concerns had nothing to do with any RA member’s right to an opinion, and everything to do with tone and civility, above all from members of the RA Committee chartered to enforce that very civility.

Reflecting on this has led me to a series of thoughts about the quality and tenor of discourse here in Reston, and I submit them for your consideration.

We have entered a time in our country where attacking people, rather than ideas, has become fashionable. People have become proxy for their positions and we have collectively relinquished our interest in dialogue.

This is all the more puzzling given that the vast majority of us are likeminded on the existential issues we face here in Reston. We almost all agree that we need to preserve our open space, develop our infrastructure before we grow, and band together to advocate for Reston on a bigger stage than ever before. We all want to foster a community where we can live, raise our families, feel safe, embrace all shades of America, be treated fairly, and enjoy the fruits of our labors.

We differ, too. In some cases, we differ on how to achieve these goals, on others how to govern ourselves in pursuit of those goals, and others yet on the relative role that our elected organizations should play in achieving those things on which we agree. That’s healthy, and those are conversations well worth having.

So, I am using this space today to ask a favor: let’s make our conversations contests of ideas, not people. Let’s assume noble intent in those with whom we disagree. Let’s not rush to imagine conspiracy or an intent to hide information or to deceive.

Let’s have more conversations in person, rather than from behind a keyboard or using pseudonyms. Those of you who know me, know my standard response to disagreement: let’s get coffee or a beer and talk about it. Face to face, as Restonians who care deeply about the health of our community.

Thank you for reading this. I look forward to our next conversation.

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Winning big – Reston Community Players won 13 awards over the weekend at the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors celebration. [Broadway World]

And losing big — This Reston-based government IT contractor is laying off around 100 employees due to a recent health care contract loss. [Washington Business Journal]

Bus connections to Wiehle-Reston East — Loudoun County Transit is requesting $1.7 million to expand bus service to the Metro station. But there are a lot of projects vying for funding. [NOVA Transit]

Attention, book lovers — Reston Regional Library is holding a book sale for children, teens and educators this Friday through Sunday[Friends of the Reston Regional Library]

Unemployment rates flatline — Virginia’s unemployment rate rests at 3.6 percent, the same as December’s figure. [WTOP]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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