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.
This past week in the world of Reston real estate we had 28 houses go to settlement and another 48 house go under contract.
Across the region housing inventory is very limited and Reston is no exception with just 212 houses on the market.
Here are a few of the houses that went under contract this past week:
11114 Harbor Court
2 BR/2.5 BA
List price: $524,999
Sold Price: $525,000
1566 Harpers Cove Lane
5 BR/3.5 BA
List Price: $835,000
Sold Price: $835,000
12108 Quorn Lane
4 BR/3.5 BA
List Price: $605,900
Sold Price: $605,900
1646 Stowe Road
4 BR/3.5 BA
List Price: $669,000
Sold Price: $639,000
11020 Ring Road
4 BR/3.5 BA
List Price: $630,000
Sold Price: $632,000
A vocational school for entry-level healthcare fields could be coming soon to the Crossroads (1037 Sterling Road, Suite 101).
The town’s planning and zoning staff recommended placing several restrictions on the proposal to open a Divine Healthtech Institute prior to approval. Vocational schools require a specific exemption from the town to operate in this area.
Conditions include holding no classes before 8 a.m. or after 10 p.m. and allowing town officials to inspect the property during “reasonable hours.”
“Staff maintains a level of concern with allowing multiple uses within one condominium suite from a general standpoint. In this specific case, staff believes the proposed use is similar enough to the existing use that any potential negative impacts could be mitigated by placing conditions on the approval,” according a the March 13 staff report.
If approved, the school would only be allowed to offer one class at a time in the 300-square-foot location. The condominium suite where the school would be located has a hodgepodge of uses, including two offices that are used for Nathan Travel and Cargo, a travel agency.
Rev. Leonard Chukwujiioke, a school administrator, said each class will have only five students. Weekend programs will be by appointment only. A morning and evening class will be offered on weekdays.
Most recently, the Herndon Town Council denied a plan to bring a mini-mart to the Crossroads last year. Plans for a barber shop were withdrawn after the town conditioned approval of the application with several requirements. The operation of a personal service business was approved last year.
The town’s Planning Commission will consider the plan at a 7 p.m. public hearing today (May 13).
Photo via handout/Town of Herndon
The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park is hosting a yard sale next month.
The Community Yard Sale is set for Saturday, June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the barns at Frying Pan Farm Park.
If you’re interested in selling off your treasures or decluttering your home, you can rent a stall for $30. Tables are $15 each and chairs at $7 each. To reserve a space, register online. Prices rise after June 1.
Furniture, art, plants, bric-and-brac, and kids’ clothes will be offered at the sale. If you’re planning to sell, you can bring your own tables, chairs, bags and boxes for shoppers, and extension cords for electronic items.
Sellers are responsible for paying applicable sales tax. No food or beverage items are allowed.
A construction company is installing sanitary sewers lines for the temporary station off of Cameron Glen Drive.
As a result, one lane of Town Center Parkway will be closed periodically starting on Thursday (May 16) for roughly two weeks.
Bus stop #3597 for the Fairfax Connector will be temporarily closed as well.
Riders should use bus stop #3596, which is south of Cameron Glen Drive behind the Reston District Police Station.
Plans for the new Reston Fire and Station 25 are in motion.
By Nicola Caul Shelley, Synergy Design & Construction
At Synergy Design & Construction, we are firm believers in helping homeowners become more informed by providing insights and advice on all things home remodeling.
There are many factors that can result in a ‘renovation nightmare,’ so here are our top 3 things not to do to help you avoid the common pitfalls!
1. Hire the Wrong Type of Contractor
Just figuring out where to get started often leads to many homeowners feeling quickly overwhelmed and giving up at the first hurdle. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you don’t know the difference between a General Contractor and a Design-Build firm, that’s a great place to begin! Knowing who you need from the start is a huge time — and cost — saver.
2. Have Unrealistic Budget Expectations
Having a clear investment goal and communicating it to your contractor at the outset is essential. With so many TV shows setting unrealistic expectations about the time and cost involved in a home remodel, it’s difficult to know if you are being realistic or not. The annual Cost vs. Value Report is a great place to start.
3. Move Forward Without a Clearly Defined Scope of Work and Timeline
Assume nothing! A detailed scope of work ensures you and your contractor are on the same page when it comes to your project. If you are provided with material allowances, do your homework to ensure they are realistic with the level of finish you are expecting. An allowance for low-grade granite when what you really want is gorgeous Carrara marble isn’t going to cut it.
Your chosen contractor should also have a timeline or project plan prepared that clearly shows when they are going to begin and when they’ll be finished with construction. The last thing you want is to be ringing in the New Year with a partially completed kitchen when they said work would be complete by Thanksgiving.
This month, our featured remodel is a kitchen remodel in Vienna. After almost 10 years in their home and with 2 college-aged kids, our clients were ready to make their space their own. They wanted to create a more open feeling with better flow on the main level with the priority focused on creating a larger kitchen. By expanding into the existing dining room, we were able to do just that.
Although drawn to a casual, warm look and soft textures, they were not afraid of bold color on the island with matching tile accents and other design elements to really make this kitchen shine!
May is National Remodeling month, so if you’ve been thinking about a remodel for a while, now’s the time to finally get around to doing something about it!
We’re always happy to chat!
All units in the project, which includes four buildings with 64 total condo units, are move-in ready, according to Soledad Portilla, Stanley Martin Homes’ land acquisition manager.
Portilla told Reston Now that the company expects to be completely sold out next month.
The developer still needs to complete infrastructure improvements like installing a final layer of pavement on the roads, some pavers, final touches on pocket parts, and some sidewalks, Portilla said.
Photos via Stanley Martin Homes
The owner of an upscale piano bar has reneged on plans to open an upscale piano bar in Herndon’s Junction Square neighborhood.
Risky Ricky’s planned to open last year at 700 Elden Street. But after waiting for two years as the builder completed the project, the owner says he recently decided to pull the plug on the project, which would have featured an upscale wine and piano bar.
“At a later stage, the developer still had no idea as to when the project will finish,” Rick Khosla, the owner, told Reston Now. He originally planned to open in September 2017 — a date that was later pushed to late 2018.
Khosla says the property did not come with any dedicated parking spots — which also prompted him to back off on his business plans. He says the cost of completing the space was also too excessive “to make the numbers work.” Khosla also hinted “animosity from local businesses” because of his decision to sell wine.
Earlier this month, artist Trisha Adams opened up a new art gallery at Junction Square. Work to get other businesses in motion is ongoing.
Risky Ricky’s is still on the market for a new location in Herndon or Reston. Khosla is planning to move back to Herndon after two years in Sterling and hopes to see projects like Junction Square succeed.
“Herndon is close to my heart,” he said.
Image via Google Maps
Updated Plans for Reston Crossing — The project has changed slightly since it was introduced, though many of the basics have remained the same. The biggest difference is that the developer is now envisioning seven buildings for the site instead of six, and they’ve now firmed up the planned mix of residential, office and retail space planned for the area. [The Washington Business Journal]
College Planning Event Today — Experts from OneCommonwealth Advisors share tips on how to make colleges more affordable and help families plan ahead at Reston Regional Library from 7-8 p.m. [Reston Regional Library]
Trash Pickup Problems in Fairfax County — “Fairfax County is investigating reports of missed trash pick-ups by a solid waste and recycling collection company in preparation to take legal action. During the county’s Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday (May 7), John Cook and Kathy Smith, the district supervisors for Braddock and Sully, respectively, presented a board matter prompting the investigation into whether American Disposal Services has violated any consumer protection laws. [Tysons Reporter]
Photo by Lauren Pao