Reston Real Estate: Just Sold

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.

We’ve been acting like it’s summer and been a little slack in getting the weekly numbers out — we’re going to put on our serious face and do better.

So, here’s how the sales in Reston have been this past month. We continue to have low inventory with just 201 active listings. Settled transactions in the same time period were 135, so that means we have about 1.4 months’ worth of housing inventory; meaning that in theory, if no more houses came on the market we’d sell all of the available stock of houses in 1.4 months.

Here are some of the recent sales in Reston.

10753 Blaze Drive
4 BR/4.5 BA
List Price: $1,075,000
Sold Price: $1,050,000

 

 

1550 Northgate Square #12B
2 BR/1 BA
List Price: $249,000
Sold Price: $255,000

 

 

2020 Mock Orange Court
4 BR/2.5 BA
List Price: $799,000
Sold Price: $799,000

 

 

2359 Paddock Lane
4 BR/3 BA
List Price: $649,900
Sold Price: $681,000

 

 

11539 Maple Ridge Road
3 BR/2.5 BA
List Price: $499,900
Sold Price: $510,000

 

 

1509 Chatham Colony Court
4 BR/3.5 BA
List Price: $454,700
Sold Price: $440,000

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Tweaks to Long-Planned Arrowbrook Centre Development in Herndon Proposed

Tweaks to Arrowbrook Centre, a mixed-use development approved in 2005 for more than two million square feet of development, are being proposed.

The developer behind the project, which is near the intersection of the Dulles Toll Road and Centreville Road, is seeking to shuffle residential units from one building to another and the change the shape of one building from a L-shape to a U-shape. Roughly 78,000 square feet of footage will be reserved for a future application.

Other proposed changes include adding up to 32 multi-family units and 10 single-family units to a second building. Changes only apply to a 3.4-acre section of the 54-acre site.

“This change would create a more cohesive community and better respond to market demand in this Metro Station area,” according to the proposal, which was submitted in mid-May.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the project in 2005. Roughly 280,000 square feet of development were added to the site with the county’s approval in 2015.

Overall, no increase in the total gross square footage or buildings heights isis being proposed.

The Fairfax County Planning Comission will review the project in January next year.

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New Reston Sports Council Seeks to Become ‘Unified Voice’ for Local Sports

A new Reston Sports Council, which includes 13 representative organizations, is seeking to becoming a unified voice for the interests of the local sports community.

The council, which grew out of focus group discussions and meetings by Reston Association’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee in 2016 and 2017,  held its first meeting in February. Members involved the initiative presented updates to RA’s Board of Directors last week.

At the meeting, Jeremy Lee, the newly appointed chairman of the council and a Reston resident of more than 20 years, said the council is an independent entity and intends to speak as a single voice to RA the Fairfax County Park Authority and the county.

Organizers hope the council will also help sports organization — including those that are not formally organized — coordinate the use of RA facilities, consider bulk purchasing, review industry standards, and collaborate to solve shared challenges, according to Laura Kowalski, RA’s director of recreation and environmental education.

Former RA Board Director Jeff Thomas and current RA Board Director Julie Bitzer, who is also the board’s PRAC liaison, pushed for the formation of the council.

Bitzer, who lauded the initiative, said the council will be a productive way to ensure “all sports have a voice” and prevent one sport from dominating conversations.

Larry Butler, RA’s director of land use and planning, cautioned that only Reston-based organizations are allowed to use RA facilities based on RA’s resolutions and by-laws.

The council is in the process of developing its bylaws, operational procedures and website. It plans to hold monthly meetings that are open to all.

So far, the council serves 6,000 constituents involving in local sports, including Reston, Herndon and Great Falls.

Photo via Reston Association/YouTube

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County Moves to Get Land Rights for Glade Drive Walkway Construction

Fairfax County officials are in the process of obtaining land rights to build a walkway between Glade Drive and Freetown Drive.

A public hearing on the project is planned for Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m., if the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decides to continue with the planning process tomorrow (Tuesday).

So far, the county has obtained land rights from four of the five property owners impacted by the construction of the project.

Although negotiations are pending with one remaining property owner, the board will likely need to use its eminent domain powers to obtain land rights and avoid further delays on the project.

Improvements include the addition of a five-foot wide concrete sidewalk with ADA-friendly ramps, as well as curb and gutter improvements along the north side of Glade Drive from Colts Neck Road to Reston Parkway and along the south side of Glade Drive from Reston Parkway to Freedom Drive.

The project, which was originally on track for completion in January 2020, will cost roughly $650,000.

File photo

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Legal Insider: New Virginia Law Restricts Non-Disclosure Agreements

This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By Kimberly H. Berry, Esq.

A new Virginia employment law has gone into effect that restricts what employees and employers can agree to in non-disclosure agreements as a condition of the employee’s employment.

On February 22, 2019, the Virginia Governor signed off on House Bill 1820, affecting all Virginia employers. HB 1820 was unanimously passed by both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate during the Virginia General Assembly 2019 Regular Session.

The new law specifically limits the scope of non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements between employees and employers regarding the disclosure or concealment of sexual assault claims.

The new law, at Va. Code § 40.1-28.01, prohibits a Virginia employer from requiring an employee or prospective employee from agreeing to a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement that attempts to conceal the details relating to a claim of sexual assault as a condition of employment. Under the new Virginia law, claims of sexual assault include claims of rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery.

Va. Code § 40.1-28.01 provides that these types of settlement provisions are contrary to public policy, void and unenforceable in the courts. Va. Code § 40.1-28.01 further provides that the new prohibition on non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements will in no way limit other grounds that exist in law or equity for the unenforceability of any such agreement or any provision of such agreement.

The new law can affect new and existing non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements that attempt to hide claims of sexual assaults related to employment.

Conclusion

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Wanted Reston Man Charged with Obstruction of Justice

Local police arrested a wanted man who was trying to escape local law enforcement near the Chantilly Shopping Center on Thursday (July 25).

Larell Lansdowne, 35, of Reston, was charged with obstruction of justice and with outstanding warrants for larceny, failing to register as a sex offender, probation violation and trespassing.

Three other people who were with Landsdowne were arrested during the incident, which happened around 8 p.m. Eugene Mitchell, 54, of Leesburg was charged with providing false information to avoid arrested and was served an outstanding larceny warrant.

Nicole Hamm, 43, of Herndon was charged with possession of marijuana and Barbara Patton, 45, of West Virginia, was charged with possession of a Schedule I drug and possession of marijuana.

Photos via FCPD

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North Italia to Open This Week in Reston Town Center

North Italia, which the company describes as a “modern Italian concept,” will officially open its doors in Reston Town Center on Wednesday (July 31).

Fox Restaurant Concepts — which also brought True Food Kitchen to Mosaic District — is behind th restaurant, which is located at 11898 Market Street.

It takes over space previously occupied by Neyla Mediterranean Bistro.

The menu includes a mix of pastas, pizza and salads. Brunch is available on the weekend.

Reservations can be made online. Members can sign up for North Italia’s email campaign, which offers up a $10 off coupon for purchases of $20 or more.

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Monday Morning Notes

Robbery at CVS Pharmacy on Centreville Road — Police believe two suspected jumped the pharmacy counter on Thursday at the CVS on 2525 Centreville Road and took property. The suspects were described as black men with hooded sweatshirts. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Makeup Class Tomorrow at Reston Regional Library — Learn new makeup techniques in this free class presented by a local make up artists. Some makeup tools and makeup will be provided. [Fairfax County Government]

Reminder: Real Estate Taxes Due — Real Estate first installment bills are due today and second installment bills are due December 5. Payment is accepted online. [Fairfax County Government]

Photo by Bako Glonto/Flickr

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