11800 Sunset Hills Road

If you’re looking to rent in Reston, you’ve got options — find everything from luxury condos to roomy single-family homes and townhomes.

Here are a few recently listed rentals available in Reston:

In the market? Check out the latest in Reston real estate.

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Leidos’ headquarters in Reston Town Center (Via Google Maps)

In the market for a job? Whether you’re looking for a part-time gig or full-time role, there are plenty of openings around Reston.

We scoured job boards and company sites to find opportunities. Companies hiring locally include Reston Hospital Center, Leidos, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Walmart.

Take a look:

  1. Software engineering manager — Fannie Mae
  2. Workday integrations consultant — Deloitte
  3. Federal client development executive — Iron Mountain
  4. Patient safety attendant — Reston Hospital Center
  5. Senior staff software engineer — FireEye
  6. Chemist, data validator (remote) — Leidos
  7. Surgical scheduler — Virginia Cancer Specialists
  8. Senior product manager — Walmart
  9. Lead proposal writer — CACI
  10. Bridge maintenance crew member — Virginia Department of Transportation
  11. Manager grievance/appeals — Anthem
  12. Business development representative, public sector — Salesforce
  13. Assistant teacher (part-time) — Bright Horizons
  14. Floor tech — Reston Hospital Center
  15. Tutor — Grade Potential Tutoring

Are you a business owner or manager who’s hiring? Get your opening in front of more local job seekers with our featured Job of the Day posts. Reach out to [email protected] or give us a call at 703-348-0583 for more details.

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Meet Lucy, Reston’s latest Pet of the Week. This 10-year-old sweetie is getting a second chance at life.

Here’s what she told her friends at Fancy Cats Rescue Team:

Hi! My name is Lucy, and I am a 10-year-old kitty looking for a new home! I was presented to a local hospital for euthanasia, but they gave me a second chance at life! I had a severe case of flea allergy dermatitis, which is now much better!

I love everyone I meet! I love to be rubbed and scratched. I give great head butts and will gladly spend my days at your side! I have gotten along with both dogs and cats in my current household. I am up to date on my vaccines.

Are you and Lucy the perfect match?

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Meet Brown Sugar, an aptly named, affectionate boy who loves to cuddle at your feet and try to curl up in your lap (though, at 60 pounds, he might not quite fit).

Here’s what his friends at PetConnect Rescue had to say about him.

Meet Brown Sugar! His name says it all… this very sweet and happy 2.5- to 3-year-old adult dog loves to hang out with his people. Sugar is about 60 pounds and has a gorgeous, rich reddish-brown coat with a spot of white on his chest and toes. Brown Sugar is adorable, happy, outgoing and loves to snuggle/get attention from his humans! While he settles down nicely to hang out with the family, he is also curious, energetic, loves to go for walks, play with his toys, and play with his ball and his people outside. He also knows some basic commands. Sugar will do best in an adult home (or possibly with young adults) who will continue to work on leash training. While he loves to meet children, he gets overstimulated and starts jumping/mouthing, which can be too much for them. He is an exceptionally smart dog who is very attentive to his people but needs a confident person to ensure he continues to develop into the well-behaved dog he can be all the time.

Brown Sugar found himself, through no fault of his own, in a rural North Carolina shelter. Poor Sugar did not understand why no one came to get him and he had lost the comforts of a home. PetConnect came to his rescue and has brought him to the Baltimore/DC area to find his new home that will adore him furever.

If you are looking for a companion who is a very sweet, happy dog that will greet you with butt wiggles and gentle “kisses,” Brown Sugar may be the one for you.

Is Brown Sugar the next sweet treat to belong in your household? For more information, stop by his PetFinder profile.

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Fairfax County is considering taxing disposable plastic bags (via Takoma Park/Flickr)

The disposable plastic bags that remain ubiquitous at grocery and convenience stores could soon be subject to a five-cent tax in Fairfax County.

Under an ordinance proposed by county staff, the tax would be imposed on grocery, convenience, and drugstore retailers, rather than their customers. There would be some exceptions, including:

  • Plastic bags designed for reuse
  • Bags exclusively used to wrap meat, produce, and other perishable food items to avoid damage or contamination
  • Bags used to carry prescription drugs or dry cleaning
  • Bags sold in packages for garbage or other kinds of waste disposal

Building off of legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly in April 2020, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted on July 14 to direct staff to draft the ordinance, which would take effect on Jan. 1, 2022 if adopted.

Proponents of the measure on the board argued that imposing a tax will incentivize individuals and retailers to use fewer disposable plastic bags, which generally wind up in landfills or as litter that can be harmful to the environment.

Revenue from the plastic bag tax could be used to fund environmental cleanup programs, education on reducing waste, pollution and litter mitigation programs, and reusable bags for food assistance benefit recipients, according to the state law.

Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, the lone board member to oppose drafting the ordinance, took issue with the idea of introducing a new tax in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past research also suggests paper bags and reusable cotton bags require more carbon emissions to manufacture than disposable plastic ones, so they need to be reused a lot to be more environmentally friendly.

The timing of the ordinance is important, since the state law lets retailers retain two cents of the imposed tax to offset the cost of changing their operations until Jan. 1, 2023, at which point the discount shrinks to just one cent.

Community members will get their first chance to weigh in on the proposed tax at a public hearing scheduled for the Board of Supervisors’ upcoming meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 14). Speakers can register to deliver testimony in person, by phone or video, or in writing.

Photo via Takoma Park/Flickr

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1270 New Bedford Lane (via Google Maps)

It’s that time again! Let’s take a look back on Reston real estate in August.

According to Homesnap, nearly 130 homes were sold in August. In total, there are 232 homes for sale (up from last month), and 53 new listings hit the market in the past four weeks.

Now, let’s take a look at a few of the most expensive homes sold in Reston in August:

In the market? Check out the latest in Reston real estate.

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Meet Lentil, a fearless tiger mama who’s “bean” waiting to get pets in your lap.

Lentil’s friends at Fancy Cats Rescue Team shared a few words from this week girl.

Hi, my name is Lentil, and I am a beautiful, young, female brown and black tabby. I am part of the “Bean” family. I gave birth to three little beans 🙂 on May 1, 2021 — Pinto, Fava and Lima. Although I am obviously a mama, I am also VERY young at heart (and young in age as well, just about a year old). I play with my kittens all the time as if I am a kitten myself!

A little about me: I am very petite (about 6 pounds right now). I have a beautiful swirling tabby pattern all down my back. My foster mom says that I have been a fabulous mama, and I would love to be adopted with one of my kittens, as we play together so well! I am extremely sweet to my humans. I immediately purr when I am pet, and I love to be picked up and/or to be pet in your lap. I am also very adventurous. I love meeting new cats and playing with them in my foster home! Nothing seems to phase me or scare me!

Will you let us (myself and one of my babies) join your hearts and your home? We have “bean” waiting for you! Email [email protected] for more information.

Could Lentil be the cat for you?

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11716 Blue Smoke Trail (via Google Maps)

With the constant chatter about the hot real estate market, we were curious: What can $750,000 get you these days?

Let’s take a look at some area homes that recently sold for (or around) $750,000 in the area. We’ll start here in Reston and work our way to other parts of Northern Virginia.

Reston

11716 Blue Smoke Trail

Specs:

  • Built: 1970
  • 4 BD/2.5 BA single-family home
  • 0.6 acres; 2,292 square feet
  • Features: Tw0-car garage, community pool

Sold: $750,000

Arlington

4621 6th Street S.

4621 6th Street S., Arlington (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1940
  • 3 BD/1.5 BA single-family home
  • 0.24 acres; 2,025 square feet
  • Features: Detached two-story garage, hardwood floors, large rec room, deep backyard

Sold: $750,000

Alexandria

16 N. Donelson Street

16 N Donelson Street (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1940
  • 4 BD/3 BA single-family home
  • 0.23 acres; 2,452 square feet
  • Features: Remodeled kitchen, large patio with natural gas fire pit

Sold: $755,000

Vienna

413 Orleans Circle SW

413 Orleans Circle SW (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1959
  • 3 BD/2 BA single-family home
  • 0.29 acres; 1,058 square feet
  • Features: Quiet cul-de-sac, fenced backyard, no HOA

Sold: $750,000

Ashburn

43059 Weatherwood Drive

43059 Weatherwood Drive (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1995
  • 5 BD/3.5 BA single-family home
  • 0.2 acres; 3,169 square feet
  • Features: Upgraded wood floors, large back deck, large rec room

Sold: $750,000

Fairfax

10225 Raider Lane

10225 Raider Lane (via Google Maps)

Specs:

  • Built: 1963
  • 4 BD/3 BA single-family home
  • 0.27 acres; 2,480 square feet
  • Features: Property backs to woods, large deck, remodeled bathrooms

Sold: $750,000

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11124 Beaver Trail Court (via Google Maps)

Sure, a lot of homes in this area are going for over asking price, but that doesn’t mean others aren’t seeing a price cut.

In the past 30 days, 50 Reston homes were reduced in price, according to Homesnap.

A few of the most recent price reductions include:

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In the market for a job? Whether you’re looking for a part-time gig or full-time role, there are plenty of openings around Reston.

We scoured job boards and company sites to find new opportunities posted or updated in the past seven days. Companies hiring locally include Pupatella Pizzeria, Microsoft, Deloitte and Wegmans.

Take a look:

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Meet Ready Rufus, he has a knack for fashion and lives to charm the ladies… and men with his sweet, playful personality.

Here’s what his friends at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue say about him:

Rufus is confused. He is cute, right? He loves people. He is always happy to see other dogs — so why has he not found his family yet? He’s done everything right — completed agility courses in record time, gone in the swimming pool and looked cool while doing it, and has been nice to everyone he has met.

He loves toys. (Give him a Kong or a bone, and he’ll be occupied for hours. Give him a peanut butter-filled kong, and he is in doggie heaven.) He takes treats ever so gently from your hand. He loves to snuggle and bury his head into your chest — his way of showing how much love he has to give and how appreciative he is for attention. He’s even competed in our summer event competition as Jimmy Buffet’s sidekick (see primary picture). He is hopeful that maybe the suave, debonair approach might work. (See how handsome he is in the green hat?) I mean this boy is up for anything! Yes, Rufus has many “looks,” but only one sweet, funny personality.

If you would like this handsome, people-pleasing dude bringing all these talents with him — promising endless fun and laughter (yes, he thinks he is a comedian also) — let us know! Lots of personality with this boy! Rufus is 70 pounds and is 2 years old. He is neutered and up to date on all his shots. I mean, this pup is the whole package!

Rufus carries an adoption fee of $389, which includes his microchip. This attractive, affectionate guy is going to bring lots of joy to some lucky adopters, so don’t delay, get your application in to his coordinator at my email below [email protected].

Are you ready for Ready Rufus to join your pack?

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11597 Maple Ridge Road (via Google Maps)

In the market to buy a home? Or just want to take a look around?

There are 237 homes currently for sale in Reston, according to Homesnap. Breaking it down, that’s 135 condos, 35 detached homes and 77 townhomes. Additionally, as of Aug. 15, there have been 57 new listings in the past four weeks.

Find a number of open houses in Reston this weekend including:

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An FCPS employee at an Inova COVID-19 vaccine clinic from earlier this year (Photo by Karen Bolt/Fairfax County Public Schools)

The first day of school is less than a week away, and for many students, teachers, and parents, it’s coming with even more anxiety than usual.

For the first time since mid-March 2020, nearly all Fairfax County Public School students will attend in-person classes five days a week starting on Monday (Aug. 23).

With COVID-19 still in the air and students younger than 12 unable to get vaccinated, FCPS has an array of health protocols aimed at curbing the risk of infection, including an indoor mask requirement, outdoor classes and dining where possible, and diagnostic testing for people who display symptoms.

However, the school system is not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees or eligible students. Arlington Public Schools is the only Northern Virginia district to issue a vaccine requirement for staff so far, though the Alexandria City school board is expected to discuss the issue today (Thursday).

The Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, the union that represents FCPS educators and non-administrative staff, said earlier this week that it would support a mandate, and FCPS says it will “continue to consider all options that keep our staff and students safe.”

While many colleges and universities have issued vaccine mandates for students, legal and political concerns make it unlikely that any K-12 schools will take a similar stance, even though they already require other immunizations.

According to Fairfax County Health Department data, 78% of adolescents aged 12-17 and 65.6% of all Fairfax Health District residents have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

“While mandatory vaccination is a policy decision and not a policy that the health department would be in charge of making, we do really support and urge everybody to get the information they need in order to make a positive decision to get vaccinated, which is really more important than ever with the Delta variant,” FCHD Director of Epidemiology and Population Health Dr. Benjamin Schwartz said during a virtual town hall on Monday (Aug. 26).

With the COVID-19 vaccines shown to be effective at preventing serious illness, albeit slightly less so against the Delta variant, should FCPS require the shots?

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Meet Meghan, a 3-year-old Maine coon mix who’s having a hard time adjusting to shelter life and is ready to find her forever home.

Here’s what her friends at Fancy Cats Rescue Team had to say about her:

Meghan is a gray-and-white female domestic medium-hair mix. She is approximately 3 years, 3 months old. She has been spayed.

Poor Meghan is a little confused and having trouble adjusting to shelter life. She’s a very shy kitty at first but is said to be very affectionate once she warms up to you. She is a playful kitty who loves to play with toys, especially fake mice and on cat towers! She is already litter-box trained.

She previously lived with four other cats, a small dog and children and did well with all of it, though she could be timid around the other kitties.

Learn more about Meghan via Petfinder.

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