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by RestonNow.com November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm 5 Comments

Former NFL Pro Bowler Charles Mann has joined Verity Commercial, a Reston-based commercial real estate services firm, the Washington Business Journal reports.

Since retiring from football in the 1994, Mann, 56, helped broker major deals, including the lease for Southland Industries at the Brick Yard Business Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland and the $7.9 million sale of Franklin Farm Medical Office, according to the report.

Before turning commercial real estate, Mann was a former Washington Redskins defensive end and played 12 years in the National Football League. After graduating from Strayer University he shifted to business development by working for companies like Mechanical Design Group, according to the report. He launched a government contracting firm called Charles Mann Enterprises three years ago.

He will handle sales and business development at Verity Commercial. 

For the complete report, visit WBJ’s website.

Editor’s Note (Nov. 30): This story has been updated to include Mann’s history with the Washington Redskins. 

Photo via Twitter

by Dave Emke May 23, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

LeAnn Rimes Headlining Tysons Concert Series — Nine concerts are planned in June and July at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center. Highlights include LeAnn Rimes (July 28) and James Arthur (June 22). [Tysons Corner Center]

SLHS Sports Teams Have Big Week — Boys tennis and boys soccer both have playoff matchups tonight, while varsity baseball and outdoor track and field have their regional events later this week. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

New Herndon Official to Start June 1 — Tammy L. Chastain has been hired as the town’s new deputy director of Public Works. [Town of Herndon]

Real Estate Professional Marks 40 YearsCarol Welsh marked the anniversary with Long & Foster’s Reston office last week. She is an active member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. She is a lifetime member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors’ Million Dollar Sales Club and Top Producers Club. She is also a member of the Founder’s Club of the Long & Foster Gold Team, and she is an accredited staging professional. [Long & Foster]

County Libraries Sharing Backpacks — The packs include a parking pass for Virginia State Parks, items to help kids explore the outdoors and much more. There are 32 available for loan from the county’s library branches. [Fairfax County]

by RestonNow.com May 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

On Monday, construction is set to begin on 210 new senior living units in Reston.

The units, to be called Hunters Woods at Trails Edge, will be located in place of the former United Christian Parish Church at 2222 Colts Neck Road.

Of the 210 units, 90 will be designated as independent living, 81 for assisted living, 15 for special needs, and 24 assigned to memory care.

The project will offer 20 percent of the independent living units as affordable units, and 4 percent of the assisted living beds will be available for residents who are eligible for the Virginia Department of Ageing and Rehabilitative Services Auxiliary Grant Program.

The project will offer 20 percent of the independent living units as affordable units, and 4 percent of the assisted living beds will be available for residents who are eligible for the Virginia Department of Ageing and Rehabilitative Services Auxiliary Grant Program. (more…)

by RestonNow.com Sponsor April 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

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by Dave Emke March 16, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

1900 Reston Metro Plaza/James Schaeffer Jr.

Reminder: Community Meeting on Street Designs Tonight — Bike lanes, crosswalks and center turning lanes will be among the topics of conversation at a Fairfax County Department of Transportation community meeting tonight at Dogwood Elementary School. Colts Neck Road, North Shore Drive and Twin Branches Road are being considered for the changes. [Reston Now]

Local Students Named to Honors Choir — A total of 77 Fairfax County middle-school students have been named to the 2017 All-Virginia Middle School Honors Choir, which will perform April 27-29 in Blacksburg. Among the honorees are Chelsea Camacho, Hannah Carter, Violet Sather and Thalia Tran from Langston Hughes Middle School; and Johnny Park, Hannah Townsend and Mackenzie Trimble from Herndon Middle School. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Christy Zeitz/Fellowship Square FoundationFellowship Square Foundation Names New Director — Christy Zeitz (pictured), formerly the executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia, is the new executive director of the Fellowship Square Foundation. Zeitz was also the former director of development for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance of Reston. The Reston-based Fellowship Square Foundation provides affordable housing and supportive services to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. It operates four properties, including Lake Anne Fellowship House and Hunters Woods Fellowship House in Reston. [Fellowship Square Foundation]

Home Listings Down in County, Sales Up — The number of active home listings in Fairfax County in January was 1,977. That number is down 17.4 percent from a year ago. Meanwhile, 794 homes were sold in the month, up 6.9 percent from January 2016. The average sale price was $545,772, up 8.1 percent. [Fairfax County]

Photo of 1900 Reston Metro Plaza courtesy James Schaeffer Jr. on Facebook; photo of Christy Zeitz courtesy Fellowship Square Foundation

by Dave Emke February 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Real-estate investment firm Pantzer Properties has purchased an apartment complex in Reston for $32 million.

Homestead at Reston (12265 Laurel Glade Court) consists of 200 units in 17 buildings off Glade Drive, adjacent to Dogwood Elementary School. It was previously known as Reston Glen.

Sales firm Berkadia, who brokered the transaction between Pantzer Properties and Texas-based sellers Crescent Real Estate Equities, announced the deal in a press release Tuesday.

“Reston Glen is well positioned in one of the most dynamic submarkets of Washington, D.C.,” said Scott Melnick, Berkadia senior managing director, in the release. “Pantzer Properties will be able to take advantage of economies by adding this property to its already significant roster of Northern Virginia holdings.”

According to the press release, the complex was built in 1974.

New York-based Pantzer Properties also owns The Point at McNair and The Point at Dulles, both in Herndon, along with numerous other residential properties in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Reston Now has made a request to Pantzer Properties for more details about the transaction, and this article will be updated if and when more information is made available.

by Jennifer van der Kleut January 4, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

September sunset in Reston/Credit: Joy Every

How Expensive Are Reston’s Costliest Available Homes? — Two single-family homes, two condos and a townhouse make up Realtor.com’s top five most expensive homes currently on the market in Reston. Spoiler alert: They’re all priced over $1 million. [Reston Patch]

Reston Historic Trust Gets an Executive Director — Beth Didiano started work Tuesday as the Reston Historic Trust and Museum’s first full-time executive director. Didiano previously served in similar roles in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. [Reston Now]

Reston Association Plans Trip to National Gallery of Art — A chartered bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in D.C. is being offered next week by RA. The Thursday, Jan. 12 excursion costs $29 for Reston residents and $34 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required. [RA/WebTrac]

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by Jennifer van der Kleut December 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm 6 Comments

Reston StationIt looks as though another huge development could soon go up near Reston Station.

Developer Comstock Partners has submitted plans to Fairfax County for a new mixed-use development, to be located south of Sunset Hills Road and immediately north of Reston Station and the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. The Washington Business Journal first reported on the new development last week.

If all goes according to plan, the new development would consist of 500 residential units, about 91,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and another 178,000 square feet for office or hotel use.

Comstock, which had its eye on the site earlier this year, will reportedly call the development The Promenade at Reston Station. Additionally, the developer plans to connect the new building to its adjacent developments via a “woonerf” on Reston Station Boulevard, WBJ reported.

Reston Station file photo from Oct. 2016

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by Jennifer van der Kleut December 19, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Morning Notes - Winter

Fairfax Police Respond to Stabbing at Dunn Loring Metro Stop — Someone stabbed a person and then hopped aboard an eastbound Orange Line train at the Dunn Loring Metro stop in Vienna earlier this morning, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. [Washington Post]

Ice to Meet You — The Reston area saw some ice over the weekend. Did the wintry weather affect your Saturday at all? [Twitter]

Local Home Sales Boosted  Home sales in Reston and the surrounding areas were up 22 percent over the same month last year, according to a recent report from a realty company. The median home price dropped by about 1 percent, but with inventory down, homes were snatched up quickly. [Reston Patch]

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by Eve Thompson December 13, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

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.

Here are some Reston homes that changed hands in the last week:

2232 Wakerobin Lane, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sold price: $935,000

11285 Spyglass Cove Lane, 4 BR, 3 BA. Sold price: $662,000

2403 Ripplemeade Court, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sold price: $650,000

902 Royal Elm Court, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sold price: $736,000

by Jennifer van der Kleut December 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm 12 Comments

Aerial view of Lincoln apartment complex location/Credit: Fairfax CountyThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week approved plans for a new 260-unit apartment complex near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.

The seven-story apartment complex, dubbed “the Lincoln,” will be located next to the site of the future Metro Commerce Center, a multi-acre development by Vornado Realty planned to consist of four towers featuring offices, residences, retail and a hotel.

The Lincoln is slated to be built on three acres near the corner of Sunrise Valley Drive and Commerce Park Drive, where a surface-level parking garage for the Executive II office building is located now.

The firm developing the Lincoln, Wiehle Station Ventures LLC, told the board that the apartment complex will feature an interior Rendering of Lincoln Property Co. Project off Sunrise Valley Drive/Credit: Fairfax Countycourtyard and underground parking.

“The developer will also help to build the planned shared-use path along Sunrise Valley,” the board said in its announcement Thursday.

The site for the Lincoln complex is close to Reston National Golf Course and Soapstone Drive, where a future toll road crossing is planned.

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by Jennifer van der Kleut December 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm 12 Comments

Vornado's Wiehle Reston East development, photo via KTGY Group and Studio Landscape ArchitectureThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the rezoning of nearly 12 acres of office space near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station along with Vornado Realty Trust’s plans for its transformation.

The area, adjacent to the Metro station at Wiehle Avenue and Sunrise Valley Drive, will be redeveloped by Vornado into 1.5 million square feet of residences, hotels, restaurants and retail. Washington Business Journal first reported on the approval yesterday.

The nearly 12 acres have long been zoned as industrial. With Vornado’s redevelopment plan, three existing six-story office buildings will remain, but the rest will be transformed into a live-work-dine-shop destination for those who want to be close to Metro and Reston’s busy business corridor.

The development will include a seven-story building that will fit up to 200 residences, another 24-story building that will fit up to 300 residences, a new 22-story office building of more than 350,000 square feet, and a new 14-story hotel that will feature around 175 rooms, according to Vornado’s application as reported by the county.

These new buildings will be among some of the tallest in Reston.

Occupants of the new development will have access to both the north and south sides of the Metro station, from Sunrise Valley Drive via Commerce Park Drive. Retail and dining businesses would be on ground floors of the buildings and would aim to minimize car use.

The plans also include a total of 1.5 acres of open space, with small parks, bicycle tracks and a promenade along the businesses, and will feature public art including a water feature.

Residents of the development will also be Reston Association members, and therefore would have access to the pools, tennis courts, event and recreation opportunities that come with membership.

by Jennifer van der Kleut November 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

11493 Sunset Hills Road office building (Photo courtesy of Rubenstein Partners)A Philadelphia-based developer has bought up 180,000 square feet of office space in Reston with plans to renovate it and add high-end amenities, in hopes of attracting tech companies.

Rubenstein Partners announced last week it purchased the five-story building at 11493 Sunset Hills Road for $18.6 million. Unisys Corp. recently vacated the building after more than 10 years.

Built around 1988, the property is close to the Reston Station neighborhood, which is just a short walk from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. It also is near the Dulles Toll Road, Reston Town Center and Plaza America.

“11493 Sunset Hills Road is exactly the kind of value-add opportunity Rubenstein Partners seeks out,” Mike Daugard, a Rubenstein Partners vice president, said in a statement. “The outstanding location speaks for itself.”

Rubenstein Partners soon will begin work on updating the building with new high-end amenities to create a more modern feel, Dugard said.

“The vision for the property is to convert it from a traditional office building to a high-tech magnet by refashioning the interiors to offer higher ceilings and a more open ‘industrial loft’ feel,” he said.

In addition to all-new HVAC systems and a modern building management system, the building will get a fitness center, conference center and food service areas, according to plans from Rubenstein Partners.

All renovations and additions are expected to be complete by the end of 2017. At that time, Rubenstein Partners will hand over operations to real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which will lease the space.

Photo courtesy of Rubenstein Partners

by Karen Goff November 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm 21 Comments

11510 turnbridgeBuying a home in Reston can be pricey. Did you know it is the priciest in the commonwealth?

That is the finding from real estate firm Coldwell Banker, which recently looked at the most expensive communities nationwide.

Virginia’s winner was Reston/Vienna, with an average listing price of  $641,783.

Also in the top five: Alexandria, Fairfax, Ashburn and Burke. Neighbor Herndon came in No. 8 with an average price of $490,560.

Meanwhile, the average four-bedroom Virginia home costs $317,336, according to Coldwell Banker.

So what does $640,000 get you in Reston? Here’s some listings that come close:

There is this four-bedroom single family home on Lake Newport Road for $639,900. Here’s a cool Contemporary on Turnbridge Lane (pictured) for $699,900. A three-bedroom townhouse with garage on Waterhaven Drive will cost you $649,500. You could also snap up an original Lake Anne waterfront townhouse on Chimney House Road for $659,000 or a two-bedroom condo at the Paramount for $629,000.

Overall, there are 32 active listings in the $600,000 price range in Reston.

Meanwhile, take pride in knowing we’re No. 1.

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