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by RestonNow.com Sponsor November 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm 2 Comments

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.

Thanksgiving is in two short days, and that means Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s Day are approaching fast. Now is the time for home sellers to hunker down and wait until Spring, right?

Wrong.

Selling at this time of year can actually be very beneficial to the seller. Here are three reasons to list your home now (from an article on Realtor.com that discussed 10 reasons why you can sell your home during the holidays).

  1. Seller competition is lighter during the holidays
    There are plenty of buyers out there right now. But with sellers reluctant to list their homes during the holidays, there is a shortage of inventory. Take advantage of that.
  2. People buying during the holidays are VERY motivated
    The average American home buyer who isn’t relocating doesn’t usually have a timetable. But those who are actively searching during the holidays are extremely motivated buyers. Think about it: they’re willing to alter their holiday schedules and brave bad weather to get into a home. These buyers want to move right away and are willing to spend significant money to make it happen. These are the kinds of buyers home sellers want.
  3. Internet searches during the holidays surge
    Many home buyers spend a lot of time house hunting online during the holidays, as opposed to seeing homes in person. Real estate website traffic kicks up significantly when the overall market sales might be slowing down. That means to have your home discovered during this timeframe, it must be on the market and, thus, showing up on line. Homes advertised correctly online during this time get significantly more exposure than the average home, and those sellers that are taking a break from being on the market are as good as non-existent to the online buyer.

Read the article for more insights as to why this is a great time of year to sell your home. Or call me and I can help you get ready.

by RestonNow.com Sponsor November 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

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.

Thanksgiving feels so early this year. But there is still plenty of time to plan your fun holiday weekend activities. Here are my picks for Thanksgiving weekend in Reston.

Before the Big Weekend:

Thanksgiving Food Drive, November 1-20

Every year, the Reston Community Center, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and Cornerstones join to help families in need by collecting non-perishable food and other items. Cornerstones is a wonderful organization providing a range of services for families in need, and supporting them is always a priority for me.

From November 1-20, you can drop you items off at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods and Lake Anne facilities, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other drop-off points throughout the community (located on the website). Visit the website for a list of items needed.

Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church — 2017 Christmas Bazaar

This free family event is Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Get a start on holiday shopping with unique handcrafted gifts. Stock up on holiday treats like gourmet peanut brittle, homemade baked goods and preserves. There will be a raffle for a beautiful Christmas basket and fun activities for the kids. Proceeds will benefit the Martin Luther King Christian Church Building Fund. Follow the link for the address.

Thanksgiving Day

Turkey Day 5k

November 23 at 8:00 a.m. at South Lakes High School.

What better way to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast than run, jog or walk in a fun-filled 5k race? There will be a run for everyone… 5k, 1-Mile Fun Run and even a free Tot Trot. The race will start and finish on the NEW South Lakes High School track.

Bring an old, clean coat to donate to One Warm Coat, whose mission is to provide anyone in need with a warm coat, free of charge. One Warm Coat’s vision is that they become a part of the American lifestyle; that when a coat is no longer needed, people will think of them and donate it; that donors will be warmed by the knowledge that their coats will go directly to children, women and men in need.

Register here.

Thanksgiving Friday

27th annual Reston Holiday Parade

The holiday season at Reston Town Center is always festive, and Thanksgiving Friday launches it all. The 27th annual Reston Holiday Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, characters, community groups, dignitaries, special guest emcees — and Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. It’s always fun to see who shows up. (more…)

Reston Real Estate: Just Sold

by Eve Thompson November 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

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 recently:

11201 Chestnut Grove, 2 BR, BA. Sale Price: $230,000.

11594 Cedar Chase Road, 5 BR, 6 BA. Sale Price: $1.2 million.

11542 Hickory Cluster, 4BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $428,500.

1794 Ivy Oak Square #85, 4 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $342,000.

11631 Quail Ridge Court, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $65,000.

2333 Old Trail Drive, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $440,000.

2511 Pinoak Lane, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $555,000.

2315 Toddsbury Plaza, 4 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $527,000.

11807 Tree Fern Court, 5 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $660,000.

11605 Springhouse Place, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $725,000.

by Eve Thompson October 31, 2017 at 10:15 am 5 Comments

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.

The Uplands is the quintessential Reston neighborhood — while it is convenient to all major roads, it feels like it is miles away from everything.

As one of Reston’s older neighborhoods, and one that borders Lake Fairfax Park, the wooded areas are well-established. Uplands has a great layout with just two access points. While there is a convenient secret short cut over to Route 7, for the most part the people who travel on Ring Road live in Uplands.

The Uplands neighborhood includes both townhome clusters and single-family homes in a wide variety of styles, from ranch styles houses to large contemporary and pretty much everything in between. One of the best features of Uplands is the toddler- and young kid-oriented Uplands pool. OK, adults enjoy playing in the pool’s fountains too.

There is also a huge recreation area that includes two tennis courts, a full-sized basketball court and a baseball diamond. For those who like walking their dogs in the woods, or just going for a great hike, there is easy access into Lake Fairfax Park via the Buttermilk Creek trail. And in the winter, Uplands has the best sledding hill around.

Uplands is about a five-minute drive to Reston Town Center, and same to the Reston Metro Station. But the neighborhood is so tranquil and beautiful, you may never want to leave.

by Eve Thompson October 24, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

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.

Wondering when the best time to list your home is? The answer is right now. Fall is actually a great time of year to put your house on the market. It’s not really a matter of when to do it; it’s a matter of what you need to do to prepare.

First impressions matter, so making sure your home has curb appeal is really important. I’ve had many clients refuse to look inside the house simply because they didn’t like the way the outside looked. Here are five things you can do to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.

Power Wash Your House and Decks

Over time, your house and deck can start looking grungy. Sometimes a new coat of paint or stain is called for (you should do that every six or seven years), but often a good power washing is more than enough to make your house look brand-spanking new. Your house will look so fresh, you may wonder why you’ve never done this before!

Replace Rotted Wood

Many of the homes in Reston have wood exteriors and HOA requirements forbid any other type of siding. In our moist climate, wood will sometimes rot — especially around window casings. The good news is that fixing it may not be as costly as you think. Sure it’s not as quick a fix as planting flowers, but it will drastically boost your curb appeal.

Clean the Gutters

Cleaning the gutters really doesn’t take that long. Whether you do it yourself or pay to have it done, it will help make your house look more inviting. Something about weeds growing out of gutters just looks untidy.

Do Some Landscaping

Flowers and a nice lawn — boy, do they make a house look good. This time of year there are still flowers you can plant, and it’s not expensive. Whether they’re in flower boxes, hanging baskets or berms, they provide a huge boost to your curb appeal. Planting flowers is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to make a big impact. Then make sure you don’t have any lawn dead spots around your trees. Plant some shade-loving flowers or plants around the shady spots (hostas do particularly well here), or just mulch. You will be amazed at how clean and appealing your yard looks with these simple changes.

Upgrade the Hardware on Your Door

Another super simple upgrade is to change the hardware on your door. Styles change over time, so make sure your door looks current. Swapping out old light fixtures and mailboxes (if you have one by your door) can also add new life to your entrance.

There are many more things you can do to boost your curb appeal, but these five things will drastically improve how your house looks to potential buyers and will make them want to come in and see more.

by Eve Thompson October 17, 2017 at 11:30 am 5 Comments

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.

There is something to be said for being able to walk everywhere. That’s part of why people love living in West Market, a community across the street from Reston Town Center. In fact, West Market residents can walk to the grocery store, restaurants, the movie theater, the W&OD trail, and anything else they could need. (Even Target is walking distance.)

One of my favorite West Market amenities is the private pond that has a walking trail around it. (It’s about 1/2 mile total around the pond.) You can do the loop several times, take the trail to the W&OD trail, or sit on one of the benches and read a book on a gorgeous day. It’s peaceful and lovely.

West Market was built in the late 1990s. Five builders came together to create this architecturally diverse community. Most people first notice the rounded exteriors that are unlike anything else in Reston. Spacious common areas include a clubhouse, which includes a main hall and kitchen for meetings and gatherings, a fitness center and sauna, and an outdoor pool.

The dwelling units comprise two condo communities:

  • The Lincoln Park community has 104 luxury, 2-story townhome style condos.
  • Madison Park has 122 condominium units (24 of which are townhouses) within seven buildings.

West Market is a great choice for anyone wanting to live in the Reston Town Center area without actually being in Town Center.

by Eve Thompson October 10, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

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.

The Hook Road neighborhood off Fairway Drive is a sweet little pocket of homes built in the 1960s. In case the road names don’t give it away, this small community backs up to the Hidden Creek Country Club golf course. Those are some very nice views from back decks.

The Hook Road homes are classic contemporary style, most with three or four bedrooms; are typically two-story; and many have brick exteriors.

The homes line only one side of the street. The inner space of the horseshoe houses a baseball diamond for Little League, RA tennis courts and a basketball court that provide entertainment all summer. And there is plenty of room among that green space to lay out a blanket for a family picnic.

But that may change.

Reston Association is currently assessing how the Hook Road Recreation Area could be improved, and the time for community input is now (specifically Oct. 16 and Nov. 2). RA’s goal is to present a proposal to the RA Board of Directors early next year.

The Hook Road Recreation Area was originally developed in 1965 with tennis and basketball amenities added in 1973. Since that time, the recreation area has remained relatively unchanged.

In 2016, the RA board approved a new capital project methodology called “Full Facility Enhancements,” which focuses on revitalizing facilities as a singular unit instead of replacing individual amenities. If you use the recreation area, or just want to know what the plan is, attend the meetings. You can find out the locations on the RA website. You can also sign up to for updates about the project by emailing [email protected].

by Eve Thompson October 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

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 recently:

1703 Ascot Way, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $259,900.

2237 Castle Rock Square, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $208,000.

2264 Cedar Cove Court, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $800,000.

2203 Coppersmith Square, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $299,500.

11887 Fawn Ridge Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $712,500.

1645 Fieldthorn Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $377,000.

12108 Kinsley Place, 2 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $730,000.

1567 Inlet Court, 4 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $540,000.

11572 Lake Newport Road, 4 BR, 5 BA. Sale Price: $1.19 million.

1930 Lakeport Way, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $690,000.

12001 Market St., 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $260,000.

11415 Orchard Green Court, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $522,500.

1615 Purple Sage Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $315,000.

2065 Royal Fern Court, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $215,000.

2314 Southgate Square, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $299,000.

11119 Timberhead Court, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $530,000.

11605 Vantage Hill Road, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $160,000.

1300 Windleaf Drive, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $385,000.

by Eve Thompson September 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

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.

I sometimes think that people visiting Reston may think condos and apartments are the only living options. Certainly in the Reston Town Center area, where more condos are being built all the time, it seems that way.

But many longtime Reston residents associate Reston living with townhouses. That makes sense with close to 140 separate townhouse clusters in Reston. Each has its own personality, too.

Often, when I’m working with new clients who aren’t from the area, they’ve never considered living in a townhouse. It’s a condo or single-family home. They perceive townhomes as dark and small with little privacy from neighbors.

I just laugh a little. Because when they visit some of the townhome communities around here, they quickly change their minds.

Our townhome clusters are wildly varied, from the comfortable and modest to over-the-top luxurious. Many are on lakes or a golf course. All have beautiful, well-kept common areas. What’s best for new homebuyers is that Reston townhomes offer a wide range of housing options for almost every price point. That means neighborhoods are often a combination of young families, singles or couples who have downsized. It’s a wonderful, eclectic mix. And for busy professionals, there is the bonus of a lovely neighborhood that you don’t have to care for — your cluster maintains the common property.

If you’ve never considered townhome living because you’re worried about the size, the light or living in such close proximity, may I invite you to tour some Reston townhomes. In my opinion, we do it better than any other town. From the first communities built in Reston, Waterview and Hickory clusters, to West Market built in 1998, Reston has perfected townhome living.

by Eve Thompson September 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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 recently:

1619 Fieldthorn Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $359,900.

1347 Garden Wall Circle, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $259,000

2332 Generation Drive, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $430,000

12001 Market St., 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $599,900

1405 Park Garden Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $522,500

2145 Whisper Way, 2 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $350,000

by Eve Thompson September 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

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 recently:

1528 Goldenrain Court, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $439,500

10972 Harpers Square Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $470,000

1925 Logan Manor Drive, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $990,000

10717 Midsummer Drive, 4 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $727,000

11415 Summer House Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $600,000

1783 Whisperhill Drive, 2 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $335,000

by Eve Thompson September 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

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 recently:

12273 Angel Wing Court, 4 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $495,500

2548 Brenton Point Drive, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price; $620,000

11906 Crosswind Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $365,000

11744 Decade Court, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $475,000

2049 Headlands Circle, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $407,000

1344 Garden Wall Circle, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $300,000

11612 Ivystone Court, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $285,000

1649 Valencia Way, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $380,000

by Eve Thompson August 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

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 recently:

11971 Barrel Cooper Road, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $354,000

11806 Blue Spruce Road, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $732,000

2233 Castle Rock Square, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $190,000

1321 Dasher Lane, 4 BR, 5 BA. Sale Price: $965,000

11309 Geddys Court, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $491,000

1236 Gilman Court, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $810,000

2323 Glade Bank Way, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $438,000

2053 Golf Course Drive, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $470,000

11605 Golf Course Square, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $411,000

2003 Headlands Circle, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $415,000

12000 Market St., 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $650,000

11703 Olde English Drive, 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $188,000

11403 Orchard Green Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $574,900

2519 Penny Royal Lane, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $530,000

1332 Red Hawk Circle, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $866,500

11224 Silentwood Lane, 2 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $325,000

11678 Stockbridge Lane, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $630,000

1860 Stratford Park Place, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $495,000

11415 Summer House Court, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $600,000

12011 Walnut Branch Road, 4 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $742,000

by Eve Thompson August 22, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

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.

I love contemporary architecture and Lake Thoreau, so it’s no surprise that Purple Beech Drive and Upper Lake Drive are two one of my favorite streets in Reston. While on opposite sides of the lake, both are typical Reston single-family home communities with an organic, natural feel to the wood-sided homes. In addition to lake access, the homes are also on generous, wooded plots. You feel like you’re at a resort!

As with most single-family home communities, the sizes and layouts are all different. Typically, though, they are 4-bedroom, multi-level homes. They have beautiful wooded yards, and the entire neighborhood is well landscaped and attractive. Purple Beech is a cul-de-sac and Upper Lake is a horseshoe, which means both are quiet and peaceful — great places to let your children play outside and enjoy nature.

While not all of the homes have direct lakefront access to Lake Thoreau, they do all have full lake access and privileges. Imagine paddling on the lake during the summer, or enjoying a picnic on your own floating barge (a favorite among many people who live on Reston’s lakes). A lovely 2-mile walking path circles the lake. In nice weather, lake residents make full use of it, walking to South Lakes Village Center to enjoy a meal or simply going for a run.

Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School are close by. Other nearby amenities include the Walker Nature Education Center, Reston Regional Golf Course, Wiehle-Reston East Metro station (about 1 mile), Reston Town Center, pools and tennis courts.

These are the kind of streets you dream of: close to anything you want to do, but also perfect if you just want to hang out in your beautiful home.

by Eve Thompson August 15, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

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.

I love wandering through the original Reston communities. I’m always struck by the differences in each neighborhood, even those adjacent to each other. Wainwright Drive in the Lake Anne area is a great example. The three townhome communities couldn’t be more different, despite all sharing an excellent location near Reston Town Center and Lake Anne and having been developed within years of each other.

Coleson Cluster

Most people who know anything of Reston’s history know about Waterview Cluster — the iconic townhomes on Lake Anne. Few people know that award-winning architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith designed another community of townhomes with the same floor plan and style as nearby Waterview. Coleson Cluster was built during the mid 1960s and comprises 45 townhomes spread over four and a half acres of lush lawn and trees. The townhouses in this beautiful community have a charming mid-century modern meets cottage vibe. They are light and airy, with light and inviting interior spaces. With flat roofs, large windows and contemporary style, they range in size from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet.

Mediterranean Villa, Reston

Continuing the European feel is Mediterranean Villa. Developed in 1970, the Mediterranean Villa homes feature white stucco exteriors with tiled roofs, 2-car garages, and about 1,900 to 2,500 square feet of living space. It’s a small and tight-knit community of 37 homes sited on a quiet cul-de-sac. Yes, these patio homes are nestled among oaks and pines rather than the coast, but they are as bright and airy as you will find anywhere in the Mediterranean.

Wainwright Cluster

Boston-based PARD Team, a young multi-disciplinary group of urban planners, architects, researchers and designers designed Wainwright Cluster in 1966. The cluster was part of the PARD Team’s mission to meet “the new challenges created by the uncontrolled urbanization of our environment, recent discoveries in the fields of social research, and rapid changes in building technology.”

These homes were designed for first time homeowners. There are six models varying in size and layout. However, spacious bedrooms, large closets, ample storage space, breakfast nooks, and ground floor powder rooms are standard in all of them. The homes also feature spacious carports, large storage sheds, well-equipped play areas and private outdoor patios. Grouped into neighborhood subclusters, each neighborhood group is situated around a common landscaped green. Large windows at the rear of each home provide panoramic views of the thickly wooded areas surrounding the subclusters.

All of these neighborhoods are ideally located. Just off North Shore Drive, both Reston Town Center and Lake Anne are an easy walk. In fact, the Reston Association paths in this area are among community favorites and you are guaranteed to run into friends as you walk. The neighborhood is also close to the Reston Metro, Dulles Toll Road and Dulles airport. The kids can walk to Lake Anne Elementary, which is just two blocks away. And the entire family can enjoy the Reston pools and tennis courts, also within walking distance.

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