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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.

by Eve Thompson — August 8, 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:

1325 Buttermilk Lane, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $743,500

2206 Castle Rock Square, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $208,000

1161 Cedar Chase Road, 5 BR, 6 BA. Sale Price: $1.18M

2101 Colts Neck Court, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $469,900

10718 Cross School Road, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $919,000

2343 Emerald Heights Court, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $335,000

10418 Hunt Club Road, 4 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $524,900

2283 Hunters Run Drive, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $294,000

1705 Lake Shore Crest Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $300,000

11566 Links Drive, 4 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $450,000

11837 Shire Court, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $224,900

1216 Wild Hawthorn Way, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $534,600

by Eve Thompson — August 1, 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:

2350 Antiqua Court, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $329,000

1493 Autumn Ridge Circle, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $415,000

2237 Cedar Cove Court, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $525,000

2024 Chadds Ford Drive, 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $547,500

12303 Fan Shell Court, 4 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $362,000

11695 Gilman Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $730,000

2305 Glade Bank Way, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $400,000

11955 Heathcote Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $420,900

11211 Longwood Grove Drive, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $754,900

12000 Market St., 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $320,000

12000 Market St., 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $410,000

2318 Millennium Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $440,000

1333 Northgate Square, 3 BR, 1.5 BA. Sale Price: $250,000

1525 Northgate Square, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $199,900

1102 Northwind Drive, 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $830,000

1350 Park Garden Lane, 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $580,000

1933 Red Lion Court, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $442,000

11566 Rolling Green Court, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $249,000

1474 Roundleaf Court, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $490,000

2063 Royal Fern Court, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $185,000

11950 Sentinel Point Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $462,500

2433 Southgate Square, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $338,500

2124 Whisperwood Glen Lane, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $380,500

2278 White Cornus Lane, 3 BR, 1.5 BA. Sale Price: $295,000

11530 Wild Hawthorn Court, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $540,000

by Eve Thompson — July 25, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

Summer is in full swing, and it has been a glorious July. The weather has been beautiful, with lower than normal humidity. Perhaps that is why I’ve been seeing so many people on Lake Anne. Here are just a few of the lake season sports happening in Reston.

Paddle boarding in Reston

We are lucky to have a company here in Reston that offers standup paddle boarding (SUP) workshops on our Reston lakes — Surf Reston. SUP has been growing in popularity, probably because it is so much fun! Paddle boarding started as an offshoot of surfing, only it’s much easier and you don’t need waves. The concept is simple — you stand on a surf-style board and use a long paddle to move across the water. It’s a fun sport anyone can enjoy.

Surf Reston offers workshops at Lake Anne, Lake Audubon, Lake Thoreau and Lake Newport. The company started as a way to build a community of individuals who enjoy paddling; they teach how to paddle responsibly and safely and give their customers the opportunities to connect with other enthusiasts. Sign up for one of their workshops today! Better yet, get a group of friends to do it together. It’s a blast.

Kayak and canoe rental

Until Labor Day weekend, you can enjoy a leisurely paddle around Lake Anne. Reston Association provides kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals by the hour. It’s a fun way to spend a summer evening! You can purchase tickets at Reston’s Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza (near the fountain). Contact the book shop by calling 703-435-9772. The cost is $6 per boat for 1-hour rental.

Hours of Operation are:
Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m.
Fridays, 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Boating and Fishing at Lake Fairfax Park

The 476-acre Lake Fairfax Park includes a 20-acre lake where you can fish and boat. (Bring your own or rent a paddle boat or take a tour in the tour boat.) There is a small fee for launching your own boat, but it’s completely worth it! Follow the link for more information: boat rentals. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until Labor Day. The address is 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston. Call 703-471-5414.

For other fun ways to spend your summer day, check out this comprehensive guide in Modern Reston.

by Eve Thompson — July 18, 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:

11790 Bayfield Court 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $399,000

2224 Cedar Cove Court, 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $585,000

11616 Chapel Cross Way, 3BR, 3BA. Sale price: $659,000

11407 Gate Hill Place, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $375,000

10850 Grovehampton Court, 5 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $811,000

1376 Heritage Oak Way, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $537,500

1720 Lake Shore Crest Drive, 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $270,000

1969 Logan Manor Drive, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $836,000

12615 Noble Victory Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $623,000

11715 Olde English Drive, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $280,000

2463 Pyrenees Court, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $344,500

11760 Sunrise Valley Drive, 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $246,000

1324 Wedgewood Manor Way, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $600,000

by Eve Thompson — July 11, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. Contact her on Reston Real Estate.

I spend a lot of time talking about all the amenities Reston has to offer, and you could easily fill all of your free time doing everything. But I would be remiss if I did not point you to the NOVA Parks.

I sometimes get so focused on my life at Lake Anne, I forget the incredible resources we have in Northern Virginia. The park authority maintains many of them.

NOVA Parks is a nonprofit that represents three counties and three cities — Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Falls Church and the City of Fairfax. NOVA Parks staff, volunteer board members appointed from each jurisdiction and friends of the regional parks have worked together to preserve more than 12,000 acres of the rolling and wooded Virginia countryside, creating a priceless legacy for future generations. We are truly blessed that way back in the ’50s, regional leaders has the foresight to protect the Northern Virginia Wilderness.

NOVA Parks provides so many things to do, I can’t possibly list them all. So I’m just going to share my favorite. That is Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, also known as a little slice of heaven.

The gardens consist of 95 acres of ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections. I particularly love the fairy garden, but all of the gardens are beautiful and fun. You can sit on a bench in your favorite spot, or meander along the walking trails, discovering local flora and fauna (be careful of nesting geese… they don’t appreciate visitors and they will charge you). The Atrium contains an indoor tropical garden. I’ve been to several events there, and the space is amazing. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is also home to the annual Winter Walk of Lights, a spectacular holiday light show featuring dozens of illuminated displays.

What is really nice is you can buy an annual pass for only $45 for the entire family! I think that is one of the best deals around. Of course, if you don’t want a pass, you can buy single tickets — $5 for an adult, $2.50 for seniors and children 7 to 17, children under 7 free.

by Eve Thompson — July 4, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. Contact her on Reston Real Estate.

Happy Independence Day! I hope you have a fun-filled day planned. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my family — my favorite way to spend every holiday!

To me, the highlight of the 4th is always the fireworks. Most places did their fireworks on Saturday, which honestly is a bit of a letdown. There is nothing like watching the fireworks on the 4th. Thanks to the town of Herndon, you can!

The town of Herndon will hold its annual 4th of July celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight. This free event will feature entertainment, arts and crafts, bingo, and family games. How fun is that?

The fireworks display will begin at around 9:30. Maybe I’ll see you there.

by Eve Thompson — June 27, 2017 at 10:15 am 9 Comments

Right off Sunrise Valley Drive and within walking distance of the Wiehle-Reston East Silver Line station is a lovely street of contemporary homes. Upper Lake Drive is simply gorgeous.

Like many neighborhoods in Reston, Upper Lake is a horseshoe-shaped drive (don’t ask me why). Much of the street backs up to lovely Lake Thoreau (hence the name “Upper Lake”). At the entrance closest to the Metro, residents have easy access to a Reston Association tennis court. At the other entrance is Lake Thoreau pool. In between are mature oaks and maples and contemporary single-family homes nestled in the woods.

The neighborhood was built in the late 1970s, and the homes are very spacious. All are on generous plots, giving owners plenty of private space. I have a listing on Upper Lake with an open floor plan, exposed wood beam ceilings, wood floors and big windows. I’m not saying ALL the homes are like this, but this is typical of the neighborhood.

Upper Lake Drive is what Reston is all about: close proximity to schools, shopping and recreation while still feeling like you live in the country.

Photo courtesy Jessica Wallach/Portrait Play Time

by Eve Thompson — June 20, 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:

11659 Chesterfield Court, 2BR, 2BA. Sale price: $272,500.

11967 Heathcote Court, 3 BR, 3BA. Sale price: $414,000.

2265 Hunters Run, 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale price: $200,000.

11705 Karbon Hill Court, 2BR, 2BA. Sale price: $301,000.

1675 Parkcrest Circle, 2BR, 1BA. Sale price: $230,000.

1142o Purple Beach Drive, 4BR, 3BA. Sale price: $855,000.

2412 Southgate Square, 3BR, 3.5BA. Sale price: $345,000.

2042 Swans Neck Way, 3BR, 4BA. Sale price: $527,500.

1526 Woodcrest Drive, 3BR, 2BA. Sale price: $375,000.

by Eve Thompson — June 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm 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 recently:

1558 Bennington Woods Court, 3 BR, 1.5 BA. Sale Price: $345,000.

11653 Gas Light Court, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $250,000.

11469 Heritage Commons Way, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $460,000.

10864 Hunter Gate Way, 5 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $873,000.

1310 Pavilion Club Way, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $795,000.

12005 Taliesin Place, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $340,000.

1151 Water Pointe Lane, 4 BR, 4.5 BA. Sale Price: $880,000.

2137 Whisper Way, 2 BR, 1.5 BA. Sale Price: $329,000.

1267 Wild Hawthorn Way, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $470,000.

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