Reston is a community of approximately 60,000 residents that continues to grow. Reston is one of the few suburbs of Washington, D.C. where residents can enjoy a walkable lifestyle. When clients ask me what I love about Reston, the answer is usually pretty easy. I love that my family can live in a home that is walking distance to a pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, coffee, groceries, retail, beautiful lakes, and a farmer’s market. The icing on the cake is that our friends are usually out walking or playing as well and we get to enjoy the vibrant community that comes from spontaneous encounters on the trail or at the pools or playgrounds. My daughters have enjoyed Reston camps over many summers and have always found fun and competitive sports options right here in Reston.
Reston is home to apartments, condos, townhouses, single family homes, and luxury homes. Reston is also home to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, which is a 70 bed shelter for families and individuals in transition who need safety, warmth, and food while they establish stability.
Reston was founded on 7 principles and although “financial success” is the last of these, profit was not a major player in Simon’s plan.
1. The town should provide a variety of leisure opportunities, including a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities as well as an environment for privacy;
2. Residents would be able to remain in the community throughout their lives, with a range of housing meeting a variety of needs and incomes;
3. The focal point of all planning would be on the importance and dignity of the individual and would take precedence for large-scale concepts;
4. Reston residents would be able to live and work in the same community;
5. Commercial, cultural, and recreational facilities would be available to residents immediately, not years later;
6. Beauty, both structural and natural, is a necessity and should be fostered; and
7. Reston should be a financial success.