Reston Quick Facts:
“Live, Work, Play”
Founded in 1964 by real estate entrepreneur Robert E. Simon, Reston is a planned community in Fairfax, Virginia. More than just a commuter city, Reston was developed as a “complete community,” wherein its residents could live, work, and enjoy a wide range of local cultural and recreational activities. As a testament to this, Reston was ranked the #1 Place to Live and Work from Home by CNN’s Money Magazine in 2021!
Reston is located in what was originally a vast, 5 million acre territory known as the Northern Neck Proprietary. This land was ultimately inherited by Lord Thomas Fairfax in 1719, where it remained largely undeveloped until the later half of the 20th century. Robert E. Simon, whose initials spell Reston’s namesake, purchased the land in 1961. Simon had a dream of developing a community that emphasized the quality and dignity of life, where residents would have immediate, easy access to modern and natural comforts. Though Simon was eventually bought out by investors, his guiding principles have been honored as the community has developed.
Reston is divided into a series of village centers, each of which showcases Reston’s emphasis on blending cultural, recreational, and commercial amenities. In total, Reston is home to hundreds acres of protected woodland, 4 man made lakes, multiple commercial town centers, and a variety of pools and recreational facilities. Its residents enjoy access to 55 miles of walking, cycling, and hiking paths, including the W&OD Trail. Reston Town Center serves as its commercial hub, with a multitude of offices, more than 50 retail shops, dozens of restaurants, a movie theater, and an ice rink. Reston is adjacent to the Dulles Toll Road and the site of the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station, both of which provide convenient access to D.C. Real estate is always a lively business in Reston, with an eclectic mix of high-rise luxury flats, townhouses, and spacious detached homes to suit the needs of any potential homeowner.