Introduction: What is the history of Reston? Why is it unique?
Reston is a suburb in Fairfax County, Virginia, just north of Washington Dulles International Airport and to the east of Arlington. It is an independent city surrounded by four other cities: Reston, Herndon, Sterling, and Vienna. At its founding in 1958 it was primarily a housing development for employees of nearby headquarters. The name “Reston” is an acronym for “Rural Estate South of the Toll Road”. The area’s population dramatically increased with the expansion of the Dulles Airport and today remains about seven percent public transit commuters. The non-public transit commuters reside primarily in Herndon. The retail center of Reston is located south of the Dulles Toll Road, between the highway and Tysons Corner Center mall. In addition to the retail district, Reston has a large business park with numerous corporations as well as a small university campus located near Dulles Toll Road/Interstate 495.
Since the founding of the area, numerous factors have transformed the area. One factor was the formation of Greater Tysons Corner as a major regional shopping district (something that had not previously been seen in Northern Virginia) starting in 1967.
A second development occurred with construction of Reston Town Center, an open-air lifestyle center and pedestrian mall that opened in 1998, combining many of Reston’s planned communities into one large urban center with restaurants and retail stores including Target and Pottery Barn.
The third major change was the opening of Wiehle-Reston East station in 2001, which provided seven-day service to Washington and New York City, as well as hourly service every day to Ashburn and Dulles Airport. The fourth major change was the construction of the Silver Line (Washington Metro), which opened to Reston Town Center and Wiehle-Reston East on July 26, 2014.
The Best Things about Living in Reston
Residents of Reston enjoy living in a suburb that is close to the nation’s capital and has a dynamic and culturally diverse population. While Reston is primarily a residential community, it has a number of attractive, modern shopping and entertainment opportunities nearby.
This article gives you the chance to share your reasons for living in Reston and why you think it is such a great place to live.
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Where to Stay if You’re Visiting Reston
Reston has a wide range of accommodations for modern travelers. There are motels, hotels, upscale and budget accommodations in the surrounding area or just a short drive from town. Prices rise in the summer, so it’s best to make reservations as far in advance as possible. Here are several places to stay in or around Reston.
Reston Town Center Marriott Hotel
One Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Virginia 20190
Things to Do Around Reston
Reston has a small but attractive retail district with shops and restaurants. The Washington Business Park, one of the largest in the country, is located just south of the Dulles Toll Road and Tysons Corner. Located at Dulles Airport, travelers can catch a shuttle to downtown Washington or its suburbs. Reston also features a large public park and golf course. We have compiled a list of things to do in Reston at the end of this article.
Things to Do Around Reston
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT IN RESTON VA
There are many different things to do in Reston today and Property Management is just one. If you have a home you need to maintain, then you should consider hiring a property manager. We have compiled a list of services that we provide in this article. If you would like more information, please contact us at 703-735-2006.
Property Management in Reston VA
APARTMENTS IN RESTON VA ARE SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE AREA
The Pros & Cons of Living Near a Business Hub like Reston City Center
Reston City Center, a mixed-use development, is located in the middle of Reston. The development features offices, hotels, shops and restaurants. It is a convenient place for residents to run errands and meet for dinner or a drink. Reston City Center also has an underground pedestrian network that connects it to other locations in Reston thus easing traffic on local roads. Yet, as convenient as it is, there are some downsides to living near a business hub.
Traffic in the area is quite heavy especially when large-scale events take place like the Reston First Saturdays. Cars continuously circulate around the businesses and parking lots of the development making it difficult for cars to maneuver. Residents can avoid this by car-pooling or using public transportation such as busses or Metro depending on their proximity to Reston City Center.