Reston Landing's apartments can offer something for at least three of the five senses.

For sight, there is a pleasant view of the six-acre pond in the apartments' park-like setting in the planned community of Reston. For the sense of taste? New kitchen appliances, including gas ranges, and the units' spacious pantries, may spur chefs--or aspiring ones--to rise to the occasion.

And as far as smell goes, Reston Landing has that indefinable scent of a new apartment, where walls and carpeting are spotless and no one has lived there yet.

It was the opportunity of being a first renter that attracted Kris Peterson to Reston Landing. "It's nice to be able to walk into an apartment no one else has occupied," said Peterson, who moved from Annandale about a month ago.

In fact, only two sets of buildings of Reston Landing's projected 10 sets are completed and the first tenants moved in by late March. The community is 16 percent occupied, but 40 percent leased, according to the developer, Charles E. Smith Residential Realty Inc. of Arlington. There already is a waiting list of tenants for September, when more units will be finished.

Some Reston Landing floor plans offer lofts, attached private garages and even gas fireplaces. Most units have walk-in closets and oversized bathtubs, while every apartment has its own washer and dryer in a small laundry room.

All in all, Reston Landing will occupy 36 acres at the intersection of Baron Cameron Avenue and Bennington Woods Road, within walking distance of Reston Town Center, with its movie theater, restaurants and retail stores.

The development represents a $43 million investment for Charles E. Smith, said Matthew B. McCormick, senior vice president of sales and marketing. Almost half of the visitors end up leasing a unit. "It's the highest [ratio] in our portfolio," he said.

Reston Landing will be done by February. But as summer goes by, its residents can expect the addition of more amenities, such as a gazebo, tennis and volleyball courts, and picnic areas.

Reston Landing's tenants already have a lot to choose from should they prefer to stay home. Amenities available include an entertainment room with projection television, where the management plans to hold Monday night football parties, movie-screenings and other special events.

The room also can be rented for private use, such as business presentations. Also aimed at professionals are the conference room and business center, which has computers hooked up to the Internet, copiers and fax machines.

Dana and Ralph Amato, who recently were applying for a two-bedroom unit, already are dreaming of using the conference room for their Bible study group and Ralph Amato's business meetings.

The Amatos, who moved in October from York, Pa., because of a job opportunity, will have to wait three months to finally live in Reston Landing. Until then they are counting the days. They leased a unit at another Charles E. Smith building but moved--to a less expensive, privately owned apartment--when they decided to get a dog. That move "has been a disaster," Ralph Amato said. "If we weren't stuck there, we would be moving in today."

Yvonne and Michael Short relocated to Reston because of Michael Short's job. The Shorts left their native England about a month ago and will stay a year in Reston. "I feel I am on a holiday," Yvonne Short said. "The complex is so perfect--everything you can think of, it has been thought of already."

Like the Amatos and the Shorts, many of Reston's new residents arrived because of job opportunities. The planned community--founded in 1962 by Robert E. Simon Jr., a New York developer and the former owner of Carnegie Hall, who named the community using his own initials--has grown rapidly. Reston even led the Fairfax County office space construction market in 1998, with 3.3 million square feet of space under construction as of January 1998, according to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority's 1998 Real Estate Report.

A short drive around Reston can make those numbers come into reality--construction is everywhere. While most companies in the area are technology- or telecommunications-related, Reston also offers a number of "fun-related" businesses.

Recreational facilities in the area compete with Reston Landing's amenities package: Reston has 16 swimming pools, 49 tennis courts, 25 athletic fields, four lakes and two golf courses, among other recreation facilities, according to a report by Terrabrook, the Dallas-based Reston developer. Also, restaurants around the area offer a range of food, including Thai, Mexican and Italian and American.

For Reston Landing residents, it may be hard to stay focused on work only.

RESTON LANDING

12000 Cameron Pond Dr.

Reston, Va. 20194

703-437-7710

* Application fee: $35

* Security deposit: None; $250 non-refundable redecoration fee

* Lease term: One year or six months

* Utilities: Not included

* Amenities: Six-acre pond; pool; bike and jogging paths; fitness center; multimedia-entertainment room; player piano; business center and conference room; 24-hour maintenance service

* Parking: Free outdoor lot; private garages, $140 to $175 a month

* Pet policy: Two cats; or one dog up to 25 pounds; $200 monthly fee per pet

APARTMENT SIZE QUANTITY SQUARE FEET MONTHLY RENTAL

1BR/1BA 163 674 to 818 $980 to $1,110

1 BR/1 BA/LOFT 28 949 1,175 to 1,215

2 BR/2BA 145 1,025 to 1,215 1,210 to 1,520

2 BR/2 BA/LOFT 32 1,188 to 1,394 1,445 to 1,565

3BR/2BA 32 1,347 1,550 to 1,605

CAPTION: Reston Landing, managed by Brad Harrison, is a park-like setting, Canada geese and all.