“We have a mix of buyers, including downsizers, young professionals and families with small children,” said Debbie Paschal, sales consultant for Pulte Homes, the builder. “We find that people who live in Reston want to stay in Reston.”
Take Bob and Joanne Donnelly, who used to live in a four-bedroom house, with a two-car garage, in Reston. “We decided we wanted a change,” Bob Donnelly said, “so we sold our house and moved to a rental in Arlington to see how we liked multifamily living.”
Well, they didn’t like it in Arlington.
“It seemed too crowded,” he said. “Everywhere we drove was a hassle. A five-mile commute from Arlington to McLean took the same time as an 11- to 12-mile drive from here. You stop for a light. You stop for traffic. There was always aggravation.”
He added, “So we moved back to Reston, and it’s really working out.”
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James Guzman and his fiancée, Solongo Erdenekhuyag, moved from Alexandria, Va., into a top-floor corner unit. “With floor-to-ceiling windows, we get light from many directions,” Erdenekhuyag said. “Having the skyline and seeing all the blue of the sky and the trees is important to me, plus we can watch the sun setting, which is really pretty.”
Guzman was enthusiastic about the Reston Station area, which is in Fairfax County. “This locale is the new hot spot,” Guzman said. “Reston reminds us of our time in Singapore because everything is new and polished. The way it’s developing, it’ll be the Silicon Valley of the East Coast. We have Oracle, Microsoft and Walmart Labs practically across the street. We see Google [an eye-catching trapezoidal building] every day. We also have all these defense contractors in the Dulles corridor. They aren’t here because of the greenery. They’re here because of opportunities to conduct business.”
Tankless water heater: Unit 505 is a Declan corner unit with windows on two walls. The kitchen shares an open space with a combined gathering-dining room. The dining table easily accommodates six wide plush chairs. The kitchen island has a sink, and a door in the kitchen leads to a balcony.
“When we were looking around, my wife wanted high-end finishes. I don’t know what that means, but she says we have them here,” Donnelly said.
Two bedrooms occupy diagonally opposing corners of the unit for maximum privacy. The owner’s bathroom is en suite; a smaller bathroom is a few steps from the second bedroom.
A laundry closet, with full-size washer and dryer, is next to a utility closet that holds a tankless hot water heater. “You can pretty much take a five-hour shower and not run out of hot water,” Paschal said.
Nearby: Whole Foods is less than a mile away in Plaza America. Harris Teeter is a five-minute drive, and MOM’s Organic Market is a few miles away in Herndon, Va. Reston Town Center has shops, restaurants and commercial services galore.
Outdoor fun: Residents have access to recreational amenities that the Reston Association fee covers. There are 1,300 acres of open space to run and play, 55 miles of walking and biking trails, 15 pools, several lakes, ballfields, playgrounds and picnic facilities. Fifty-two tennis courts are available with a $28 annual pass.
Schools: Sunrise Valley Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle, South Lakes High.
Transit: Eventually, Reston Station Boulevard will extend to Wiehle Avenue and provide direct access to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station on the Silver line. “Now it takes 12 minutes to walk there, ambling through the neighborhood,” Paschal said.
The community is minutes from Virginia Route 267 (Dulles Access Road and Dulles Toll Road), which leads to Interstate 66 and downtown Washington.
Erdenekhuyag said she was attracted to the location in part because of its proximity to airports. “I travel for work nearly every week and need to get to them quickly,” she said. Dulles International Airport is six miles away, and Reagan National Airport is 23 miles.
Lofts at Reston Station
11200 Reston Station Blvd., Reston, Va.
The building has 32 condominium units. Nine are for sale at base prices ranging from $592,893 to $700,017. Buyers financing through Pulte Mortgage can receive $6,500 for closing costs for a limited time.
Builder: Pulte Homes
Features: Homes have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. They have varying sized balconies. One parking space in the first-floor garage comes with each purchase. There are Kitchen Aid appliances, quartz or granite counters, maple or hickory cabinets and floors of oak or maple. A dedicated laundry room has side-by-side washer and dryer. Each residence is wired for smart home digital connectivity. One upgrade package combines control of the garage door, front door and temperature, with voice control and a wireless access point. PackageConcierge.com is installed in the lobby to accept deliveries.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 / 2
Square-footage: 1,502 to 1,668
Condo association fees: $331 a month, plus a $57 a month Reston Association fee.
View model: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Friday.
Contact: Debbie Paschal at 703-251-2890 or pulte.com/restonstation