Blog :: 12-2014

Celebrate the new year in Reston

The holiday season will be winding down shortly. As I make my final Christmas preparations, I'm already thinking ahead to what I want to do this New Years. Here are some ideas for celebrating the New Year in Reston.

Cocoa and Ice Skating

new year in Reston

Enjoy a warm cup of cocoa while skating at Town Center.

I do love watching the children skate while I sip a cup of hot cocoa. And you don't have to leave Reston for this one; just head down to the Reston Town Center Pavilion. The rink is open New Years Eve until 8pm. As for the cocoa to enjoy while you watch the children skate, there are several options. Starbucks and Panera have it of course. But you may want to try Ted's Bulletin or Pitango as well. Actually, you're celebrating the new year in Reston...try one from each place and see which is your favorite!

First Night Celebrations

Family friendly first night celebrations are among my favorites. Falls Church has a wonderful (free) one called Watch Night featuring live entertainment, activities for the kids and great vendors. Sure, it isn't Reston. But it is a lovely event, and it's just a quick trip down the Dulles Toll Road and 66.

Holiday Lights

One of my favorite things to do is enjoy holiday lights. We're lucky in this area to have two wonderful displays to visit: the regionally renowned Bull Run Festival of Lights (Tickets are $20 per car) or the extraordinarily breathtaking Meadowlark Garden's Winter Walk of Lights (tickets are $8 to $13 on New Year's eve. Click here to order). Both are open through January 4th.

Whatever you decide to do on New Years Eve this year, have fun and be safe.

Happy Holidays!

Should You Sell Your Home Now? (as in, during the holidays)

Chanukah begins today, and Christmas is approaching right on its heels with New Years around the corner. With everything going on this time of year, many sellers opt to wait until well into the new year to list their home. Some believe summer is the best time to sell, and others simply don't want to interrupt their favorite holiday traditions. Should you sell your home now?

Selling at this time of year can actually be very beneficial to the seller. I recently came across an article on Realtor.com that discussed 10 reasons why you can sell your home during the holidays. There are three points in particular that I like.

  1. More international buyers The number of home buyers from other countries has increased dramatically--especially in Reston. These buyers don't observe the same calendar of events as most Americans.
  2. Seller competition is lighter during the holidays There are plenty of buyers out there right now. But with sellers reluctant to list their homes during the holidays, there is a shortage of inventory. Take advantage of that.
  3. You don't have to forgo holiday decorating or take phone calls during the holiday feast. You can set boundaries about when you show your house (and even set up black out dates), and decorations don't turn off most buyers. But having your house listed means it will be on the website, and during the holidays the number of online searches soars. This means your house will be viewed virtually, and that's a good thing.

Read the article for more insights as to why this is a great time of year to sell your home. Or call me and I can help you get ready.

Lawyers Road, South Reston

Lawyers Road Reston VA

Lawyers Road, Reston VA.

When you're driving down Lawyers Road in Reston, VA, it is easy to forget that you are in the midst of a thriving and crowded metropolis. This twisting, winding, hilly and tree-lined state road embodies the beauty of Northern Virginia. The few homes with a Lawyers Road address sit well of the street, surrounded by woods (and the occasional horse paddock).

There are several charming streets that house tight-knit communities of people who take pride in their neighborhood--such as November Lane, Steeplechase, Myrtle Lane, Charlestown, and more. Each street has it's own style and community feel and range from small "starter" homes to larger estates. What they all have in common is natural beauty and friendly neighbors. Each neighborhood has easy access to Reston's walking paths--making it perfect for families that enjoy the outdoors

Not too many years ago, Lawyers Road was the primary way to get from Reston to Vienna and Fairfax--in fact the road leads straight to the county courthouse (which may give you a clue to how it got its name). It's still the fastest and--if you enjoy driving--the most fun way to get to old town Vienna.

But that's only if you choose to leave Reston. Lawyers intersects with Twin Branches, making it a quick jaunt to Lake Audubon, Lake Thoreau, and South Lakes Village Center. Or jump on Soapstone for a quick trip to the Walker Nature Education Center and South Lakes High School. It also ends at Reston Parkway at Fox Mill Center.

If you're looking for a community of single-family homes that is in Reston, but slightly removed from the hustle and bustle, look at the areas surrounding Lawyers Road.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday in Reston

I love Thanksgiving. Spending time with my family always fills with me with joy. And then the immediate consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday kind of sully that good feeling. Not that I don't love a good deal, but wouldn't it be nice to enjoy the gratitude and good will of Thanksgiving a little longer? Now that those two shopping days are behind us, we can get back into the holiday spirit with #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back, and it's today. Today charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

How can you participate? Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Below is a list of some of the more than worthy organizations in Reston and Fairfax County. Choose the one(s) you want to support, then tell everyone about how you are giving--this is where that hashtag thing really works. Use #GivingTuesday.

  • Cornerstones: Cornerstones promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.
  • Let's Give Back: Let's Give Back provides GiveBackPacks(TM) that contain items people may need when their child is admitted to the pediatric ICU. Receiving a GiveBackPack is comforting and helpful to the family in need.
  • Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter: More than 5,000 animals, including cats, dogs, small mammals, reptiles and livestock, come to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter each year. The shelter opens its doors -- and its heart -- to care for each and every animal. But, the shelter can't do it alone. Through donor and volunteer support, the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter provides medical care, food, supplies and so much more to help the shelter care for these loving animals.
  • Friends of Reston: Friends of Reston supports Reston Association in performing charitable, educational and scientific projects. In addition to raising $1.5M to help fund the Nature House, ????organization has an RA Camps Scholarship Program and has organized the Re-energize Reston challenge with Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP).

These are just four of my favorites, but there are hundreds of charities in the area that could use your help. The Great Nonprofits website also lists some lesser known charities in the area.

 

Happy holidays!