I've been checking out the new construction that’s popping up along Sunset Hills Rd and Sunrise Valley Drive. As a long time Restonian it’s a little unnerving to see the crush of development taking place in areas that were previously office parks and light industry enclaves. The new Pulte Homes project on Michael Faraday felt especially jarring to me. As I stood in a beautifully finished living room I experienced a kind of cognitive dissonance; every previous trip I’d ever made on that end of Sunset Hills Rd has been related to dental appointments, trips to the Post Office or picking up to-go meals from China Star. Now I was looking at an evolving skyline, two blocks away was the striking face of 1900 Reston Station- the Helmut Jahn building; beyond that the cranes are visible for the other mixed use projects that are coming to Sunset Hills.
The Pulte Homes project is the first of many to come along Sunset Hills Rd that will create an entirely new Reston neighborhood, one with a much more urban feel to it than any other we’ve seen before.
The Pulte project is called Lofts at Reston Station. It is comprised of 12 two level row house styled condos and 32 one level condo in an elevator building. The one level condos offer 7 floor plans all two bedroom, 2 full bath units ranging from 1274 sq feet to 1668 sq feet. The baseline features include 9ft ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters in kitchens and baths and a full range of energy efficient and smart home technologies.
It will be interesting to watch this area develop over the next several years, transforming into a walkable, transit focused and very dense neighborhood. It looks like this neighborhood is on a path to develop into something that will have a core to anchor it—the Metro Plaza. It will be interesting to watch that plaza evolve as the community settles in around it as residents rather than commuters. It’s not unlike Reston’s early developments, creating the gathering places, adding the residence and then letting it bubble into a neighborhood.
Photo Credit: BHC Photography - Bradley Hunter Caricofe