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Blog :: 11-2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Lake Anne Reston

Looking out at Lake Anne from my home fills me with joy!

I love Thanksgiving in Reston. Everyday, I am truly grateful to live in such an amazing place. In fact, my love of Reston--especially Lake Anne--had much to do with my decision to become a real estate agent, and everything to do with my decision to focus only on Reston Real Estate. Helping people find a dream home in the place I call home really can't be called work.

As I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving this year, I've been reflecting on some of the things about Lake Anne (and Reston) I especially love.

  1. I love looking out of my office window at Lake Anne and watching the model boat regattas or couples paddling toward the fountain in a paddle boat.
  2. I love going to the Farmer's Market every weekend and buying fresh produce and meats from local farmers.
  3. I love walking on the Reston Association paths--whether I have a destination like Town Center in mind, or I'm just wandering.
  4. I love running into friends at the grocery store or when I'm out to dinner.
  5. I love the civic activism, and how people in Reston care about this place and want it to flourish.

There is more that I love about Reston, but those five things sum it up for me. Reston is a fabulous place not only to live, but to have a full life. Today, I feel very grateful.

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with laughter, love, and gratitude.

Bentana Woods

Bentana Woods

You can walk to the Reston Metor, Lake Fairfax, Lake Anne, and Reston Town Center from Bentana Woods.

Bentana Woods is one of those Reston neighborhoods that makes you forget you live in a bustling urban area. Built in1972 by Bennett of Virginia, this community is located in the Tall Oaks section of Reston, Virginia--about 1 mile from the Wiehle Metro Station, a quick walk into Lake Fairfax Park, and short drive to Reston Town Center or Lake Anne Plaza. The location is fantastic, which makes the fact that these townhouses are charming and well designed even better.

Bentana Woods is actually two separate clusters--Bentana Woods Cluster has 48 homes while Bentana Woods West has 108 homes. More than 50% of the neighborhood lands are common areas with open grass, tot lots, and stands of trees--trees that the National Wildlife Federation has certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. The townhomes feature 3 to 4 bedrooms with about 1,700 square feet of living space.

If you want to be close to the action, but feel like you're living in a National park, Bentana Woods is the Reston neighborhood for you!

5 fun fall weekend activities within an hour of Reston

Autumn in Northern Virginia is a beautiful time of year, and there are plenty of activities within an hour of Reston you and your family can enjoy. In fact, there are too many to list. So I've narrowed it down to five of my favorites. Whether I want to hang out in Reston, venture into the city, or head out into the country, there is always something fun to do in or near Reston.

  1. Reston Farmer's Market and Artisan Craft Market Lake Anne Plaza, Reston The popular Reston Farmer's Market and open air craft market are the must-do Saturday morning activity for many Restonians. People enjoy the markets so much that starting this year they'll stay open through December 22. If you love buying seasonal produce from local farmers and buying beautiful handcrafted arts and gifts from local artisans, you will not want to miss the markets! The Farmer's Market is open 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and the open air market is open 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    great falls park

    Hiking at Great Falls in the autumn is beautiful, and there are so many trails, you never have many options!


    Hiking at Great Falls Park Great Falls, Virginia and Potomac, Maryland Many people who move to Reston are surprised to find they don't have to travel far to find themselves in a tranquil wilderness. Great Falls National Park may only be a few short miles from the bustle of Washington, DC, but it is worlds away from any city. On the Virginia side, you can watch the mighty falls or hike along the miles of paths that twine through the park. On the Maryland side, you can experience the Billy Goat Trail (so named for the rock scrambling you get to do). Both sides of the river are great, and about a ½ hour from Reston.

  3. Beer tasting at the Corcoran Brewery Waterford, VA A visit to the Corcoran Brewery is a hops lovers paradise. This craft brewery uses locally grown hops as much as possible, and brews small batch beers in a variety of styles. The tasting room is cozy--bring a picnic, the kids, and your dog and prepare for a wonderful afternoon. Just 45 minutes from Reston, the rural setting of Waterford will rejuvenate you. And if you are traveling with wine lovers, there is something for them too...
  4. Wine tours and tastings Loudoun County, VA Virginia wines have come into their own in the past several years, and many of the best wineries in Virginia are a quick 45-minute trip from Reston. Few things are more fun then getting together with friends and touring the great wineries in the area. I like being adventurous and just driving down Route 9, pulling off to the vineyards as I see them. But many people prefer to schedule a tour. Virginia Wine Country Tours and Reston Limousine both offer great private tours. Either way, you're bound to experience some amazing wines.
  5. Union Market Washington, DC There is more to do in DC than visiting museums (although that is fun). Union Market showcases local artisanal vendors like Rappahannock Oysters, Red Apron Meats, and Lyon Bakery. Although it first opened in 1871, it's recent revitalization in 2012 is adding some energy into this North East neighborhood. Come sample treats, enjoy coffee or cocktails, and attend foodie events like celebrity chef demonstrations. There is always something to do, taste, or smell at Union Market.

What are your favorite activities within an hour of Reston? Share's always fun to discover something new!

South Shore and Fairway Drive, Reston

South Shore Drive

The homes of South Shore Drive have lake privileges for Lake Anne--and the owners use them!

Ask anyone who lived in Reston in the 60s and 70s what the most "exclusive" neighborhood was, and they'll likely say South Shore Drive and Fairway. Why? Because each custom-designed single family home is beautiful, the streets are tree-lined, and you can float down to Lake Anne Plaza on your private boat.

South Shore and Fairway Drive, RestonAlmost 50 years later, it is still one of the most tranquil and idyllic neighborhoods in Reston. The variety of architecture makes it one of the most unique and the proximity to Lake Anne and the Town Center make one of the most desirable.

The neighborhood consists of 3- to 4-bedroom homes built between 1965 and 1970. Most are Contemporary style with hardwood floors and plenty of windows (the better to gaze upon the lake).

Fairway Drive is off Wiehle Avenue, between the two North Shore Drives (North Shore is a horseshoe, which can cause a little bit of confusion when giving directions). South Shore Drive sits on Lake Anne, and residents have private dock privileges--most take advantage of that with private boats that they take to concerts and events at Lake Anne Plaza.

Children attend Lake Anne Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School. It's an easy walk to Lake Anne Plaza or Tall Oaks Village Center, and a quick hop over to Reston Town Center. South Shore and Fairway are also just minutes from the Toll Road the new Reston Metro Center.

Autumn is a perfect time to take walk around Lake Anne, and to stop and admire this charming neighborhood!

Waterfront like along a lake