Discovering Reston’s Neighborhoods
There is something for everyone in Reston, Virginia! Between North, South, Central Reston, and the Uplands, buyers are sure to find a vibe that fits their personal needs and current lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a quiet, suburban neighborhood to raise a family or a more urban setting close to restaurants and nightlife, there is sure to be a neighborhood in Reston that will fit the bill!
The architecturally diverse area of North Reston offers a variety of housing, from condos to large homes both contemporary and colonial. Residents of North Reston enjoy excellent schools, numerous shopping options, and recreational spaces that include two lakes, parks, and athletic fields. Located minutes from Reston Town Center, North Reston is perfect for both families and young professionals looking for a quiet oasis close to restaurants and entertainment.
North Reston’s Lake Newport is a man-made lake that offers boating, fishing, and hiking, with kayaks and pedal boats available to rent. Residents also have access to several pools and tennis courts, as well as Baron Cameron Park, which includes athletic fields and a dog park.
Also in North Reston is Lake Anne and Lake Anne Plaza. Visitors can browse shops and restaurants, and take advantage of kayak and paddle boat rental. Lake Anne’s weekly season Farmer’s Market features fresh produce and artisan booths. Nearby, Golfers will enjoy the Lake Anne area’s Hidden Creek Country Club, a full-service club with tennis and swimming, among other amenities.
Speaking of swimming, North Reston also boasts several community pools and residents of all neighborhoods in Reston enjoy access to all of the Reston Association’s 15 pools scattered around town.
The South Reston area also has a mix of housing types, with a lot of tree-lined streets with larger homes and larger lots. There are also high-rise condos and townhomes, many of them luxury. Convenient to many shops, restaurants, and the Reston Town Center, South Reston is a little quieter and more laid back. Fishing and boat rentals are nearby at both Lake Audubon and Lake Thoreau, along with opportunities for walking and hiking. The Lake Thoreau Loop Trail is a two-mile fully paved and relatively flat trail that circles the lake. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy The Reston National Golf Course, the Walker Nature Center, and Stratton Woods Park. The Washington and Old Dominion Trail cuts through the eastern part of South Reston, connecting to endless paths for hiking and biking.
Live entertainment is at Reston residents’ fingertips at CenterStage at The Reston Community Center. The 292-seat theater hosts appearances by bestselling authors, musicians, comedians and dancers, and is also home to the Reston Community Players, who put on four performances each year.
Reston Town Center
For a taste of city life without the accompanying traffic, Reston Town Center is the place to be. This urban development includes restaurants, retailers, office space, and residential homes, making it truly a place where you can work, live and play. Conveniently located by the Metrorail Silver Line, the town center is also home to the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art which offers exhibits, artist talks and lecture series, as well as youth programs for Fairfax County Public Schools and a summer art camp. The town center also has a movie theater and a pavilion that offers live entertainment in the summer and ice skating in the winter. There are also a variety of festivals held in the Town Center throughout the year.
Encompassing the space between Wiehle Avenue and Lake Fairfax Drive on one end and Baron Cameron and Lake Fairfax Park on the other, the Uplands contains a mix of single-family homes and townhomes. Residents enjoy two tennis courts, a basketball court and a baseball diamond. The neighborhood is also home to the most kid-friendly pool in Reston, the Uplands pool, which includes a zero-depth pool with interactive fountains, as well as an interactive sand pit. Homes in the Uplands also benefit from close proximity to the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, which includes slides, fountains, and a 725-foot lazy river, and Roer’s Zoofari, a zoo with self-drive safari and walking tours. Just 5 minutes to Reston Town Center and with easy access to Route 7, the Uplands is perfect for families and professionals.