Posts by Jon

Why I call Reston home…

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Reston Real Estate Report

While driving around Reston at lunch time today I marveled again at the physical beauty of Reston, the place my family has called home now for 51 years.  I tell people constantly I could live anywhere, but I choose to live here.   When we moved here in the summer of 1965 there were maybe 200 people living in Lake Anne.   Amongst the early pioneers were gay couples (my mother explained to me years later, that no, Jon, Pete and Bill were not ‘cousins’, divorced people and interracial couples. It never struck me that there was anything odd about this.   I learned later that divorced women with or without kids were not welcome in many areas of the DC, MD and VA burbs.   Nor were the interracial married or the gays.   I am in awe to this day the vision that Bob Simon had to welcome people with out regard to race, religion (or lack thereof), orientation and also financial success (or lack thereof)…and have them living next door to each other. Everyone deserves to live in a nice home.  Whether it be a one bedroom rental, townhouse, house or a spectacular waterfront residence we all want the same thing…a nice, safe place to call home.  As a Realtor, I can sell you a home anywhere – Herndon, Vienna, Oakton, Great Falls, Springfield, etc but I know this – it won’t ever be Reston.   You can buy a nice home in a nice neighborhood; when you buy a home in Reston you get so much more – you get a nice home in an entire ‘town’ of nice with every amenity you could ask for. Whether rich or poor, or in between, renter or owner, regardless you get access to community swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, lakes and miles of pathways and acres of parkland in one of the most beautiful regions of the world. I am thankful my father packed us up and brought us here.  It was a gamble in 1965 but I have never had one regret or moment I wished I lived somewhere...

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Just listed and Coming Soon

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Reston Real Estate Report

First time offered for sale in 50 years!  The long term owners hired us to sell this classic Chloetiel Woodard Smith, AIA design in Reston’s first and most asked for cluster – Waterview Cluster – in historic Lake Anne Village.  Three finished levels, four large bedrooms, updated kitchen and baths + refinished hardwood floors thru out.  Super lot in the community backs to parkland with short walk to the lake, cluster dock and beach.  Full lake access + privileges.  Private, reserved carport.  A superb offering at $489,900 for this community!

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Just Listed and Coming Soon

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Reston Real Estate Report

First time offered for sale in 50 years!  The original owners hired us to sell this iconic Charles M Goodman, AIA design in Reston’s historic Lake Anne Village.  This is a superb opportunity to create your dream home.  Best lot in the community overlooking pond, stream and acres of woods and parkland.  Three levels, four bedrooms, amazing master suite with huge rooftop terrace.  A terrific buy/investment for the buyer looking to do their own thing and build instant equity.  Original thru out, offered for sale at $350,000.

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Just listed!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Reston Real Estate Report

First time for sale in over 40 years!  Stunning views from this waterfront, iconic Whittlesey + Conklin, AIA design – the creators of Reston’s original master plan and historic Lake Anne Plaza.  Three finished levels, three large bedrooms, updated kitchen and baths, refinished gleaming wood floors.   Fabulous views from most rooms, two large balconies plus waterfront patio.  Walk to Lake Anne shops, restaurants and the farmer’s markets. 1696 Chimney House Road, Reston, VA 20190

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Winter 2016 All Reston Real Estate Update

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Reston Real Estate Report

Happy New Year! Greetings! I hope you had a good holiday season and are looking forward to 2016! 2016 marks our 49th year serving the real estate needs of the Reston community. My mother, Norma, started with Jeffrey O Wellborn on Lake Anne Plaza back in 1967. It is a job we have always undertaken with passion, enthusiasm and the highest professional standards and ethics. To all my family, friends and clients who let me assist them in their real estate transactions – thank you. I had a great 2015 and am looking forward to a greater 2016. Of note: How about those Redskins? NFC East Champions! And the gas prices… falling like the stock market – under $2.00 a gallon all over town as I write this. The redevelopment of the Sheraton International Center property is coming along quickly; all low rise buildings – except for Popeye’s Chicken which remains – are gone. The possible redevelopment of the Reston National Golf Course took another turn when developer RN Golf (partially owned by Northwest Mutual) filed suit to the Virginia Supreme Court to overturn the recent Circuit Court ruling which would have kept the golf course as open space…I am sure more is to follow. The big gasp and sigh heard around town late last year was the collapse of the Lake Anne redevelopment plan after three plus years of work and millions of dollars spent. Cathy Hudgins (and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors) bought the aged apartment complex for an eye numbing $48,500,000 in cash. As many knew, and predicted back then, the deal would never see the light of day. Impossible, farfetched goals and numbers and uncooperative players is the word. The best we can hope for is for Cathy and the county to cut its losses, sell the property and get out of the real estate development business and leave it to those who know how to do it. We are excited to tell you that on February 1st the Bob Simon Lake Anne Post office will open for business in the space formerly occupied by Lake Anne Florist in shared space with Chesapeake Chocolates (and next door to our offices on Lake Anne Plaza) – please stop in if over this way and say hello! With sadness we tell you that early Reston pioneer and community leader Priscilla Ames passed in early January. Priscilla and daughter Gwen were the first to meet us in the summer of 1965 – RIP Priscilla. Real estate wise 2015 was a pretty good year, better than 2014. Forecasts we read are for 2016 to be similar or possibly even better… SALES – Sales for the year were up 15% over last year (1174 units sold vs. 1024 in 2014). Breakdown is as follows – 245 detached homes (201 last year), 532 townhouses (vs. 465 in 2014) and 397 condominiums (vs. 358 one year ago). The average ‘days to sell’ was 43 days up from the average of 33 it took in 2014. Still a very decent stat as in many years the average home in Reston (and interestingly nationwide) took about three months to sell. Currently on the market – Traditionally January is a strong month for home sales. This year we will start with a lower inventory than last year. Currently there are 193 homes for sale in Reston vs. 210 last year at this time – 33 detached homes, 48 townhouses and 112 condos. They range in price from a low of $155,000 to the current high $1,549,000 (huge penthouse condo at RTC, almost 3,000 square feet)....

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