Hunters Woods Village – A brief history

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Real Estate Articles

Hunters Woods Village – A brief history

In the mid-60s Hunters Woods was the place to go if you were looking for a single family detached home. The two earliest/first streets to be built on were Quorn Lane and Stirrup Road. Keep in mind that at this time t

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he Dulles Toll Road was not yet built. There was no Wiehle Avenue bridge. The only way to get to Hunters Woods was to come down Route 7, make the left on Reston Parkway (at this time a two lane road) to cross over the Dulles Access Highway and find the lots…this was really quite the wilderness. The lots were wooded and spectacular as they remain today. The earliest builders were Alan Beckanstin, Jeffrey O Wellborn and the Reynolds Company. The houses built are quite modest by today’s standards with smaller kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. They fell a little out of favor in the 1990s when there was lots of interest in the newer and more updated/grand homes offered in North Point Village and the becoming popular Loudoun County. With the increase in traffic coming from Loudoun County (making commuting a long trek) and surging gas prices there continues to be renewed interest in these homes due to their superb location. Also helping is the fact that due to the time they were built it was standard to have hardwood floors and GAS heat. What we took for granted then is now in vogue. One of the things we learned from the last two real estate cycles is that bigger, in a home, is not always better and there is a lot to be said for living in an established community vs. living in the far out hinterland.

In the 60s and 70s Hunters Woods was home to two riding stables and the reason many of the streets have equestrian related names. One stable was full service with lessons, boarding,

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horses for hire and a large indoor riding ring; the second was the do-it-yourself ‘pony barn’ that was located on the corner of Steeplechase Drive

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and Triple Crown – currently a park and picnic area. Many of my junior high and high school friends spent many an hour at the pony barn, there was no staff or barn help and yes, if you had a horse or pony there you had to feed it once or twice a day and muck the stalls. Reston had a a very active and thriving riding community for many many years.

Hunters Woods has it own namesake elementary school, Hunters Woods Elementary – the second oldest in Reston. It is currently a technology/science/math magnet school for Fairfax County – very sought after and popular. It also is home to the Hunters Woods shopping center. The original shopping center was bulldozed and razed years ago – it was nicer and better before. In the ‘old days’ the center, as designed, was an open air venue with a large wood canopy and skylights that covered the entire plaza. The design was unique, there was a stand alone pavilion in the center that was very popular and home to a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream store, some of Reston’s earliest businessess were located at the center…with one of the most missed being Fritzbees Restaurant – a local institution, long gone.

Today in Hunters Woods you will find condos from $200,000 to $500,000; townhouses from $325,000 to $600,000 and single family homes ranging from about $500,000 to close to $1,000,000.


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