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North Point Village – A Brief History

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Real Estate Articles

With the exception of Reston Town Center this was the last village to be developed. Development started in the early 1980s while Lake Anne and the original sections of Hunters Woods were mid cialis online 1960s. North Point is geographically the area north of Baron Cameron Ave/Rt. 606 and out to Leesburg Pike/Rt. 7 with cheap car insurance quotes a western border at the Fairfax County Parkway. The Bowman family land holdings were enormous and this piece of dirt when we moved to Reston in 1965 was unused by the family and the most stunning as far as the terrain, trees and natural lay of the land. Over the years Gulf Reston and later Mobile Land Development really perfected the art of land use and development. You can see it in the streetscapes, the parceling out of the different ‘blocks’ of dirt for homes, townhomes, condos and apartments plus space for shopping and community amenities. The extensive network of Reston pathways connecting the numerous parks, schools, tennis and pools plus the shopping areas takes one on spectacular walks with great vistas and scenery. I don’t mention people who were active in this planning and vision for fear of leaving people out… but many of the early Gulf Reston employees transitioned with the sale of the ‘town’ to Mobil Land Development (the Mobil Oil subsidiary that took over from Gulf Oil). Gulf Reston was a purveyor of dirt dysfonction erectile – whether commercial or residential – and a very active builder/developer while Mobil Land was strictly a land seller – they did not participate in the actual home building business. Early builders in North Point were CP1 ( PD Gravett and Peter Gulick ), Fairfield Homes (the Neill family), VanMetre Homes, Ryland Homes, Roger Amendola, Warren Katz, The Lipnick Family and Deck House. I will call CP1 the first to build in North Reston … we handled the sales of their homes at The Wellborn Company – Reston’s first Realtors in the early 80s – there were no roads in place and that is the way I remember it. A trailer was perched on Baron Cameron near where the North Point Tennis facility is located and the Bromley Village homes were sold from the trailer…we told people the lots are ‘somewhere up there’ and hiked up in our muck boots. Fairfield Homes offered two series – we called them simply…the big houses and the smaller ones! Fairfield Homes was the first in Reston to introduce the concept of a typical Northern Virginia colonial but with either a farm house style front porch or a Victorian looking “full wrap around porch” that covered the front and halfway down the side. It was an amazingly popular option and people loved them! The style was so popular that in order to keep variation in the street scapes the builders were limited as to how many they could sell of each facade and how they were placed to avoid everyone having the same house with that sought after porch. They haved aged quite well and are still sought after twenty five years later. There are two elementary schools in North Point – Aldrin and Armstrong. Students then follow on to Herndon Intermediate and Herndon High School. The North Point Village shopping center was developed and owned by the Lerner family from DC. It is a great center and one of the most successful in the area and where you can find just about anything. Many people like living in North Point because of the proximity to the center. The largest swimming pool of the...

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Hunters Woods Village – A brief history

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Real Estate Articles

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 buy viagra 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, viagra sale 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 essay writer 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...

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