Reston : Virginia


What It Is Like to Retire in Reston

Reston was one of the first modern planned communities built in the United States.  Started in 1964, the population was 58,000 in the 2010 Census.  Reston is part of the New Town movement where the guiding principles are a dedication to the quality of life. The integration of business, shopping, recreation, and residential is key. The Metro's Silver Line which opened in July 2014, makes this community even more desirable as residents can now get to DC via train, and eventually the line will extend to Dulles International Airport.  For recreation residents enjoy Lake Fairfax Park which features boat rentals from a new marina, and  large outdoor pool complex called "The Water Mine". Photo of the Metro's new Silver Line station in Reston courtesy of Ben Duca.


Where to Retire in Reston and Home Prices

Reston has a number of interesting residential options including high rise condominiums in its center.  There are many clustered town homes, one of the first examples of this type of housing. See our Virginia Directory under "Find a Community". Zillow reports the median price to be lower at $552,549 in mid-2021.


What Is Special about Reston

Reston's planning and zoning provides common grounds, parks, wooded areas with streams, wildflower meadows, two golf courses, nearly 20 public swimming pools, bridle paths, a bike path, four lakes, tennis courts, and extensive foot pathways.  It is one of the first modern planned communities in the world, built as a reaction to urban/suburban sprawl and the preeminence of the automobile.


What Is Not Special about Reston

it is somewhat expensive.


Who Will Like Retirement in Reston

People who want to live in a planned community near Washington, D.C.


Local Economy Is Driven by

There are big corporations and government agencies within and nearby Reston.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average Jan. temperature is about 30, while the average July temp is in the mid 70's.  The town is located west of I 495 near Vienna and Dulles International Airport.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Reston has a center with shopping and restaurants. Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts is nearby. There are frequent concerts and events near Lake Anne and in various parks.  There is community theater and art galleries.



Crime rate is below average.


Medical Facilities

Reston Hospital Center serves the community.



The Metro's Silver Line now services Reston with a new train station and over 3,500 parking spaces. Bike and pedestrian trails are plentiful; one can easily bike to the town center.  One major highway bisects the town.  Dulles International Airport is just a few miles away.


Valuable Links

Reston Association

Wikipedia on Reston


What people are saying about Reston

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