Lake Anne Village Center (Reston, VA)
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Video. Reston Virginia. America's First New Town Concept.
Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )


 

Tamra: How did Reston get its name…from being a restful place to live? How come its design is so unusual?

Steve: No Tamra, Reston is a peaceful place to live…but the name Reston was derived from the initials of Robert E. Simon, the man behind the outstanding design, vision, and creation of Reston.

That is a sculpture of him above sitting on a bench a Lake Anne Center.

 

 

 

 

The Head of Reston's founder Bob Simon

I will write about the history of Reston from time to time, since it is an intriguing topic for anyone interested in real estate development and the thought process that goes into designing a livable community…rather then just slapping up some buildings, selling them and running off to do it again somewhere else.

The following quote is from the Washington Post 2004:

“Robert E. Simon Jr. is the pioneer behind the groundbreaking planned community of Reston, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year.

 

 

 

 

Reston’s European-style plaza, clustered townhomes, centerpiece Reston Lake Anne Village Centerlake, and contemporary architecture are studied by planning and architecture students across the country.

Named by the American Institute of Certified Planners as a national planning landmark, Reston is a classic study in community planning. Simon, who turns 90 next month, moved back to enjoy his creation 11 years ago.”

Source: Washington Post, Mar 25, 2004

 

 

 

 

What was he thinking?

Fred: Do you have some quotes from any speeches made by Mr. Simon which give some background into his thought process?

Steve: Yes Fred…..the following quote is from his Genisis speech in 1961:

More Lake Anne Center“This brings me to 1961. A representative of the Washington real-estate firm of Shannon & Luchs was given the assignment to sell a 6,750-acre parcel of Virginia countryside.

He spoke to Jim Lannegan in New York, hoping to interest Roger Stevens, but instead Jim called a friend of his, Henry Wrightson. “Henry, do you know anybody that is interested in 6,000-odd acres in Virginia?”

Henry replied, “Maybe, if you come on up and see me.” The person he had in mind, of course, was me.

 

 

 

  The project was really out of my area, but it seemed such a marvelous opportunity. The location was perfect.

The foundations were just being laid for the magnificent Dulles Airport terminal building and construction crews were scratching away at the runways.
An airport like that in what seems like a desert will cause the desert to flower.

And Dulles Airport was being put into Fairfax County, then the single, fastest-growing county in the United States.



The property was about 18 miles from Washington, the nation’s capital and fastest-growing metropolitan Bob sits Benchingly in Bronze area in the country. On top of this, the terrain was beautiful. It was an irresistible challenge, so I didn’t resist.  What should be done with the land? With a parcel this size, the only conceivable single use was a bedroom community; and that, to me, was a repulsive idea.

We began to think about a “New Town.” Of the many definitions of a New Town, I prefer the one given by Ada Louise Huxtable in the New York Times: a New Town is a large-scale development with residential, commercial, industrial, cultural and civic functions. In other words, a well-rounded community.

 

Pierre: Is Mr. Simon still alive…I hope so...... he sounds like such a good guy?

 Steve: Yes Pierre, Mr. Simon is alive and living in Reston at Lake Anne, where it all started. You can kind of visit him at the Lake Anne Plaza….his life size bronze sculpture sits on a park bench there. You can sit beside him after learning more about the very cool history of Reston at the Reston Museum.

Here is a video of Lake Anne and Reston's visionary below:



 

 

Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway still create full color brochures, an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow etc.

 

We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.

Steve Bachman's real estate photography can be seen here: http://animoto.com/play/tWg73SgOk02kO06YafBCTQ

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Reston Museum. Go Saturday and Stay Late at Lake Anne Village Center
Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )


  Reston History: Where is the Reston Museum?



Reston Lake Anne spring

 

 

 

 

 

Sue: What suggestions do you have for how to spend a few hours on Saturday afternoon in Reston?

I like discovering the history of things, by the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reston's founder Robert Simon sits in bronze

 

 

 

Steve: Well Sue, how about the history of Reston?

Head on down to the Reston Museum at Lake Anne Plaza, just off Baron Cameron (Route 606).

 

Afterwards, you can sit bench-ingly with the good looking founder of Reston with a water view backdrop.


*You can see an actual video interview that I did with the statue of Robert E. Simon right here*

 

Sue: Is the Reston Museum where you get some of your historical insight?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bob Simon at Lake Anne

 

 

Steve: Actually Sue, several years ago, the one time I did not check a historical reference found on line through the Reston Museums info. site...

.. my Discovering Reston Blog post was politely commented upon by a member of the Museum's board of directors.

She suggested that I send history buffs to visit the museum and site so that they could get the TRUE scoop on Reston's amazing development.

So GO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reston Lakes

Sue: My boyfriend Charlie does not want to do the museum thing ...is there someplace he can swill beer while I am at the museum?

 

 Steve:  Sue, you are in luck. Lake Anne Village Center has got everything both you and Charlie need for a swell afternoon.

He can relieve the weekly stress... bending an elbow, quaffing fine libations while you uplift your mind at the museum.

Afterward, you've got great dining choices within a couple hundred feet of the museum or wherever Charlie is drinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reston Town Center

 

Diane: What are some things you have seen at the museum?

Steve: If you have been driving on Soapstone between Lawyers Rd and Glade in the past months, you have seen lots of big rocks being imported and heavy machinery working on the stream bed there.

 

This is part of a multi-year project for improving the Reston watershed areas. I learned what that is happening there from the Reston Museum


You can see pictures of the situation here Glade and Snakeden watershed projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reston LakesThere are on-going art and photography exhibits. (I am going next week to see those.)

As well as special classes and lecture series ....and of course you can learn the amazing history of the original American planned community gem that is Reston.

Check out the Reston Museum schedule on the link right there Sue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reston Lakes

 

 

Sue: Charlie and I will go this Saturday based on your recommendation.

Steve: Good plan Sue. It is open 10-5 pm. Stay late. Take a stroll around the lake and shops and watch the sunset while dining waterfront.

We will be there.

I will be the good looking guy with the camera and tripod...attempting to capture better shots than the ones in here that my daughter took.





...Oh yeah. And if you don't already own a place in Reston, drop us a line and we will help you find a beauty.

 

Reston Real Estate, Jan an Steve Bachman Reston Realtors, Reston Real Estate Agents


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Reston real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman




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Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway still create full color brochures, an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow etc.

 

We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.

Steve Bachman's real estate photography can be seen here: http://animoto.com/play/tWg73SgOk02kO06YafBCTQ

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Follow Jan and Steve at the places below

Jan and Steve Bachman are full time Realtors® with RE/MAX, specializing in Homes for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties.

 

Check us out on Google: Jan and Steve Bachman

 

 Follow Steve's photography on Google+

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Search for Northern Virginia Homes Like an Agent  Just play around. No hassle, no spam, we won’t bug you. Fresh listings emailed to you. Want more info. Drop us a line. You’re in control. For a regular home search click here:HomeByBachman.com          

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Reston, VA, Bonner Custom Contemporary on Hidden Creek Golf Course
Holly Weatherwax, Keller Williams Realty, Northern Virginia (The Momentum Group )
Holly Weatherwax | Momentum Realty | (571) 643-4902
11220 Wedge Dr, Reston, VA
Fantastic Location! Minutes to Metro (2013) & Reston Town Center
4BR/3BA Single Family House
offered at $710,000
Year Built 1971
Sq Footage 3,200
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3 full, 0 partial
Floors 4
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size 16,498 sqft
HOA/Maint $47 per month

DESCRIPTION

Located on a quiet street just minutes from the new Reston Silver Metro Station in one direction and Reston Town Center in another, this beautiful BONNER CUSTOM CONTEMPORARY will make you feel instantly at home.

Freshly sanded and finished HARDWOODS on 2 levels, brand new carpet and fresh paint throughout. Generously sized rooms spread over 4 floors this house is both very livable and incredibly flexible.

Enjoy the quiet life and still be just minutes away from the action!

see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

- Central A/C - Central heat - Fireplace
- High/Vaulted ceiling - Hardwood floor - Tile floor
- Family room - Living room - Bonus/Rec room
- Dining room - Breakfast nook - Dishwasher
- Refrigerator - Stove/Oven - Microwave
- Granite countertop - Basement - Laundry area - inside

OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

- Golf Course Location!
- Custom Bonner Contemporary
- Great location, close to Reston Town Center
- Bright home with flexible floor plan
- Newly sanded and finished Gleaming Hardwoods!
- Brand new carpt
- Freshly painted
- 4/5 BR, 3 Full Baths
- Updated Kitchen and Baths
- FX7792795
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


BONNER Custom Contemporar

Entry Way

Living Room w/Gas FP

Bonus Rm w/full bath

Updated Kitchen

Dining Room

Foyer

View from Deck

Master with hardwoods

Bedroom with hardwoods

Additiona BR w/hardwoods

LL Family Room

LL Bedroom

Close to Reston Town CTR

Beautiful floating stairs
Contact info:
Holly Weatherwax
Momentum Realty
(571) 643-4902
For sale by agent/broker

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Lake Anne Reston VA Real Estate - Why I love it!
Robert Earl, The Earl of Real Estate (Choice Homes Team)
I love Reston Virginia. I love the free spirit and the felling of community that you get when you are out on a sunny day in the summer.

One of my favorite place is Lake Anne and the shops in the original portion of Reston highlighted by the fountain.

Kids love to play in the fountain. Parents love to gather around the fountain and enjoy the sounds of the kids splashing and frolicing in the fountain. The free spirit of Reston really comes to life at this one spot.

The Fountain in Lake Anne Plaza



Nevermind the sign that has been hanging on the fountain for years. The Free Spirit of Reston Lives on.

Lake





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The Free Spirit of Lake Anne in Reston Virginia
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ActiveRainPhotoBloggerContest: The Shopping Plaza of My Youth, Lake Anne Plaza in Reston,VA
Holly Weatherwax, Keller Williams Realty, Northern Virginia (The Momentum Group )

Once upon a time, a little girl would set out regularly from her home to the local shopping plaza. It was within close walking distance and she was allowed to go there by herself or with a friend. This shopping plaza was a wonderful place, filled with many different stores, fountains, food and friends. It was really the center of the community--and her world. She would spend her money on candy at the drug store, jewelry at Pier One Imports, jeans at the Pants Corral (or something similar) and Little House on the Prairie Books from the Hallmark.

One day she went off to college and in her humanities course, Fine Arts, she came upon a photo of the shopping plaza of her childhood. It turns out that this shopping plaza, Washington Plaza in the Lake Anne section of Reston, Virginia  (now called Lake Anne Plaza), was a famous place! Who knew?  She pointed it out to all her friends, but no one really seemed to care.

Sometime after college, she and her new husband bought a house in Reston, just a couple of miles from Lake Anne Plaza. They raised their children with visits to the cement play structures she remembered from her childhood and strolls around the lake. They took out paddle boats, and saw the fountain (kids were not allowed to play in it anymore). When the kids got older, they all visited the Saturday Farmer's market.

Now days, she and her husband visit one of their favorite restaurants, Jasmine Cafe, to sit outside and enjoy the views.  They go regularly to the Farmers Market and try to visit the local merchants as much as they can. There is even a branch of the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, now!

This little girl was, of course, me. Lake Anne has changed over the years, and its role in my life has evolved, but I still love to visit this special shopping center. The stores of my youth have taken on new owners and roles. It is still a lovely place to visit for a special dinner, quiet afternoon or with the kiddies for a fun outing.


Lake Anne is as lovely and unique today as it was when I was growing up there in the 1970's.

This perspective of this photo is very similar to the one I saw in my college Fine Arts textbook.

Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA

 

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I believe that buying or selling real estate should be a GREAT EXPERIENCE. If I can help you, your friends or family buy or sell their next home in Northern Virginia, please let me know!

If you need help with a home outside of Northern Virginia, I have an extensive network of referral agents and will make sure you are working with the best!

The contents of this blog may not be copied or reproduced without the permission of Holly Weatherwax.

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Reston Virginia: A National Planning Landmark Plus Video of Lake Anne Village Center
Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )

 

How Reston got its name

 

Melody: How did Reston get its name…from being a restful place to live? How come its design is so unusual?

Steve: No Melody, Reston is a peaceful place to live…but the name Reston was derived from the initials of Robert E. Simon, the man behind the outstanding design, vision, and creation of Reston.

That is a sculpture of him above sitting on a bench a Lake Anne Center.

 

 

 

 

 

I will write about the history of Reston from time to time, since it is an intriguing topic for anyone interested in real estate development and the thought process that goes into designing a livable community…rather then just slapping up some The Head of Reston's founder Bob Simonbuildings, selling them and running off to do it again somewhere else.

The following quote is from the Washington Post 2004:

“Robert E. Simon Jr. is the pioneer behind the groundbreaking planned community of Reston, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year.

 

 

 

Reston’s European-style plaza, clustered townhomes, centerpiece Reston Lake Anne Village Centerlake, and contemporary architecture are studied by planning and architecture students across the country.

Named by the American Institute of Certified Planners as a national planning landmark, Reston is a classic study in community planning. Simon, who turns 90 next month, moved back to enjoy his creation 11 years ago.”

Source: Washington Post, Mar 25, 2004

 

What was he thinking?

Melody: Do you have some quotes from any speeches made by Mr. Simon which give some background into his thought process?

Steve: Yes …..the following quote is from his Genisis speech in 1961:

More Lake Anne Center“This brings me to 1961. A representative of the Washington real-estate firm of Shannon & Luchs was given the assignment to sell a 6,750-acre parcel of Virginia countryside.

He spoke to Jim Lannegan in New York, hoping to interest Roger Stevens, but instead Jim called a friend of his, Henry Wrightson. “Henry, do you know anybody that is interested in 6,000-odd acres in Virginia?”

Henry replied, “Maybe, if you come on up and see me.” The person he had in mind, of course, was me.

 

 

 

 

 The project was really out of my area, but it seemed such a marvelous opportunity. The location was perfect.

The foundations were just being laid for the magnificent Dulles Airport terminal building and construction crews were scratching away at the runways.
An airport like that in what seems like a desert will cause the desert to flower.

And Dulles Airport was being put into Fairfax County, then the single, fastest-growing county in the United States.

The property was about 18 miles from Washington, the nation’s capital and fastest-growing metropolitan Bob sits Benchingly in Bronze area in the country. On top of this, the terrain was beautiful. It was an irresistible challenge, so I didn’t resist.  What should be done with the land? With a parcel this size, the only conceivable single use was a bedroom community; and that, to me, was a repulsive idea.

We began to think about a “New Town.” Of the many definitions of a New Town, I prefer the one given by Ada Louise Huxtable in the New York Times: a New Town is a large-scale development with residential, commercial, industrial, cultural and civic functions. In other words, a well-rounded community.

 

Melody: Is Mr. Simon still alive…I hope so...... he sounds like such a good guy?

 Steve: Yes Marnie Mr. Simon is alive and living in Reston at Lake Anne, where it all started. You can kind of visit him at the Lake Anne Plaza….his life size bronze sculpture sits on a park bench there. You can sit beside him after learning more about the very cool history of Reston at the Reston Museum.

Here is a video of Lake Anne and Reston's visionary below:

 

 

 

Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway still create full color brochures, an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow etc.

 

We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.

Steve Bachman's real estate photography can be seen here: http://animoto.com/play/tWg73SgOk02kO06YafBCTQ

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

RE/MAX Hall of Fame

Follow Jan and Steve at the places below

Jan and Steve Bachman are full time Realtors® with RE/MAX, specializing in Homes for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties.

 

Check us out on Google: Jan and Steve Bachman

 

 Follow Steve's photography on Google+

fairfax and loudoun county realtors

 

              

 

Search for Northern Virginia Homes Like an Agent  Just play around. No hassle, no spam, we won’t bug you. Fresh listings emailed to you. Want more info. Drop us a line. You’re in control. For a regular home search click here:HomeByBachman.com          

Jan and Steve Bachman

www.HomesByBachman.com

Northern Virginia Realtors

http://northern-va-homesforsale.com/

Northern Virginia Real Estate

Herndon Real Estate

Loudoun County Real Estate

 

We found our 2 rescue dogs through Petfinders. They're great!________________________________________________________________________________________

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Sunday Photos: Attempting Spring. Lake Anne, Reston VA
Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )

Photos March 4 at Lake Anne Village Center Reston VA

 

 

 

 

Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway still create full color brochures, an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow etc.

 

We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.

Steve Bachman's real estate photography can be seen here: http://animoto.com/play/tWg73SgOk02kO06YafBCTQ

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

RE/MAX Hall of Fame

Follow Jan and Steve at the places below

Jan and Steve Bachman are full time Realtors® with RE/MAX, specializing in Homes for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties.

 

Check us out on Google: Jan and Steve Bachman

 

 Follow Steve's photography on Google+

fairfax and loudoun county realtors

 

              

 

Search for Northern Virginia Homes Like an Agent  Just play around. No hassle, no spam, we won’t bug you. Fresh listings emailed to you. Want more info. Drop us a line. You’re in control. For a regular home search click here:HomeByBachman.com          

Jan and Steve Bachman

www.HomesByBachman.com

Northern Virginia Realtors

http://northern-va-homesforsale.com/

Northern Virginia Real Estate

Herndon Real Estate

Loudoun County Real Estate

 

We found our 2 rescue dogs through Petfinders. They're great!________________________________________________________________________________________

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