Reston is one of the leading “New Town” planned communities in the United States. Founded in 1964, Reston was influenced by the Garden City movement that emphasized planned, self-contained communities that intermingled green space, residential neighborhoods, and commercial development. The intent of Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, was to build a town that would revolutionize post–World War II concepts of land use and residential/corporate development in suburban America. In 2018, Reston was ranked as the Best Places to Live in Virginia by Money magazine for its expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses, and bridle paths as well as the numerous shopping and dining opportunities in Reston Town Center. Reston is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Reston’s population to be 60,070 as of December 2017.
Reston, Virginia, combines the feel of small-town America with all the entertainment possibilities of a big city. The Reston Community Center is home to theater and orchestra, and there’s also Lake Anne for live concerts, canoeing, kayaking, and other water sports.
From Reston’s inception, planning and zoning in the PRC area has emphasized the inclusion and integration of common grounds, parks, large swaths of wooded areas with picturesque runs (streams), wildflower meadows, golf courses, public swimming pools, bridle paths, a bike path, four lakes, tennis courts, and extensive foot pathway. Reston was built in wooded areas of oak, maple, sycamore, and Virginia pine, and remains heavily wooded.