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Outside of Washington, D.C., Lovely Reston is Dotted with Streams, Wildflower Meadows, Community Gardens and Lakes
Twenty miles west of Washington, D.C., Reston is an internationally-known planned community/town. It was created in 1964 as a place where people could live, play, and work as they move through life's various stages. In the process, Reston helped change suburban planning concepts.
The town was influenced by the 19th-century garden city design movement in which villages are surrounded by green spaces, enhancing residents' quality of life. Reston has five villages, each with its own amenities, and most of its housing is a combination of single family homes and town homes. More than 40% of Reston is devoted to open space, and locals enjoy extensive hiking, biking and bridle trails. Streams, wildflower meadows, public pools, community gardens, and lakes add to the soothing atmosphere. The town center is attractive, active and has upscale shops, restaurants and numerous festivals. The Reston Association, a non-profit group, takes care of government services.
Residents enjoy the Reston Community Players, a nature center, a chorale, and an orchestra. Wolf Trap, a performing arts center in a national park, is just outside of Reston.
Population: 62,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 35%
Cost of Living: 25% above the national average
Median Home Price: $550,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 43 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow per year.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 67%
Is Virginia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Residents complain about paying two HOA fees, one to Reston and one to the village in which they live. Traffic into D.C. is congested.
Notes: Reston has maintained its population during the last decade and often lands on "best places to live" lists. Home prices have increased 8% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Commonwealth of Virginia is on the southern Atlantic coast. Nicknames include Old Dominion and Mother of Presidents (eight American presidents were born here). The motto for the state is Sic Semper Tyrannis, meaning Thus Always to Tyrants. This motto is on both the state's seal (designed in 1776) and the state's flag (first used in the 1830s).
The Virginia Company established the Colony of Virginia and Jamestown in 1607. The state was one of the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. Richmond was even named the Confederate capital. Today, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous legislative body in the Western world.
Western Virginia has a distictly rural, southern feeling while eastern Virgina is home to military installations and northern Virginia is where many Washington, D.C. lobbyists and government workers live.
The Blue Ridge Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, the Shenandoah Valley and miles of eastern shore beaches are Virginia highlights.
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