Herndon: Reston’s Little Brother Grows Up
Herndon, VA, what special memories I have of you. You gave me work for a few months back in 2000, and for that I’m forever in your gratitude.
Herndon was kind of like Reston’s Internet-savvy little brother back in the technology boom of the late ’90s. And if you want to argue it was an equal player, I won’t put up much of a fight. For I come to praise Herndon, not bury it. In fact, the short-lived company where I worked moved from Reston to Herndon. Why? I don’t know. But I got to know Herndon a little.
Herndon is similar to Reston in its expansive feel yet has its own character. The city’s main artery, Herndon Parkway, is central to that character, as it’s a huge loop that connects one end of town to the other. And so is Eldon Street, another popular thoroughfare that runs through town. Apartment renters in Herndon have the blessed Dulles Toll Road to take them into Washington, D.C., via the I-495 Capital Beltway and I-66.
The self-proclaimed “third largest town in the Commonwealth of Virginia” boasts a population of 22,579 residents (as of July, 1, 2009) and features a whopping 130 restaurants to serve them all. There are plenty of shopping plazas for the small purchases, and Herndon’s close enough to both Reston Town Center and Dulles Town Center to accommodate more extensive shopping trips.
There are two high schools – one public, the other experimental – the Herndon Centennial Golf Course, a lively community center (including a fitness area, racquetball courts and heated pool) and 11 neighborhood parks. The town is also served by the Connection newspaper.
Renters will want to take advantage of the Old Town district, where you can visit the popular Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern and possibly run into Walter, a friendly ghost who is said to reside there. Finally, during the first week in June, be sure to check out the annual Herndon Festival, where you can create your own memories of Herndon.
Be sure to utilize the neighborhood information and apartment listings on Apartment Showcase before you make the move.