Reston Town Center: Live, Work and Play Without Ever Leaving Home

Reston Town Center

Why go anywhere else: With more than 50 shops, 30 restaurants, and several offices and high-rise apartment buildings, Reston Town Center is like a self-contained city. (vishal charles via Flickr)

On its website, Reston Town Center calls itself the “successful, oft-emulated mixed-use Reston Town Center.”

A heady combination of retail and business, “mixed-use” projects have become popular with city planners these days, and with phase one of the Reston project opened to the public in 1990, they may be on to something. But I’m not here to debate whether the folks behind Reston Town Center are urban-planning trailblazers. I’m just here to show the future Reston apartment renter what their particular “mixed-use” palace of retail and business offers. It’s quite a lot.

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Having lived here a decade ago, I know a lot about Reston Town Center, and thanks to some research, I know a bit more. Reston Town Center is of course known for a wide variety of retail, restaurant and service choices, but it’s also home to business heavyweights Accenture, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, among others.

In addition, Reston Town Center is home to the 518-room Hyatt Regency Reston, the 13-screen Reston Town Center Cinema and the Open Air Pavilion, which hosts seasonal ice skating, a free summer concert series, and both the Reston Festival and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

As for shopping, Reston Town Center gives you Apple Store Reston, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor, and AT&T, and that’s not even all the As. Admittedly, the As give us more to munch on than most other letters; though, rather ironically, letter B (Banana Republic, bebe and The Bike Lane) is probably number two on that front. Other standouts are Nine West, Jos. A. Bank and Chico’s.

After all this shopping, you say you wanna eat? What do I look like, a deli cart? OK, OK, take the joke for once.

Restaurants and eateries include both McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant and its sidekick M & S Grill, Così, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Obi Sushi, Clyde’s of Reston, and Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café, so mentioned in honor of the great Julio Cesar Chavez being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.

The discerning shopper and gormandizer would do well to checkout the full listing of Reston Town Center’s charms.

I know what you’re thinking out there in Cyberville. Isn’t he leaving out something huge? A couple somethings huge? Yeah. It’s called The Spectrum at Reston Town Center. Since it’s not owned by the same company as Reston Town Center, they’re separate entities. But, as they’re both right next to each other, that hardly matters to you and me.

More open than Reston Town Center, Spectrum at Reston Town Center offers a great compliment to its neighbor with big-box stores like Best Buy, Barnes & Noble (with a Starbucks), PetSmart and Office Depot. They also feature Harris Teeter, la Madeleine and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Well, I’ve said enough. Get in the car, find an apartment with Apartment Showcase and come on out to Reston, Va., and decide to stay awhile. Or, you’ll get another post from me!

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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