Reston Historic Trust & Museum to Host: Reston Home Tour

THEME: Coming Home

Benefiting the Reston Historic Trust & Museum

Saturday October 19, 2019 |10am-5pm

Early-Bird Ticket Rate (in-store only): $25 until October 11, 2019
Regular Priced Tickets and online: $30

Available at:

  • Reston Museum, Lake Anne Village Center and
  • Online:
  • The Wine Cabinet, North Point Village Center
  • Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston Town Center
  • Chesapeake Chocolates, Lake Anne Village Center

Visit or call 703-709-7700 for more information

The 18th Annual Reston Home Tour will showcase five impressive private residences, all with varying architecture style and flair. In addition, the tour will include Reston’s newest luxury apartments – The VY/Reston Heights – where a “Taste of Autumn” will be offered and Hunters Woods at Trails Edge, Reston’s cutting-edge retirement community, where a $12 boxed lunch will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Reston Historic Trust and Museum. Early Bird tickets are available in-store only for $25 until October 11th. Tickets to this one-day, self-guided event sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment, buy your tickets now.

By Marnie Schaar and Kim Casson. House photography by Charlotte Geary and Bob Haukness

Marnie Schaar grew up in Reston and has been selling real estate with Long & Foster, Inc. for 18 years. This is her 3rd year chairing the Reston Home Tour.

Homes on this year’s tour

Goldcup Lane – Beth Arborgast

It was “love at first sight” for Beth the first time she saw Goldcup Lane. Built in the 1970’s and still occupied by the original owner, this Michael Oxman designed home had great architectural appeal, but there was work to do! Renovations were not unfamiliar to Beth; after owning 17 homes in the last 27 years, she was experienced at remodeling and took on the challenge. Visitors will enjoy the finished product, including the remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, and soothing paint colors. Modern and minimalistic furnishings and beautiful artwork collected over the years complement the natural Reston setting of the home.

Beacon Place – Matthew Benson and Carol O’Connell

On a cloudy day in 1999, Carol was the last visitor of the day at the model home on Beacon Place, and the site manager was on her way out the door. Despite the lights being off and the cloudy sky overhead, the home offered wonderful architecture and natural light that led Carol to draw up the contract the next day. In 2017, Carol and Matt decided to go through a major renovation on the main and upper levels to bring the home up-to-date.They moved into an apartment at Reston Town Center for seven months while their home was under construction. Carol and Matt love to cook and entertain, and their kitchen is the heart of their home. Lots of thought was put into the materials selected. It’s a true chef’s kitchen built to last and sure to inspire.

Wild Bramble Way – James and Tammy Edgemond

After seven years in their first home together as a family in Reston, the Edgemonds found their current house of 14 years just by coincidence when they received a letter by mistake. Being a good Samaritan, James delivered the letter to the next street over (which had the same house number as theirs). Noticing it was on the market, they took a peek and put in an offer! Providing more square footage and a larger yard for their growing family without going too far from their friends, the house was perfect for their needs. They sold their home, packed and moved in just four weeks – all just as school was starting. They have done major renovations in all five bathrooms, the kitchen, family room, a fabulous screened porch (their favorite spot), sunroom, office and laundry room.

Wedge Drive – Brandon and Shayda Power

As the first house seen on Brandon’s house tour in 2004 with his realtor, this Wedge Drive home ticked all the boxes. After viewing six to eight more homes, they circled back to Wedge Drive. This was the one! The previous owners were downsizing and relocating to an assisted-living facility and were unsure how they would be able to keep their six-year old beagle, Trouble. Being a dog lover, Brandon quickly offered to keep Trouble. The beagle conveyed! Marrying Shayda in 2013 and getting their dog day care and boarding business off the ground, they were able to start their major house renovation in 2017. With the help of Brandon’s mother, a talented interior designer, and some skilled contractors, they have created a very functional yet exquisite home. Visitors will find amazing entertaining spaces inside and out and incredible use of cabinetry that maximizes storage potential.

Wedge Drive – Ray Fernandez and Kathleen Williams

With only two weeks to find a house and low inventory to choose from, Kathleen settled for Wedge Drive. She honestly didn’t like the house at first but has since crafted an eclectic home that tells the story of all their travels and chapters in their life. Being a social worker for the Navy, Kathleen has many interesting experiences to share. Each collectible, piece of furniture and artwork help bring the years together. The setting on the edge of Hidden Creek Golf Course among the trees and the garden that is in constant development all help tell the story. Visitors should not miss Ray’s garage, which is his sanctuary.

VY Apartments at Reston Heights – One of Reston’s newest luxury apartments
Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The VY/Reston Heights is located at the highest point in Reston and designed and built around Robert E. Simon’s vision for Reston of Live, Work and Play. The chief architect of VY, Lee Quill, FAIA, met Simon in high school in the early years of Reston and was inspired by his vision. Fast forward 54 years later and say Hi to VY! VY offers 97 different floor plans, on-site shops and cafés and vibrant places to socialize inside and out. They opened in January 2018 and plan to be at full capacity by 2020. The views are vast, but the building itself is only six floors. There is a focus on bringing the outdoors in with lots of windows and natural light and decor. VY promotes environmental stewardship in the design, culture and amenities for their tenants. They focus on reducing the need for a car and aim to make mass transportation an easy choice for their tenants. The goal is to keep their carbon footprint small and help tenants to do the same. Visitors can enjoy refreshments and a “Taste of Autumn” the day of the tour compliments of JBG Smith.

Hunters Woods at Trails Edge – Cutting-edge retirement community
Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nestled in a tranquil wooded setting next to the convenience of the Turquoise Nature Trail, Reston Town Center and Reston Community Center, this cutting-edge retirement community gives Restonians an option to stay in the community they love. With four libraries, an aviary, Skype booth, activity room, gym, theatre room, hairdresser and seven different dining venues, what’s not to love about Hunters Woods at Trails Edge? The welcoming staff and management are dedicated to being part of the community. They feature artwork from local artists and serve local beer and wine at their onsite A. Smith Bowman Pub. Visitors can enjoy their dining areas the day of the tour by purchasing a $12 box lunch. All proceeds will benefit the Reston Historic Trust and Museum.

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