Saturday, October 15 from 10am– 5pm
The idea for a Reston home tour was born in 2000 as an imaginative, educational and entertaining way to raise revenue for the Reston Historic Trust (RHT) – a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to sustain the Reston Museum and Shop in Lake Anne Village. The first home tour launched in October 2002 and was such an overnight success that it has become an annual October “Must Do” Reston happening.
Bonnie Haukness, a long-time Reston Realtor with Long and Foster, a board member of RHT and a devotee of home tours, is in her 10th year as chair of the tour.
“The Reston Home Tour concept showcases Reston’s unique and interesting residences,” Haukness explains. “Each year we celebrate exciting design in Reston’s varied neighborhoods, trying always to include homes in each village, as well as all sizes and styles.” The tour was created to offer visitors the opportunity to explore our neighborhoods with an eye to Reston’s signature diversity in architecture and interior design. “We want residents and newcomers alike to be inspired by the exceptional range of Reston lifestyles,” Haukness says.
The six private residences selected for the 2016 Tour brings the total of featured homes over the years to 105. “All of these residences were selected for their WOW factor, and offer amazing renovations and alterations that will inspire and excite you,” says Haukness. This year’s tour also has a stop at BLVD, Reston’s newest luxury apartment building at Reston Station where we will offer a “Taste of Autumn.” BLVD is a 21-story building with a rooftop pool and views from Sugarloaf Mountain to DC to the Blue Ridge!
Haukness has a few ideas to make your tour experience more enjoyable:
You can access background and information about the 2016 Tour by logging on to restonmuseum.org or calling the Reston Museum at (703) 709-7700. You are also encouraged to stop by the museum located at 1639 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190.
Tickets are $25 each before October 8th, and $30 each from October 8th to October 15th and anytime online. They may be purchased at The Wine Cabinet in North Point, Appalachian Spring and Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston Town Center and at the museum.
The tour is self-guided. A map is provided on the ticket. On tour day ticket-holders receive a full program booklet with details about each property, as well as resource information.
Wear comfortable shoes. Attendees may be asked to remove their shoes at some of the homes. Bags will be provided for shoes to be carried until exiting the home. Children under the age of 10 cannot be admitted into the tour homes.
Producers of the Reston Home Tour are all volunteers, working on behalf of the Reston Historic Trust, with a purpose of raising funds for Reston Museum and to present an opportunity to fully appreciate the architecture and beauty that makes this community home.
Take the tour and get those creative juices flowing! You are sure to end your day with a feeling of excitement and awe at these amazing homes and their owners’ incredible stories. Haukness said the ultimate compliment came from an attendee after the tour in 2007, “This is the best event we have in Reston!”