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Old 05-23-2013, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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You mentioned biking to work - lots of bike commuting and recreational biking take place on the W&OD Trail that cuts through both Reston and Vienna.

Map of the W&OD Trail
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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Some parts of Vienna are very close to Tyson's. Maple Ave turns into Chain Bridge/123 runs right into Tyson's. I can't say how the traffic is on that short stretch and nor how the metro construction has roads rerouted, so you should check all that out.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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You can do well in either Reston or Vienna. Reston is generally cheaper than Vienna, overall. Although Vienna runs into Reston, so parts aren't much different at all. If you are driving, the commute will be fairly short from Vienna, less so if you are on the east side of town. Should not take more than 20 minutes. If you are doing the Metro, then Reston would make more sense once the Silver line opens up since it's a straight shot. Just make sure you look at the Metro fares. The minimum fare during rush hour is not cheap.

The feel of Reston and Vienna can be quite different. Town of Vienna has a small town feel with its own town amenities - like a town hall, it's own community center, its own fire station and police force. If you took away the traffic, you can really feel like you are in small-town USA. They have their own fireworks on July 4, an annual Halloween parade that's been going on for over 50 years, a high school that all of the town's residents feed into (Madison High), an annual town fair every Memorial Day weekend and several other smaller, local events throughout the year.

Be informed, however, that one can have a Vienna address and not be in the Town of Vienna. They would still be part of Fairfax County (as is Town of Vienna and Reston), but they are outside the small "downtown Vienna" area. Some would go to Madison, while others go to Marshall, McLean, South Lakes, etc. And they could still visit and participate in the Town of Vienna activities (as can anyone), but most wouldn't be walking to them. If you live outside the town limits, it's usually in separate neighborhood developments and has more of a suburban feel. (Town of Vienna homes are generally in a traditional grid format, albeit a drunken grid, like a tradtional town).

Reston is a planned community (one of the first in the nation) with lots of separate neighborhoods and the big Reston Town Center with shops and restaurants. It is a more deliberately planned community and as JfromReston mentioned, it is part of a large HOA that offers swimming pools (and other amenities?). And there are several pretty lakes and walking paths. There are two main high schools that Reston residents feed into - South Lakes or Herndon High. Although as JEB77 pointed out, a few feed into other schools.

Overall, there are good schools throughout Fairfax County. But, since the county is so large, there are rankings within the county that generally put Vienna schools near the top and Reston schools near the middle. That's not to say any of the schools are bad, or that some schools in Reston would not be a better fit for a child than a Vienna one or that an specific elementary school in Reston isn't ranked higher than a specific elementary school in Vienna, but that overall, Vienna schools are well-thought of, and generally in demand. That's likely one of the reasons Vienna is costlier than Reston.

As others have mentioned, there is a W&OD bike trail that is 44 miles long that runs from Arlington to Purcellville. It runs through both Vienna and Reston. Whether it would hook up to a trail near where you work, I do not know.

Overall, I think etiher place could work out well for you. You really need to visit and check out both areas. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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This looks great. I'm a pretty avid cyclist and runner. I prefer running on trails and mountain biking to the road, so the trails near Reston look really nice. The small town feel of Vienna sounds great though. I think michgc is right. My wife and I need to get out there and really look around. Still it's nice to have some direction from knowledgeable people and I really appreciate all of the input.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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Its hard to know what the future of Reston will hold as its undergoing a great amount of change. Reston used to be and still is a suburb, but the county planners hope to urbify the environment. There are plans in the hopper to add many new large buildings and no plans to add more roads, which are already crowded. Same with Tysons.

Getting from the proverbial suburb with roads to an urban environment where driving is not encouraged is a difficult step because the existing infrastructure is not designed with dense urban planning in mind. For example, one future Tysons metro stop currently dumps you off around a block of car dealerships. Obviously the businesses in that area will change. But the chances are your place of employment in Tysons will be quite a walk away from the Metro station.

The upcoming Reston (Weihle) metro station is not designed to be the end station in the line, but for the next five years it will be. This likely will result in parking lot not meeting capacity and most people will have to take a bus.

The humidity in the summer time is brutal, even in the evening. Something you'll have to account for if you plan to commute to work on a bike.

The toll road tolls have gone up every year to support the metro and will continue to do so going forward. Plan for the tolls to be outrageous.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Just making sure that you found the Reston Interactive Map

Reston Association - Interactive Map Guide
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Reston
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It will probably be about 10 minutes from the Wiehle-Reston East station to the first station in Tysons. If you donít want to walk or bike to the Wiehle-Reston East station, then there will likely be a bus running near the place you choose to live-

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connect...ail/reston.htm

Tysons is fairly compact, so I donít understand the earlier comment about a long walk in Tysons.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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There is a bike trail that goes from Old Courthouse road, cuts through Ragland park, and goes directly into Tysons near the sheraton. Vienna is such a big place, it has many micro regions that will effect your commute to Tysons.

If you live in eastern Vienna near old courthouse, then biking directly to work is definitely doable (depending on where your office is in Tysons).

If you live in Southern Vienna closer to Dunn Loring Metro, you would likely want to bus using the 401/402 or just drive.

If you live in Central or western Vienna areas, you will have a far tougher commute, likely the same amount of time as driving or taking the bus from Reston because Route 123 is a headache.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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If you like mountain biking then you should check out - Laurel Hill, Lake Fairfax, Wakefield/Lake Accotink and Fountainhead. Lake Fairfax is near Reaston and my least favorite of the sites listed because of Lyme disease. The Cross County Trail (CCT), WO&D and Mt Vernon Parkway are good chices for roadies.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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Michgc did a good job. I live in Vienna, and prefer the small town feel, but Reston has its advantages too...
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