Reston’s Founder Turns 100 Today!

Happy 100th Birthday Robert E. Simon!

Happy 100th Birthday to Reston's Founder, Robert E. Simon!
Happy 100th Birthday to Reston’s Founder, Robert E. Simon!

Robert E. Simon was born on April 10th 1914 in New York City.  He would go on to become a real estate entrepreneur and eventually become the “RES” in Reston, Virginia.  Simon founded the community in 1964 and has watched it transform from a master plan to a thriving planned community that perfectly balances city and suburb.

Simon’s primary goal when planning Reston in 1962 was to make a city that ensured “the widest choice of opportunities be made available for the full use of leisure time.”  I truly believe he accomplished just that, proven by the success of the Reston Town Center and Lake Anne, the network of pools throughout the community, and the extensive biking/running trails.

Reston also celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year with a large number of events.  Tonight at 6:00 at the Hyatt Regency in the Reston Town Center, hundreds will gather to celebrate this year’s Best of Reston honorees.  Simon is the honorary chair of the event which is being put on by Cornerstones and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.  Visit the Reston Celebrates website for more information on all of the different events for Simon’s birthday and the 50th Anniversary of Reston.

Simon posing with his statue, in front of his home - Heron House.
Simon posing with his statue, in front of his home – Heron House.

Part of Simon’s method for living a long and fulfilling life is taking a daily walk around Lake Anne Plaza, where he lives on the 13th floor of Heron House, followed by a daily martini.

How do you plan to celebrate Robert E Simon’s 100th and the 50th Anniversary of Reston?  Let me know in the comments!

Reston is my home as well, and I have lived here for the past 20 years.  If you are ever in the market to buy or sell a home in my favorite place, I would be thrilled to represent you!  Get started with your Reston home search today!

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