Our earth-toned nirvana has been ranked the 7th best place to live in the U.S. by the listicle addicts at Money Magazine, an incredible honor only slightly tainted by previous years' inclusion of cloverleaf intersection Centreville and, of all places, Manassas Park, on the list. (Seriously, WTF?)
Here's what Money had to say about Reston:
Reston may be a planned community, but don't expect cookie-cutter homes here. Thanks to famed master planner Robert Simon, houses of all shapes and sizes sit next to one another.Sure it will.
Activities come in all stripes too, from an über-urban downtown to 55 miles of bike paths, 52 tennis courts, and 15 pools.
Thanks to Reston's growing reputation as a technology hub near Washington Dulles International Airport, major firms have large offices here. Those who do commute to D.C. contend with traffic, but next year's completion of the Washington Metro's extension to Reston will help alleviate the pain.
Of course, someone (not us, for a change) had to ruin all the fun on the magazine's fancy "web site.":
Exurban nightmare Carmel, Indiana, which has helped sucked the life out of nearby Indianapolis, was the best place to live on the annual list. On the plus side, it does have "a big sports and recreation center." Number two (heh) was McKinney, Texas, where the main draw appears to be homes like this:
To be sure, Reston is arguably the most diverse of the "best cities" ranked above it. But the REAL SCANDAL is on the magazine's Fan Favorite Towns, based on how many people "like" their town on Facebook. At the time of this writing, Reston is currently #4, while its evil Maryland doppelganger, Columbia, is climbing the ranks quickly to #13. C'mon folks, Facebook harder or something, the end.