Reston Condos

Summer Ridge Condos, North Point, Reston

North Reston's Summer Ridge Condominiums are not only beautiful inside, the contemporary exterior design has charming cross gabled roofs — the front facing gables are above a column of recessed balconies. The meticulously landscape common areas are a lovely and peaceful view from those balconies. Even with parking in front of the buildings, this just doesn’t feel like a condo community.

Summer Ridge is located off Lake Newport Road just west of Reston Parkway. In fact, it’s just a few blocks from North Point Village Center, so you can walk to grocery store and restaurants. Reston Town Center is less than two miles away, and is easily walkable if you feel inclined. Also within walking distance of Summer Ridge is the Lake Newport Recreation Area with Reston’s only Olympic size pool, or Autumn Wood pool, which has a little more shade. Both are great after a summer walk along the RA paths!

The neighborhood consists of about 170 units built between 1987 and 1988. The neighborhood is laid out with 17 two- and three-story buildings looping around Summerchase Circle and Summerchase Court.  

The condo development features three different models, all of which are modern and feel spacious, despite their modest footprints. Want an open floor plan? They’ve got it along with large picture windows or glass sliding doors opening up to a back patio or balcony. The fabulous design makes you feel like you’re in a much larger space than you are.

  • June Model = 665 square feet with one bedroom and one bath
  • July Model = 952 square feet with two bedrooms and one and a half baths
  • August Model = 1042 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths.

These condos are great for singles looking for a beautiful, but smaller space away from Reston Town Center, but still accessible to everything. Take a look at them today!

Condo fees, really?

From high rises like Midtown at Reston Town Center to garden-style communities like ParcReston to townhomes like Ivy Oak, many of Reston's amazing neighborhoods are condo associations. And that means condo fees... often in addition the Reston Association fees.

One of the most common questions I get when showing condos is what the fees are actually for. This is a great question because when you know how the fees are used, and then you can decide if you believe the monthly condo fee fits into your budget and needs.

Condo fees fund two categories: operating expense and reserve funds. The operating expenses are the monthly costs required for trash, grounds maintenance, and snow removal, administration and condo management. The reserve funds represent the anticipated cost of replacing and repairing common elements of the property like roofs, sidewalks, and elevators. All of these costs are estimated and used as the basis for the monthly condo fee.

For the reserve fund, the condo association must do a study every five years to estimate how much money is needed to repair, replacement and restoring the capital components of the property. Every year condominiums (in Virginia) are required to review their study results and confirm that they are reserving enough money for these items. Sometimes, they find they aren't because something unexpected happened.

So, what does that mean for you, they buyer? You need to study the condo resale package, which includes the condominium bylaws, rules and regulations, current financial reports, and audited financial reports. Review these carefully with an eye toward spotting potential problems. Questions to ask should include:

  • What do the audited financial statements say about the reserve funds? Are they adequate?
  • What major projects/repairs are anticipated for the upcoming year?
  • What projects were completed in the prior year?

Another thing to consider is what type of condo environment are you looking at? Is there a Doorman, a Concierge? If there is, you will pay higher condo fees for that amenity.

Many of my clients choose condo living simply because they are not responsible for the exterior maintenance -- at not responsible beyond paying their condo fee. If you are one of the thousands of busy professionals that live in Reston, the time you save managing or doing those tasks is well worth the fee itself. 

Ivy Oak Cluster, North Reston, VA

ivy oak clusterWhen most people think of condo living in Reston, they think of the high-rise buildings in and around Reston Town Center. Guess what? Within a half mile of Reston Town Center, you can find a condominium community of townhouses. That's right. Townhouses. Ivy Oak Cluster is the perfect place for anyone who wants the ease of condo living -- that is, someone else to take care of all the exterior maintenance -- without living in a high rise.

Ivy Oak Cluster was built in 1970/71 and consists of 96 2-story, 3 or 4 bedroom townhomes.  Each has a great backyard space, many of which are fenced. The neighborhood also has a large common space with a wonderful playground.

Ivy Oak is located off North Shore Drive, close to Temporary Road. There is a secret path (at one time a service road) between the cluster and the Fannie Mae building, and that secret path means leads to Old Reston Avenue and the W&OD trail...making a walk over to Reston Town Center quick and easy.

Ivy Oak is a gem, especially for families with young children (they will love the large playground!). And, not only can you walk to Reston Town Center, the cluster is close to both Whole Foods and Harris Teeter and has easy access to the Reston metro station. Children attend Lake Anne Elementary School, which is just one mile down the street, Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School. 

European Flair North Reston Style

Why are European's so fit? In part, because they walk everywhere. Reston in general was model off of that European idea, and is a pedestrian-friendly place. The West Market community in North Reston is the perfect example with grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater, and anything else you could need just steps from the front door (even Target is walking distance).

West Market comprises two condo communities: Madison Park Condominiums and Lincoln Park Condominiums. Madison Park has 122 condominium units (24 of which are townhouses) within seven buildings. The Lincoln Park community has 104 luxury, 2-story townhome-style condos.

Five different builders came together to create this architecturally diverse community. Most people first notice the rounded exteriors that are unlike anything else in Reston. Spacious common areas include a club house, which includes a main hall and kitchen for meetings and gatherings, a fitness center and sauna, and an outdoor pool.

This neighborhood was built in the late 1990's just a few steps from Reston Town Center. That means dozens of restaurants, shops, and entertainment are next door. In addition, Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter are close by, and the W&OD trail and YMCA are practically in the backyard. You don't need a car to live here, but if you do have one it is a quick hop onto Fairfax County Parkway and the Dulles Toll Road.

West Market is a great choice for anyone wanting to live in the Reston Town Center area without actually being in Town Center. 

Heron House, Lake Anne, Reston, VA

Heron House, the original Reston condos build in 1966, are still among the most beautiful condominiums in Reston. Sure, I may be biased because I live in Heron House, but I've heard other people say this too.

Comprised of 46 condominiums all with concrete balconies, Heron House is Reston's original high-rise. It is situated on the edge of Lake Anne at the Southern end of Washington Plaza (which residents simply call Lake Anne). The condos have one to three bedrooms with commanding views of the lake and Reston. Sitting on the balcony sipping a glass of wine and looking at the fountain in the lake is one of my favorite things to do.

The contemporary condos are well designed to maximize every inch of space -- even the smaller one-bedroom units feel spacious. Perhaps it is the view, or perhaps it is the well thought out floor plans. Whatever the magic combination, it works. And Heron House has stood the test of time. The design is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. And most of the units have been upgraded with new kitchens and baths.

You never really have to leave the neighborhood -- Lake Anne boasts several great restaurants, the farmer's market, and festivals year round. It's a wonderful place to live! It's also only a one-mile walk along gorgeous trails to Reston Town Center (or a quick drive), and it's close to the Reston Station and Dulles Toll Road. What's not to love?

Vantage Hill, North Reston

Most of the Reston condominiums built in the 1970's look nondescript from the outside. There is no way around it--they are boxy and plain. But if you take the time to go inside, you will be pleasantly surprised. Vantage Hill is a wonderful example of this.

Vantage Hill sits on 15 beautifully wooded acres that have been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. That's 15 acres for 152 units or, more than 4,000 square feet per unit.

And then there are the spacious interiors. These may be condominiums, but that doesn't mean you have to give up space. The units are generally 2 or 3 bedrooms with generous floor plans, ample closets and spacious kitchens. One of the beautiful things about these older condominiums is that most of them have been updated--new kitchens, new bathrooms, and new flooring. It's the best of both worlds--the solid construction and beautiful landscape of the 70's with the beautiful interiors and modern designs of today.

Utilities are included in the condo fees. Vantage Hill is located between Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Village Center, with an easy walk to either. It's about a five-minute walk to Lake Anne Elementary School. Older children attend Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lake High School.

Edgewater Cluster, Reston, VA

Edgewater Cluster Edgewater Cluster in the Spring. Photo courtesy of the Edgewater Condo Association photo gallery.

Edgewater Cluster in the Spring. Photo courtesy of the Edgewater Condo Association photo gallery.

Condo living in Reston is perfect for young professionals starting out, empty nesters who are downsizing, or really anyone who wants to live in a lovely, low-maintenance community. Edgewater Cluster in North Reston is a great example. Located at the intersection of Baron Cameron and Town Center Parkway, these condos offer easy access to major roads, shopping (right across the street from Trader Joe's), and entertainment. While they are in walking distance to Reston Town Center, they're a little bit removed from the hustle and bustle--perfect for people who want a quieter environment.

Built between 1992 and 1995, this low-rise condominium complex features primarily two-bedroom units with 1 ½ or 2 baths ranging in size from 801 to 1224 sq ft. In addition to the two-bedroom condos, you can find studios and one-bedroom units as well. Every unit has a balcony, and the upper units have a lovely loft.

Many of the condos face a large pond, which is a perfect place to walk your dog or just hang out on a lovely evening. What's especially nice about Edgewater is that the complex is divided into small clusters, which lends to a tighter community feel. The complex also has it's own pool, tennis facilities, and clubhouse--providing ample places for residents to hang out and have some fun.

Edgewater is walking distance to Reston Town Center, the library and the Reston Hospital Center too. Being located between the Fairfax County Parkway and Reston Parkway, residents have easy access to any place they need to go--the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7 are within a few miles.

If you want access to all the Reston Town Center and Reston have to offer at an affordable price, Edgewater Cluster is a great value.

Edgewater Cluster, Reston, VA

Edgewater Cluster Reston Edgewater cluster provides a tranquil environment close to everything. Image from the Edgewater Cluster website.

Edgewater cluster provides a tranquil environment close to everything. Image from the Edgewater Cluster website.

Condo living in Reston is as good as it gets, and Edgewater Cluster is a great example. Located at the intersection of Baron Cameron and Town Center Parkway, these condos offer easy access to major roads, shopping, and entertainment.

Built in the mid-90s, this low-rise condominium complex features primarily 2-bedroom units with 1 ½ or 2 baths. The complex is divided into smaller clusters for a community feel. Many of the units face the large pond, and all are in walking distance of Reston Town Center, Trader Joes, and Harris Teeter. (You can walk to the library and the Reston Hospital Center too, but the grocery stores and shopping are more exciting.) The community is in between the Fairfax County Parkway and Reston Parkway, providing easy access to any place you need to go--the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7 are within a few miles.

If you want access to all the Reston Town Center has to offer, Edgewater Cluster is a great value.

West Market, North Reston, VA

Reston is a pedestrian-friendly place, and the West Market community in North Reston is the perfect embodiment of that.

west market, north reston West Market, North Reston offers all of the advantages of living in Reston Town Center...and more!
Photo by Karen Fegani.

West Market, North Reston offers all of the advantages of living in Reston Town Center...and more! Photo by Karen Fegani.

Built in the late 90s, this neighborhood is within walking distance of Town Center (and all the great restaurants, shops, and entertainment there), Lake Anne Plaza, grocery stores (Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter), the W&OD trail, and the YMCA. You don't need a car to live here, but if you do have one it is a quick hop onto Fairfax County Parkway and the Dulles Toll Road.

West Market comprises two condo communities: Lincoln Park Condominiums and Madison Park Condominiums. The Lincoln Park community has 104 luxury, 2-story townhome style condos. Madison Park has 122 condominium units, 24 of which are townhouses, accommodated within seven buildings.

Five different builders came together to create a community with a diverse architectural style--many people notice the rounded exteriors that are unlike anything else in Reston. Spacious common areas include a club house, which includes a main hall and kitchen for meetings and gatherings, a fitness center and sauna, and an outdoor pool.

West Market is a great choice for anyone wanting to live in the Reston Town Center area without actually being in Town Center.

Chestnut Grove Condominiums, North Reston

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Andrea participating in a community dig out after a blizzard...digging out together somehow makes it more fun!

When Andrea Abrams moved to Reston several years ago, she wanted a spacious condominium close to her work and where she could become part of a vibrant community. She found the perfect spot in Chestnut Grove Condominiums in North Reston, located off Wiehle Avenue between Sunrise Valley and North Shore Drive.

"I love the fact that there are people here that have lived in the neighborhood since the beginning--that says a lot about our little enclave," said Andrea.

She also loves the fact that it's quiet and serene, and that it's hidden in the trees (when they have leaves). But her absolute favorite thing about Chestnut Grove is that she's steps away from the W&OD Trail--making running and biking easy.

Completed in 1972, Chestnut Grove Condominiums has  226 units ranging from 1 to 4 bedroom (although the majority have 2 bedrooms). Although it is a large complex, it does feel private being nestled in the woods. In fact, the complex backs up to Lake Fairfax Park.

Chestnut Grove

Chestnut Grove Condos in North Reston...in the early Spring. Photo courtesy of the Chestnut Grove Facebook page.

Other features include designated parking, an on-site pool, and playground. It is about ½ mile from the Reston Metro stop, making commuting via metro a breeze. It's also close to Reston Town Center, Lake Anne Village center, and all of the recreation facilities Reston has to offer.

If you are looking for a large, comfortable condo in a welcoming and tight community, Chestnut Grove is worth a look.