Blog :: 08-2014

Cedar Cove Cluster, South Reston

cedar cove clusterLake Audubon is one of Reston's most beautiful spots, and the neighborhoods that border the lake are in high demand. When a home in one of these communities comes on the market, you have to act fast!

Cedar Cover Cluster near South Lakes is one community to keep an eye on. About 20% of the 66 townhomes are direct lakefront property, and all have lake access. These lovely cedar-sided, 3-story homes have 3 or 4 bedrooms and garages.

The Cluster was built between 1980 and 1989 and is located on Cedar Cove Point off South Lakes Drive in South Reston. This family-friendly neighborhood boasts a large playground for the children and is close to schools.

cedar cove clusterWalking through Cedar Cove Cluster on a beautiful day with a gentle breeze rustling the many trees, you feel a bit like you're at a resort. Yet, you are just minutes from the Reston technology corridor, the Reston Metro station, and the Dulles Toll Road. South Lakes Village Center (home to a few of Reston's favorite mom and pop restaurants) is just ¾ mile up the road.

Cluster residents attend Sunset Hills Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School.

This neighborhood is the ideal in lakeside living. If you see one of these homes come on the market, jump on it!

Cafesano Hits the Spot

 

cafesano Cafesano's paninis are the favorite lunch time treat for, well, anyone who has ever eaten here!

Cafesano's paninis are the favorite lunch time treat for, well, anyone who has ever eaten here!

 

In 2003, when Paul Swinley opened Cafesano in South Lakes Village Center, he wanted to create a restaurant that combined quick-casual dining with top quality food in a comfortable environment--he didn't see why any of those things needed to be independent of each other. He thought Reston needed a spot where people who wanted a quick bite to eat could also enjoy a fresh, tasty meal--with a glass of wine or beer as well.

Everyone in Reston agreed. Cafesano was a success from the moment it opened its doors. Today, this locally owned gem is a favorite for residents and people who work in the nearby office buildings. "My favorite lunch spot in Reston," is a common refrain from anyone who has eaten here. No matter when you drop by, there will be a steady stream of people coming through to enjoy pizza, paninis, and kabobs (and, of course, baklava).

A combination of Italian and Mediterranean flavors, the primary rule at Cafesano is that the food be fresh. That combined with great customer service and a sleek, comfortable dining area with amazing views of Lake Thoreau contributed to Northern Virginia Magazine naming it the best restaurant in Northern Virginia for lunch in 2012.

Paul's goal is always to give his guests a memorable dining experience by providing them with flavorful food and outstanding customer service. Drop by and visit--you'll agree that Cafesano is one of Reston's locally owned treasures!

Location: South Lake Village Shopping Center, South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA

Price: low

Click here for the menu.

Cabot's Point Cluster, South Reston

Cabot's Point Cluster South Reston

Cabot's Point in South Reston is lakeside living at it's finest.

Many neighborhoods say they are Reston's undiscovered jewel. Cabot's Point Cluster in the South Lakes area of South Reston is one with a true stake on that claim. This beautiful community of cedar patio homes borders Lake Audubon, Reston's largest lake. The neighborhood is so secluded that many people don't realize there are houses back there.

Cabot's Point Cluster South Reston

Many homes in Cabot's Point have lake front property.

Warm is the way to describe this Reston lake side neighborhood.

Built in the early- to mid-1980s, these townhomes have a distinctive contemporary design with sharp right angles and sun-drenched cedar siding. Rather than the adjoining walls typical of most town house developments, two-car garages attach these units. The yards are beautifully landscaped, and common areas provide a wooded setting. The homes have one or two decks and are staggered along winding, narrow cul-de-sacs that give the impression of a small village. Many units have lake views.

Cabot's Point Cluster

Lake Audubon is Reston's largest lake.

Access to Cabots Point comes from South Lakes Drive, across the street from South Lakes High School and a quick walk to South Lakes Village Center.

Cabot's Point may be close to every activity Reston has to offer (including the new Reston Metro station), but for many residents, lazy evenings on the lake are the leisure activity of choice.

Talk to any resident of Cabot's Point, and they'll tell you they have no intention of ever moving out of the neighborhood. Homes don't often come on the market here, so if you see one, jump on the opportunity immediately.

5 Fun Silver Line Metro Adventures

Silver line metro Ready to go for a ride on the Silver line? Metro map. For more information about the Silver line, visit http://silverlinemetro.com/.

Ready to go for a ride on the Silver line? Metro map. For more information about the Silver line, visit http://silverlinemetro.com/.

July 26, 2014 was another milestone day in the history of Reston, VA--the long (very long) anticipated Silver Line Metro opened to the public. It was a beautiful Saturday, and Restonians came out in droves to take their first trip on the Silver line. Some ventured just a few short stops to Tyson's Corner, while others ventured all the way into DC.

To me, there are two primary benefits of taking the Silver Line Metro--you don't have to fight traffic and you don't have to look for parking. I may just ride the train one morning simply for the experience of traveling during rush hour without being stuck in gridlock.

As someone who lives and works in Reston, I don't have to travel into DC very often...if ever. So I don't. It's not the driving; it's the parking. I just don't want to deal with it. Now with the Metro, that is going to change. Here are my 5 top Silver Line Metro adventures that don't even require a train change!

  1. Eastern Market (Eastern Market stop). http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/ Eastern Market is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC, and it offers an eclectic mix of fresh food, community events, and local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts on weekends. It's great fun to meander through the market and have breakfast or lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area. If you want a local's DC experience, this is it.
  2. The Smithsonian (Smithsonian stop). http://www.si.edu/ Where to start? The Smithsonian consists of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. If you are interested in it, there is an exhibit somewhere. From fine art to finery to fossils--you could spend weeks exploring the Smithsonian and see only a fraction of what it has to offer. And now, access is just a short train ride away.
  3. The Kennedy Center (Rosslyn stop). http://www.kennedy-center.org/index.cfm This adventure is two for one. The Kennedy Center is such a fantastic resource. From concerts to musicals, there is always something interesting on stage. And even if you aren't there for a show, you'll have a great time wandering the Hall of Flags and enjoying the views from the terrace. However, most people don't realize what a treat walking to the Kennedy Center from Rossyln is. It's a fairly short walk that takes you over the Roosevelt Bridge, which (in my opinion) is one of the most beautiful views of DC. I'm looking forward to heading down on a Sunday for a matinee!
  4. Arlington (Clarendon stop). http://clarendon.org/ The Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington is chock full of great restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. If that sounds a little like Reston Town Center, it is. Only it's in Arlington. Clarendon is a fun change of pace if you just want to ride the metro or do something different on a Saturday night.
  5. Georgetown (Foggy Bottom stop). http://www.georgetowndc.com/ Georgetown is one of those iconic DC neighborhoods that is just fun to wander around. Visit the famous Exorcist staircase or visit the gorgeous Georgetown University campus and then wander down M Street to find a piece of pie or a cupcake. There is shopping, dining, and great people watching to be found around every corner. A leisurely, agenda-free afternoon in Georgetown is always fun.

There are hundreds of adventures awaiting you once the metro train doors open. Enjoy the ride!