Blog :: 01-2015

Lake Side Cluster, Lake Anne, Reston

I admit I'm partial to Lake Anne neighborhoods--they are beautiful and convenient to all the amenities Reston has to offer. Lake Side Cluster is a great Reston neighborhood that does not get as much attention as it's famous neighbor, Waterview Cluster. And frankly, the community likes it that way. This is a friendly, quiet, unassuming neighborhood.

 

Lake Side Cluster

The houses on Greenbriar Lane are nestled among the trees, making you feel removed from the hustle and bustle of Reston.

 

Lake Side Cluster has everything all of the neighborhoods that border Reston's Lake Anne share--access to the lake, a quick walk to Lake Anne Village Center, well-designed homes (many of which are direct lakefront).

Lake Side Cluster was build between 1965 and 1969, and comprises 90 lovely two and three level town homes with two to four bedrooms--and garages (which makes them different than most of their Lake Anne neighbors). All homes have lake access via a trail to the cluster dock, even if they are not direct lakefront property.

The Cluster couldn't be positioned better. It is located on Greenbriar Road and Orchard Lane off Fairway Drive, which is the south shore of Lake Anne. Fairway Drive provides easy access to both North Shore Drive and Wiehle Avenue.

For families with children, the cluster is an easy walk to Lake Anne Elementary. Children also attend Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School. For the parents, Lake Side Cluster is only 1.5 miles to the Reston Station Metro, and a short hop to Reston Town Center and the Toll Road. And, of course, a five minute walk to Lake Anne Village Center--home of the Reston Farmer's Market and several great mom-and-pop restaurants.

Edible Incredible Desserts Makes Your Sweet Tooth Happy

 

Edible Incredible Desserts

Cupcakes are just a few of the treats at Edible Incredible Desserts in Reston.

 

In my opinion, January is not too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day. And, let's be honest, about the lovely chocolate treats that make it a day worth celebrating. One of my favorite local Reston businesses for cakes and confections is Edible Incredible Desserts at Reston Town Center. I can practically taste the fudge as I write this.

A common passion for desserts led couple Alan Furman and Robyn Hanna to pursue their dream of creating a shop specializing in irresistible gourmet treats. Edible Incredible Desserts launched in 1999 with a kiosk in Fair Oaks Mall, selling fudge and toffee. Today, Edibles Incredible Desserts is a local favorite--named winner of Northern Virginia's best bakery & best kids cakes as voted by 150,000 readers of Northern Virginia Magazine. But the greatest joy for Alan and Robyn is when seasoned customers come in and begin telling others how great their products taste.

Immediately after launching their business, their two flagship products "Robyn's English Toffee" and "Alan's Secret Recipe Fudge" became hot sellers at Dean and DeLuca in Georgetown. Soon after, they opened their first store in the Reston Town Center (next to Pot Belly, near the fountain).

You don't have to go to Reston Town Center to enjoy a delicious dessert--they ship their moist, dense & exquisite wedding cakes, decadent homemade fudge and brownies, beautifully custom-made and delicious all-occasion cakes, award winning chocolate truffles, high-end cupcakes for all occasions, scrumptious cookies, and artfully designed custom gift baskets anywhere in the country. In early 2007, they opened a commercial kitchen and production facility in Sterling, Virginia, just minutes from Dulles Airport. This allows them to ship their baked goods and other desserts right out of the oven and ship fresh directly. Their motto is to please palates everywhere. And they do ... in our stores and on-line.

Enjoy browsing through their site, and maybe order a cake online. Call them anytime to discuss their products 703-437-3008.

Colts Neck Cluster, Reston

 

colts neck cluster Photo courtesy of Colts Neck Cluster.

Photo courtesy of Colts Neck Cluster.

 

Architect William Bonner is well known in Reston for his contemporary, single-family homes. But he also designed townhome communities. Among them, Colts Neck Cluster on Escalante and Greywing Courts, built in 1972-1973. These contemporary townhomes are 3-levels with cedar siding exteriors, and between 1,600 and 2,000 square feet of living space.

This community comprises 60 townhouses in South Reston, near the intersection of Colts Neck Road and South Lakes Drive. Escalante Court is off South Lakes Drive and next to the South Lakes Drive Park. Greywing Court is off Colts Neck Road.

The Colts Neck community is close to the Reston National Golf Course and the Hunters Woods Village Center Shopping Center. It is also within two miles of the new Silver Line metro station at Wiehle Avenue. It is within walking distance of the Reston Town Center, Reston Community Center, and Reston Association offices, as well as schools, public pools, tennis and basketball courts, athletic fields, a golf course, community gardens, grocery stores and restaurants, and much more.

These lovely homes are perfect for anyone looking for well-designed, contemporary architecture in a close-knit, townhome community.