Blog :: 03-2016

Links Pond Cluster, South Reston

Developed in 1974 by Jeffery Sneider & Company, the Links Pond Cluster of townhomes in South Reston features 3-level, 4-bedroom brick and siding homes. The 67-home neighborhood borders Reston National Golf Course, and features the pond for which the cluster is named. It’s a common sight in the summer to see people spending lazy days fishing in the pond.

One of the things I most love about this neighborhood is that it feels like a little touch of country in the heart of Reston.

This is a great community for young families. The schools — Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes, and South Lakes High School — are all close. And as the children grow, there is plenty of parking to accommodate your needs as the number of cars you have grows. Each home has one assigned parking space, with plenty of additional parking on South Lakes Drive.

With easy access to the Reston Association paths, it’s easy to get out for a run or walk. Links Pond is close to both South Lakes Village Center and  Hunters Woods Village Center, home to the Reston Community Center. Residents also have easy access to the Toll Road and the Wiehle metro. As with every cluster that is part of Reston Association, Links Pond residents have access to the RA pools and tennis courts—nearby Glade pool with its waterslide is a favorite for kids! 

Bentana Woods, North Reston

Many people don’t realize how close Reston is to the lovely Lake Fairfax Park. In fact, several Reston neighborhoods back up to the park. Bentana Woods is one of them.

The rustic nature around Bentana Woods will make you forget you live in a bustling urban area. Built in1972 by Bennett of Virginia, this community is located in the Tall Oaks section of Reston, Virginia. I recently found the original marketing brochure, which was pretty entertaining. Some of the information is not relevant anymore (I assume most people have replaced the Formica-surfaced cabinet tops by now, and Lake Anne Elementary School has indeed been built). However, some of the selling points are very much still selling points today (I edited some of these, but I really enjoyed the language… you can probably tell which bits are from the original):

  • Bentana Woods offers something special to the family that seeks the values of home ownership with a maximum of space and good design and a minimum of care and maintenance.
  • Cohen, Haft & Associates designed the townhouses to provide flowing indoor-outdoor space.
  • Influenced by California’s early Spanish missions, the design utilizes dark wood trim to give dramatic emphasis to exteriors of brick, stucco, and wood.
  • Interior living spaces range from 2,120 to 2,515 square feet, for a total of nine floor plans. There are three and four bedroom models are available, with 2.5 to 3.5 baths.
  • Garages and step down living rooms are features in many models. Fireplaces are also included in many of them.
  • Kitchens have received special attention in Bentana Woods to give each family added ease and convenience. All kitchens open both to the dining room and family room to facilitate formal and informal entertaining in either.
  • That bane of townhouses — the dark stairway — doesn’t exist in Bentana Woods. Skylights or large doors and spacious bay windows also brighten dining rooms and family rooms, creating the feeling of breezy openness, and provide dramatic views of the rolling woodland.

All of these features are things my clients want in their homes. Bentana Woods is actually two separate clusters — Bentana Woods Cluster has 48 homes while Bentana Woods West has 108 homes. More than 50% of the neighborhood lands are common areas with open grass, tot lots, and stands of trees — trees that the National Wildlife Federation has certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

In addition, Bentana Woods is about 1 mile from the Reston Metro Station and short drive to Reston Town Center or Lake Anne Plaza. The location is fantastic, which makes the fact that these townhouses are charming and well designed even better.

If you want to be close to the action, but feel like you’re living in a National park, Bentana Woods is the Reston neighborhood for you!

Are You Feeling Green this Week?

Everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, myself included. Donning shamrocks and eating corned beef is fun! So if you’re feeling a need to get green, there is plenty to do in and around Reston on St. Patrick’s Day. My favorite is going to a pub on St. Patty’s Day (usually for lunch) — I love the Irish food specials, the music and the dancing. Here is what is going on at our local establishments:

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern
1617 Washington Plz., Reston, Va. 20190

Kalypso’s may be Greek 364 days out of the year, but on March 17, they’re as Irish as anyone! Celebrate the Irish in you too with food and drink specials that will keep going through the night. The music starts at 4:00 with Mark Scott playing acoustic guitar. At 8:30, local favorite Sam Gunderson (blues and rock) takes the stage. It is guaranteed to be a blast!

Clyde’s of Reston
Reston Town Center

Clyde’s is serving Irish food and offering drink specials throughout the day, and a St. Patrick’s Day party will take place in the evening, with a DJ starting at 10pm.

PJ Mulligan’s
2310 Woodland Crossing Drive, Herndon

Why start celebrating at noon when you can start at 9 a.m.? Join the fun with a Kegs & Eggs breakfast (if you’ve never done it, get down there — it is great). Lunch and dinner menu starts at 11 a.m. and goes until midnight. They’ll have giveaways and drink specials all day. Music by local favorite Bobby Flynn.

Ned Devine’s
2465 Centreville Road, Herndon

When you’ve finished your Kegs & Eggs, head on down the street to Ned’s. This Irish bar will have live acoustic musicians from noon to 9 p.m. Irish dancers will perform at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., My Hero Zero takes the stage. Of course, traditional Irish food, Guinness and green beer will be available all day.

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
754 Elden Street, Ste 102, Herndon

This authentic Irish pub will have Irish music starting at noon, bag pipes and Irish dancers —along with all the traditional Irish fare. Can’t make it here on March 17? Well, O’Sullivan’s is so serious about their patron Saint that they celebrate on the 17th of every month!

The Old Brogue
760C Walker Road, Great Falls

The Brogue, as the locals call it, was hosting St. Patty’s day long before there were any other Irish pubs in town. They do it right! They will have a series of concerts throughout the day, with authentic Irish music performed with lunch or dinner. Reservations are required if you even want to consider getting in the door. But if you don’t get a reservation, no worries — they also offer a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Bash with live entertainment and Irish beer that starts at 10 a.m. First come, first served. I suggest getting there early if you want to get in.

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. 

The Power of Living Green: Solaridge Cluster, South Reston, VA

Many Restonians value living green--they want to minimize their environment impact as much as possible. Heating a home with solar energy is one area where people can make an incredible difference. That's why the 35 patio homes that comprise Solaridge Cluster are so coveted. Every house has a solar attic with large, south-facing windows that collect heat on a winter's day, and a blower and duct system that bring the warmth down to the living levels. These gorgeous homes have more to offer as well.

Solaridge Cluster homes have natural cedar siding, feature open floorplans, and have expansive decks and patios. Of the 35 homes, 29 are two story models and the 6 homes on the east side of the cluster have walk-out basements.

Despite the large windows, these single-family homes are very private. Your neighbors are close (and it is, in fact, a very tight knit neighborhood), but inside your home you feel like you're miles away from everything.

The first house was built in 1983. Since the beginning, one of the things cluster residents most enjoy is the fact that this small neighborhood is one where everyone knows each other. Their springtime community clean-up and an annual block party foster a sense of community, and many residents have found "best friends" just down the street.

Solaridge Cluster is across the street from South Lakes Village Center and close beautiful trails, the Reston Regional Golf Course, the Toll Road, and the Reston Metro stop.