Blog :: 09-2016

The Horse and Hound Streets of South Reston

Horse & Hound Streets of South RestonRestonians love horses and hounds… or at least equestrian names. That’s why if you turn off Reston Reston Parkway and Glade Drive in South Reston, you will find the horse neighborhoods (as we like to call them): Paddock Lane, Colts Neck Drive, Steeplechase Drive, Basset Lane, Hounds Lane, Stirrup Road, Trotter Lane, Silver Fox Lane. You will practically crave a mint julep just driving down these charming roads.

These single-family home communities were all built in the late 60s and early 70s. They are on gorgeous quarter- to half-acre plots that, for the most part, back up to Reston’s common land—meaning chances are you can’t see any other neighbors from the back yard. The styles of homes range from Colonial to contemporary—there is no cookie cutter feel in this part of South Reston.

In addition to the well-kept homes and yards, one of the most appealing aspects of the horse streets is the location. Hunters Woods Elementary School is an easy walk for young children. Hunters Woods Village Center, home to the Reston Community Center, and Fox Mill Shopping Center are also nearby. There are several parks, a community garden, tennis courts, and the Hunters Woods pool all within walking distance.

South Reston is only a few short miles from the Dulles Toll Road or the Fairfax County Parkway, which is nice for commuters. This is the perfect area for anyone looking for a little bit of land, a friendly neighborhood, and easy access around Reston.

Neighborhood children attend Hunters Woods Elementary School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and South Lakes High School. Both Hunters Woods Village Center and Fox Mill Shopping Center offer easy access to grocery shopping and quick dining. As part of Reston Association, residents also have access to nearby pools and tennis courts.

If you are a nature lover and you want a great yard, this is the neighborhood for you!

 

Red's Table at South Lakes Village Center

Red's Table Reston. Photo by Astri Wee

I love eating out, and so when locally owned Red’s Table opened up in South Lakes Village Center, I was thrilled. The restaurant space is one of the best in Reston—from the covered patio, diners have a view of Lake Thoreau. It is magical.

What I also love about Red’s is that they are committed to using regionally grown produce, meat and dairy. We have access to so much great quality food in the mid-Atlantic region, and it makes me happy when chefs embrace that and create seasonal menus focused around it. I knew I would like Red’s when I saw that their goal is “to stand out by use of quality ingredients in fresh and simple preparations. We will always offer the highest quality food we can source in the region. We will never offer factory farmed meats and all of our proteins are traceable to the source.”

From baking their own bread to making their own mustard, Red’s Table pays attention to the details, and it shows in the food. Oh the food is so tasty! Owners Matthew, Patrick and Ryan Tracy are Reston locals—they actually went to South Lakes High School, and like spent many a day down at the dock by Red’s patio. When they had the opportunity to take the space over and create their dream restaurant, they knew they needed the right chef to bring it all together. Enter Chef Adam. He also grew up in the area, and then traveled a bit while attending culinary school and cooking in some great kitchens. He brought together everything he learned to create the menu that Restonians have quickly come to adore.

As the weather starts to cool, spending an evening on the patio is definitely something to put on your to do list. Red’s Table is open daily from 11 a.m. until Midnight. They take reservations, which is always a good idea because this place is rocking! Click here to reserve your table.

PHOTO CREDIT: This photo is courtesy of the amazingly talented Astri Wee, a Reston local who specializes in family portraits and food photography. 

The Sweetest Condo Townhomes in Reston: Ivy Oak Cluster

Ivy Oak ClusterI love Ivy Oak cluster. I think condominiums are a fantastic option for homeowners who don’t want the responsibility for the exterior of their property. But for many young families, a high-rise condo isn’t really an option either. In Ivy Oak Cluster, families can home their home and let someone else worry about the roof.

Ivy Oak Cluster has 96 condos built in 1970/71. The two-story townhomes have three or four bedroom townhomes. They are well designed, feeling much larger than they are. Each also has a nice backyard space, many of which are fenced. For young families, the neighborhood has a large common space with a wonderful playground.

Ivy Oak is located off North Shore Drive in North Reston, close to Temporary Road. That’s the road that connects North Shore Drive and Reston Parkway. Ivy Oak is about a ten-minute walk to Reston Town Center. There is a path that runs between the cluster and the Sallie Mae property, and it leads right out to Old Reston Avenue. Take a left, and then a right on the W&OD path, and Reston Town Center is pretty much right there.

Ivy Oak is also close to both Whole Foods and Harris Teeter, and has easy access to the Reston metro station.

But really, the best thing about this neighborhood is the people. It’s a friendly community. If you want a condo that doesn’t feel like a condo right in the middle of everything, check this neighborhood out.