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Brookshire Cluster North Reston

Brookshire Cluster North Reston

Brookshire Cluster North Reston is conveniently located to great schools and Lake Anne.

With it's large green space to house ratio (5 acres to 26 homes), Brookshire Cluster is a magnet for young families--being a cul-de-sac inherently makes for a warm and cozy community that is safe for children to run and play.

Built in 1964 and 65, Brookshire Cluster North Reston is one of Reston's original neighborhoods. These 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes feature an average of 1,500 square feet of living space. As an all electric cluster association, Brookshire was one of the first clusters to add underground wiring for all utilities (stable through the worst storms) and FIOS for broadband and cable options.

This small townhouse community in the Lake Anne area is surrounded by lush green foliage, magnificent old oak trees, interconnecting paths and recreational areas. It borders tennis courts, a volleyball court and sprinkler park on one side and Lake Anne Village Center on the other.

Brookshire Cluster is also designated a Natural Wildlife Habitat Status. Residents take pride in this community, and bi-annual cluster cleanups where all members help maintain the landscape and beauty of the neighborhood are well attended--the fact that this is one of the friendliest neighborhoods in Reston probably adds to that!

Brookshire Cluster North Reston

This cul-de-sac community is surrounded by green space.

Neighborhood children attend Forest Edge Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle School, and South Lakes High School. Lake Anne Elementary School is also close, for those children that attend the Spanish Immersion program.

Reston Association design review process

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 3.34.10 PMAs a real estate agent, I frequently have conversations with clients and friends about their home renovation plans. I'm always amazed at the interesting ideas people have for improving their homes. However, almost always the conversation turns to how much they dread going through the Reston Association design review process.

This is not something you need to dread! I promise--the DRB application procedures are very easy to follow. And, if you do need help, it's there for you. The Covenant's Advisors are one of Reston homeowners' greatest resources that nobody knows about. They are here to help make the design review process the easiest part of your renovation project.

DRB application procedures:

The Reston Associate website has all the phone numbers and forms you need. Here is a recap of the DRB application procedures.

1. Contact RA to find out who your Covenant's Advisor is: They'll meet with you and advise you on your project and everything you'll need for your application.

2. Submit your application. The application can be found on the RA website. The application includes the following:

  • A detailed written description of the proposed exterior modification or addition
  • Scale drawings
  • A site plan showing the size and location of project
  • Photographs of the existing condition
  • A brochure, detail sheet or catalog photo of materials
  • Estimated project completion date
  • Signatures of at least three different property owners adjacent to or within view of your alteration or improvement. If your property is located within a Cluster Association, at least one of the signatures must be that of a Cluster Officer.

3. Bring in or mail your application to the Reston Association.

4. Property Visit: RA staff and/or members of the DRB may visit and possibly photograph your property for reference.

5. Attend the DRB review panel meeting: While not all projects go in front of the DRB review panel, if your project does require it, you should plan on attending the meeting. Your Covenant's Advisor can you let you know when it's on the agenda.

Those are the basic steps. If your application is rejected, you can appeal the decision. Or you can revise the plans to meet RA Design Covenants and Guidelines and resubmit your application. However, if you work with your Covenant's Advisor and follow the RA guidelines, your project should be approved and you are on your way!


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Solaridge Cluster in South Reston

Solaridge Cluster in South Reston

Solaridge Cluster in South Reston is close to shopping, the Toll Road, and the new metro.

Nestled just across the street from South Lakes Village Center and Lake Thoreau is one of Reston's many gems. Solaridge Cluster in South Reston features 35 south-facing solar patio homes with novel design features that allow plenty of natural light to brighten the living areas.

One of the most interesting features of the Solaridge homes (especially on a cold winter day as I write this) are the solar attics with large, south-facing windows that collect heat, with a blower and duct system bringing the warmth down to the living levels.

The homes are built with natural cedar siding, and feature open floorplans and expansive decks and patios, both superb for entertaining and casual living. Of the 35 homes, 29 are two story models and the 6 homes on the east side of the cluster have walk-out basements.

Solaridge Cluster in South Reston

Your neighbors are close, but these patio homes are very private.

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.

Built by Warren Katz's Felix Construction, this 30 year old cluster is close to shopping, trails, the Reston Regional Golf Course, the Toll Road, and the Whiele Metro stop.

Have Yourself a Very Reston Valentines Day

You thought the holidays were over? Wrong. It's almost Valentine's Day, and it's not too early to plan your special Reston Valentines Day. Whether you're spending the day with your sweetie, your kids, or your friends, there is plenty to do here in Reston. I originally thought this post would center on Reston restaurants having Valentine's dinner specials, but I was amazed at all the wonderful things I found to do. Horse drawn carriage rides? Sign me up.

Here are five great local things that will make your Reston Valentine's Day memorable.

  1. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides at Town Center. 5:30 to 9:30. Pick up location in front of Talbot's on Market Street. $5 per person. Children 5 and under ride free. Presented by Reston Town Center; all proceeds benefit Volunteer Fairfax!
  2. Relaxing massages. What could be nicer than treating your love to an hour of relaxation. Technically Rejuvenations Massage Therapy is in Herndon, but the owners live in Reston.
  3. Chocolates for your sweetie. Chesapeake Chocolates at Lake Anne is your source for locally made, fine chocolates (I know they're fine because I've sampled most of them). Visit their website to get a flavor.
  4. Flowers to brighten the day. Sure roses are traditional, but you'll find so many more beautiful options from my favorite local florists. May Flowers at Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Florist will create truly memorable bouquets for your love. (And you can also pick up a bottle of lovely Virginia wine at Lake Anne Florist.)
  5. A beautiful piece of jewelry.  Burke Jewelers in Northpoint Village has a lovely selection of fine jewelry. You can never go wrong with giving your honey something that sparkles.

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine's Day?


Waterfront like along a lake