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Blog :: 04-2015

Golf Course Island Cluster, Reston, VA

Golf Course Island ClusterI think Golf Course Island Cluster is one of Reston's gems. From the outside, these contemporary, cedar sided homes look small. But walk inside and it's like one of those magic tents in Harry Potter--the space just expands. This may be one of the reasons the community won an architectural design award when it was built in the late 60s.

There is a lot going on in Golf Course Island Cluster right now. Over the last five years, the original owners have been moving out and young families and young professionals moving in. As this happens, people are renovating the homes--mostly updating the kitchens. With 188 units, homes come up for sale often--some are fixer uppers, others have been freshly renovated. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here.

The Golf Course Island townhomes come in various sizes. Most are three bedrooms, although there are a couple with two bedrooms and a few with four bedrooms and lofts. The hallmark of all are a well-designed space that flows, large closets, and privacy. Yes, privacy in a town house. The cluster is designed so that every home feels private and secluded--you won't hear your neighbors through the walls.

Much of the cluster backs Hidden Creek Country Club's golf course, and the main living areas open to the common areas and green space. The common spaces are beautifully maintained. For the children, there is a new playground with wonderful slides in block 12 (there are 12 blocks in the cluster). The children love it. On most nice afternoons, you will see neighborhood families sitting on the bench while the children run around the quad in delight. For those with dogs, there are many paths through the neighborhood, and plenty of squirrels to chase.

Each townhome is assigned one carport space, and there is ample open parking for every unit to have a second car. For visitors, there is parking on Links Drive and North Shore Drive. Golf Course Island is about one mile from the Reston Metro, Reston Town Center, and Lake Anne Plaza. And there is easy access to the Reston Association pools and other recreation areas.

Prices are ranging here depending on the condition of the home, but for the most part are in the mid-400s. Check out this beautiful and friendly cluster.


  1. Mohamed on

    It got me thinking, what's in a name? More scaiifcpelly, why do we use the nicknames we use? As I was thinking of a name for my first ship in EVE, I blogged that the hardest part of playing a video game (particularly an MMORPG) is coming up with a character name. It has to be catchy, clever, and something that won't embarass you. I eventually settled on the name Broken Butterfly for my ship. Again, I was proud of yet another clever name. The Broken Butterfly is my favorite weapon from Resident Evil 4, the .45 revolver that packed quite a wallop. Yet the butterfly is a nimble creature. So my ship, nimble yet potent, was aptly named.

    Three days in Reston and Herndon

    I have a definite routine of things I like to do in Reston. But sometimes it's nice to shake it up with new ideas. So I was thrilled when the Washingtonian wrote an article in the neighborhood guides about things to do in Reston and Herndon.

    Sure, a few of my favorites made this list--Lake Anne Plaza, the Reston Farmer's Market, Walker Nature Center (which is having the Spring Festival on May 2, 1-5 PM), and Urban Retreat (my favorite place for chic home furnishings). But there were several things on the list that I had forgotten about until I read this article. I know what I'll be doing this weekend...

    • Ariake is a Japanese restaurant Washingtonian describes as Zen-like spot. It's on Glade Dr. in South Reston, and it has a great flagstone patio for warm-weather dining.
    • Green Lizard Cycling is a bike shop. But it's also a coffee shop. I love that combination. The owners are very community oriented, and it's a great place to hang out.
    • ArtSpace Herndon is Herndon's hub for the visual arts in historic downtown (and just a few blocks from the Green Lizard). I may get a coup of coffee and wander over to see what exhibit is showing.

    Even though I know how much there is to do in this community, it was nice to have a reminder. I suggest reading (and bookmarking) the Reston, Herndon neighborhood guide for a complete list of fun things to do--and then make a plan to go do everything on the list.

    Enjoy your spring and summer.

    Mom & Pop: The Dandelion Patch, Reston Town Center

    The Dandelion Patch

    The Dandelion Patch at Reston Town Center is the place for stationery in Reston.

    The first Dandelion Patch may have opened in Vienna, but that's close enough to claim it as a Reston mom & pop business, especially with the gorgeous store at Reston Town Center. For more than twenty years, The Dandelion Patch has been the source in Northern Virginia for fine stationery and unique gifts.

    When you need invitations, stationery and announcements, The Dandelion Patch is the place to go. Their knowledgeable staff is friendlier than you can imagine, and their stores are stocked full of great invitations for parties and milestone events. You will find yourself making excuses to throw parties just so you can hang out in the store. Their specialty is making things personal, helping you define your style tone and offering creative ways to weave that same style tone through out all of your stationery needs.

    Heidi Kallet, owner, loves our community, and is extremely active. She is a source of walking sunshine, and that personality carries through in the store. The Dandelion Patch merges three of her loves: entertaining, tradition, and the latest fashion trends. She travels far and wide to bring you all of your favorite stationery products and personalized gifts under one roof.

    And why The Dandelion Patch? Because, just like the dandelion, they are about making your wishes come true...and having you leave with a smile.

    Visit The Dandelion Patch at Reston Town Center today!

    Harbourside Cluster, South Reston

    Lake Thoreau in South Reston is a magical spot--it is calm, quiet, and beautiful. Every home along its banks is gorgeous too! Harbourside Cluster is one of those communities.

    Harbourside Cluster is one of the smaller neighborhoods in Reston, with only 14 contemporary patio homes. About 80% of these brick, three and four bedroom homes are direct Lakefront. All have lake access, and many also have spectacular views of the Reston National Golf Course. It is one of South Reston's older clusters, having been built between 1978 and 1981. All homes have a garage, which is especially nice after a snowy winter like we had this year.

    Harbourside Cluster is located right off South Lakes Drive and Upper Lake Drive. It's walking distance to Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School. It's also a half-mile walk to Reston Metro Station or three blocks to multiple bus lines. Enjoy nearby tennis courts and pool, paved walking trails thru wooded areas around the lake and golf course across street. This neighborhood is less than 3 miles to Reston Town Center, 7 miles to Dulles Airport, and less than half-mile to Dulles Airport Access Road.

    Come look at Harbourside Cluster for serene lakeside living in Reston, VA.

    Waterfront like along a lake