Lake Thoreau

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.

Metro in Reston

Metro Construction in Reston

Metro Construction

For those of us who thought the Metro would never get here it is pretty amazing to watch  the construction unfolding like some kind of enormous Lego set on the median of the Dulles Toll road at Wiehle Avenue. The Metro's arrival in Reston will undoubtedly bring a mixed bag of changes. Property owners closer in to the Metro should see better than average rates of appreciation in home values.

One Mile Radius of Wiehle Ave Metro

Metro Construction

In general a property within a mile of the Metro is considered walkable. Of course the  theory is that you could leave the car at home, walk to the Metro and catch the train to wherever you're going--we'll see if this is what actually happens, but there is no doubt that proximity to Metro is a huge, huge selling feature.

Within one mile of the new Metro we have some very diverse housing options. They range from fairly modest like the Chestnut Grove Condominiums in the low $150,000 range for a one bedroom, to large single family homes on Lake Thoreau for well over a $1,000,000.00.

For some of these little condominium communities the Metro represents a kind of location upgrade. Parkcrest Condominiums off of North Shore Drive is a perfect example; they have always had great floor plans, nice space, and a pretty setting, but the location might be considered bland when compared to others. They are now poised to reap huge benefits by virtue of their proximity to the new Metro. Some of these neighborhoods were hit by significant price adjustments when the housing bubble burst. The Metro may be an opportunity for those owners to make up some lost value.