Blog :: 2018

Corridor 2.0

I've been checking out the new construction that’s popping up along Sunset Hills Rd and Sunrise Valley Drive. As a long time Restonian it’s a little unnerving to see the crush of development taking place in areas that were previously office parks and light industry enclaves. The new Pulte Homes project on Michael Faraday felt especially jarring to me. As I stood in a beautifully finished living room I experienced a kind of cognitive dissonance; every previous trip I’d ever made on that end of Sunset Hills Rd has been related to dental appointments, trips to the Post Office or picking up to-go meals from China Star. Now I was looking at an evolving skyline, two blocks away was the striking face of 1900 Reston Station- the Helmut Jahn building; beyond that the cranes are visible for the other mixed use projects that are coming to Sunset Hills.

The Pulte Homes project is the first of many to come along Sunset Hills Rd that will create an entirely new Reston neighborhood, one with a much more urban feel to it than any other we’ve seen before.

The Pulte project is called Lofts at Reston Station. It is comprised of 12 two level row house styled condos and 32 one level condo in an elevator building. The one level condos offer 7 floor plans all two bedroom, 2 full bath units ranging from 1274 sq feet to 1668 sq feet. The baseline features include 9ft ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters in kitchens and baths and a full range of energy efficient and smart home technologies.

It will be interesting to watch this area develop over the next several years, transforming into a walkable, transit focused and very dense neighborhood. It looks like this neighborhood is on a path to develop into something that will have a core to anchor it—the Metro Plaza. It will be interesting to watch that plaza evolve as the community settles in around it as residents rather than commuters. It’s not unlike Reston’s early developments, creating the gathering places, adding the residence and then letting it bubble into a neighborhood.

 

Photo Credit: BHC Photography - Bradley Hunter Caricofe 

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    Golf Course Island Cluster, Reston, VA

    Front Door - 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 reason’s the community won an architectural design award when they were built in the late 60s.

    There is a lot going on in Golf Course Island Cluster right now. Over the last several years, the original owners have been moving out and young families and young professionals are 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 is well-designed space that flows, large closets, and privacy. Ye s, privacy in a townhouse. The cluster is designed so that every home feels private and secluded—you won’t hear your neighbors through the walls. 

    Golf Course 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. While it appears likely that the private golf course is likely to be redeveloped, the plans we’ve seen so far call for a 100+ acre public amenity in the form of a park and recreational facilities. 

    The common spaces of Golf Course Island are beautifully maintained. For the children, there is a great 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 the 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 upper-400s to upper 500s. Check out this beautiful and friendly cluster.