Lake Thoreau

3 Perfect Neighborhoods for Lake Living in South Reston

Lake Thoreau in Reston VAAlthough I live on Lake Anne, I am more than willing to admit that the two lakes in South Reston are beautiful. Lake Audubon and Lake Thoreau dominate the landscape of South Lakes—on beautiful spring and summer days, you will see people canoeing or lounging on their lake barges. You’ll also see plenty of people enjoying the Reston Association pathways that circle the lakes.

If you want to live on a lake in South Reston, here are some neighborhoods to consider.

Lakewind

Lakewinds Cluster is situated on shore of Lake Thoreau. The charming homes are located with in walking distance of South Lakes Village Center, and are a short drive to the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Metro Station.

Lakewinds consists of 93 brick and cedar townhomes, of which about 70% on the lakefront. In fact, many residents have small boats or barges to take advantage of the lake. The 3-level 3 and 4 bedroom homes were built between 1975 and 1978. Lakewinds is divided into two clusters, Lakewinds I and Lakewinds II. Each home has assigned parking spaces; the Lakewinds II townhomes have one carport spot.

Lake Audubon Cluster

About half of the townhomes in Lake Audubon Terrace cluster are direct lakefront property. These 3-level townhomes have 3 and 4 bedroom models and feature brick and siding. Some of the units have one-car garages, and all have two assigned parking spaces (with plenty of visitor parking available). The Cluster was built between 1983 and 1988, and is located on Thrush Ridge Road and Glade Court.

Residents have lake access, complete with a private dock. Not only is this neighborhood on Lake Audubon, one of Reston's premier hiking trails (the Turquoise Trail) passes by and the award-winning Walker Nature Education Center is just down the street.

Cedar Cove Cluster

About 20% of the 66 townhomes Cedar Cover Cluster are direct lakefront property, and all have lake access. These lovely cedar-sided, 3-story homes have 3 or 4 bedrooms and garages. The Cluster was built between 1980 and 1989 and is located on Cedar Cove Point off South Lakes Drive in South Reston. This family-friendly neighborhood boasts a large playground for the children and is close to schools.

Walking through Cedar Cove Cluster on a beautiful day with a gentle breeze rustling the many trees, you feel a bit like you're at a resort. This neighborhood is the ideal in lakeside living. If you see one of these homes come on the market, jump on it!

For all three clusters, the local schools are Terraset Elementary School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and South Lakes High School. Other nearby South Reston attractions include the Reston Regional Golf Course and Walker Nature Education Center — these neighborhood is great for anyone who values spending time outdoors! From South Lakes, it is about a three-minute drive to the Reston Metro and Toll Road.

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. 

Lake Life in South Reston

Lake Thoreau in South Reston, Virginia is one of the most serene spots in Reston. The charming homes are located with in walking distance of South Lakes Village Center, and are a short drive to the Dulles Toll Road and Reston Metro Station.

Built between 1975 and 1978, Lakewinds is actually divided into two clusters: Lakewinds I and Lakewinds II. In total, the two clusters consist of 93 brick and cedar townhomes — 46 in Lakewinds I and 47 in Lakewinds II. The 3-level 3 and 4 bedroom homes each have assigned parking spaces; the Lakewinds II townhomes have one carport spot.

About 70% of the homes are lakefront, and all have lake access. In nice weather, you will see the residents enjoying their small boats or barges.

The local schools are Terraset Elementary School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and South Lakes High School—all of which are within walking distance. Other nearby South Reston attractions include the Reston Regional Golf Course and Walker Nature Education Center. In fact, this neighborhood is great for anyone who values spending time outdoors!

Photo courtesy of Lakewinds II cluster website.

Want to Live on Lake Thoreau? Try Purple Beech or Upper Lake

I love contemporary architecture and Lake Thoreau, so it’s no surprise that Purple Beech Drive and Upper Lake Drive are two one of my favorite streets in Reston. While on opposite sides of the lake both are typical Reston single family home communities with an organic, natural feel to the wood-sided homes. In addition to lake access, the homes are also on generous, wooded plots. You feel like you’re at a resort!

As with most single-family home communities, the sizes and layouts are all different. Typically, though, they are 4-bedroom, multi-level homes. They have beautiful wooded yards, and the entire neighborhood is well landscaped and attractive. Purple Beech is a cul-de-sac and Upper Lake is a horseshoe, which means both are quiet and peaceful—great places to let your children play outside and enjoy nature.

While not all of the homes have direct lakefront access to Lake Thoreau, they do all have full lake access and privileges. Imagine paddling on the lake during the summer, or enjoying a picnic on your own floating barge (a favorite among many people who live on Reston’s lakes). A lovely 2-mile walking path circles the lake. In nice whether, lake residents make full use of it, walking to South Lakes Village Center to enjoy a meal or simply going for a run.

Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lake High School are close by. Other nearby amenities include the Walker Nature Education Center, Reston Regional golf course, Reston Metro station (about 1 mile), Reston Town Center, pools and tennis courts.

These are the kind of streets you dream of: close to anything you want to do, but also perfect if you just want to hang out in your beautiful home.