Reston townhomes

Colonial Charm in a Reston Townhome

govenour's squareWalk through the front doors a Governour’s Square townhome in Reston and you will feel like you’ve walked into a Southern Plantation home. You won’t believe that these homes are only about 1,600 square feet—they feel much too spacious and airy to be so small.

These lovely colonial style townhome in North Reston were developed in 1968. They are 3-level homes with exterior brick construction and about 1,600 square feet of living space. The central common area is a great place for children and dogs to play, and the nearby Reston Association paths are perfect for those who like to walk or run.

The original floorplans were closed concepts—as was the style in the late 60s. But over the years, some of the owners have remodeled these homes to open them up. In either case, these townhomes are beautiful and comfortable.

This small community of townhouses is on the Lake Anne side of Reston. They are less than a 10-minute walk to Reston Town Center, and close to the Wiehle Metro station. The neighborhood is also within a few miles of Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Giant, Mom’s Organic Market, and Harris Teeter (Restonians love have choices when it comes to grocery stores). For those with young children, Governour’s Square is also a quick walk to Lake Anne Elementary School.

 

Arbor Glenn Cluster in North Reston, VA

Arbor Glenn ClusterPrivacy in a townhouse? That doesn't seem possible. Many people who choose townhouse living do so at the expense of feeling like they have any real privacy. But it doesn't have to be that way. Miller & Smith designed Arbor Glenn cluster to maximize privacy. The 44 townhouses are arranged in groups of four to six in a "Z" row, which means that each house feels more private. 

But the privacy doesn't stop there. A private, one-way road loops the cluster, adding to the charm of the neighborhood and keeping through traffic out. So while Arbor Glenn is right off busy Lake Newport Road, and close to Reston Parkway (only the soccer fields stand between the two), the neighborhood is very quiet.

Built between 1986 and 1988 when the North Point area of Reston was built up, these spacious townhomes have three or four bedrooms. While the community is close to North Point Village Center and the bustle of Reston Parkway, it's nestled in a wooded area that makes it feel more secluded than it is. Arbor Glenn is less than a five-minute walk to North Point Village Center and Lake Newport pool (Reston's only Olympic sized pool), and Reston Town Center is less than 2 miles away.

And Arbor Glenn has all of the pros of a townhome community, including beautiful common areas that you don't have to maintain! That's right; you don't need a lawnmower if you live here.

Golf Course View Cluster, South Reston

Golf Course View Cluster

Golf course living is not a new concept in Reston. In the early 1970’s developers incorporated townhome communities into the Reston National Golf Course’s design. Golf Course View Cluster is one of these lovely communities.

The 200 townhomes that comprise Golf Course View Cluster (Golf Course View and Golf Course Square) are situated in the middle of the golf course, surrounded by wooded areas. The units are primarily 3 bedrooms, although each end unit has 4 bedrooms. The residents take tremendous pride their neighborhood and their homes, creating a safe and welcoming community. This is a neighborhood to consider if you want to know your neighbors.

In addition to being surrounded by the golf course, it’s just a short hop over to the Newbridge Recreation Area — with its swimming pool, tennis courts and basketball court. Located at the end of Golf Course Drive — off of Soap Stone (at the Sunrise Valley Drive intersection) — in South Reston, the neighborhood is about one-half mile to the new Wiehle Metro Station. If you need to drive, it’s just a short hop to the Toll Road. And, of course, the miles of Reston trails, Reston Town Center, and South Lakes Village Center are also close.

For families looking for the best that Reston has to offer and a close-knit community of neighbors, Golf Course Island Cluster is the perfect place.

Ivy Oak Cluster, North Reston, VA

ivy oak clusterWhen most people think of condo living in Reston, they think of the high-rise buildings in and around Reston Town Center. Guess what? Within a half mile of Reston Town Center, you can find a condominium community of townhouses. That's right. Townhouses. Ivy Oak Cluster is the perfect place for anyone who wants the ease of condo living -- that is, someone else to take care of all the exterior maintenance -- without living in a high rise.

Ivy Oak Cluster was built in 1970/71 and consists of 96 2-story, 3 or 4 bedroom townhomes.  Each has a great backyard space, many of which are fenced. The neighborhood also has a large common space with a wonderful playground.

Ivy Oak is located off North Shore Drive, close to Temporary Road. There is a secret path (at one time a service road) between the cluster and the Fannie Mae building, and that secret path means leads to Old Reston Avenue and the W&OD trail...making a walk over to Reston Town Center quick and easy.

Ivy Oak is a gem, especially for families with young children (they will love the large playground!). And, not only can you walk to Reston Town Center, the cluster is close to both Whole Foods and Harris Teeter and has easy access to the Reston metro station. Children attend Lake Anne Elementary School, which is just one mile down the street, Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School. 

Pinecrest Cluster, South Reston

I’ve lived in Reston for years, and I’m still surprised sometimes when I come across a charming townhome community that is new to me. Pinecrest Cluster is one of those places. It’s a little off the beaten track, which is perfect for anyone who wants to access to the bustle of Reston without being in the middle of it. The best part of this community for young families is how affordable it is—these homes offer so much to young families starting out and some of the lowest prices in Reston.

Located off Glade Drive, near Dogwood in South Reston, Pinecrest Cluster is a diverse community of 220 townhouses. Built in 1973, these wood-sided homes have two or three bedrooms, and most are three-levels. Most of the units have been remodeled, and feature large windows and an open, airy feel. And each unit has access to two assigned parking spaces (which is not always the case with home built in the 1970s).

Great news for young families: the cluster recently installed a new, state-of-the-art tot lot—which is sure to become THE gathering place for families in the nice weather. Dogwood Pool is close by; another great feature for young families. Like most communities in Reston, the common areas are well maintained, and wooded areas make you feel like you live in the forest.

Pinecrest Cluster is just off Reston Parkway, a few short miles for Reston Town Center, Hunters Woods Village Center, and the Dulles Toll Road.

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.

Arbor Glenn Cluster, North Reston

Arbor Glen Cluster Reston VAYes, you can have it all. The privacy of a single-family home; the convenience of a townhome community; and easy access to shopping, schools, and recreation does all exist in one place. And that place is Arbor Glen in North Reston.

The Arbor Glen community of 44 townhomes was built between 1986 and 1988. Privacy was top of mind when Miller & Smith designed these spacious 3 and 4 bedroom homes. The townhouses are arranged in groups of four to six in a “Z” row, which means that each house feels more private—you never look into a neighbor’s house, and the row design minimizes noise from the adjoining homes.

Nestled in a wooded area, the common space is tranquil and beautiful. While the neighborhood may feel secluded, Arbor Glen is less than a five-minute walk to North Point Village Center and Lake Newport pool (Reston’s only Olympic sized pool), and Reston Town Center is less than 2 miles away. While Arbor Glen is right off busy Lake Newport Road, and close to Reston Parkway (only the soccer fields stand between the two), the neighborhood is exceptionally quiet.

Yes, Arbor Glen Cluster in Reston, VA is one of those rare neighborhoods that has it all—lovely architecture, plenty of common space, and privacy. Lot’s of privacy. 

Loving Life at Cabot's Point Cluster In Reston's South Lakes

Reston VA South LakesAh, summer! Imagine wandering out your back door and down to your private dock, where you launch your canoe for a lazy paddle around the lake. Sound perfect? It is. And that dream can become your reality.

Cabot’s Point Cluster in South Reston is a beautiful community of cedar patio homes sitting on Lake Audubon, Reston's largest lake.

Built in the early- to mid-1980s, these townhomes have a distinctive contemporary design with sharp right angles and sun-drenched cedar siding. Rather than the adjoining walls typical of most townhouse developments, two-car garages attach these units. The yards are beautifully landscaped, and common areas provide a wooded setting. The homes have one or two decks and are staggered along winding, narrow cul-de-sacs that give the impression of a small village. Many units have lake views; all have lake access.

Did I mention it’s also private? The neighborhood is so secluded that many people don't realize there are houses back there. And the resident’s like it that way. I’ll tell you how to find it though—you enter from South Lakes Drive, across the street from South Lakes High School.

Cabot’s Point may be close to every activity Reston has to offer (including the Reston Metro station), but for many residents, lazy evenings on the lake are the leisure activity of choice.

Homes don’t often come on the market here, that’s how much the residents love their neighborhood. So if you see one, jump on the opportunity immediately. And then go shopping for a new canoe.

The Clusters of Moorings Drive, Lake Anne Reston

moorings drive restonHave you ever parked on Moorings Drive on your way to the Reston Farmer’s Market and wondered what kind of houses the street leads to? Let me tell you — it’s a wonderful mix of the different styles of Reston town homes. This neighbor is not only charming, it’s quiet and close to everything.

The first cluster on your left is Brookshire, one of the first clusters built in Reston in 1964 and 65. It’s one of Reston’s smallest clusters and has an impressive ratio of green space to homes — 5 acres to 26 homes. Lush green foliage, magnificent old oak trees, interconnecting paths and recreational areas surround the cluster. These two and three bedroom townhomes feature an average of 1,500 square feet of living space.

Then comes Chatham Colony Cluster. This is also a small cluster, with about 45 homes that each has a wooded backyard. These colonial style townhomes have brick exteriors, shuttered windows, and two designated parking spaces. With three bedrooms and full basements, each home offers plenty of space for growing families and empty nesters alike. And like most Reston homes built in the 1970’s, each has beautiful hardwood floors and large windows.

Next on the tour is Wyndmere Cluster, the newest addition to this area. Like all of the townhome clusters off moorings, residents have access to Lake Anne.

Finally, there is Moorings Cluster, built between 1971 and 1972. These spacious three- to five-bedroom townhomes have fantastic views of Lake Anne (70% are direct lakefront properties). Unlike many lakeside townhouse communities, each of the 50 homes in this neighborhood has a garage.

All of these clusters off Moorings Drive have easy access to main roads and public transportation. This is the kind of neighborhood where you can take full advantage of everything Reston has to offer — you can walk to Lake Anne, jog on the nearby Reston Association paths, or be at Reston Town Center in a matter of minutes.

It’s also close to ballparks, pools, tennis courts, the sprinkler park (off North Shore Drive) and more. Many residents have small boats and canoes that they take out on Lake Anne, enjoying a leisurely paddle to the plaza for concerts, festivals and dining. In the summer, residents can walk to the popular Farmer’s Market and Reston Market. Neighborhood residents attend Reston’s Lake Anne Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School.

Cedar Cove Cluster, South Reston

cedar cove clusterI may live on Lake Anne, but I really do love Lake Audubon. It is hands down one of the most idyllic places in Reston. One of my favorite communities on Lake Audubon is Cedar Cove Cluster.

Cedar Cover Cluster is a neighborhood of 66 townhomes more or less across the street from South Lakes High School. They are cedar-sided, 3-story homes with three or four bedrooms and garages. While only about 20% of the townhomes are direct lakefront property, they all have lake access.

Built between 1980 and 1989, Cedar Cove Cluster is located on Cedar Cove Point off South Lakes Drive in South Reston.

Not only do residents have lake access, this super family-friendly neighborhood has a huge playground for the children. 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. Yet, you are just minutes from the Reston technology corridor, the Reston Metro station, and the Dulles Toll Road. South Lakes Village Center (home to a few of Reston’s favorite mom and pop restaurants) is just three quarters of a mile up the road.

Cluster residents attend Sunset Hills Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School.

Homes that border the lake don’t come on the market often, so when they do, you need to act fast! This neighborhood is worth it.