South Reston

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.

South Reston and Lake Audubon Terrace

South Reston is simply gorgeous. Two lakes, a nature preserve, and miles of walking paths make the area an outdoor lover’s paradise. Living on one of the lakes is the epitome of the Reston lifestyle. Located near the intersection of Twin Branches and Glade in South Reston, Lake Audubon Terrace is a great neighborhood to look at since approximately half of the townhomes are direct lakefront property. The Cluster was built between 1983 and 1988, and is located on Thrush Ridge Road and Glade Court.

All of these townhomes have 3 or 4 bedrooms. They are 3-level homes and feature brick and siding, and some of the units have one-car garages. No garage with your unit? No worries. They all have assigned parking spaces with plenty of visitor parking available.

But it’s really all about the lake. Residents have lake access, complete with a private dock. You can launch your canoe or kayak, or just sit on the dock and enjoy the view.

Have a dog? The neighborhood mutts love walking on the Turquoise Trail, which passes by the neighborhood. And they like the award-winning Walker Nature Education Center, which is just down the street. Here you’re just minutes away from nature and all that the Reston Association trails have to offer.

Students attend Reston's Sunset Hills Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School. And South Lakes Village Center with its grocery store and restaurants is an easy walk. 

The Power of Living Green: Solaridge Cluster, South Reston, VA

Many Restonians value living green--they want to minimize their environment impact as much as possible. Heating a home with solar energy is one area where people can make an incredible difference. That's why the 35 patio homes that comprise Solaridge Cluster are so coveted. Every house has a solar attic with large, south-facing windows that collect heat on a winter's day, and a blower and duct system that bring the warmth down to the living levels. These gorgeous homes have more to offer as well.

Solaridge Cluster homes have natural cedar siding, feature open floorplans, and have expansive decks and patios. Of the 35 homes, 29 are two story models and the 6 homes on the east side of the cluster have walk-out basements.

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.

The first house was built in 1983. Since the beginning, one of the things cluster residents most enjoy is the fact that this small neighborhood is one where everyone knows each other. Their springtime community clean-up and an annual block party foster a sense of community, and many residents have found "best friends" just down the street.

Solaridge Cluster is across the street from South Lakes Village Center and close beautiful trails, the Reston Regional Golf Course, the Toll Road, and the Reston Metro stop.

 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

The Horse and Hound Streets of South Reston

Horse & Hound Streets of South RestonRestonians love horses and hounds… or at least equestrian names. That’s why if you turn off Reston Reston Parkway and Glade Drive in South Reston, you will find the horse neighborhoods (as we like to call them): Paddock Lane, Colts Neck Drive, Steeplechase Drive, Basset Lane, Hounds Lane, Stirrup Road, Trotter Lane, Silver Fox Lane. You will practically crave a mint julep just driving down these charming roads.

These single-family home communities were all built in the late 60s and early 70s. They are on gorgeous quarter- to half-acre plots that, for the most part, back up to Reston’s common land—meaning chances are you can’t see any other neighbors from the back yard. The styles of homes range from Colonial to contemporary—there is no cookie cutter feel in this part of South Reston.

In addition to the well-kept homes and yards, one of the most appealing aspects of the horse streets is the location. Hunters Woods Elementary School is an easy walk for young children. Hunters Woods Village Center, home to the Reston Community Center, and Fox Mill Shopping Center are also nearby. There are several parks, a community garden, tennis courts, and the Hunters Woods pool all within walking distance.

South Reston is only a few short miles from the Dulles Toll Road or the Fairfax County Parkway, which is nice for commuters. This is the perfect area for anyone looking for a little bit of land, a friendly neighborhood, and easy access around Reston.

Neighborhood children attend Hunters Woods Elementary School, Langston Hughes Middle School, and South Lakes High School. Both Hunters Woods Village Center and Fox Mill Shopping Center offer easy access to grocery shopping and quick dining. As part of Reston Association, residents also have access to nearby pools and tennis courts.

If you are a nature lover and you want a great yard, this is the neighborhood for you!

 

Take a Trip Down Lawyers Road in South Reston

November Lane, Lawyers RoadMany of the street names in Reston seem odd until you know why they got that name. Temporary Road cracks people up (it was, literally, a dirt road connecting North shore and Reston Avenue, but the locals used it and it became permanent). Lawyers Road is one of those street names. So I thought I’d let you in on how it got that name. Way back when, there was one road that led from the Northwestern county towns to the Fairfax County Courthouse. Every day, the lawyers would travel down that winding road to go to court. Hence, Lawyers Road. That is your fun Reston fact for the day.

I imagine Lawyers Road looks much the same today as it did 100 years ago. This twisting, winding, hilly and tree-lined state road embodies the beauty of Northern Virginia. As do the single family homes with a Lawyers Road address—you will see large lots that sit well of the street, surrounded by woods (and the occasional horse paddock).

There are several charming streets that house tight-knit communities of people who take pride in their neighborhood — such as November Lane, Steeplechase, Myrtle Lane, Charlestown, and more. Each street has it’s own style and community feel and range from small “starter” homes to larger estates. What they all have in common is natural beauty and friendly neighbors. Each neighborhood has easy access to Reston’s walking paths — making it perfect for families that enjoy the outdoors.

Lawyers Road is still the fastest way to get to old town Vienna, where you can visit antique shops and enjoy fine dining.

But that’s only if you choose to leave Reston. Lawyers Road intersects with Twin Branches, making it a quick jaunt to Lake Audubon, Lake Thoreau, and South Lakes Village Center. Or jump on Soapstone for a quick trip to the Walker Nature Education Center and South Lakes High School. It also ends at Reston Parkway at Fox Mill Center.

If you’re looking for a community of single-family homes that is in Reston, but slightly removed from the hustle and bustle, look at the areas surrounding Lawyers Road.