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Ridgewood Cluster, North Reston

By Eve Thompson

Ridgewood Cluster “Masterpieces in the Making.” That was the original tagline for Ridgewood Cluster in North Reston, and the claim is fitting. Designer/developer Van Metre won many awards for overall community excellence, interior design, and energy conservation initiatives. Built in 1989, Ridgewood Cluster proudly carries on the tradition of excellence with a neighborhood that elegantly blends with the natural environment.

These richly appointed, 3-level townhomes have lofts and cathedral ceilings to add space and visual appeal. Each home has a brick and cedar siding exterior, and many have a garage. There are five models of townhomes throughout the cluster—some offer luxurious master suites, others offer fabulous areas for entertaining. There is a home here for whatever your style of living is!

Ridgewood Cluster is located on Great Owl Drive, right off Reston Parkway between Baron Cameron and Route 7. This cluster is close to North Point Village shopping, and just a quick trip down Reston Parkway to Reston Town Center and Lake Anne Plaza.

Reston’s Used Book Shop

By Eve Thompson

Are you a book lover? Then Reston is a good place for you. Lake Anne Plaza is home to one of the most beloved used book stores in Northern Virginia—Reston’s Used Book Shop, the place “Where Books and People Meet.” And the people who frequent this mom-and-pop gem, well they’re the FRUBs (friends of Reston’s Used Book Shop). FRUBS don’t just buy books. FRUBS love the store, drop in a lot, and sometimes contribute ideas or a little time.

Reston’s Used Book Shop was founded in 1978 by Restonians Sue Schram and Sue Wensell (known as “the Sues”). In 1999, Bud and Susan Burwell took the reigns and continued the community tradition inspired by the original owners. Bud and Susan have created a haven for book lovers of all ages. The store includes a literary living room in the shop where you can snuggle with a cup of coffee or attend one of the stores frequent lectures or events. You can even stop by for an afternoon of bluegrass music once a month.

Reston’s Used Book Shop is located on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, VA. You never know who you will see or meet when you browsing through the immense selection of books, but you will always have a great time hanging out.

Hours:

Open 7 Days a Week

April through October
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 AM to 7 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 7PM

November through March
Monday 10 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday to Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 5PM

So, come on down and be a FRUB!

Lakewinds Cluster South Reston

By Eve Thompson

Lakewinds Cluster South Reston

Photo courtesy of Lakewinds II cluster website.

Lakewinds Cluster is situated on shores of Lake Thoreau in South Reston, Virginia—one of the loveliest spots Reston has to offer (which is saying something). 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.

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 are the Reston Regional Golf Course and Walker Nature Education Center. In fact, this neighborhood is great for anyone who values spending time outdoors!

 

Up for a game of tennis in Reston?

By Eve Thompson

reston tennis

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Restonians love tennis! Good thing Reston Association has 52 tennis courts in Reston, and Hidden Creek Country Club has 6. There is a tennis court, lesson, or league for everyone. The beauty of tennis, is anyone of any skill level can play it—you don’t have to be good to enjoy getting out and hitting the ball around.

Reston Association Tennis Courts

For the Reston Association tennis courts, obtaining a pass is a simple matter of visiting the RA website or the customer service center at RA headquarters. Reston Association Tennis is a USTA certified Community Tennis Association and the courts include 26 lighted courts, 8 clay courts, 6 quickstart courts, and 3 practice walls.

RA offers lessons for children and adults, league play, flights, and challenge ladders to all RA members as well as non-members owning a valid Tennis membership pass. The Reston Tennis Association was voted by Virginia Living magazine readers to be one of the Best Tennis Clubs in Northern Virginia! The USTA Mid-Atlantic awarded Reston Tennis Association as Section Organization of the Year.

Hidden Creek Country Club Tennis

Hidden Creek has six lighted tennis courts, two of which are permanent indoor heated courts that allow for year round play in cold or wet weather. A staff of tennis professionals are available for group and private instruction, team practices, cardio tennis, and junior tennis camps. You do need to be a member to reserve the courts.

In case there aren’t enough courts in Reston for you, this website offers a complete list of tennis facilities in the Reston area. That’s right—there is no excuse for staying off the courts this summer. What are you favorite spots in Reston to play tennis?

Edgewater Cluster, Reston, VA

By Eve Thompson

Edgewater Cluster Reston

Edgewater cluster provides a tranquil environment close to everything. Image from the Edgewater Cluster website.

Condo living in Reston is as good as it gets, and Edgewater Cluster is a great example. Located at the intersection of Baron Cameron and Town Center Parkway, these condos offer easy access to major roads, shopping, and entertainment.

Built in the mid-90s, this low-rise condominium complex features primarily 2-bedroom units with 1 ½ or 2 baths. The complex is divided into smaller clusters for a community feel. Many of the units face the large pond, and all are in walking distance of Reston Town Center, Trader Joes, and Harris Teeter. (You can walk to the library and the Reston Hospital Center too, but the grocery stores and shopping are more exciting.) The community is in between the Fairfax County Parkway and Reston Parkway, providing easy access to any place you need to go—the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7 are within a few miles.

If you want access to all the Reston Town Center has to offer, Edgewater Cluster is a great value.

Reston Golf Courses

By Eve Thompson

Reston golf courses

The Hidden Creek Country Club golf course on a beautiful June afternoon.

Many consider golfing the perfect sport. I can definitely agree with that on those glorious days when the sun is shining and a light breeze carries the aroma of honeysuckle through the air. On those days, nothing beats grabbing the clubs and heading over to one of the two amazing Reston golf courses: Hidden Creek Country Club and Reston National Golf Course. Legendary golf architect Ed Ault built both of these beautiful courses.

So, for you golf enthusiasts, here is the low down on Reston golf courses.

Hidden Creek Country Club

http://www.hiddencreekcc.com/

Located in North Reston (near both Lake Anne and Reston Town Center), the Hidden Creek Country Club course is a classic, playable design renowned for its meticulously landscaped tees and greens where beautiful plants and flowers adorn each hole. This PGA-quality course is a favorite for serious golfers. Click here for club membership information.

Reston National Golf Course

http://www.restonnationalgc.com/

Located in South Reston, Reston National Golf Course is Reston’s public golf course. This secluded course is full of shaded fairways that provide a tranquil environment for any kind of golf outing you can imagine. Visit the restaurant or the clubhouse before or after your game to prolong the fun. Click here to book your tee time.

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