By Eve Thompson
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!
By Eve Thompson
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?
By Eve Thompson
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.
By Eve Thompson
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
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
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.
By Eve Thompson
Hook Road in Reston is a lovely tree-lined street backing up to the Hidden Creek Country Club golf course.
Built in the 1960s, the Hook Road in Reston, VA is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to be able to walk to everything. Situated in the Lake Anne area of North Reston, Hook Road is a horseshoe off of Fairway Drive. And, as you have probably guessed, the Hidden Creek Country Club golf course backs it. That means the view from your back deck is an expanse of well maintained green space.
The Hook Road homes are classic contemporary style, single-family homes, most with three or four bedrooms, and all with a great view of the golf course. The homes are typically two story, and many have brick exteriors.
The homes line only one side of the street. The inner space of the horseshoe houses a baseball diamond for little league, RA tennis courts, and a basketball court that provide outside entertainment all summer. And there is plenty of room among that green space to lay out a blanket for a family picnic.
The baseball diamond at Hook Road and Fairway is a favorite spot for Reston little league games.
Hook Road is a quick walk to Lake Anne Village Center, and just a little further to Reston Town Center. Lake Anne Elementary School is across the street, making morning walks to school a breeze. This charming, quiet (well, except for little league games) neighborhood is the perfect location for any family that wants to be in the middle of everything, but still live in an established neighborhood.
By Eve Thompson
The slide at Glade pool in South Reston. Photo courtesy of Reston Assocation
One of the many benefits of living in Reston is having access to the 15 Reston Association Pools in our community. (Even if you aren’t an RA member, you can still get a pass to the RA pools.) Like most amenities in Reston, the pools were situated throughout Reston with the idea that people could walk to their neighborhood pool. And people can. Every pool features lap lanes, areas to splash around, and plenty of lounge chairs. But over the years, each pool has developed it’s own personality and attracts people for different reasons. Here’s a lowdown on what each pool offers so you can plan your day in the sun (or shade).
For children of all ages
- Autumwood (11950 Walnut Branch Road, North Reston)
This pool’s large wading area with a fountain is great for toddlers. There is also a covered picnic area and playground nearby.
- Glade (11550 Glade Drive, South Reston)
With a 20-foot slide, this pool is a favorite for kids of all ages! Parents can relax in the spa while the kids are sliding or diving off the 1-meter diving board. There is also a wading pool for the little ones
- Hunters Woods (2501 Reston Parkway, South Reston)
This pool features separate water basketball and volleyball areas, a diving board, and children’s splash area. For the parents, there is a large spa. The pool also features an ADA ramp into main pool.
- North Hills (1325 North Village Road, North Reston)
This pool features two shallow play areas, one of which has a fountain. For family day at the pool, there are also picnic tables, a grass beach area, and a picnic pavilion with grills. And don’t forget the spa!
- North Shore (11515 North Shore Drive, North Reston)
This heated pool is a family favorite. It opens early in the season and is the last pool to close in September. The pool features a spa, wading pool, ADA ramp to the pool deck, ADA hydrolift chair into the main pool, and shaded upper deck with picnic tables.
- Shadowood (2201 Springwood Drive, South Reston)
This is a smaller and quieter pool than Glade, but feature a small slide for the kids. There is also a wading pool and small picnic area.
- Uplands (11032 Ring Road, North Reston)
This is the premier pool for families with toddlers. The zero-depth children’s pool (0-3 feet deep) has interactive fountains, a cold-water spa, and an interactive sand pit. The pool also has an ADA in-water wheel chair.
For serious swimmers
- Lake Newport (11601 Lake Newport Road, North Reston)
This is Reston’s only 50 meter pool and is a favorite for serious swimmers. There is also a sand volleyball area, and two 1-meter diving boards, a wading pool, and a covered picnic area with grills.
For sun worshippers
With plenty of sunny spots, these pools are great if you want to get some serious rays.
- Dogwood (2460 Green Range Road, South Reston)
- Golf Course Island (11301 Links Drive, North Reston). There is also a large playground with grills next to the pool—perfect for summer parties.
- Lake Audubon (2070 Twin Branches Road, South Reston). In addition to your pool amenities, there is a boat ramp to Lake Audubon nearby if you want to take out your canoe or sunfish.
For shade seekers
If you want to spend the day at the pool without spending a day in the sun, these pools are perfect for you.
- Lake Thoreau (2040 Upper Lake Drive, South Reston)
- Newbridge (11758 Golf Course Square, South Reston)
- Ridge Heights (11400 Ridge Heights Road, South Reston). This pool is heated. It opens early in the season and is one of the last pools to close.
- Tall Oaks (12025 North Shore Drive, North Reston)
For spa lovers
If you love the Jacuzzi as much as the swim, visit these pools:
- Hunters Woods
- Lake Thoreau
- North Hills
- North Shore
Which pool is your favorite?