By Eve Thompson
Reston is known for it’s custom designed homes. From its inception in the 1960s, the most talented architects were drawn to the area and put their signature on many of the neighborhoods. One of the things I love most about Owl’s Cove Lane in South Reston is how each one of these contemporary homes is unique. What they all have in common are designs that are as relevant today as the day they were built. Among the architects that made this neighborhood special are P.D Gravett and Peter Gulick, Cumberland Custom Builders, Roy Mason Associates, Rob Wellington Quigley, Oxman Stewart Associates and more. Each house is truly special. The diversity of the homes adds to the charm. And you cannot beat the location. Residents have easy access to Lake Audubon, and it’s just three blocks from South Lake High School, Langston Hughes Middle School and Terraset Elementary. You can enjoy the walking paths along the lake, and take easy strolls over to South Lakes Shopping center (and Starbucks, Café Sano, and soon Red’s Table). The neighborhood is also convenient to the Reston Metro, Dulles Toll Road and every amenity Reston has to offer. If you are looking for a unique, contemporary, single-family home, Owl’s Cove is worth a visit.
By Eve Thompson
Winner of the 2014 Junior/Senior High School category at the Lake Anne Chalk Festival,
Spring is here, and that means it’s time for the free (or nearly free) festivals you can find every weekend in Northern Virginia. Three of the best places to get a fine arts fix happen to be in Reston, and happen to be coming up very soon. Perhaps I’ll see you at one or all of them.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, May 16: 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, May 17: 10 am – 5 pm
The 24th annual Greater Reston Arts Center Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is a nationally top-ranked fine art and craft festival, and one of my absolute favorite spring activities. It typically draws 30,000+ patrons to support GRACE—the area’s largest non-profit dedicated exclusively to enhancing community life through excellence in and the promotion of the visual arts. The festival features over 200 skilled artisans, all of whom are juried into the show. You’ll find both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques used in the hand-crafted, original works of art. All of the artists are there, and it’s fun to talk to them about their art. The art is diverse—both in style and price. See the list of participating artists for 2015!
The Reston Market
Saturdays May through November
Reston’s indie arts market runs every week from the 1st Saturday of May through the 1st Saturday of November from 8:00 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m. (sometimes the artisans stay a little longer if they’re having fun). It’s not just one of my favorites because I run it. It’s my favorite because of the talented regional artisans who choose this venue to show their art—hand-crafted jewelry, linens, garden sculpture and more. The beauty is that the vendors can change week to week, so there is always something to discover here. And, of course, you can enjoy live music and shop at the Reston’s Farmers Market. Lake Anne Plaza is the place to be on Saturday mornings in the summer!
2nd Annual Lake Anne Chalk Festival
Saturday and Sunday June 13 and 14, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
So maybe this isn’t technically fine art, but it is great fun. And everyone can participate! Your inner artist can come out and paint Lake Anne Plaza red (or green, blue, yellow…) as we turn the Lake Anne Plaza into a chalk art museum. There are three categories and cash and prizes are awarded in each category. This event is fun for the whole family. Register online!
By Eve Thompson
I think Golf Course Island Cluster is one of Reston’s gems. From the outside, these contemporary, cedar sided homes look small. But walk inside and it’s like one of those magic tents in Harry Potter—the space just expands. This may be one of the reasons the community won an architectural design award when it was built in the late 60s.
There is a lot going on in Golf Course Island Cluster right now. Over the last five years, the original owners have been moving out and young families and young professionals moving in. As this happens, people are renovating the homes—mostly updating the kitchens. With 188 units, homes come up for sale often—some are fixer uppers, others have been freshly renovated. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here.
The Golf Course Island townhomes come in various sizes. Most are three bedrooms, although there are a couple with two bedrooms and a few with four bedrooms and lofts. The hallmark of all are a well-designed space that flows, large closets, and privacy. Yes, privacy in a town house. The cluster is designed so that every home feels private and secluded—you won’t hear your neighbors through the walls.
Much of the cluster backs Hidden Creek Country Club’s golf course, and the main living areas open to the common areas and green space. The common spaces are beautifully maintained. For the children, there is a new playground with wonderful slides in block 12 (there are 12 blocks in the cluster). The children love it. On most nice afternoons, you will see neighborhood families sitting on the bench while the children run around the quad in delight. For those with dogs, there are many paths through the neighborhood, and plenty of squirrels to chase.
Each townhome is assigned one carport space, and there is ample open parking for every unit to have a second car. For visitors, there is parking on Links Drive and North Shore Drive. Golf Course Island is about one mile from the Reston Metro, Reston Town Center, and Lake Anne Plaza. And there is easy access to the Reston Association pools and other recreation areas.
Prices are ranging here depending on the condition of the home, but for the most part are in the mid-400s. Check out this beautiful and friendly cluster.
By Eve Thompson
I have a definite routine of things I like to do in Reston. But sometimes it’s nice to shake it up with new ideas. So I was thrilled when the Washingtonian wrote an article in the neighborhood guides about things to do in Reston and Herndon.
Sure, a few of my favorites made this list—Lake Anne Plaza, the Reston Farmer’s Market, Walker Nature Center (which is having the Spring Festival on May 2, 1-5 PM), and Urban Retreat (my favorite place for chic home furnishings). But there were several things on the list that I had forgotten about until I read this article. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…
- Ariake is a Japanese restaurant Washingtonian describes as Zen-like spot. It’s on Glade Dr. in South Reston, and it has a great flagstone patio for warm-weather dining.
- Green Lizard Cycling is a bike shop. But it’s also a coffee shop. I love that combination. The owners are very community oriented, and it’s a great place to hang out.
- ArtSpace Herndon is Herndon’s hub for the visual arts in historic downtown (and just a few blocks from the Green Lizard). I may get a coup of coffee and wander over to see what exhibit is showing.
Even though I know how much there is to do in this community, it was nice to have a reminder. I suggest reading (and bookmarking) the Reston, Herndon neighborhood guide for a complete list of fun things to do—and then make a plan to go do everything on the list.
Enjoy your spring and summer.
By Eve Thompson
The Dandelion Patch at Reston Town Center is the place for stationery in Reston.
The first Dandelion Patch may have opened in Vienna, but that’s close enough to claim it as a Reston mom & pop business, especially with the gorgeous store at Reston Town Center. For more than twenty years, The Dandelion Patch has been the source in Northern Virginia for fine stationery and unique gifts.
When you need invitations, stationery and announcements, The Dandelion Patch is the place to go. Their knowledgeable staff is friendlier than you can imagine, and their stores are stocked full of great invitations for parties and milestone events. You will find yourself making excuses to throw parties just so you can hang out in the store. Their specialty is making things personal, helping you define your style tone and offering creative ways to weave that same style tone through out all of your stationery needs.
Heidi Kallet, owner, loves our community, and is extremely active. She is a source of walking sunshine, and that personality carries through in the store. The Dandelion Patch merges three of her loves: entertaining, tradition, and the latest fashion trends. She travels far and wide to bring you all of your favorite stationery products and personalized gifts under one roof.
And why The Dandelion Patch? Because, just like the dandelion, they are about making your wishes come true…and having you leave with a smile.
Visit The Dandelion Patch at Reston Town Center today!
By Eve Thompson
Lake Thoreau in South Reston is a magical spot—it is calm, quiet, and beautiful. Every home along its banks is gorgeous too! Harbourside Cluster is one of those communities.
Harbourside Cluster is one of the smaller neighborhoods in Reston, with only 14 contemporary patio homes. About 80% of these brick, three and four bedroom homes are direct Lakefront. All have lake access, and many also have spectacular views of the Reston National Golf Course. It is one of South Reston’s older clusters, having been built between 1978 and 1981. All homes have a garage, which is especially nice after a snowy winter like we had this year.
Harbourside Cluster is located right off South Lakes Drive and Upper Lake Drive. It’s walking distance to Terraset Elementary, Langston Hughes Middle and South Lakes High School. It’s also a half-mile walk to Reston Metro Station or three blocks to multiple bus lines. Enjoy nearby tennis courts and pool, paved walking trails thru wooded areas around the lake and golf course across street. This neighborhood is less than 3 miles to Reston Town Center, 7 miles to Dulles Airport, and less than half-mile to Dulles Airport Access Road.
Come look at Harbourside Cluster for serene lakeside living in Reston, VA.