Lantern Way, North Point Area of Reston, VA

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LANTERN WAY CLUSTER

 

Location and Design

The Lantern Way Cluster is a community in the North Point area of Reston.  It is located on Brass Lantern Court and Brass Lantern Way above Baron Cameron Park in the area between Reston Parkway and Wiehle Avenue.

Lantern Way Cluster consists of 37 townhouses built in 1988.  They range in size from approximately 1,400 to 2,000 square feet.  The townhouses are arranged in groups, some of which are set back far from the road.  The building layout is unique in that there are separate garages along the road with the residential areas behind them.  Some end units have an attached garage but most are detached.

The architecture of the buildings reflects a variety of styles.  The garage buildings feature steeply-pointed front-facing gables with cross gable roofs on the larger buildings.  Some of the townhouses also feature the cross gable design but most have front sloping shake shingle roofs with skylights.  The townhouses have multiple picture windows and covered front entrances with a small porch or portico.

The Lantern Way Cluster has a wooded setting.  Most of the townhouses are nestled into the trees and some have a back deck.  The sizes of the lots range from approximately 2,500 to 5,500 square feet.

More information is available at the community’s website: For a video tour of the neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=240281699365798

 

Community Amenities

Shopping and Entertainment: The Lantern Way cluster is convenient to a plenty of shopping amenities.  The North Point Village Center is about a quarter mile away and can be reached by trail.  It has a Giant food store, gas station, several banks, a selection of restaurants, a gym, dance studio, and a number of retail stores.

The Reston Town Center is about two and a half miles away.  The Town Center offers plenty of shopping and dining as well as a movie theater with eleven screens and BTX auditoriums.  The Town Center also has an open air pavilion that hosts year-round events including concerts, festivals, and ice skating in the winter.  There is a direct trail route from Lantern Way to the Town Center, making it possible to bike or walk.

Outdoor Recreation: The Reston Association provides recreational facilities, including swimming pools, tennis courts, trails, and parks, for the benefit of Reston homeowners, tenants, and guests.   Lantern Way Cluster is very close to the Lake Newport Recreation Area and the North Hills Park.  Both have a pool and a playground.  The Lake Newport Recreation Area also has soccer fields, a basketball court, a baseball field, and a volleyball court.  The North Hills Park has a picnic pavilion, grills, and four tennis courts.  Both areas can be reached by a direct trail route.

A bit farther away but still less than half a mile from Lantern Way is Brown’s Chapel Park, which has a picnic pavilion, access to Lake Newport, and connections to local trail networks.

Trails: The North Point Loop of the Reston Pathways can be accessed from the Lantern Way Cluster.  Reston Pathways consist of a 55 mile network of multi-use trails, most of which are paved.  Individual trails are identified by both name and color.  The North Point Loop, also called the Pink Trail, provides easy walking access to the North Point Village Center and nearby recreation areas.  The Pink Trail also joins the trail network via the Blue Trail for access to other parts of Reston.

 

Schools

Public: The public schools serving Lantern Way are Aldrin Elementary School, Herndon Middle School, and Herndon High School.  Fairfax County public schools (frequently abbreviated as “FCPS”) are administered by location.  The county is divided into Regions then further divided into “pyramids”.  Each pyramid represents a high school and contains the middle and elementary schools that feed into it.  The locations for elementary schools are called boundaries.  Using this terminology, the Lantern Way Cluster would be located in the Region 1, Herndon High School pyramid and the Aldrin Elementary School boundary.  The FCPS website has more information and can be viewed at http://commweb.fcps.edu/directory/region.cfm.

Private: A number of preschools and private schools for elementary to middle school aged students  are located nearby in Reston, including three Montessori schools , the Oasis School, and Edlin School.  Private schools serving high school students are located in other areas of Fairfax County, notably the Madeira School in McLean and Flint Hill in Oakton.

Higher education: Northern Virginia Community College’s Reston Center is located on Wiehle Avenue, just over two miles from the Lantern Way Cluster.  In the same building complex is also Marymount University’s Reston Center, offering adult education.

 

Transportation, Public Services

Metro, Bus: The Silver Line Metro Station is about two and a half miles from Lantern Way.  Public transportation is accessible via Fairfax County’s Reston bus service, RIBS (Reston Internal Bus System) and the Fairfax Connector.   There are two Fairfax Connector routes that stop on Center Harbor Road, .2 miles from the Lantern Way Cluster, the 554, a weekday rush hour service, and the 558, providing service all day  until around midnight on weekdays and weekends.  Both routes include the Silver Line Metro Station.  The RIBS 4 bus stops on Reston Parkway andruns throughout the day, providing service to the Silver Line Metro Station and other Reston locations.

Car:  Located near Reston Parkway, Lantern Way Cluster is convenient to major roadways in the area.  It is easy to reach Route 7, Fairfax County Parkway, and the Dulles Toll Road, which can be accessed two miles from Lantern Way.

Proximity to other public services: The Reston Hospital Center is about two and a half miles away.  The Reston Regional Library is about two miles from Lantern Way.   The post office is about three miles away.  There is a police station about two miles away.

 

Governance

All Lantern Way Cluster homeowners are members of the Lantern Way Cluster Association, a Virginia corporation formed to enable Lantern Way homeowners to self-govern their community.  As members of the community, homeowners share both the benefits and the responsibilities of using and enjoying common areas such as open space, streets, and sidewalks.  While the townhouses and their adjoining properties are individually owned, the street, sidewalks, playground, parking areas, streetlights, and common grounds are owned and maintained by the Association.  Members pay yearly dues to the Association for its operation, including recycling pickup, landscaping, and snowplowing in the winter.  A volunteer Board of Directors is elected to conduct these affairs, including determining the annual assessment amount needed to preserve the value and appeal of the neighborhood and to ensure its comfort and safety for everyone.