ASHLEY COURT CLUSTER
Location and Design
The Ashley Court Cluster is a community in the North Point area of Reston consisting of 32 townhouses on Chapel Cross Way. The townhouses of Ashley Court were built in 1986-87. 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. There are some separate garage buildings along the road with the residential areas behind them.
The architecture of the buildings reflects a variety of styles. The garage buildings feature steeply-pointed front-facing gables, a design that is matched on some of the townhouses. Most of the townhouses feature front sloping shake shingle roofs with skylights. Multiple picture windows and covered front entrances with a small porch or portico are consistent features.
The Ashley Court Cluster has a mostly wooded setting. Many of the townhouses are nestled into the trees. Some areas are more landscaped and out in the open, providing variety to the layout. The sizes of the lots range from approximately 2,00 to 5,000 square feet.
For a video tour of the neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw3nFWVVBnQ
Shopping and Entertainment: The Ashley Court cluster is convenient to shopping of all kinds. The North Point Village Center is less than half a 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 just a mile 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 Ashley Court to the Town Center, making it possible to bike or walk.
Ashley Court Cluster’s location, just off of Reston Parkway, increases the availability of convenient shopping. About half a mile down Reston Parkway is a Home Depot and just beyond that are several more shopping centers marking the start of Elden Street, the commercial mecca of Herndon.
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. Ashley Court Cluster is convenient to many of these amenities. Ashley Court abuts the Lake Newport Recreation Area and Autumnwood Park is less than a quarter mile away. Both have a pool, soccer field, basketball court and playground. Lake Newport Recreation Area also has a baseball field and volleyball court. Autumnwood also has tennis courts.
A bit farther away but still less than half a mile from Ashley Court 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 Ashley Court 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.
Public: The public schools serving Ashley Court 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 Ashley Court 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, three miles from the Ashley Court 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 Ashley Court. Public transportation is accessible via Fairfax County’s Reston bus service, RIBS (Reston Internal Bus System) and the Fairfax Connector. The RIBS 4 bus stops .1 miles from the Ashley Court entrance and runs throughout the day, providing service to the Silver Line Metro Station and other Reston locations. There are two Fairfax Connector routes that stop .2 miles from Ashley Court, 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.
Car: Located just off of Reston Parkway, Ashley Court 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 one and a half miles from Ashley Court.
Proximity to other public services: The Reston Hospital Center is about one and a half miles away. The Reston Regional Library is within two miles of Ashley Court. The post office is about three and a half miles away. There is a police station about a mile away.
All Ashley Court Cluster homeowners are members of the Ashley Court Cluster Association, a Virginia corporation formed to enable Ashley Court 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.