ARBOR WOOD CLUSTER
Location and Design
The Arbor Wood Cluster is a group of 36 townhouses located in the North Point area of Reston. Arbor Wood was built in 1988-1989. The townhouses are designed with architectural features from the Cape Cod and Contemporary styles. Back decks provide views of the surrounding wooded areas. Deer Point Way, the only street, enters the community from Lake Newport Road and forms a loop back to the entrance.
The Arbor Wood Cluster feels and looks much like a neighborhood of single family homes. The townhouses of Arbor Wood are relatively large, in the range of 1800 to 2500 square feet. They are placed in groups fronting Deer Point Way. Each townhouse has a small front yard plus an attached garage and driveway, where residents park their cars. The residential qualities are enhanced by lack of parking on the street.
Shopping and Entertainment: The Arbor Wood Cluster is convenient to a range of amenities, starting with the North Point Village Center down the street. The North Point Village Center includes a Giant food store, gas station, several banks, a selection of restaurants, a gym, dance studio, and retail stores. Reston Town Center, the city’s urban hub, is less than two miles away. The Town Center offers plenty of shopping and dining as well entertainment. There is an eleven screen movie theater featuring BTX auditoriums and an open air pavilion that hosts year-round events including concerts, festivals, and ice skating in the winter.
Outdoor Recreation: The Reston Association provides recreational facilities, including swimming pools, tennis courts, trails, and parks, for the benefit of its members. Arbor Wood is close to many of these amenities. Within walking distance is Autumnwood Park offering a pool, tennis courts, ball fields, and playground. Also nearby is the Lake Newport Recreation Area offering soccer fields, basketball court, baseball field, volleyball court, well as a pool.
Trails: The North Point Loop of the Reston Pathways can be accessed from the Arbor Wood 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 Arbor Wood are Armstrong 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 Arbor Wood Cluster would be located in the Region 1, Herndon High School pyramid and the Armstrong Elementary School boundary. The FCPS website has more information and can be viewed at http://commweb.fcps.edu/directory/region.cfm.
Arbor Wood is extremely convenient for elementary school students. It is located right next to the Armstrong Elementary School, which can be reached on foot by the Pink Trail.
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 Arbor Wood 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 three miles from Arbor Wood. Public transportation is accessible from the Arbor Wood Cluster via Fairfax County’s Reston bus service, RIBS (Reston Internal Bus System). The RIBS 4 bus runs throughout the day, providing service to the Silver Line Metro Station and other Reston locations.
Car: Arbor Wood is convenient to major roadways in the area, including Route 7 and Fairfax County Parkway. The Dulles Toll Road entrance is less than one mile away.
Proximity to other public services: The Reston Hospital Center is less than two miles away. The Reston Regional Library is also within two miles of Arbor Wood. The post office is three and a half miles away. There is a police station one and a half miles away.
All Arbor Wood homeowners are members of the Arbor Wood Cluster Association, Inc., a Virginia corporation formed to enable Arbor Wood homeowners to self-govern the 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. Members pay yearly dues to the Association for the maintenance of common areas and for other necessary expenses, such as recycling pickup, landscaping, and snowplowing in the winter. A volunteer Board of Directors is elected to conduct these and other affairs to preserve the value and appeal of the neighborhood and to ensure its comfort and safety for everyone.