BAYFIELD STATION CLUSTER
Location and Design
The Bayfield Station Cluster is group of 50 townhouses located in the North Point area of Reston. The Bayfield Station townhouses are designed in a Garrison Colonial style and are either 1,120 or 1,160 square feet. The lots vary a little but essentially come in two sizes: approximately 2,100 square feet or approximately 1,400 square feet. All of them have a fenced back yard.
Bayfield Station was built in 1984 with two roads, the longer being named Bayfield Court and the shorter, Bayfield Way. Bayfield Court travels in perpendicular lines through Bayfield Station—yes, in the shape of a “T”. Bayfield Way branches off Bayfield Court near the entrance and is about 150 feet long.
The Bayfield Station townhouses are laid out in groups, most of which have frontage on Bayfield Court, which is the Bayfield Station Cluster’s main road, providing the entrance to and access through the community. Three groups of townhouses are built facing into the wooded buffer areas. They are located at a distance from the parking area and must be accessed by walkway.
The Bayfield Station Cluster has some unique combinations of features. The aspects of a suburban neighborhood are represented by the miniature Ranch townhouses and the fenced back yards. The T-shaped road layout provides a suburban neighborhood microcosm along the back road with its “dead ends”, a suburban concept with children playing out front. Bayfield Station Cluster also manages to create an urban row house feel along the center road section. A large group of townhouses, eight in a row, lines one side of the street. The urban aspects present in the sidewalk, black lamp posts, and repeating tall flights of stairs are now visible.
Shopping and Entertainment: The Bayfield Station cluster is convenient to a range of amenities, starting with the North Point Village Center, just minutes away by car or on foot. 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. The close proximity of Bayfield Station to Reston Parkway makes Herndon shopping centers very easy to reach, with Home Depot about a block own the street.
Reston Town Center is a little over a mile from Bayfield Station. The Town Center is Reston’s urban hub with plenty of shopping and dining. Entertainment at the Town Center includes 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 Reston homeowners, tenants, and guests. Bayfield Station is convenient to the Lake Newport Recreation Area and the Autumnwood Park. Both have a pool, soccer field, basketball court and playground. Lake Newport Rec. Area also has a baseball field and volleyball court. Autumnwood also has tennis courts.
A bit farther away but still within a mile is Brown’s Chapel Park for access to multiple trail networks, the Lake Newport tennis courts, featuring six lighted courts, plus facilities for other sports-baseball, basketball, volleyball. Brown’s Chapel Park. also has a pavilion for large scale picnicking and provides access to Lake Newport for small, non-motorized boating or fishing.
Trails: Reston Pathways, consisting of a 55 mile network of multi-use trails, most of which are paved, can be accessed easily from Bayfield Station. Individual trails of the Reston Pathways network 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 Bayfield Station 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 Bayfield Station 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.
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 Bayfield Station 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 Bayfield Station. Public transportation is accessible from the Bayfield Station 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: Bayfield Station is convenient to Reston Parkway and 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 one and a half miles away. The Reston Regional Library is also within a mile and a half of Bayfield Station. The post office is three miles away. There is a police station about a mile away.
All Bayfield Station homeowners are members of the Bayfield Station Cluster Association, a Virginia corporation formed to enable Bayfield Station 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.