BENNINGTON SQUARE CLUSTER
Location and Design
The Bennington Square Cluster is a community in the North Point area of Reston. It is located off of Bennington Woods Drive just south of Reston Parkway. The neighborhood consists of 34 townhouses built in 1982-1983 on Bennington Woods Court and Stowe Court. The townhouses on Bennington Woods Court range in size from around 1,200 to 1,400 square feet of living space. Those on Stowe Court range from 960 to 1,220 square feet. The exteriors are designed with features that have the appearance of Colonial, Split-level, and Ranch style architecture.
Each townhouse has a front yard, many with trees, and a walkway to the front door from the sidewalk. The lot sizes are in the approximate range of 1,300 to 2,000 square feet. The buildings back up to wooded areas and each townhouse has either a deck or a patio in the back; some have both. The neighborhood has a very private feel as well as quiet despite being located adjacent to Reston Parkway.
For a video tour of the neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl0b5KuzB-M.
Shopping and Entertainment: The Bennington Square 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 Bennington Square to the Town Center, making it possible to bike or walk.
Bennington Square 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. Bennington Square Cluster is convenient to many of these amenities. Bennington Square 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 Bennington Square 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 Bennington Square 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 Bennington Square 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 Bennington Square 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 Bennington Square 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 just about three and a half miles from Bennington Square. Public transportation is accessible from the Bennington Square 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: Located just off of Reston Parkway, Bennington Square 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 Bennington Square.
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 Bennington Square. The post office is about three and a half miles away. There is a police station about a mile away.
All Bennington Square Cluster homeowners are members of the Bennington Square Cluster Association, a Virginia corporation formed to enable Bennington Square 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.