Fairbrook Cluster-Reston, VA Cottage Houses

FAIRBROOK CLUSTER

 

Location and Design

The Fairbrook Cluster is a community in the North Point area of Reston.  Surrounded by wooded areas, Fairbrook Cluster has a charming storybook atmosphere.  Fairbrook consists of 28 detached houses on Springhouse Place, located off of Reston Parkway near the Wiehle Avenue intersection.  Springhouse Place diverges at the entrance and travels in opposite directions with each segment ending in a cul-de-sac.  The layout of houses around two cul-de-sacs contributes to Fairbrook Cluster’s cottage house charm.

 

Built in 1988-1989, Fairbrook Cluster features houses with dormers and low front sloping shake shingle roofs.  From the front, they appear smaller than they really are, an effect created by the low roof slope and by the rambling footprint of the house.  The Fairbrook houses are built in a rambling Colonial style with a deep footprint that is visible from side view angles, where the houses appear quite large.

 

The actual sizes of the Fairbrook houses vary within the approximate range of 2,000 to 2,600 square feet of living space.  They all have 3 – 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ – 3 ½ baths, cathedral ceilings, and an open first floor design.  They also have a garage and a back deck.  The lot sizes vary from approximately 5,000 to 9,000 square feet.  Many of them are landscaped in a manner that contributes to the cottage look.  Rock walls and borders are consistent features, some with abundant flowers spilling over the rock wall or growing along the sides of a curving front walkway.

 

 

Community Amenities

 

Shopping and Entertainment: The Fairbrook Cluster is convenient to a range of amenities, starting with the directly adjacent North Point Village Center. 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.  North Hills Park, Deer Forest Recreation Area, and Lake Newport Recreation Area are near Fairbrook Cluster. The Lake Newport Recreation Area and the North Hills Park each 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.  The Deer Forest Recreation Area has a playground and fitness trail. All areas can be reached by a direct trail route.

Trails: The North Point Loop of the Reston Pathways can be accessed directly from the Fairbrook 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 and from the North Point Village Center and to nearby recreation areas.  It joins the trail network via the Blue Trail for access to other parts of Reston.

 

 

Schools

 

Public: The public schools serving Fairbrook 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 Fairbrook 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: Within Reston are also some higher education options.  Northern Virginia Community College’s Reston Center is located on Wiehle Avenue, three miles from the Fairbrook 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 three miles from Fairbrook.  Public transportation is accessible from the Fairbrook Cluster via Fairfax County’s Reston bus service, RIBS (Reston Internal Bus System) and the Fairfax Connector.   The RIBS 4 bus stops .2 miles from the Fairbrook 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 at Fairbrook 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.

Car: To get around by car, Fairbrook 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 two miles 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 Fairbrook.   The post office is three and a half miles away.  There is a police station one and a half miles away.

Governance

All Fairbrook Cluster homeowners are members of the Fairbrook Cluster Association, a Virginia corporation formed to enable Fairbrook 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.