Old Salem, Colonial Houses in Reston, VA

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OLD SALEM CLUSTER

 

Location and Design

Old Salem Cluster is a neighborhood in the North Point area of Reston.  The name “Old Salem” is likely related to the architectural style of the houses, most of which are Georgian.  This was the predominant style of the 1700s in Salem, Massachusetts, which is actually famous for its architecture.

Built in 1984-1985, Old Salem Cluster has sixteen detached houses on Old Bayberry Lane, ranging in size from around 1,500 to 1,800 square feet of living space.  From the outside, the houses do give Old Salem a sense of Colonial America.  Most of them have four bedrooms and two or three full baths with one or two half baths, plus a full basement.  The lot sizes vary within the range of approximately 5,000 to 9,000 square feet.

For a video tour of the neighborhood:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOYUvoaPTRY&feature=youtu.be

 

Community Amenities

Shopping and Entertainment: The Old Salem 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 Old Salem 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 Old Salem.  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.  Old Salem 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 Old Salem via local trails.  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.

 

Schools

Public: The public schools serving Old Salem 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 Old Salem 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 Old Salem 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 Old Salem.  Public transportation is accessible from the Old Salem 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: Old Salem is convenient to Reston Parkway and other 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 a mile and a half away.  The Reston Regional Library is also within a mile and a half of Old Salem.   The post office is three miles away.  There is a police station about one mile away.

 

Governance

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