Location and Design
The Ridgewood Cluster is a neighborhood in the North Point area of Reston located on Great Owl Circle at the end of Great Owl Drive. The Ridgewood Cluster consists of 99 townhouses built in 1989 by Van Metre, award-winning Northern Virginia area development and building company. Great Owl Circle travels in a large loop—a “great circle”—along which the townhouses are laid out. The center area of the circle has seven groups of 4 to 6 townhouses with land, both open and wooded, in between. Twelve groups of townhouses lie along the circle’s outside area. The entire cluster is surrounded by wooded areas with the far end backing up to a section of actual woods.
The attractive, sophisticated townhouses of Ridgewood Cluster come in several luxurious models. Some of them are three stories and narrow while others have a side split level design. The exterior architecture incorporates Victorian-style details such as front-facing decorated gables, fan lights, wrap around porches, and bay windows. Most of the models have brick exteriors, either all brick or partial with wood siding.
The Ridgewood townhouses’ interior features include wood burning fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and well-conceived layouts. Their sizes vary in the range of 1,600 to 2,400 square feet of living space. The lot sizes vary from approximately 1,500 to nearly 3,000 square feet. Some townhouses feature large back decks or fenced in patios.
For more information about Ridgewood Cluster, visit their website, which is very informative and up-to-date:www.ridgewoodcluster.org. To see a video tour of the neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JzNOvn5C2M.
Shopping and Entertainment: The Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood 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.
Public: The public schools serving Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood. Public transportation is accessible from the Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood 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, Ridgewood 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 Ridgewood. The post office is three and a half miles away. There is a police station one and a half miles away.
All Ridgewood Cluster homeowners are members of the Ridgewood Cluster Association, a Virginia corporation formed to enable Ridgewood 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, 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.
The Ridgewood Cluster Association’s governing documents are posted on their website. Ridgewood Cluster’s website stands out for its effective, thorough communication of the Association’s functioning. For a clear, informative, relevant, interesting, and up-to-date look at the workings of one of Reston’s Cluster Associations, visit:www.ridgewoodcluster.org.