Turnbridge-Contemporary Houses in Reston, VA

TURNBRIDGE CLUSTER

 

Location and Design

The Turnbridge Cluster is a community in the North Point area of Reston.  It consists of 18 detached houses on Turnbridge Lane, which is located off of Center Harbor Road .1 miles from Reston Parkway.

The houses of Turnbridge Cluster were built in 1985-1987, featuring contemporary architecture with dark shake shingle roofs and wood exteriors.  The living space of each house varies in size from approximately 1,500 to 2,200 square feet.  The lot sizes range from approximately 4.500 to 7,000 square feet.  Each one has an attached two car garage.

Turnbridge Cluster has a wooded setting with the houses nestled into the trees.  There are several smaller roads off of the main road with two or three houses sharing them.  The houses at the end of the shared drives are set farther from the road and are very private.  The landscaping includes small swaths of lawn at the edges of the lots and alongside the roads but is otherwise designed to blend with the woods with the use of mulch or stones and plants such as ferns and tree-like shrubs.

Due to Turnbridge Cluster’s contemporary architecture, the houses’ features provide unique, esthetically pleasing interiors. Pointed windows near the cathedral ceilings increase the apparent size of the house.  Another model has a circular window on the staircase landing, making for pleasant sitting location with a view of the front yard. All the houses have open floor plans with dramatic use of natural light,

For a video tour of the neighborhood:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRqUSI1tqO8

 

Community Amenities

Shopping and Entertainment: The Turnbridge Cluster is convenient to a plenty of shopping amenities.  The North Point Village Center is about a quarter 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 about two and a half miles 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 Turnbridge to the Town Center, making it possible to bike or walk.

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.   Turnbridge Cluster is very close to the Lake Newport Recreation Area and the North Hills Park.  Both 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.  Both areas can be reached by a direct trail route.

A bit farther away but still less than half a mile from Turnbridge 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 Turnbridge 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.

 

Schools

Public: The public schools serving Turnbridge 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 Turnbridge 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, just over two miles from the Turnbridge 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 two and a half miles from Turnbridge.  Public transportation is accessible from the Turnbridge 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, Turnbridge 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 two miles from Turnbridge.

Proximity to other public services: The Reston Hospital Center is about two and a half miles away.  The Reston Regional Library is about two miles from Turnbridge.   The post office is about three miles away.  There is a police station about two miles away.

 

Governance

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