Location and Design
The Woodcrest Cluster is a group of 63 townhouses located in Reston’s North Point area. Built in 1987-1988, the Woodcrest townhouses share the same exterior Neocolonial style design, which features a decorative octagonal window above the front door. The townhouses are built in groups of mostly six to eight along the main section of Woodcrest Drive and two “side streets” where Woodcrest Drive branches off.
Ranging from 900-1200 square feet, the townhouses of Woodcrest Cluster make the most of their smaller size. A two-story cathedral ceiling in the front foyer creates space that flows into the second level. The octagonal window proves to be more than decorative as a source of natural light.
Outdoors, the Woodcrest Cluster is surrounded by wooded areas. Many of the townhouses have back yards with fenced in patios. The lot sizes vary within the range of 1000 – 1300, approximately.
For a video tour of the neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-wadCZsPWc
Shopping and Entertainment: The Woodcrest Cluster is convenient to a range of amenities, starting with the North Point Village Center just down the street. 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. Woodcrest is convenient to many of these amenities. The Lake Newport Recreation Area and Autumnwood Park are equally close and can be reached on foot (via the Pink Trail) or by car in a matter of minutes. Autumnwood Park has a pool, tennis courts, ball fields, park and playground. Lake Newport Recreation Area also has a pool plus soccer fields, basketball court, baseball field, volleyball court, and playground. The Lake Newport tennis courts are less than a mile away, offering six lighted courts.
Trails: The North Point Loop of the Reston Pathways can be accessed from the Woodcrest 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 Woodcrest 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 Woodcrest 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.
Woodcrest is extremely convenient for elementary school students. It is located right next to the Armstrong Elementary School, which can be reached on foot by the Pink Trail.
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 Woodcrest 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 Woodcrest. Public transportation is accessible from the Woodcrest 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: Woodcrest is convenient to major roadways in the area, including Route 7 and Fairfax County Parkway. The Dulles Toll Road entrance is less than one mile 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 Woodcrest. The post office is three and a half miles away. There is a police station one and a half miles away.
All Woodcrest homeowners are members of the Woodcrest Cluster Association, a Virginia corporation formed to enable Woodcrest 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 open space, 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.