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Old 09-11-2010, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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This search is stressful because there are not a lot of homes on the market for either Reston or Lowes Island but hopefully early spring will bring lots of new listings!!
From what I have seen good houses that come on the market in this area that are priced right, sell very quickly. To get a good house in Reston you need to watch the market and be ready to jump on a good house when you see it. I looked for six months before finding my house. I really wanted a contempory style house, but ended up with a colonial in a fantastic location adjacent to the Walker Nature Center.

The few houses that are not priced right or have some fatal flaw (crazy floor plan or bad location) just don't sell quickly or at comparable prices to the existing market.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Thanks!! Lowes Island seems to be great however, I am still a bit confused on the way it is divided up? Lowes Island, Cascades, Potomac Falls. And, which is most desirable?
LOL, it is confusing, I know what you mean.

Basically, Potomac Falls > Cascades > Lowe Island.

Potomac Falls is not an official name of a community and does not have any set boundaries. It's a nickname, but one that's used so commonly the Post Office will deliver mail to Potomac Falls even without a zip code. It's used for the communities of Sterling north of Rt. 7. Potomac Falls includes a few different HOAs and non-HOA communities, including Cascades.

Cascades is a very large HOA in Potomac Falls. It's big enough to be a city on its own (if it ever wanted to incorporate). Cascades has several different sections. Lowes Island is one of the sections. Lowes Island is the neighborhoods surrounding Lowes Island Blvd. and Whitewater Blvd, from Algonkian Parkway to the Potomac River.

"Most desirable" depends on what you're looking for. The most expensive of all the neighborhoods is Lowes Island Estates (which is next to but separate from Lowes Island). In many ways it's the most desirable but it's (deliberately) a secluded area. Which means it's a long round-about drive to get there and there are no stores nearby. A lot of people who live in the estates take the path to Lowes Island (and sometimes even leave a car on the LI side of the path) for easier access to Rt. 7 and shopping.

Lowes Island and Rivercrest are often considered the "country club" area, which for many make it the most desirable. They're close to the river, but also close to a shopping plaza. They're also walking distance to Algonkian Park and Seneca Park. Lowes Island Elementary is one of the best schools in Loudoun (if not the best). And there are some really really nice homes in there. This is where Donald Trump's son lives, FWIW.

I once lived in the area near Cascades Marketplace, and in many ways that is the most desirable because it's close to the community college, several shopping plazas, the library, the senior center, churches, etc. You can easily live there without a car (I've done it), and it's one of the few places you'll find apartments. Most of the office buildings and medical offices are here.

There's a lot to be said for the neighborhood right next to Algonkian Park, too. I know some people who live on Fairhills and they have wonderful street parties. A lot of community spirit there. Plus, that's a fantastic park to have as your backyard, especially if you have children active in sports.

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Old 09-12-2010, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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This search is stressful because there are not a lot of homes on the market for either Reston or Lowes Island but hopefully early spring will bring lots of new listings!!
LOL, I know what you mean--I went through the same thing last year. FWIW, to me, having few homes for sale in an area actually lowered my stress. Yes, you have to search harder but the neighborhood will retain its value and probably won't change that much, so you know what you're getting. And, you know you're getting something of value since so many other people want it. What stresses me out is looking at an area that has LOTS of homes for sale.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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Hi Brooke...
We are also planning a house hunt in20165 in the Spring (but looking more at Cascades area of Potomac Lakes ). I started a thread a while ago and it had some very helpful information. Post #21 is a good breakdown of all the different areas and HOA's. Good Luck!

Cascades/Potomac Falls
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Hi Brooke...
We are also planning a house hunt in20165 in the Spring (but looking more at Cascades area of Potomac Lakes ). I started a thread a while ago and it had some very helpful information. Post #21 is a good breakdown of all the different areas and HOA's. Good Luck!

Cascades/Potomac Falls
This is an excellent link! Thanks for posting it. Potomac Lakes is another very nice part of Cascades, BTW.
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I know what you mean about overpriced houses in Reston. I keep a pretty close eye on the 20191 zip code. Right now there is one house that should be in your price range but is WAY over priced. I wonder how long it will take them to realize? Maybe by the time you are ready to put your house on the market in the spring.

1964 BARTON HILL RD, RESTON, VA 20191 - HomesDatabase

This house just came on the market and I may go to the open house tomorrow (I just like cruising houses). I can't believe the ugly pink master bath for a house priced at $700K. At $700K in 20191 the kitchen and baths should all be looking FINE!

2019 SOAPSTONE DR, RESTON, VA 20191 - HomesDatabase

I went to this open house a few weeks ago. Nice kitchens and baths. A nice, but small yard. The photos make it look bigger than I remember it.

11926 RIDERS LN, RESTON, VA 20191 - HomesDatabase (http://www.homesdatabase.com/home-listings-FOX+MILL+WOODS-RESTON-VA-MRIS-FX7423111 - broken link)

Here is another house I would suggest checking out. Looks like it is at the end of a street backing to woods.

10800 DAYFLOWER CT, RESTON, VA 20191 - HomesDatabase
I cruised the Soapstone house today. I haven't been in Barton Hill or Dayflower so I can't comment on either of these - except to say that it is generally agreed that the elementary school for both of these is the most desireable school in 20191.

Soapstone has a very nice updated kitchen and a lot of upgrades that are not noticable at first glance - like Pella windows and new vinyl siding. If what thay say about real estate is true - Location - Location - Location - is what it is all about. This is on the 15th Fairway of Reston National Golf Course with views from the family room, office, living room, and deck. Ok- every house has a few undesireable "features" - this one has a master bath with PINK fixtures! UGH! It is just screaming "rip me out and make me look GOOD" like a 700K house in 20191 should look. The other more minor "issues" with this house are virtually no front yard - located on a pipe stem with four houses off a busy road. Also the basement is totally underground and looks like a 70's man cave.

The Soapstone house is similar in size to the Riders house and from what I remember the kitchens are similar, though the Riders house has an excellent master bath. The riders house also has a recently finished basement with a 1/2 bath. It should be noted that even though the Riders house has a Reston address it is not in "Reston Association."
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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Love all the helpful information and comments. Caladium, you've cleared up my confusion on the division of Sterling. I'm much clearer now, thank you. Momtotwoboys, I will check out your link, thank you and good luck on your search! JfromReston, I don't really like the look of Soapstone from the outside, too outdated looking and perhaps a little retro for me :-) I also went to an open house today, but in the 20194 zip, on Deerforest. Love the neighborhood and would certainly consider it as one of my tops for such. The property was beautiful but EVERYTHING was outdated! carpet, bathrooms, kitchen, flooring. For $700,000, I was hoping for a bit more. And, it was on the small side.
I did cruise by the Barton house today, just to consider location and I really do like the location. I don't know much about South Reston but I will now be looking into it. I would not consider the Barton house until they are more realistic about their pricing!
Thanks again for all the great posts!
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: the hometown of the 21st century
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So, I currently live in Reston. We have a great SFH but it has no backyard and now with 2 small children we desperately need one. Problem is, we haven't found anything in our budget ($775,000) that suits our taste or is worth that money in Reston. We are thinking about Vienna or Lowes Island. What is the general consensus of both places in terms of community, schools, outdoor life (we are a very active family), houses (and do you get what you pay for). Any insight would be so appreciated. We have been in Reston for 3 years but really don't know much outside of our "bubble". Thank you!
Community:
Reston and Vienna have a good sense of community IMO. Not sure about Lowes Island.

Schools:
Not sure if any of Lowes Island is zoned to Park View which is the lowest-rated HS in Loudoun County.

Reston is zoned to South Lakes which is unfavorably looked at, although it is not as bad as Park View.

Vienna is zoned to Oakton, James Madison, and Marshall which are generally well-regarded.

Outdoor Life:
Depends on the activity.

Houses:
In Vienna
22180: there was not that much between 500k and 750k ... you had some of the 1950s era ramblers that have either gained a second story or been built out the sides/back, and some high-end townhomes (which I'm guessing you don't want.)
22181: Lots of stuff NW of town, large lots ... dating to the 60s through the 80s. However, probably not as much sense of community as in the Town itself.
22182: Some nice places NE of town, a few of which are on 1-acre or more lots!

In Reston
20190: Not much in terms of SFH
20191: Quite a bit to select from, mostly 70s stock
20194: A fair bit of newer (80s and 90s) homes.

Not sure about Lowes Island.

Also: where do you and your hubby work, and do you envision yourselves staying there another couple years or until you retire? If the latter, then commute should be a huge factor; if the former, then focus on the other things.
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:23 AM
 
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Sorry...couldn't get it to quote the right way!

Schools:
Not sure if any of Lowes Island is zoned to Park View which is the lowest-rated HS in Loudoun County.

Lowes Island feeds into Dominion High School. As for community, from what I have read on here and seen when I have done my "drive by"s of LI and Cascades, there is a big sense of community. Always see kids playing outside and people walking on the paths. We have friends who live in the area and tell us about a lot community events and a very family friendly feel.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Lowes Island feeds into Dominion High School. As for community, from what I have read on here and seen when I have done my "drive by"s of LI and Cascades, there is a big sense of community. Always see kids playing outside and people walking on the paths. We have friends who live in the area and tell us about a lot community events and a very family friendly feel.
Yes, LI has a very strong sense of community spirit. This is cul de sac heaven, which means you see lots of parents hanging out to watch the kids play while they shoot the breeze and have a beer. Come here at Halloween and check out how many trick or treaters are here!
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