The Reserve in McLean, VA

Welcome to The Reserve in McLean VA

An enclave is defined as a “place that is different in character from those surrounding it”.

The Reserve in McLean, VA is an enclave in the truest sense of the word.

The Reserve is a neighborhood, a community complete with a homeowners association and breathtaking luxury homes.

And yet, you will not find anything else quite like it nearby.

Many of McLean’s communities were originally built with smaller, older homes. The communities have changed over the years with new construction but that is the usual footprint.

The Reserve is different in the sense that it was built with expansive colonial mansion style homes.

The neighborhood was constructed between 1999-2007.

This gives the community an attractive look of consistency with all the homes built during the same era.

The location is also impeccable. Close enough to all the amenities expected from McLean, and yet far enough tucked into the woods off the potomac to give it a private “living in nature” feel.

If you want an estate style home in a well manicured neighborhood, take a close look at The Reserve in McLean.

Homes For Sale The Reserve in McLean VA

The Reserve sees only a handful of transactions per year, on average between 5-10.

If you see a home available that you are interested in you can schedule a showing with me right from the listing details.

The Properties

The Reserve has 166 homes, and was designed by Miller & Smith. However, multiple high end new home builders built the properties themselves, giving the neighborhood its ecclectic feel.

Miller and Smith credit 8 different new home builders who constructed the properties, many of them with extensive customization.

The homes have a largely Georgian Colonial style. There are lots of elegant columns, dormer windows, entry porticos and attractive landscaping.

The homes are anything but homogenous. You can tell that these were truly semi custom and custom homes and thus there are a large number of exterior elevations and floor plans.

This is a extravagant contrast from other planned communities with only a handful of models.

On the exterior, properties in The Reserve pride themselves on thoughtful use of landscaping and hardscaping. The lots are about 1 acre on average, and outdoor living spaces were made a priority during construction of the homes.

You will find that many have pools, gazebos and other entertainment areas that allow you and your guests to enjoy the land.

The Reserve homes have wonderful curb appeal, with the siding varying from different types of brick to stone facades and some combinations of different materials.

The interiors vary significantly, but as a whole are elegant but very functional, open and spacious. Over the years, owners have remodeled and renovated different homes so that all of them will have their own feel.

But many truly embody the feel of a high end estate home. There are large master suites with large walk in closet and dressing areas, large master bathrooms, gourmet kitchens with expansive eat in areas.

Some homes you will see even have indoor or outdoor basketball courts, indoor pools, saunas and other custom finishes.

The floorplans vary as well, however there are many homes in the neighborhood that are well over 10,000 square feet including finished basements.

Because of the variation in floor plans, finishes, etc. there is a large variation in price from the least expensive to the most expensive in The Reserve.

The Land

The Reserve occupies just over 258 acres of wooded land in the western portion of McLean VA.

Part of the Garfield Park subdivision, The Reserve is located just west of 495. It occupies the acreage between Old Dominion Dr. to the south, and Georgetown Pike to the north. The other boundary is Bullneck Run, a stream.

Rapids are shown rolling over large rocky outcrops of a river. Dangerous looking white water.
The Reserve is not far from the Potomac River. To the northwest of the neighborhood you will find Great Falls. This area is a great place to go sight seeing or go for a hike.

Just beyond Georgetown Pike is the Potomac River. Georgetown Pike can be taken to 495 and then to GW Parkway.

The GW Parkway give a scenic drive along the Potomac and eventually will lead you to entrances into Washington DC.

As I mentioned above, this section of McLean gives you the best of both worlds. It is far enough that you will get the large lot sizes, feeling of space and the “living in nature” outdoor space and lifestyle.

Yet you could be in Georgetown in 15-20 minutes.

The Amenities

The Reserve has an active homeowners association. Past benefits have included front lawn care, upkeep of common areas, snow removal and also around the clock security.

There is a security gate and gatehouse in the center of the community. The Reserve HOA site also notes that the security personnel can receive packages for you and also check on your property while you are away.

The McLean gatehouse is near the center of the community. Among other things, this also makes sure that commuters cannot use the neighborhood as a through street between Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Rd.

There is also a meeting area in the gatehouse that residents can reserve for meetings or events.

You will also find amenities that are just beyond the neighborhood boundary. A 5 minute drive to the south is the Spring Hill Rec Center.

They have option to either join or buy passes by the day. There is a heated indoor pool with diving well, racquetball/squash courts, basketball courts and a large fitness center.

If you are looking for hiking, some of the best in all of Northern VA is closeby. Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and hiking trail are walkable from the Reserve.

There are also numerous hiking trails close by as part of the Great Falls Park system of trails.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat, LokL Gourmet (closed in 2020, now Roots Provisions) is a neighborhood favorite for a sandwich or cocktail. They are just down the street at Old Dominion and Spring Hill.

For a night out with fancy dinner, etc. you can head into DC or Tysons Corner, both of which are accessible.

The McLean Community

McLean embodies the best of Northern VA living. It has ample green space not available in Washington DC. This means there are many large homes in wooded areas.

There is also a convenience factor that cannot be beat. The fact that you can choose to be in a luxury mall or at a breathtaking waterfall with a 10 minute drive in either direction make it a gem.

Here are some of the benefits of being part of the greater McLean area.

• Close to multiple metro stops on the silver line. The metro can take you to other sections of Northern VA and into DC.

• Lots of nature, parks, hiking and the Potomac River.

• A short drive to DC on a scenic route along the river. This is via the GW Parkway.

• Accessible also to Bethesda, MD. Many residents of McLean often have business in Bethesda as well as DC.

• The Central Intelligence Agency is headquartered in McLean. This is great for home values nearby and even better if you work for the agency.

• McLean’s business district is full of small businesses and also larger chains to get what you need.

• Close to Great Falls, a National Park. Explore and hike or even give kayaking a try.

• Fairfax County Public School system, and an ample selection of private schools. Close to the Potomac School and also The Madeira School.

• Close to Tysons Corner. Shopping, entertainment and a strong job market are here in Tysons.

• History of robust economy and job opportunities nearby.

• Home to some of Northern Virginia’s finest properties. If you enjoy seeing luxury homes, you can live in and among some of the best Virginia has.

The Next Steps

Are you looking to move into The Reserve in McLean? Have more questions about different properties in McLean?

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