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Reston Association Now Taking Reservations for Lake House Rentals

by Karen Goff May 17, 2016 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

The Lake House/Credit: RA

Reston Association’s Lake House Working Group is still wrapping up its work, but RA is already promoting the former Tetra property as a place for private rentals.

RA is marketing the rehabbed space as “coming soon” and as “an affordable and ideal location with its park-like grounds” as a place for:

  • Small to mid-sized weddings and celebrations
  • Corporate functions and retreats
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Private functions

After a contentious member referendum, RA purchased the property from Tetra commercial real estate in July 2015 for $2.6 million.

A working group has been meeting since October on uses for the property, which sits on a little over three acres on the shores of Lake Newport. The 15-member group is expected to make its final presentation to the RA Board at the board’s meeting on May 26, and the board is expected to vote on longterm usage.

But even without the big-picture plan in place, RA is already marketing its new after-school program, which will begin in Fall 2016. After care is expected to bring in more than $100,000 annually to the association, though operating expenses will offset about 40 percent of income.

A $650,000 contribution from developer Comstock has helped fund the exterior renovations that have been taking place the last several months. RA, which borrowed the entire $2.6 million, has said members will not see an impact due to the purchase to annual assessments until at least 2018.

At the renovated building, there are two rooms for public use. According to the marketing materials:

The Lakeside Room offers access to the deck overlooking Lake Newport and can accommodate 50 guests.

The Lake View Room can accommodate 100 guests in a natural light-filled setting with a fireplace.

The entire facility can also be rented for up to 150 guests.

Rates are $100-$275/hour, RA materials say. Reservations are available at [email protected] or by calling  703-435-6530.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Rather expensive for anything shy of a big party, wedding, or large corporate event, but I’m glad to see that the building will be available. Would be nice if it could be rented out for way less than that for smaller events that wouldn’t leave a mess, such as a choral recital or a book club meeting.

    • ItsNotMyMoney

      That “would be nice” but insufficient to generate the revenue needed to cover the purchase cost. The choral recital or book club groups really need to get funds from charitable types to cover the hourly cost if they want to use it.
      Even the 100/hour seems like it isn’t going to be enough to cover.

  • cRAzy

    The outrageous rent is a direct result of the outrageous price RA paid for this piece of rotting crap.

  • Rational Reston

    This is the second straw that RA is grasping at to try and justify their folly. Infinite more to go.

    When will we get wise and stop voting for the same types to be on the RA board?

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