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Monday, May 21, 2012

Flashback Monday: Golf Course Island, Minus the Golf Course and the Island

Golf Course Island.jpeg

Salvaged by our BFFs at the Reston Historic Trust, please to be enjoying this photo of the still-under-constrction townhouses at Golf Course Island, which was a photographic clue for a Reston Museum contest which bears a passing resemblance to our disastrous much loved Guess the Mauve Bits (tm)(R) feature. Anyhoo, even in this construction photo, please to be enjoying the two signature features of swank Reston townhouse livin': 1) carports and 2) party walls, the end.


  1. That looks more like Links Drive than Golf Course Island to me.

    And yes, I do appreciate my party wall. They don't make 'em like that anymore!

    1. That is Links Drive, but I believe Links is considered part of the greater Golf Course Island community. Fun fact: GCI apparently won some sort of fancy mixed-use award back before mixed-use was cool. Don't you wish you were us?

  2. If there were a few VW Microbuses, this could be The Barracks from Lost.

  3. Unfortunatley, I believe all of the above landmark suggestions are wrong. I'm fairly certain that the above is a photograph of the underwater townhouses built by Simon to house the army of scuba diver technicians employed to service the RELAC chilled water system that pumped the ice blue cold waters of Lake Anne through the Man Men-era homes of Reston's original 1%.

    Many aren't aware of this, but in 1973 Lake Anne belched (similar to the belching of Lake Nygos in Cameroon) with the resultant toxic gases being released from below the hundreds of millions of tons of goose poop muck at the bottom of Lake Anne and filtering into the units killing all 1,400 RELAC works who were in their Waterworld homes watching a Memorial Day weekend edition of Soul Train. It took almost 3 years for all that goose poop to settle back to the bottom of the lake, thus covering up the underwater townhouses and bodies, which were lost forever.

    One of the saddest chapters in the history of Reston. It was the first time in Reston's history when an entire neighborhood was literally 'underwater' on their mortgages. A taste of things to come, so to speak.

  4. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonMay 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Mean Daddy D:

    Not all 1,400 died in The Belch (a poison gas incident similar to The Purge in "Lost"). You may have forgotten that among the commentators here is none other than Scubadiver, who I guess is Reston's version of Ben Linus -- sole survivor of The Purge but, alas, not winner of the million dollar prize at final tribal council.

    And continuing with Convict's allusion to Lost's island, perhaps in the flash-sidewise world Reston has indeed sunk beneath the waves, taking with it that 1970s Dharma Initiative vibe and its New Age adherents.


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