It’s gratifying to win recognition for our community, especially because the CAI judges informed us that the applications were much stronger this year than they have been in the past. This award not only affirms our opinion that Lakeport is a special place to live, but we’ve been told that it will also help increase home values. We’ve benefited in other ways as well. Along with picking up ideas at the CAI conferences and meetings and being more introspective about what seems to be working and why, the Board has used CAI resources to develop a Code of Ethics (https://www.lakeportcluster.org/p/code-of-ethics.html), a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (https://www.lakeportcluster.org/p/rights-and-responsibilities-for-better.html), and a list of good financial practices for us to follow. A special thanks to SCS for suggesting that we apply and for paying the required CAI membership for the year.
We thought you might be interested in seeing the essay we submitted, which reflects what Board members thought was important in making Lakeport an award-winning community.
Lakeport Cluster Association
Lakeport encourages involvement at all levels: active committees, community-enhancing projects, and civic activism via engagement with Reston Association to improve our surroundings and the broader community and with local officials on urban planning and redevelopment. When we need something, the community responds—be it shoreline restoration, an Easter Egg Hunt or welcoming Halloween firepits for trick-or-treaters, Neighborhood Watch, a movie night promoting the history of Reston, and even anonymous donations for charities and amenities that are beyond our budget.
Recently, when faced with a 130’ lakeside dock that needed replacement, dozens of residents discussed how to use our Reserve Funds and attended meetings to review the likely uses of the dock, its aesthetics, and its engineering foundation. Cluster homeowners developed the final design, contracted the work to a builder, supervised quality control, and performed innumerable subprojects to improve the dock while staying under budget. The result is a beautiful facility that will last.
Soon we will repave our roads and parking areas, and volunteers with experience in asphalt contracting and project management have come forward. This is not an isolated example. We are a collection of people with a wide range of talents—technical, administrative, horticultural, etc.—and with the willingness to work hard for the common good of Lakeport via committees, other ongoing responsibilities (from maintaining Lakeport’s web page to cleaning goose poop off the dock), and ad hoc projects.
Lakeport’s Board, which meets monthly, assists owners by identifying areas needing maintenance through annual home inspections, revising standards to simplify repairs, and developing online resources (quarterly home checklists, expected home element lifespans, disaster preparedness guides, aging-in-place resources, and safety tips). The quarterly e-newsletter, regular community announcements, and timely responses to emails address other issues.
Life in Lakeport, however, is not all work. There are many group and individual activities to have fun, meet our neighbors, and discuss topics of interest. From our Book Club, to owners focused on supporting our local high school with scholarships, to TGIF get-togethers that rotate through homes, to outdoor parties, to a lake-beautification partnership with the art department at South Lakes High School, our residents understand the importance of “Play” in Reston’s motto: Live, Work, Play.
Lakeport is a great place to live because of its good neighbors and beautiful scenery—truly one of the best communities in America.