Lorton, VA Real Estate News

By Art Kruschka, Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices
(Administrative Manager)
Masons Passage is a group of 180 homes at the corner of US 1 and Gunston Road.  They are within 15 minutes of Fort Belvoir.  There are 90 detached homes and 90 townhomes.  They were built in the period 1999 to 2,000 making them relarively new. They are also within 15 minutes of the Lorton VRE station making them very attractive to folks commuting to the Pentagon or Washington, D.C.  See schedules and system map for VIRGINIA RAILWAY EXPRESS Additionally, Masons Passage homes are aptly named - they are at the gateway to Mason Neck, the water oriented Lorton community with public golf, boat launch and storage, pool, camping, bike paths and a major national wildlife refuge.  See LORTON STATION and INLET COVE  FIND LORTON HOMES   FIND FAIRFAX COUNTY HOMES   CONTACT THE KRUSCHKA TEAM   Planni...
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By Art Kruschka, Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices
(Administrative Manager)
There are only 3 public boat launching sites in Northern Virginia that have access to the Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  Two of them are in Lorton. Pohick Bay Regional Park  Located just east of US 1 on the Mason Neck Peninsula of Lorton. Boats are launched into Pohick Bay and proceed directly to the Potomac River.  Services offered are: Boat launching Boat storage from March to November Small boat rental Occoquan Regional Park  This facility is accessed from Route 123 on the north side of the Occoquan River in Lorton.  Boats are launched into the Occoquan River and proceed to the Potomac River.  Services offered are: Boat Launching Boat storage from March to November The photos below highlight the actual ramp facilities for each park and the map pinpoints their ...
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By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
When the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) first began operations along the I-95 corridor in 1992 there were questions as to whether the lack of housing near the train stations would derail the long term plans for the commuter rail. Since that time a new supply of "whistle stop" towns has sprung up close to the tracks including Lorton Station and Belmont Bay. The train has also made the older community of the Town of Occoquan take on a new life as well. Lorton Station was built around the Stream Valley Park a 100 acre site that is dedicated to the founder of Lorton, Joseph Plaskett. A biking and walking trail runs through the park adding a great touch of green space to the community. With a variety of condos, townhouses and detached homes within a mile of the train station buyers can find a n...
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By Art Kruschka, Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices
(Administrative Manager)
     Very few people are aware of the fact there is close-in cabin camping in Northern Virginia.  Pohick Bay Regional Park has excellent facilities.  The cabins have electricity, air conditioning, heat and two rooms. As can be seen in the photo below the room at the back of the cabin has a double bed and a set of bunk beds. The front room has a futon, table, two chairs and a microwave. Outside is a front porch with a swing, outside grill, fire pit and a picnic table. Although there is no bathroom in the cabins, a bathhouse is a short walk on a trail. You must bring your own beddingbring own bedding. Planning to Buy or Sell Real Estate or Just Want to Know More About Lorton?  Contact Karen and Art by Email or call us at 703-562-1532.  Put our  record of customer service, real estate exp...
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By Art Kruschka, Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices
(Administrative Manager)
  In all my 30+ years driving around Northern Virginia as a real estate broker I have taken my camera (even before digital) and recorded those scenes I thought would be of some later use.  Last year I snapped the picture above of an old Lorton property located at the corner of Old Colchester and Gunston Roads.  At one time it was probably a gas station, neighborhood store or a combination of both.  Over the years it has even been occupied as a residence.  I recall seeing Big Wheels parked under the covered entry before it was fenced over and boarded up.  Obviously, I've always wondered what would be built on that busy corner.   Last week as I was in Lorton on business I passed the old building, came to a halt and snapped the picture on the left.  It is obvious they removed the covered e...
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By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Executives)
  Lorton Station is a 300 acre subdivision of 950 newer homes just South of Fort Belvoir.  Detached homes and town homes are available and, yes, it is within 15 minutes of the entrance to Fort Belvoir.  Additionally, it is only 15 miles south of Washington, D.C. - the Lorton entrance to and exit from I-95 is just outside the community on Lorton Road.  On those occasions when you need to go to the Pentagon the VRE Lorton Station is in the community.  Take a Northbound train, change to the Metro Blue Line at King Street and go to the Pentagon Station. Kids attend Lorton Station Elementary and, depending on where you live, they will attend either South County Secondary or Hayfield Secondary. Two shopping centers, Lorton Station Marketplace and Lorton Station Town Center provide a full ran...
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By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Executives)
Mason Neck, that section of Lorton with water on 3 sides is a natural wonderland.  The peninsula consists of 9,000 acres - 6,000 of which are under land management.  As a result, it is now home to 200 species of birds, 31 mammals and 44 species of reptiles and amphibians. Its' most famous landowner was George Mason, an author of the Virginia Bill of Rights, a predecessor of the US Constitution.  His home, Gunston Hall, is open to visitors. In 1969, the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge was the first park assigned as an American Eagle refuge.  It is considered one of the Top Ten US Sites for Eagle Sightings. The bicycle path starts just east of Old Colchester Road on the north side of Gunston Road.  It passes Pohick Bay Public Golf Club, Pohick Bay Regional Park, Gunston Hall and winds...
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By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Executives)
    Inlet Cove is just 1 mile south of the main gate of Fort Belvoir between the Fairfax County Parkway and Telegraph Road.  Yes, it adjoins the southwestern section of Fort Belvoir. It is a 40 acre planned community with 148 detached homes and 108 town homes.  There is a pool, clubhouse, tot lot, playground and interconnecting walkways in the community.  When you pull out of the subdivision onto the Richmond Highway you are literally looking at the trees of the southern Section of Fort Belvoir.  The trees of the post are on your left and right as you drive north. Not going to Fort Belvoir?  Perhaps you're headed to DC - piece of cake!! Hop in the car, go south to the VRE Lorton Station (less than 10 minutes) and catch a train - 40 minutes to L'Enfant Plaza.  See the schedule at VIRGIN...
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By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Executives)
Initially, the Lorton correctional facility was supposed to house prisoners in an environment where fresh air and hard work would enhance inmate rehabilitation.   As a result, much of the more than 3,000 acres was used for the production of beef, dairy products and vegetables.  Additionally, many of the compound's brick buildings were built by inmates.  More than 6 years would pass from the time the prison was closed in 1998 until title was passed to Fairfax County and public and private development could be started.  The new South County Secondary School opened in 2006.  It is conveniently located near the residential subdivisions.  Secondary schools in Virginia contain both middle school and senior high school populations.  The 18 Laurel Hill Golf Course and club house is operated by ...
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By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
Last fall I jokingly posted a picture and wondered what was for sale the house or the dune buggy.  It was of course the dune buggy.  The house was actually the old Country Store on Gunston Road and it is now being restored.  The store went through a number of changes over the course of its history including being a Cracker Barrel in 1987.   However the history of the store goes back much further and based on descriptions in local historical records it may originally have been the Church Vestry for the original Pohick Church now the site of Cranford Methodist Church.   This would indicate that the house could have been built in the late 1700’s.   Starting in the mid 1800’s the home underwent a number of renovation projects which altered the original look of the building and eventually t...
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By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
Yes Virginian's you can make butter on a hot summer day.  Just come to the picnic area on any Sunday afternoon in August between 4-5 PM at Mason Neck State Park and you can churn yourself a little sweet creamy butter.Mason Neck Park is one the popular parks for residents of Fairfax County iand is located on the Mason Neck Peninsula just off of Route 1 and Gunston Road.  The peninsula is formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River on the east.  The Mason Neck area traces its history back to 1608 when it was recorded by John Smith that he meet with the native Dogue Indians and charted the local area.  When George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights built his home in the area in 1755 the name was changed from Doeg Neck to Mason's Neck. ...
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By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
For over 100 years Lorton was an area that most residents of Northern Virginia went out of their way to avoid.   As a prison complex the 3,200 acre site was huge and at night driving by the area the signs warning you not to pick up anyone on the road were ominous.  When the facility was ordered closed in 1998, Fairfax County began planning in earnest with what to do with the land and buildings that made up the infamous prison.  In 2002 Fairfax County officials received title to 2400 acres and the re-development of the property began. Multiple neighborhoods were carved out of the grounds, along with parks, schools, golf course, arts center and future equestrian center.  The largest of the neighborhoods, Laurel Hill has 700 homes built by Pulte or Centex Homes.  In addition to Laurel Hill...
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By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
What do you do when an old prison closes?  in Northern Virginia  former jail cells will soon open as artist studios.  Where prisoners may have written graffiti on the walls or counted down the days until their release you will find studios filled with artists who specialize in ceramic, glass, fiber and oil painting to name a few. With great planning by Fairfax County in 2002 many of the original prison buildings, many which were constructed by prisoners making bricks right on the grounds, have been saved and renovated to accommodate the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.  With its grand opening looming workers are moving at full speed to make sure that everything is ready.  During the Occoquan River Festival over 400 people toured some of the finished empty spaces to give local residents a s...
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By Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living
(Realty One Group Capital)
Here are just a few ways how 8301D Bluebird Way in Lorton, Virginia in the popular Gunston Corner community can ease your commuting woes and save you money in gas: Conveniently located just two red lights from I-95, you'll have access to one of the main transportation arteries in less than five minutes. Hop on the train! The Lorton Station Virginia Railway Express (VRE) train station offers free parking.  Points north include Crystal City in Arlington Virginia, and L'Enfant Plaza and Union Station in Washington DC. Walk around the corner, literally less than 50 steps from the front door and take the #307 Fairfax Connector Bus to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station.  Take a short drive to Springfield Plaza and park your car, and hop in the car with another fellow Washingtonian commut...
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By Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living
(Realty One Group Capital)
Just Reduced $15,000 to $229,900. This home is just perfect for the first-timer, the commuter, the empty nester, the investor, or anyone who is looking for an exceptional home in a highly desired community.
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By Donny & Meredith Samson
(Samson Properties)
9064 Tanyard Lane, Lorton, VA, 22201 United States $429,999 Brick Front 3 BR, 2.55 BA, 2 Car Garage Townhouse! Inviting LR & formal DR w/decorative moulding. Eat-in Kit. w/center island & adjoining Family Room. Spacious new deck. Oversized MBR w/vaulted ceiling. Luxurious MBA w/soaking tub & sep. shower. Recreation room w/gas fireplace. LL Walk out to Backyard. New Washer & Dryer. Great location near shopping, restaurants, I95 HOA, VRE, Park & Ride. Type Bed Full Bath Square Footage MLS#FX6580797 Town-Home 3 2 2568   Donny and Meredith SamsonSamson RealtyAssociate BrokerNVAR Top ProducerDirect 703-864-48944 - 4 1/2% Full Service ListingsCash Back to my homebuyershttp://www.dmsamson.com/  
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By Donny Samson Team, Great Service at a Great Price
(Samson Properties)
SOLD 9064 Tanyard Lane, Lorton, VA Brick Front 3 BR, 2.55 BA, 2 Car Garage Townhouse! Inviting LR & formal DR w/decorative moulding. Eat-in Kit. w/center island & adjoining Family Room. Spacious new deck. Oversized MBR w/vaulted ceiling. Luxurious MBA w/soaking tub & sep. shower. Recreation room w/gas fireplace. LL Walk out to Backyard. New Washer & Dryer. Great location near shopping, restaurants, I95 HOA, VRE, Park & Ride. 2% Closing Costs to Buyer!   Visit my website at www.dmsamson.com to see virtual tour and pictures.     Donny and Meredith SamsonSamson RealtyAssociate BrokerNVAR Top ProducerDirect 703-864-48944 - 4 1/2% Full Service ListingsCash Back to my homebuyershttp://www.dmsamson.com/    
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By Donny Samson Team, Great Service at a Great Price
(Samson Properties)
UNDER CONTRACT $429,999 9064 Tanyard Lane, Lorton, VA Brick Front 3 BR, 2.55 BA, 2 Car Garage Townhouse! Inviting LR & formal DR w/decorative moulding. Eat-in Kit. w/center island & adjoining Family Room. Spacious new deck. Oversized MBR w/vaulted ceiling. Luxurious MBA w/soaking tub & sep. shower. Recreation room w/gas fireplace. LL Walk out to Backyard. New Washer & Dryer. Great location near shopping, restaurants, I95 HOA, VRE, Park & Ride. 2% Closing Costs to Buyer!   Visit my website at www.dmsamson.com to see virtual tour and pictures.     Donny and Meredith SamsonSamson RealtyAssociate BrokerNVAR Top ProducerDirect 703-864-48944 - 4 1/2% Full Service ListingsCash Back to my homebuyershttp://www.dmsamson.com/    
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By Donny Samson Team, Great Service at a Great Price
(Samson Properties)
Donny Samson | Samson Realty | donnysamson@hotmail.com | 703-864-4894 9064 Tanyard Lane, Lorton, VA Brick Front 3 BR, 2.55 BA, 2 Car Garage Townhouse! 3 Bdrm Townhouse offered at $449,999 Year Built 2002 Sq Footage 1,712 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 full, 2 partial Floors 3 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 2,568 sqft HOA/Maint $61 per month DESCRIPTION Brick Front 3 BR, 2.55 BA, 2 Car Garage Townhouse! Inviting LR & formal DR w/decorative moulding. Eat-in Kit. w/center island & adjoining Family Room. Spacious new deck. Oversized MBR w/vaulted ceiling. Luxurious MBA w/soaking tub & sep. shower. Recreation room w/gas fireplace. LL Walk out to Backyard. New Washer & Dryer. Great location near shopping, restaurants, I95 HOA, VRE, Park & Ride. Call Donny Samson at Samson Realty at 703-864-4894. E-ma...
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