- The Washington Times - Friday, November 24, 2000

Few people know about the hidden community known as Hallowing Point River Estates, and some neighbors in this area would like to keep it that way.
With awe-inspiring views of the Potomac River, this bucolic haven for boaters and fishermen lies at the end of Gunston Road in southeastern Fairfax County. This corner of the county features winding roads, tall trees and a peaceful atmosphere unknown in some areas of the county.
Part of the Mason Neck community, Hallowing Point has about 150 homes and is bounded by the Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge, the Gunston Manor neighborhood and the Potomac River. The community enjoys a private beach where neighbors gather for such annual events as a spring picnic and an Octoberfest.
Nearby is the community riverfront park, which has a boat launch, a tennis court, a basketball court and a playground. Despite the neighborhood's many amenities, homeowners association fees remain a low $21 per month.
Mason Neck, the community that encompasses Hallowing Point, is a 9,000-acre peninsula that juts into the Potomac River, 5,000 acres of which is parkland where bald eagles and foxes are seen. Nearby are the 18-hole Pohick Bay Golf Course, riding stables and Pohick Bay Regional Park, which includes boat rentals, a boat launch, hiking trails, a swimming pool and campgrounds.
Set in this recreational paradise is the home at 5941 River Drive, a property with spectacular southern views of the Potomac River, particularly at sunset. Now on the market for $749,900, this 23-year-old contemporary-style home rests on a three-quarter-acre level home site. About 100 feet of Potomac waterfront lies at the back of the property, along with a 105-foot-long brick retaining wall. A private dock includes a 25-by-20-foot area for entertaining in pleasant weather.
The dock includes one boat lift that can carry 8,000 pounds and a second lift that can hold 1,500 pounds. Both water and electric service have been installed on the dock, and a personal watercraft conveys to the buyers of the home. The two-car garage also has been arranged to accommodate boating, as it has a third garage door facing the river for easier launching of a boat.
Besides the dock, outdoor entertaining spaces abound in this home, including a large deck with wide Potomac views, a patio off the lower level, and a children's treehouse with a rope ladder close to the river.
The present owners of this property have invested almost $200,000 in home improvements, including the retaining wall, the dock, the oversized garage with fully floored attic storage space, an extra-wide asphalt driveway, a 5-ton heat pump and aesthetic changes such as the addition of a custom-designed portico and a wood front door with leaded-glass panels.
Extensive landscaping has been done on the property, including the removal of 23 trees, and a slate walkway leading to the front door was added.
Inside, the owners renovated one bathroom and installed two more. The owners also put in place a new kitchen floor and new kitchen counters. Throughout the home, floor-to-ceiling Andersen windows, trimmed with wood, frame views of the river or the trees in the front of the property. Custom-designed wood blinds are found throughout the home, and the main level has handsome pegged hardwood floors.
The split-foyer entrance floods both levels of the home with light and allows glimpses of the river from the moment one enters the house. On the main level, the living room has a picture-window wall overlooking the front of the property. A wide opening to the dining room allows guests in the living room to share the river view afforded by the dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows.
The dining room also has a glass door to the deck. Adjacent to the dining room is an eat-in kitchen, which has been updated with a smooth-top electric range, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher and an oversized refrigerator.
A window over the sink provides glimpses of the river.
Down the hall is the master-bedroom suite, which has 12 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river and the dock. A new private bath includes a large shower with a built-in ceramic-tile seat. Across the hall are two additional large bedrooms, which share a renovated hall bath.
The lower level of the home is above ground and features a large family room with a brick fireplace and a raised brick hearth. Sliding glass doors lead from the family room to the patio and back yard.
A wet bar has been built into one corner and includes a sink, a minirefrigerator and a curving counter with room for bar stools. Marble flooring covers the bar and stair areas, while the rest of this level has wall-to-wall carpeting.
A new bath off the hallway accom-modates the two additional bedrooms found on this level.
Each of these two bedrooms has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the rear yard and the river, and each has a walk-in closet.
An oversized utility room at the front of the house has space for storage as well as laundry facilities. Additional storage space is available under the stairs and above the garage.
Living with the Potomac River sparkling outside has been a treat for people in Hallowing Point since the 1950s, when homes first began to be built here.
Growing only a few homes at a time has allowed the community to develop an eclectic style architecturally, but all of the homes share an orientation toward nature, whether it is the deep woods that surround some residences or the river that flows alongside others.

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