Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28Lake Anna Life & Times Fall 20 16 10 DiscoveringTheSpecial Aseriesdocumentingthosethathavelefta heritageworthnoting by C.C. McCotter W What makes Lake Anna so special to so many people, both resident and visitor alike? Is it the clear, clean and warm water? Is it the abundant fish and birds that also make the lake their home? Is it the lake life- style that features both laid back and wild boat parties and places with names like Cocktail Cove, The Sand Bar, Kayakers’ Beach, Skinny Dipper’s Cove and Bohe- mian Bay? Or is it places like Tim’s, Anna Cabana, Anna Point Marina and High Point Marina that offer great access and good times? It’s probably all of the above as well as 100 other reasons depending on who you ask. But if you asked folks to name what makes Anna so special it’s more often than not something that’s natural – a sunset, woods, a beach, a quiet morning. In this series we’ll bring you the story of families/folks that have made sure that those that live and visit here will be able to enjoy this intrinsic beauty of the lake; un- developed and green, appreciating places that remain a bit wild and untouchable by the bulldozers of development. These are the special people and places of Lake Anna and we should all be grateful for them. Forty–five years after Lake Anna was opened there are over 5,200 lots platted in 155 subdivisions around 225 miles of shoreline. That’s a lot of development, but if you ride around the lake via boat it doesn’t seem overwhelming. For the most part the counties and developers have been very careful about how the community has de- veloped. Now, with fewer large chunks of land to develop, and the maximum amount of lots in sight on the horizon, careful planning is being taken by those entering the subdivi- sion development arena. David L. Hunter is one such individual. A resident of the lake since the early days, he has watched from both the shoreline and afar, gradually building a nearly unmatched developer’s acumen along the way. He has now decided it is time to leave his mark on Lake Anna. A quiet local until now, his home near the mouth of Pigeon Run is a magnificent contemporary with some quirks that draw boaters and photographers. There’s the authentic red London phone booth just off the water, a water garden with gurgling wa- terfall into the lake and a promenade with an amazing view of the Glenora Plantation section of the Lake Anna State Park; all characterize his personal vision of beauty and attention to detail. We visited with Hunter recently to dis- cuss his development philosophies, how he reached them and what he is planning for Lake Anna in the coming months and years. Hunter is a quite fit “70-something” with blue eyes that belie a penchant for merry-making both on and off the water. Here’s our interview with him. How did you get started developing? As in the whole story… Who influenced you, what kind of training/education lead to this path? I came from a small town in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The majority of my teens, I lived with a farming family and quickly learned the words of “hard labor”. Regard- less of the sweat and blood, it established a work ethic that continues to motivate me today. After graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17, and served in Germany. Initially with the 11th Airborne, and later with the 24th Infantry Division. Shortly after ar- riving in Germany, I was promoted to the rank of Sargent – the youngest Sargent in the European theatre at that time. After being discharged in 1959, I worked at a baby plastic manufacturing plant mak- ing baby bottle “nipples”; - I quickly real- izing that the future was dim. In the early 60’s, I gravitated to Washing- ton, DC with $600 in savings. For the first few years, I worked in government con- tracts with an office supply/office furniture company. I became quite successful at selling office furniture to government and quasi government agencies. This eventu- ally encompassed contract furniture sales through world- renowned architects, travel- ling to job sites throughout the country to insure that the job was completed to the customer’s satisfaction. The desire to establish a family made travelling less attractive, as my second son was born. I could not sit still for long, and I had maxi- mized the earning potential from furniture sales. PeopleAndPlacesOf Lake Anna DoingItTheDavidHunterWay After much job searching, it became evi- dent that the real estate market provided the greatest avenue to provide the lifestyle I desired for my family. Residential sales was not my cup of tea. Commercial real estate offered the great- est potential. After a very dry 18 months, my first sale landed me with a $150,000 direct commis- sion check – the broker loved me! In 1973, I formed Hunter Properties, Inc., and engaged in some of the largest com- mercial sales in the northern Virginia area. All in the path of the future development within western Fairfax County and along the I-95 corridor. What other projects have you devel- oped? Please name and describe them. Having built up an investment portfolio of land prompted me in 1978 to enter into the business of real estate developer, provid- ing building lots to national and local home- builders. My first development, “Little Rocky Run”, consisted of 3,000 housing units, 1,200 townhomes, and 1800 single family homes, located in Centreville, Virginia. Future projects were in the Springfield area, Pohick Estates, Sideburn Rd., Poplar Estate in Chantilly, and finally Compton Vil- lage in Centreville. What are some of the best and worst as- pects of developing? Real estate development was certainly my passion. The greatest achievement occurred in 1978 and involved the largest privately funded sewer system in the metro area. It consisted of a five-mile sewer trunk line, and a pump station that opened up the majority of the western Fairfax County area to development. The least exciting, but most necessary was obtaining governmental approval for our communities. What is the most satisfying aspect of being a developer? The most satisfying aspect of this devel- opment career came from providing com- munities that answered the needs of the residents. The reward came when the fami- lies expressed their satisfaction with their community. Can you offer advice to other develop- ers on how to complete a project? The best advice I can provide to all devel- opers is to “plan your work, and work your Right - David Hunter on the Terry’s Run Shuttle.