Pockets of them are scattered all over Fairfax County, clusters of post - World War II housing that reflect the county as it was during the 1950s.
Most are fast disappearing, as the land on which they sit escalates in value, and more lucrative commercial and residential development pushes them out.
Another of these tiny communities is about to bite the dust, to be replaced by more dense residential development.
But hardly anyone is complaining about the change - not nearby residents, not even renters who occupy the abestos shingle two - bedroom homes located in the midst of prosperous Annadale.
Called Hunt Village by some, "the slums of Annadale" by others, the group of buildings is located at the corner of HUnt Road and Rte. 236, about two miles west of Annadale. It consists of about 10 houses, a building said to be a converted chickenhouse that more recently has served as apartments, a large Southern - style plantation house, an antique store and a couple of apartments above a deserted garage.
All the structures except the plantation house will be razed by next spring to make way for 38 new homes, each will be priced at no less than $95,000, according to Homer A. Bacas, one of the owners of the property. Occupants now pay rents that range from $75 to $125 a month.
The long narrow apartment house, the plantation house and the antique store are visible from Rte 236. So is the out - house with three stalls that serves the so - called "chicken coop" apartments. Most of the houses are screened by trees a couple of generations old. Weathered picket fences or rusted wire fences surround most of the houses, many of whose front doors are blocked by living room furniture. Many of the residents enter through side or back doors.
Neighbors say they are delighted to see newer development replace the rundown buildings behind them. Some Hunt Village residents say the neighborhood has changed since it was earmarked for redevelopment about fouryears ago and that they are just glad to be leaving.
Early this summer, the Fairfax County Housing and Redevelopment Authority identified 19 Hunt Village families who would need to be relocated in low - income housing as a result of the upcoming construction, a housing authority spokesman said.
But only three persons have indicated interest in obtaining the housing by filling out application sent ot them by the authority, the spokesman said.
Bertha stewart, 72, is one Hunt Village resident who will have to move in the spring.She said she receives $105 a month in Social Security payments and $84 a month in Old Age Assistance payments. She had paid $75 a month in rent to live in the converted chicken house.
A month ago, vandals set fire to the apartments after residents were notified that the building would be torn down. Several fires have been set in the building since Bacas said.
Mrs. Stewart, a widow who has lived in Hunt Village for four years, moved into one of the vacant asbestos - shingle houses following the fires, and does not know where she will go when the houses also are condemned.
"I've got my daugthers to go to I guess; one lives in Falls Church," Mrs. Stewart said. "But I like living alone and having my own life, my own friends."
Ruth and Dewey Robert Fields of 4019 Hunt Road have lived in Hunt Village for 13 years. Fields is a building supervisor for Fairfax County and this wife drives a school bus for the county. They plan to build a new home on land they bought several years ago "for recreation" near Gordonsville, Va. in Louisa County.
The move will mean a two - hour commute for fields every day, but the family thinks it's worth it.
The community started falling apart three years ago when the land changed hands, everybody knew then it wouldn't be long before we would all be gone," said Ruth Fields. "All of our friends here are gone. Once we get set up there(Louisa County) and get a few chickens things won't be so bad."
One Hunt Village resident already has been relocated under the housing authority's low - income housing programs. A widow and welfare recipitent in her forties had lived in Hunt Village for 23 years when she was relocated into a nearby apartment complex, her former neighbors said Housing authority spokesmen say she had applied for relocation before it became apparent that Hunt Village residents would have to move.
For Wayne Johnson, a dog groomer who lives in one of two apartments on the second floor of a deserted garage on a dead end street in the village, the move means "more hassle finding another apartment.
Where else in the middle of Annandale, right next to the Beltway, can you find a place for $125 a month?," Johnson asked. "Absolutely nowhere. This has been a real bargain for a year for me, but now it's over. Bargains like this don't last forever."
His next door neighbors, Alberta Ann and Larry Grooms, have lived in Hunt Village for three years. Larry Grooms lays tile and carpet; Alberta Ann Grooms is a night custodian at a county high school.
We make about $16,000 a year between us, and I don't know if we can get low - income housing with those salaries," Mrs. Grooms said. All I know is that every place we've looked at $200 more than the $125 we're paying now and it's going to be hard."
Ann Boyd, whose modern brick home on Kahle Street borders Hunt Village, says she thinks it's "super" that new housing will be built there.
"At first it was going to be a commercial development, which we definitely didn't want," she said. "But anything's better than what is there now. Those houses are falling down, there's not adequate sewer facilities; the whole thing is a bad spot in the middle of this bad area. I can't wait until they start building."
William M. Hildbold, her next door neighbor, feels the same way.
This whole place used to be the dump that those houses are now. Once they sarted building it became pretty nice.You can't blame people for wanting to make money by developing their property, and in this case, it's to ourbenefit, too."