By Sophia Solano for The Washington Post
Published December 15, 2023
Photos by Townsend Media

Bryan Corsini and his wife, Heather, were powerfully attracted to the detailed woodwork in this Georgian Colonial-style mansion in the upscale Round Hill neighborhood of Potomac, Md. But before they purchased it in 2007, they walked builder Frank Bell through the rooms to discuss potential renovations.

The house, built in 1986, was starting to get old, Corsini said. “But it felt like it could have been built in the 1700s,” he said, “with the millwork and the attention to detail.”

Like other Round Hill houses, the mansion at 11622 Highland Farm Rd. was designed by Patrick Cullinane, a prominent builder during Potomac’s luxury housing boom in the 1970s and 1980s. Cullinane, Corsini said, was inspired by early 20th-century houses designed by Richmond architect W. Duncan Lee, who is best known for adding a wing to the Virginia Executive Mansion.

Cullinane fashioned intricate moldings and other details in a garage wood shop at the house. He thought about moving into the house after he prepared the construction specifications, Corsini said, but decided to sell.

After the Corsinis purchased the property, they embarked on an extensive (and, Corsini said, “very expensive”) year-long renovation. The goal was to retain the Georgian Colonial style, but make it “more livable” by raising ceilings and opening up first-floor rooms. Many original details were replicated. The house is on the market for $3.95 million.

The biggest challenge, Corsini said, was blending the old and the new — “to be able to pull up in the driveway and not have people say, ‘Hey, I can tell you’ve added this, and that part wasn’t there before.’”

A two-story ceiling in the kitchen was made possible by removing a second-floor bedroom and relocating the bathroom in the primary bedroom suite. An addition off the kitchen became a sitting area and a family room. A somewhat secluded family room was turned into a billiards room.

An attached two-car garage was turned into a mudroom and a movie theater. Now there is a detached three-car garage (with a lift), where Bryan Corsini kept part of a collection of classic Corvettes, Porsches and other cars. It also has a second-floor studio. Another detached garage has room for two cars.

“The nice thing about this home is [that] because of the extensive woodwork and everything else, we really didn’t do a lot of changes there,” Corsini said. “We just refreshed all the colors and had everything painted because the woodwork was so beautiful.”

The mansion is on a private cul-de-sac behind iron gates. A path from the two-car garage leads to a covered porch with a door that opens to a breakfast room. The mudroom and home theater are nearby, also the family and billiards rooms. The kitchen, with a nearly 20-foot vaulted and beamed ceiling and heated floors, adjoins the dining room. A hallway leads to the foyer, the living room, a study and a powder room, and a gallery with arched transom windows over interior doors connects the foyer to the dining room.

On the second floor, the primary bedroom suite has two walk-in closets, two toilet closets and a room with a shower, a tub and heated floors. Three other bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, and this level also has a laundry room.

On the third floor, there is a bedroom with an en suite bathroom. A room with three walk-in closets could be used as a bedroom or a sitting area. The lower level has a recreation room with a wet bar. A cedar closet, a powder room and an exercise room are also on this level.

A patio with an outdoor kitchen is near the 20-by-45-foot swimming pool. The pool house is made of brick that matches the main house’s exterior. Beyond the backyard is a wooded area.

$3,950,000

Address: 11622 Highland Farm Road
Beds/Baths: 6 Beds | 5 Baths | 4 Partial Baths
Square Footage: 12,200 Sq Ft
Lot Size: 2 Acres
Features: Nestled on a private cul-de-sac, an unassuming set of iron gates opens to a striking colonial-style estate located at 11622 Highland Farm Road. Built in 1986 by Patrick Cullinane and sited on two beautifully manicured acres, lush landscaping and mature trees encompass the stately residence to present a peacefully private respite in a coveted Potomac suburb.
Listing Agents: Robert HryniewickiAdam RackliffeChristopher Leary, and Micah Smith, HRL Partners at Washington Fine Properties.

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