This Italian inspired gated estate is located at 11408 Highland Farm Court in Potomac, MD. It was built by acclaimed Patrick Cullinane in 1989 and then expanded, decorated and customized by David Herchik & Richard Looman of JDS Design. It boasts 8 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half bathrooms, media room, elaborate wine cellar with tasting room, gym, indoor basketball court, swimming pool, pool house, 3-car garage attached to main house and a 4,000 square Tuscan style guest house with 3-car garage . It is listed at $7,500,000.

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  • Grrrowler

    The exterior is not the least bit Italian; country colonial is a more like it. Other than the fountain in the motor court island, the exterior is lovely, although it’s certainly not groundbreaking. The interior is… exuberant. I really dislike the interior and would gut the entire thing were it mine. It’s an American interpretation of Italian, and there’s too much going on. What I dislike most is that the interior and exterior have nothing to do with each other. If the owner wanted an Italianate-style house, why buy a country colonial and try to make it something it’s not? The fireplace surround in the wine cellar would give me nightmares.




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    • Kenny Forder

      That’s what I thought; I don’t know why the listing info says Italian…..




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      • NOVA Ben

        I think you should start labeling these homes according to what YOU see, rather than the listings. I think we all know how inept realtors are at identifying architectural styles. You know enough to do a better job when you come across a shitty description.




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        • Kenny Forder

          This is true. I will start doing that from now on 🙂




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      • Jeff P.

        This home is Italian the same way that Jersey Shore is Italian.




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        • NOVA Ben

          HA! Indeed.




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  • Limedaiquar

    Ehw




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  • george

    The entrance gate is beautiful. The enterior is very, very nice. The interior is, well, let’s just say , it was very kind of the home owners to hire a blind decorator.




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  • Jean

    That horse in the garage?? wth??




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    • Jeff P.

      That was my favorite part of the whole house!




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  • Mark

    Wow, I think the daughters are hot, look at the photos on the main foyer. They would look great driving those cars.

    The home is beautiful, interior not so great. The kitchen is horrible.
    The Italian styling is the Ferrari and the wall mats in the gym.




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  • Oliver

    Agreed with Mark, daughters are nice looking. House itself is okay, no doubt whatsoever about quality and craftsmanship but it is a little overdone. I WAS in love with the stone wine cellar and stars until i saw that hideous gandalf-inspired fireplace surround… WTH??




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  • richvanc

    I cannot see any Italian influences here, either. I would never go down into that cellar! Are the daughters available next week-end? lol 😉




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  • NOVA Ben

    I’ll steer clear of daughter comments until I see some proof that one or all of them aren’t 16.

    Frankly, I was puzzled over this home…the VERY garish interior was a surprise after the restrained and tasteful exterior and grounds. Honestly, for an older home the exterior is holding up very well, and the grounds are beautiful and classic without being overblown. It’s just a shame they got so out of control inside. I don’t really see anywhere inside that I like a whole lot, and there’s plenty that offended me (such as the foyer floor, color of the kitchen and the wallpapered ceilings in various bedrooms)

    Overall, love the exterior, interior not so much. What’s with the lack of any kind of surface leading to the semi-detached garage? Not sure I’d want to drive my Ferraris over the grass just to get into the garage, no matter how short a distance it is.




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    • Joejoe509

      This is pretty much exactly what I was thinking. Overall, I dig the exterior. It’s got a neat Southhampton farmhouse-ish look to it. I too noticed the lack of paving up to the detached garage. That’s an easy fix though. Besides that, the detached guest house/garage is my favorite part. Very cool. I also like the wine cellar, although I would never have anything like this in my home. Of course, the fireplace is beyond creepy… Definitely loving the 458 Italia. Nice choice!

      The interior is just downright frightening. Between the eye popping colors and the gothic-type decor, there’s not much for me to like about it. I can’t imagine what shadows would emerge from all the creepy busts and mirrors. Ick. Does someone want to rent this place to film a horror/mystery movie? I’m thinking Paranormal Activity 4… 😉




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  • richvanc

    Yeah, of course I would need to see I.D. but I was just joking. I’m wondering about driving my ferrari over the grass too…thanks for pointing that out NOVA Ben! 🙂




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  • Sean Granmikc

    Wow great exterior,
    but the interior is simply too much.

    I’m surprised HOTR has yet to mention my neighbor’s home here in Annapolis, Md

    The home is listed for $15m, and well it is truly a masterpiece.
    The home is in my neighbor of Fishing Creek Farms,
    I do hope to see a post about the home.




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  • Daniel

    Only thing Italian are the Ferraris.




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    • Joejoe509

      And maybe that “Tuscan” detached garaged. That’s about it…




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