This Federal/Georgian style mansion is located at 929 Leigh Mill Road in Great Falls, VA and is situated on 5 acres. It was built in 2004 and features 21,700 square feet of living space, with 10,000 of that being on the main level alone. There are 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 4 half bathrooms, rotunda foyer, high ceilings throughout, crown molding throughout, grand formal reception rooms, 6 fireplaces, finished lower level, 4-car side garage, swimming pool, gardens and more. It is listed at $5,950,000.

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  • mattc.

    Ugh. Thomas Jefferson must be turning over in his grave. Good thing is that whoever sold them all the fabric drapes and wallpaper certainly made enough money to take a nice vacation. Like I said….ugh.




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    • ZigZagBoom

      Yeah, but you’re talking about a place where a rip-off of Monticello is actually an improvement over what’s generally available. This ain’t the Main Line, Greenville, DE, or even Weston, Mass.




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  • ZigZagBoom

    I grew up in nearby McLean so I’m very familiar with this area.
    It’s actually quite tasteful by the current standards of “The Falls”. (not what people there actually call it…I’m being sarcastic) The last time I was there I noticed more and more McMansions had a hideous fountain in the middle of the driveway circle, which just makes the typical McMansion architecture that blends French, Georgian, and Modern look all the more ridiculous. This place is definitely an improvement over that. Still, in its attempt to be non-pretentious, it looks unsure of itself. Like a pumped up version of those 1980s one story colonials so commonly seen in the middle & lower South. There’s something about the scaling of the front facade that’s just wrong. Perhaps to make up for being one story, they tried to make everything too tall and narrow. I used an image editor to squash it by 10% and it looked better. But don’t get the wrong impression…the big windows are a good thing. This is definitely designed on what I’d call an “estate scale” rather than just being a supersized center hall colonial as is sometimes the case with McMansions. They just got the proportions wrong.
    In any case, it’s definitely not a typical house for that area and for that I suppose I have to begrudgingly give it a pass. Years ago there was an architect with a name like “Cullinane” who made the most historically-accurate, well-proportioned neo-Georgian designs in that market. This looks like it could be his handiwork. Ring a bell for anyone?
    One day, kids, I’ll have to share some of the sordid tales of upscale real estate in McLean/Great Falls…another time perhaps!




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    • NOVA Ben

      I have heard the Cullinane name…I can’t think of anything specific, but incidentally, he did (originally) design this home featured on HOTR a while back:

      http://homesoftherich.net/2012/03/7.5-million-italian-inspired-estate-in-potomac-md/




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      • NOVA Ben

        Evidently that link doesn’t work, but the home I’m referring to is located at 11408 Highland Farm Court in Potomac, MD




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        • ZigZagBoom

          I did some googling; the McLean Cullinane of olden times (well, the late 1980s) was Eugene. Maybe Patrick was a relative who worked in Maryland.
          Odd – you can still find that house here:
          http://homesoftherich.net/tag/basketball-court/page/4/




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          • Bcurranjr

            This house is loosely based on a historic mansion called Homewood in Baltimore MD.




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  • Daniel

    I actually like the facade. It has character, and while it may not be a perfect representation of the style, I think for the price you could do a lot worse. The exteriors colors all work well and nothing screams “tacky” (well, maybe the wreath within the portico can go). If you strip away the cluttered interior, I think you have a good starting point. The tall ceilings aren’t obnoxious and there isn’t a butterfly staircase in sight. Honestly, with a new coat of paint (or a wallpaper design that doesn’t double as a Magic Eye), this could be great. The only turnoff I see is the garage portion, which looks like it was taken out of the 1970s. Plant some hedges so you can’t see it from the road and you’re done.

    Side note: I have never seen Streetview with such horrific quality. They really need to drive through again in the near future.




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    • ZigZagBoom

      It’s Great Falls. A woman in a Hummer was probably aggressively tailgating the Streetview car, trying to get her precious one (i.e., daughter) to dance practice on time.




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  • Grrrowler

    The exterior looks like a small-town courthouse or city hall. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t feel welcoming at all. I’d like it a lot better if the portico were reduced in size by about half.

    The interior has some very good bones underneath all of that horrible clutter. The scale and proportions of the living and dining rooms is actually very good, it’s just that with all the different layers of stuff, you can’t see them.




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  • lambskin

    Not a fan of the gravel driveway and sidewalks. In front of the garage is ye ole tarmac. This house is charming but the interiors are overkill. With 1/8 of the decor the place would be pretty. Pool area looks neglected, overgrown and dirty. Not a fan of the 2 birdcage like structures on the back of the house.




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  • rob

    Throw out every bit of interior furnishing and start from scratch and this is not such a bad place. Not great but not bad.




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  • mac22

    Actually someone did a very nice job here of designing a fairly elegant well scaled home in a period style. Take away the excessive interior design and the bones are just fine. The large portico and entry steps are in keeping with the large scale of the adjacent facade elements. The pebble drive is wonderful for a country home especially the soft sound the material makes when drivning over it.




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    • Grrrowler

      I love the crunch a gravel driveway makes under tires. When it’s well-maintained, a gravel driveway looks so much nicer than a paved or cement version.




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      • lambskin

        I love the crunch too and it looks better. BUT, it is a PIA to maintain. Can not have if your have snow-as the plow carries half your driveway away onto the street or onto the sides of the driveway. Or if no plow, it is a bitch to shovel. Also, pebbles get stuck in shoe treads and get inside and scratch wooden floors. Additionally, any imperfect pitch or drainage issues makes for ugly puddles and bare spots. Plus, it is Hell to walk on in heels. That is why I am against gravel drives.




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        • Daniel

          Don’t forget the dust it creates when it hasn’t rained for more than a few days. I never understood the appeal of them, especially when they dirty up the cars. If I had a Range Rover it might be cool, but a Ferrari or any other sports car on gravel is just asking for trouble.




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  • Chris

    Eh, I find it hard to believe its 21,000 sq ft. Ye ole tarmac….LOL




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  • NOVA Ben

    I tipped Kenny on this one because it’s representative of the area, but at the same time NOT representative of the area. It’s easy to find Federals and Georgians in the McLean/Great Falls area, but they’re usually McMansions and most of them look alike. I like this home so much because of how understated it is…it isn’t shouting for your attention. It’s one-story, which I don’t normally go for, and it’s very restrained (I LOVE the gravel drive, the tall windows and the symmetry). Inside, admittedly, is cluttered and some of the wallpaper is beyond obnoxious, but there’s a seriously tasteful home behind all that. I love the very RED study (although I might switch the ceiling back to a more neutral color) and the pressed tin ceiling in the kitchen is gorgeous. The foyer, too, is refreshing in its simplicity.

    The location is as good as it gets in terms of getting a nice-sized lot that’s still in very close proximity to the District. Taking into account the quality of the home, the size of the lot, and how pleasing a package it is, I’d say the price is pretty spot-on.




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  • dan

    If I were a rich man…I would still want a good deal for my money.
    This house would be the ticket for me. One story, over 20k and with my leather and wood furniture it would be perfect.




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