3001 Washington Blvd Suite 400

Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: 703-798-0097

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Emasterpiece has been created with the artist applying one single brushstroke to a canvas. From there, stroke upon stroke is applied with deep passion until the artist’s vision is realized. If Monte Subasio was a canvas, it would hang in the Louvre. The owners who built this masterpiece spent incredible amounts of time, thoughtfulness and creativity in creating their vision.

Every facet of this home and its gardens has been constructed to compliment and remain true to its period feel, the vision of its creators. Nothing has been left to chance, from the spindles in the entry hall’s magnificent staircase to the fashion of the cut marble in its kitchen to the size and shapes of its windows; from the knot garden which greets visitors upon arrival to the secret garden that transports those to England who linger in it; this property is not only a masterpiece, it is master class.

This master class estate was inspired by love; the owners love for each other; their wish to design a comfortable and liveable home for themselves with practical and aesthetic living spaces and their love for their family and friends. It was their creation to share with those who were close as a space to create new memories. With their love of Georgian architecture and attributes, he, an engineer, and she, with a background in fine arts, spent countless hours in research in both books and in manor homes and gardens spread throughout England.

They named their home Monte Subasio, after the majestic mountain found in Umbria, Italy. This mountain, found in the Apennines, provides an incredible backdrop for the surrounding area. The frame of the Blue Ridge mountains combined with the feel of the property were reminiscent of the famed Italian mount. The feel of both Monte Subasios is the same – a place of beauty and tranquility and peace.

This door, a six-panel, custom made period door, is complete with side lighting and arched window. It is an exact replica of the front door of the Morrison House in Alexandria, Virginia. The entry hall is spacious and highlights the beautiful chandelier hanging from above. Glistening crown grade, antique Heart Pine hardwoods and an amazing custom-made antique Heart Pine staircase with cherry wood hand railings provide a period feel. Each plank and spindle was carefully chosen by the owners in their quest for perfection.

This door, a six-panel, custom made period door, is complete with side lighting and arched window. It is an exact replica of the front door of the Morrison House in Alexandria, Virginia. The entry hall is spacious and highlights the beautiful chandelier hanging from above. Glistening crown grade, antique Heart Pine hardwoods and an amazing custom-made antique Heart Pine staircase with cherry wood hand railings provide a period feel. Each plank and spindle was carefully chosen by the owners in their quest for perfection.

The heart of the home is its kitchen. This is a tried and true statement. However, at Monte Subasio, this space is literally the home’s heart and the space from which each other room was drawn. It was the first to be designed. The owners used the kitchen as the central hub for planning the rest of the house. Due to this, the rooms of the home have an unusual ceiling height, standing at 9’2”. This was done to accommodate the design of the kitchen.

And, this kitchen is, simply put, amazing. It is a home chef’s absolute delight and equipped with everything that provides convenience and modernity. Calacatta Gold marble countertops and backsplashes, two full sized dishwashers, a Sub Zero refrigerator and a six-burner Viking gas range are ticked off the list. Custom Wood Mode cabinets painted white and with glass fronts exhibit the great attention paid to detail and proportion when designing this room. Pullout storage columns and shelves in the lower cabinets highlight the functionality of the space. A very large pantry with a plethora of shelving and drawers provides tons of food storage space.

Extra care in design has been taken throughout the kitchen. The porcelain floor tile was matched to the honed Soapstone countertops of its large center island. Each back splash is a different height and designed singularly with a beautiful soft curve. The owners penciled them on paper over a weekend after seeing the original cookie-cutter pieces originally meant for the space. But, for all the bells and whistles in this room, it is an incredibly cozy space. It is meant to be cooked in and enjoyed.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a large sitting area which hosts a custom gas fireplace with antique Heart Pine and Soapstone surrounds. Like in the kitchen, its porcelain tiles were chosen to match the Soapstone which creates a seamless blend with its environs. Antique custom Heart Pine casing, baseboard and crown mouldings (including custom Heart Pine window interiors) reinforce this home’s authentic feel.

Speaking of the mouldings … The owners knew that they needed the thickness to balance the design but did not want it to be unaesthetic. After scouring historic homes in Colonial Williamsburg, they found the perfect match. The mouldings are exact replicas of those in the Wythe House in Williamsburg, Virginia. They were perfect for the space.

Also, to note in this home is an engineering feat. As this home is Georgian-styled and its designers remained pure to the period feel, when outfitting the house with period windows, they hit a snag. Georgian windows are square and in the design for this house, the top floor called for six over six while the bottom floor was meant to have six over nine. How to make sure they were all balanced and square and stable at the same time? After months of designing and planning, they eventually created the perfect square windows with the perfect fit and perfect stability.

As one would expect, the main rooms of this home are sophisticated and elegant. The formal dining room is complete with a wood burning fireplace, custom-made mantle and marble hearth and surround. The room is decorated with antique period sconces and equipped with ceiling speakers with volume control. The owners of the home always ate in this room. Whether it was to share an intimate meal with each other or to host a dinner party for 30 people, the dining room was exactly that – the room for dining. The owners designed the house to make sure that the spaces throughout were comfortable for two people or 200.

The living room is traditional in feel and of the period. It also boasts a wood burning fireplace, complete with mantle and surround and is a quiet space to sit and relax to enjoy the amazing views of the property. In both the dining room and living room, the tassels and trims of the window treatments are imported silks from England, which adds a most authentic touch.

A great room is the sumptuous library. Antique Heart Pine pocket door, a gorgeous brass chandelier, expansive built-in bookshelves and ceiling speakers with volume control make this room quite serious, yet relaxing too. It is a place to work, to read or to just take a minute to relax. French doors lead to the outside terrace, which provides additional space to enjoy the room and its features.

Another great feature – there are so many to mention – is the period laundry room. This isn’t an ordinary place to wash clothing. Two chandeliers and recessed ceiling lights light the space. Custom made draperies shield its windows. Custom-made Omega and Wood Mode cherrywood cabinets provide tons of storage while a pleasing aesthetic is created from its Rosewood granite countertops and backsplash. Functionality? Two separate Kohler sinks – one under mount and one deep laundry sink – provide great convenience. Likewise, does a large utility closet.

The master wing of this home is spectacular. It is a very large space and is fully equipped. The vestibule is accessed through a set of double doors from the main hallway and holds a beautiful chandelier. Walking through another set of double doors, one is greeted with the master bedroom itself. The room is spacious and beautiful. A large sitting area fits perfectly into the space in front of five large windows that showcase an amazing view of the estate’s gardens and pond. A chandelier and ceiling fan blend in perfectly. The master closet is a walk-in, dressing room that provides abundant storage. It boasts a chandelier, custom drapes and Omega custom cabinetry. A heated Calacatta Gold marble floor is an added delight. The master bathroom is both sophisticated and practical. A chandelier, wall sconces and LV recessed lights bathe the space in light. Wood Mode furniture-based cabinetry provide ample storage space. Calacatta Gold marble tops and back splash add a great touch to the room. The Calacatta Gold marble extends throughout the space, most notably as the material used to create a massive shower (with Perrin and Rowe control and hand held and rain shower heads) and by surrounding a large jetted bathtub. The tub also features wainscoted panels and Kohler polished nickel hardware. The marble has also been used in the room’s heated flooring. Combined, the room is provided with gorgeous and clean lines.  

A standout of this home is the conservatory that flanks its back. It is as close to perfection as one can find. Sweeping views of the property’s gardens, pond, terraces and distant mountainscape are laid out at the spectator’s feet. Its origins lay in a little, front screened-in porch from the original house. It was a space for the couple’s cats to access the outside. It evolved into this gorgeous space. It was designed to look like an addition with brick walls and exterior lights. A statue of Puss N Boots, in the garden surrounded by red roses, is in place as a reminder of the original cat.

While the vast majority of this home has been designed in a pure Georgian period, one room does stand out as purely Americana – created through Georgian style of course. This room is an amazing space for both children and adults alike. An ice cream parlor.

The owner and designer of Monte Subasio was an ice cream connoisseur. As such, a full-scale ice cream parlor was built into the home. The traditional red stools, long counter and plenty of the sweet stock are the main occupiers of the space. The owner uses antique ice cream dishes to complete the authentic feel. There are rules in the parlor – each child (and adult) is told that he or she must sit on the stools in good behavior. This room is a draw for children, not only of the family, but of the neighborhood.

One of the unique attributes of this estate is also located on the main level of this home. A lovely breezeway leads to an indoor, saltwater lap pool. Six chandeliers light the pool area. A no-slip brick floor has been carefully crafted around the pool itself allowing for safety. The lap pool has an automatic sand filter and electronic water purification system and is heated by gas while an HVAC and full humidification control allow for year-round use and comfort. This allows its user to take full advantage of the five stationary and two operating double glass French doors which boast amazing views of the gardens and ponds of the property 365 days of the year. To provide convenience, the area also features a full bathroom. It is not only functional, but spacious. A ceiling light and wall sconces light the area while many cabinets provide storage space. White Carrera marble forms a lovely countertop and backsplash while a Kohler under-mount provides convenience. The owners of the home swam every day, using the pool for exercise, as they enjoyed the breathtaking views afforded from the space.

Normally, it is the house on a property that is most significant. In the case of this estate, its outdoors is as much of an attractive feature. Spread over 25-acres, the owners of this home have meticulously created a wonderland of gardens. Lush space after lush space rolls as far as the eye can see. A secret garden is an absolute delight as is the conservatory garden which is a wonderful feature of the property. The perennial gardens in the back are very English, while the topiaries in the secret garden are more American in feel. The owners planted everything – the willow oaks that line the driveway, the evergreen trees, the pines and hollies that they thoughtfully included for privacy as well as the hedge work that was planned to divide the property. The further one moves away from the main house, the more the gardens become informal. Mountains provide an amazing backdrop to a large tranquil pond. Walking paths and riding trails are found throughout the estate. It is a place that promotes nature and tranquility without being far from the nation’s capital.

While Monte Subasio is a large home, it is warm and cozy. Every room has a purpose and no space has been wasted. The owners collected wine, hence a wine cellar of the traditional sort. They loved English gardens, hence the myriad blooms. The dimensions of the home were based not only on type of room but what furniture would occupy which space. It was a gigantic puzzle in putting it all together.

The end result is this masterpiece that will last throughout the ages. Monte Subasio is an amazing space to spend time in for even a small part of the day.