A $13.5 million home for sale in McLean, Va., is a Europhile’s dream

A $13.5 million home for sale in McLean, Va., is a Europhile’s dream


There’s tiny not to like about the rolling vineyards and charming region estates of Western Europe. Returning from a excursion to Italy and France in the early 200s, Maria and Kirk Galiani were so enchanted by their travels that they decided to establish this tribute to the European tradition in McLean, Va.

The few purchased the land in 2005, but a calendar year and a fifty percent handed ahead of construction began. Through that time, they worked on their eyesight with the Galileo Group, a tailor made residence builder, and architect Steve Busch.

“I gave him [Busch] my tips and some options, and he practically went back again to his resort room and just drew it in one particular night time,” Maria Galiani explained. “And I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s my household.’ He was such a accurate artist.”

Building took three and a half years, providing Maria Galiani, an inside decorator, enough time to supply antiques for the new estate. She mentioned she prefers to beautify with “unusual, exceptional and one particular-of-a-kind” objects. She gathered cast-iron registers and doorknobs from the 1800s, now in use in the course of the dwelling. The exterior was constructed with 300 tons of fieldstone sourced from century-old constructions all over the 50-mile mark of the Oregon Trail in Missouri. A hearth in the residing space, developed in 1900 and signed by its designer, was established for a French castle.

Inspite of her meticulous awareness to depth throughout the planning process, Galiani was surprised to find out which rooms she liked most when she moved into the house with her partner and their a few youngsters in 2010. 1 well known place, a big area with walls of wooden and stone, has a basketball hoop — even though no court lines on its antique-oak, suspended-spring ground — and it leads to an out of doors terrace.

“I needed it to double as an entertaining pavilion for get-togethers,” Galiani said. “But just about every time I had a good deal of folks in excess of, no matter if it was for Thanksgiving or birthday parties, a ton of situations people of all ages would finish up in the basketball court, playing cornhole or basketball or lacrosse.”

The fireside space, dubbed the “conversation pit” by the inhabitants, is the smallest home in the 16,000-sq.-foot property and Maria Galiani’s preferred. It has a spherical, created-in couch and a fire that bears the confront of the Greek god of wine, Dionysus — a fitting presence in a area wherever Galiani mentioned she collected compact teams of friends to chat above libations.

The main bedroom suite — on the 2nd floor, or major amount — is related to a personal office and has two walk-in closets and a toilet with a cost-free-standing tub and a wander-in shower. There are superior arches in warm-hued hallways that direct to a fashionable kitchen area with an old-fashioned appear, a double-peak dining area and a two-tale library with a spiral staircase. This ground also has a residing space — dubbed the “great room” by the Galianis — with exposed wood beams in the ceiling. The terrific area opens to a stone veranda that overlooks the property’s a single and a quarter acres, intended by landscape architect Charles Owens.

Garage parking is offered at each ends of the residence. The house was made to accommodate as many as 160 attendees, whilst the Galianis hardly ever hosted these kinds of a massive party there.

On the lower level, the home has a bed room suite and kitchenette, a sunlit entertainment home, a experienced-high quality gymnasium and a round wine cellar. An additional home could be utilised for seating or other needs, and two big, linked spots supply enough storage place.

The top rated flooring has five bedrooms, a few of which have non-public loos. The other two share a Jack-and-Jill rest room, with direct accessibility from both of those sides. A bar and game alcove adjoins the next flooring of the library, where by a ledge overlooks the primary level.

Though the Galianis are downsizing with their shift, they’re not going far. They like the place so a lot that they purchased a household down the road.

“Being so near to Tysons and the CIA and Langley High College, it seems like a active location,” Maria Galiani mentioned. “But you generate into our community, and it is tranquil and personal.”

1113 Langley Lane, McLean, Va.

  • Bedrooms/bogs: 7/9
  • Approximate sq.-footage: 16,000
  • Large amount measurement: 1.26 acres
  • Features: The mansion was crafted in 2010 by Galileo Team. Encouraged by Italian and French architecture, it has a distinctly Previous Globe experience and is decorated with antique finds. Uncommon functions incorporate an indoor activity courtroom/leisure pavilion, a two-tale library and a stone veranda. There are two garages, each individual with two doorways, on possibly facet of the property.
  • Listing agent: Will Thomas and Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s Global Realty.