Memories make a house a home, but those take time to create and build! Fortunately, when we need to make a first impression, we’re able to judge a house for its careful design and meticulous craftsmanship. The architecture of a great house displays unity from the front door to the back yard, ensuring that each element enhances and reinforces the appeal of all the others. And in this month’s blog post, we are pleased to present a series of houses that highlight some of the most exceptional and dazzling designs currently available in the Howard Hanna Homes of Distinction program.
The brilliant design of this architectural masterpiece blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings, which are drawn into the house through huge walls of glass. Perfectly complementing the wooded acreage, landscaping, and gardens that encompass it, the neutral stonework of the home’s exterior continues throughout the interior, where soaring ceilings, French limestone and gleaming hardwood floors, and stunning stone fireplaces all come together to create a home with a timeless design palette. When warmer weather arrives, you can head outdoors and enjoy the gorgeous pool, hot tub, and serpentine-walled patio.
Beautifully constructed of brick and stone, this remarkable home displays impeccable architectural detail and the finest craftsmanship throughout. The home’s most amazing feature might be its stunning entry hall, complete with marble flooring and an elegant floating staircase that envelops a sparkling Schonbek chandelier. Additional highlights include a palatial owner’s suite and a main-level guest suite with an artisan stone balcony that offers enchanting views. The expansive lower level is an entertainer’s dream with high ceilings, radiant floor heating, an inviting fireplace, a full kitchen, a wet bar, and multiple sets of French doors that open out to the private, level back yard.
This beautiful, custom-built home displays remarkable attention to every detail. A light-filled, two-story foyer graced by a curved staircase welcomes you into a home enriched by Tudor design elements, extensive use of molding, and gleaming hardwood floors. Ideal for hosting your next gathering, the spectacular two-story great room features a wood-burning fireplace, a fabulous wet bar, and a dramatic wall of windows to highlight the changing seasons with a stunning view of the private, wooded yard. Perfectly designed to inhabit its gorgeous setting, this home offers the experience of a year-round retreat.
Extraordinary, exquisite, and enchanting, this stunning stone mansion is filled with amazing architectural detail and design marvels. A vestibule leads into the magnificent entry hall, complete with richly paneled walls and a sensational floating staircase. Elaborate moldings and a gorgeous fireplace enhance the formal living room,which opens into a beautiful solariumperfect for year-round relaxing, whatever the weather. The breathtaking dining room showcases fabulous views of the lavish landscaping, stone patios, and beautiful pool, while the incredible kitchen is a chef’s delight. Professionally decorated with the finest of finishes, this premier property is truly a work of art.
A true gem, this iconic 19th-century Italianate mansion is a unique listing that is unlikely to appear on the market again for years to come. The house transports you back in time with its many original decorative elements, both exterior and interior, such as 12-foot ceilings, huge plaster moldings, arched pocket doors in original finish, double hung wooden windows, wooden floors throughout, carved wooden doors, and a curving staircase with original banister. The lovely eastern and northern exposures, enhanced by the original ripple-pane windows, allow for dappled sunlit mornings with coffee in the cozy library or lounging on the shaded porch. And the numerous updates and improvements made throughout this historic house ensure that the modern dweller will live in comfort as well as style!
You can discover more luxury homes that include remarkable architectural features to impress and delight you in the Howard Hanna Homes of Distinction program via our extensive collection of eBrochures.