Truly exceptional homes are almost always the result of careful design and meticulous craftsmanship, encapsulating their designer’s singular vision in a breathtaking unity of theme, in which each individual element reinforces and enhances the appeal of all others. The Homes of Distinction below are the product of such a process, and their amazing architecture is a testament to the talent of their creators.
The gated entry of this stunning Mediterranean Revival residence shows the way to an interior replete with mahogany pocket doors, coffered ceilings, original glass-front cabinets, and six decorative fireplaces. Doors lead out to a patio, a summer kitchen, and a heated in-ground pool, surrounded by 1.75 private acres.
This classic center hall Colonial is situated on more than two acres in the “Blue Ribbon” Quaker Valley School District. From its grand entry and den with custom built-ins to the gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances, it delivers outstanding amenities only found in a home of this quality.
This extravagant waterfront property is nestled amid 2.78 acres in one of the most exclusive communities Cheat Lake has to offer. You will discover custom limestone accents, in-wall surround sound, a saltwater pool, a 10-car garage, and walls of windows framing sweeping views of the tranquil lake setting.
Formerly the personal residence of renowned modernist architect Tasso Katselas, this one-of-a-kind contemporary masterpiece is tucked away amid 3.3 wooded acres. Cantilevered decks and floor-to-ceiling windows create an indelible impression, and the main-level deck overlooks a swimming pool and a one-bedroom guest house.
Custom-built by Spagnolo, this all-brick residence displays nine-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring, custom woodwork, and an eat-in kitchen equipped with commercial appliances. The west wing incorporates a private suite for guests, and the finished lower level includes a second full kitchen and a theater area.
The open, contemporary floor plan of this sophisticated residence in Summerset at Frick Park is equally well-suited for entertaining and day-to-day life. Its gourmet kitchen exhibits granite countertops, top-of-the-line cabinetry and appliances, and a walk-in pantry, while the vaulted master suite includes a walk-in closet and a spa-like bath.
Walls of windows frame spectacular views at this one-of-a-kind mountain retreat nestled atop 35 acres next to Forbes State Forest and Roaring Run Nature Preserve. Whole-house smart home technology integrates seamlessly with the home’s natural materials, including Douglas fir ceilings, seven-inch oak plank floors, gorgeous granite countertops, and fine hickory cabinetry.
A foyer with a 22-foot ceiling welcomes you to this custom-built home, and natural light streams through its numerous windows and skylights, falling on limestone flooring with radiant heat. Other highlights include a St. Charles-designed kitchen and an elegant master suite with a dressing room, a Jacuzzi tub, and a sauna.
Combining contemporary style and rustic charm, this handsome residence on 3.62 acres captures the heart of the Mountain State. Its CLT construction creates a series of light-filled spaces with lofty ceilings, as well as a private wing that houses an owner’s suite enhanced by dramatic windows and direct access to a sundeck.
Built from cedar and stone on more than three wooded acres, this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home makes use of two custom staircases, one of which is a spiral stair crafted in Baltimore and transported to Pittsburgh in one piece. Other highlights include an Art Deco-style bar and an indoor racquetball court.
Refinished hardwood floors, antique door locks, and beautiful wooden trim add visual flair to this traditional residence. A historic home dating back to 1909, it is part of a secluded, country setting in the borough of Fox Chapel, with covered porches overlooking perennial gardens and the mature woods beyond.
If you are interested in learning more about Howard Hanna’s other Homes of Distinction, you can download a digital copy of our Homes of Distinction magazine, and if you would like to know more about the defining characteristics of their different architectural styles, visit the House Styles section of our Real Estate Glossary.