Homes of Distinction: City Luxury

Discriminating buyers realize the many advantages of upscale urban living, including singular amenities and services, spectacular skylines, and easy access to fine dining, nightlife, and cultural venues. In this month’s blog post, we would like to showcase a few selected examples from Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program that best exemplify the unique appeal of city luxury.

homes of distinction - 246 42nd

246 42nd Street, Lawrenceville, PA 15201


Beautiful inside and out, this brand-new four-bedroom Lawrenceville residence displays stone and brick construction and high-end flooring, windows, countertops, and appliances. A private elevator grants access to all four levels of the home, including an open concept great room and kitchen with a wet bar, as well as a master suite that incorporates two walk-in closets and a bath with heated floors. You can relax with a cold beverage on the loft-level deck, one of three in the home, while taking in city views, or head outside and enjoy all the best that Butler Street has to offer.

homes of distinction - 550 Market

550 Market Street, 19th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


A private elevator provides access to this remarkable three-bedroom condominium unit designed by Gensler, which encompasses the entire 19th floor of The Residences at Three PNC Plaza. Its approximately 5,600 square feet include a dramatic central gallery and a chic open kitchen equipped with a massive statuary marble island and a huge custom pantry surrounded by state-of-the-art appliances. Walls of windows on three sides of the great room frame views of Market Square, PNC Park, and the bridges and rivers, letting you appreciate the architecture of the city skyline and get in sync with the flow of urban life.

homes of distinction - 5135 Ellsworth

5135 Elllsworth Avenue, Shadyside, PA 15232


Part of the Colonial Place historic district in West Shadyside, this exquisite five-bedroom Greek Revival residence by architect George S. Orth dates back to 1886. Known as the “Babcock Mansion,” it was once owned by Edward Vose Babcock, the former Mayor of Pittsburgh, and has hosted celebrities ranging from seven U.S. Presidents to Princess Grace of Monaco. Period touches include quarter-sawn oak hardwoods, classic moldings, leaded and stained glass windows, a stunning Irish plaster ceiling, and mahogany woodwork, while the updated kitchen features granite counters and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and the former servants’ quarters on the third floor are now a separate guest apartment.

homes of distinction - 1 Trimont

1 Trimont Lane, #940C, Mt. Washington, PA 15211

A wall of windows frames spectacular views of the three rivers, bridges, stadia, and the Pittsburgh skyline at this beautifully updated condominium unit in the Trimont building. Accessible via a keyed elevator, its 3,800 square feet include new hardwood floors, granite counters, custom closets, a catering kitchen, marble baths, and a private master wing. This pet-friendly unit comes with three deeded parking spaces in a garage, and Trimont residents will appreciate 24/7 security, a fitness center, party and conference rooms, and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

For more information on these and other listings in Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program, examine our list of eBrochures, and for tips on how to improve the quality of your neighborhood by being a good neighbor, peruse this blog post.

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