Homes of Distinction: Cozy Winter Retreats (Assorted States Edition)

With frigid winter weather upon us, there’s nothing better than hiding away in a warm and welcoming space of your very own. This month, we are pleased to present a series of cozy winter retreats from Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program, which can be your perfect escape until spring has finally sprung.


5555_East_Boulevard homes of distinction

5555 East Boulevard NW, Canton, OH 44718

Wonderful architectural designs, custom touches, and attention to detail make it easy to enjoy comfortable living at the lake. Two-story ceilings lend a spacious feel to the main level’s open floor plan, which includes an updated kitchen with cherry cabinetry, granite countertops, and lake views. The custom-designed master suite makes use of a workout area, a sitting area with a gas fireplace, large walk-in closets, an office area, and a phenomenal, spa-like bath. A multi-tiered deck with a gazebo overlooks the water and a double dock.


143 Buffell Head Road, Duck, NC 27949

Why suffer through winter’s chill when you can sample cool, ocean breezes at this sophisticated residence replete with custom Italian marble and original, hand-painted murals? Take in views of the water from the upper-level master suite, equipped with a two-sided gas fireplace, a glass block steam shower, and a private whirlpool spa. You can enjoy a favorite film in a theatre room with eight reclining chairs and a 119-inch projection screen, or entertain guests at a full-size cabana with a rooftop sun deck, an oceanfront pool, and a hot tub.


370_Club homes of distinction

370 Club Drive West, Aurora, OH 44202

Graceful architecture and sophisticated materials are on display at this beautiful European Cottage with panoramic views of the woods and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Artfully placed windows brighten an open concept main level that includes a great room, a chef’s kitchen with a hearth room, and a master bedroom retreat. In leisure time, take advantage of the lower level’s theater area with a stone fireplace and second kitchen with a wine tasting area, or head outside to a patio with a waterfall, a gas fire ring, and a built-in grilling station.


15553_Hallauer luxury home

15553 Hallauer Road, Oberlin, OH 44074

Custom-built by Prete Builders in 2018, this executive home with a stone exterior is situated on more than 67 acres of land, with a pond and a fountain. Zoned geothermal heat and air conditioning create a comfortable atmosphere throughout its interior, which includes a gourmet kitchen with two islands, marble countertops, an eight-burner Wolf cooktop with a griddle, two warming drawers, and two dishwashers. Walls of windows frame attractive views in the sunroom, and a travertine floor spreads out in front of its inviting log-burning fireplace.


208 Fulton Road, Caroga Lake, NY 12032

This three-story residence with more than 75 feet of frontage on Canada Lake is a true four-season getaway that you can enjoy year-round. In winters, you can spend your days snowmobiling on the vast trail system or skiing at Royal Mountain, which is only four miles away, before relaxing in front of a roaring fire. In summers, you can take advantage of the opportunity to swim and jet-ski on the pristine waters of Canada Lake, and then sit down with a cool drink in the shade of the gazebo.


1243_Ledgeview luxury home

1243 Ledgeview Drive, Hinckley, OH 44233

Numerous upgrades and amenities enhance this open-concept ranch, a comfortable space thanks to geothermal heat and air conditioning. A coffered ceiling rises above the great room’s stone, gas-log fireplace, and the custom kitchen is fitted with quartz countertops, a built-in banquette, and stainless steel appliances, including a gas cooktop and a wine refrigerator. You can get a good night’s rest in a spacious master suite fitted with a gas-log fireplace, a walk-in closet with built-ins, and a spa-like bath with quartz counters, a tiled shower, and a garden tub.


4342_East_Cliff luxury house

4342 East Cliff Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452

One of the finest properties in the gated community of Catawba Cliffs, this home is perched atop a double lot, only a few feet away from a magnificent pebbled beach. Its kitchen and baths were updated in 2011, and the magnificent Catawba Island Club is only a golf cart ride away. You can curl up in front of a roaring fire and look out at nearby West Sister, Green, Rattlesnake, South Bass, and Pelee Islands, watching different weather systems pass above the water, before finishing the day with incredible sunset views.


9310_Amber_Wood luxury house

9310 Amber Wood Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094

Encompassing 8,000 square feet of luxurious living space, this home occupies three lush, sprawling acres in esteemed Regency Woods. Serve hors d’oeuvres on miles of granite counters in the kitchen’s island and pass-through bar, which connects to a two-story great room. An indoor pool, a hot tub, and a sauna make it easy to relax and unwind, and the multi-level deck and patio look out across a rolling, manicured lawn, a regulation-size Bocce court, and a picturesque orchard of fruit trees.


1653_Berkshire homes of distinction

1653 Berkshire Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040

The epitome of elegance and fine taste, this charming English Cape Cod is set on more than five spectacular acres with valley views. A heated front walk leads up to its two-story entry, your gateway to an interior that includes a vaulted family room with a cozy fireplace and a fabulous kitchen equipped with custom cabinetry, marble countertops, and Wolf stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous views of the valley are visible from the paneled library, and an extraordinary terrace with a fire pit is heated for year-round enjoyment.


For more information on these and other listings in Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program, check out some of our eBrochures, and to learn about why this is the perfect time to buy, take a look at our post on the 3 Reasons Why Fall or Winter is the Best Time to Buy Your Dream Home.

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