Homes of Distinction: Cozy Winter Retreats (PA Edition)

With icy winter weather upon us, there’s nothing better than tucking yourself away in a warm and welcoming space of your very own. In this month’s blog post, we are pleased to present a series of cozy winter retreats from Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program – the perfect escape until spring has sprung.


1241_Turnberry - homes of distinction

1241 Turnberry Drive, Upper St. Clair, PA 12541

Control4 home automation makes it easy to manage this custom-built smart home, an entertainer’s dream with seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Remote-controlled weather blinds shield the aggregate stone patio, a cozy space for entertaining all year round, thanks to a log-burning fireplace, an outdoor kitchen with a top-of-the-line grill, and rolling propane heaters. Other signature spaces include two master suites, a temperature-controlled wine room, and a movie room topped by a star-illuminated, domed ceiling.

143_Old_Mill - homes of distinction

143 Old Mill Road, Fox Chapel, PA 15238

Nestled amid more than two acres of ground, this remarkable home features nearly 7,000 square feet of living space, spread across three different levels. The original portion of the home is an authentic log cabin dating back to the 1860s, with rustic wooden beams surrounding a two-story stone fireplace. Prepare meals in the chef’s kitchen, try your hand at the pool table in the game room, or just relax in front of walls of windows and observe the change of the seasons in your rolling, treed surroundings.

3472_Route_40 - homes of distinction

3742 Route 40, Buffalo Township, PA 15301

A two-story entry with a grand, split staircase crafted from oak welcomes you to this custom-built brick masterpiece perched atop 23 private acres. Skylights punctuate the cathedral ceiling of the 40-foot family room, which is capped by a floor-to-ceiling, log-burning stone fireplace. A walk-in pantry accompanies the expansive chef’s kitchen, and the grounds are also home to an in-ground pool with a pool house, a covered picnic pavilion, and an outbuilding with a guest apartment.

476_Sheets - homes of distinction

476 Sheets Road, Jefferson Township, PA 15622

Only minutes away from the ski slopes at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, this custom-built mountain retreat is nestled atop 35 acres next to Forbes State Forest and Roaring Run Nature Preserve. Exposed timber frames, Douglas fir ceilings, and seven-inch plank oak floors lend a rustic feel to its more than 7,000 square feet. The chef’s kitchen features hickory cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, while the master suite incorporates a walk-in closet and a bath with an electronically controlled shower and a therapeutic bubble tub.

918_Settlers_Ridge - homes of distinction

918 Settlers Ridge Road, Fox Chapel, PA 15238

Tucked away on 2.24 acres at the end of a private road, this expansive, custom-built home delivers a spa-like experience. A stone fireplace rises to meet the vaulted ceiling of the great room, accompanied by built-in shelves and walls of windows. Prepare home cooking in an eat-in kitchen equipped with a granite-topped island, high-end appliances, and a wet bar with a wine cooler, and take advantage of the master suite’s spa tub and slate-finished walk-in shower.

160_Buckthorn - homes of distinction

160 Buckthorn Drive, Marshall Township, PA 15005

Equally well-suited for upscale entertaining or peaceful relaxation, this captivating French Manor is nestled amid a premium 3-acre home site. State-of-the-art Rutt cabinetry and professional-grade appliances define the gourmet kitchen, and the master suite is a relaxing retreat offering a cozy fireplace, two walk-in closets, and a spa-like bath with Travertine tile, a Starfire glass walk-in shower, and a soaking tub. The walk-out game room holds a separate catering kitchen, a home theatre, and an exercise room, and in fair-weather months, you can entertain guests on a 1,300-square-foot patio with two pavilions and a Sabre natural gas grill.

1 Westmoreland Farm

1 Westmoreland Farms Lane, Fox Chapel, PA 15238

Warm and inviting, this magnificent stone home on five fenced and gated acres is the definition of casual elegance. The work of renowned architect Brandon Smith, it provides a generous assortment of formal and casual living areas, including a sunken living room, a gourmet kitchen, and a gorgeous paneled office. In the summer, you will be able to relax poolside while listening to the gentle sounds of a stream and a pond with a fountain, or enjoy an invigorating tennis match on the Har-Tru court.

2397_Route_381 - homes of distinction

2397 Route 381, Ligonier Township, PA 15677

A guard house and a stamped concrete driveway welcome you to this custom, all-stone estate. Grand stairs lead to an open, three-story great room with a stone fireplace and an impressive chandelier, and the commercial-grade kitchen is equipped with professional-grade stainless steel appliances and serving stations. Spend leisure time in a cigar room with a seating area or in the impressive wine cellar, take advantage of the game room’s wet bar and hot tub room, or relax in the sauna after a day on the slopes at Seven Springs.

5056_Bear_Run - homes of distinction

5056 Bear Run Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066

This breathtaking, 25-acre estate is part of a private location surrounded by beautiful woods, gently rolling hills, a sparkling stream, and green pastures. It features two fieldstone gas fireplaces, an elegant Leggett kitchen, a hot tub room, and an expansive, first-floor owner’s wing designed by architect Craig Collins, which incorporates dual walk-in closets, a pair of private baths, a spa room, and two separate studies. Porches run along the front of the home, and patios along the back, with beautiful views visible on all sides.

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

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