The winter snows have melted, revealing rolling hills and verdant valleys, and the first buds and blooms of spring are preparing to burst forth. Now that the first blush of spring has arrived, gorgeous green space is the order of the day. We are pleased to present this curated selection of elegant escapes from Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program, along with their charming footpaths, shady woods, and picturesque ponds.
A private lane leads up to this stone-and-shingle home in the image of famed architect Robert A.M. Stern, tucked away on 6.2 wooded acres. Just beyond its wraparound porch, hardwood flooring flows throughout, supporting a chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, high-end appliances, and an intimate hearth room. Spend leisure time enjoying the lower level’s bar and wine cellar, or follow doors in the two-story living room to access a terrace surrounded by incredible views.
Only a short distance away from Campbell’s Lake, this charming six-bedroom chalet with the feel of a Five Diamond spa delivers unobstructed views of the surrounding green space. Brazilian cherry cabinetry and flooring define the kitchen, which also features a wet bar and appliances by Bosch, Wolf, and Sub-Zero. A 22-foot vaulted ceiling with exposed beams towers above a master suite with dual walk-in closets and a luxurious bath, while integral garages provide parking for four cars.
An ornamental pond with a fountain welcomes you to this custom-built, six-bedroom stone residence perched atop more than 67 acres of land. Its gourmet kitchen is a cook’s delight, thanks to marble countertops, two islands, and an eight-burner Wolf cooktop with a griddle, two warming drawers, and two dishwashers. The master suite incorporates a huge walk-in closet and a bath with heated floors and a subway tile shower, while geothermal heat and AC help you feel right at home.
This impeccably restored 18th-century estate with a magnificent brick-ended bank barn is one of Central Pennsylvania’s finest luxury properties. Notable spaces in the main residence include a superb granite entry, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a study with custom-built knotty pine bookcases. Exceptional mountain views form a scenic backdrop behind well-established trees and gardens and an approximately two-acre pond on this signature 135-acre estate.
Ten picturesque acres backing up to a land conservancy surround this classic five-bedroom Colonial. Warm wood cabinetry and honed granite countertops encircle the kitchen’s butcher block island, accompanied by two sinks, two dishwashers, and two ovens. Cedar-lined closets provide storage in the master suite, and a lower-level guest suite includes a high-end bath with a steam shower and a sauna.
More than two acres in the borough of Fox Chapel set the stage for this extraordinary four-bedroom residence, which encompasses nearly 7,000 square feet of luxurious living space across its three levels. The beautiful craftsmanship of the original section of the home, an authentic log cabin dating back to the 1860s, will transport you back to a bygone era. Other notable spaces include a well-equipped chef’s kitchen and a dining area with a wall of windows overlooking the rolling landscape.
Providing a total of 8,000 square feet of custom-crafted, Victorian-inspired living space, this exceptional residence is part of the swim and tennis community of Chadds Ford. Distinguished millwork and walls of dynamic windows enhance the interior, home to a show-stopping great room with an 18-foot ceiling and a finished lower level that offers a gym, a bar, and theater and craft rooms. Multiple porches and patios overlook a stocked pond and a greenhouse, part of lush grounds adjacent to a horse farm.
This four-bedroom Wisconsin log home is set amid 68.8 acres of open pasture and woods, only a short distance from Slippery Rock Creek Gorge and the old Kennedy Mill dam. A natural spring feeds two on-site ponds, which are aerated by a windmill and a fountain and teeming with bass, bluegill, and bullfrogs. The property is also home to a heated workshop, a machine barn, and a storage shed, only 45 minutes away from downtown Pittsburgh.
Clad in HardieBoard siding, this custom-built ranch is situated on nearly 20 acres with a private pond and its own blueberry farm. A beamed cathedral ceiling rises above its open floor plan, and gorgeous hickory floors connect the two-story great room to a stunning kitchen with a walk-in pantry and two sets of high-end appliances. The master suite employs a walk-in closet with an island and a bath with heated floors and oversized, multi-head shower, while a full guest suite is located above the three-car garage.
You can discover other sophisticated retreats in Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program via our extensive eBrochures, and for tips on how to make the most of your current estate, check out our blog post on how to turn your home into a vacation spot.