Home is where the heart is, and for many people, home extends beyond a house and includes the indescribable beauty of the great outdoors. 2020 has reminded us all that being in contact with nature can give us a boost and lead to a healthier, happier, and more luxurious life. To welcome the summer and embrace all that the outdoors has to offer homeowners, we’re exploring just a handful of the luxury homes that make it easy to hit the trails, explore the woods, and relax outside. We are pleased to present this curated selection of luxury homes close to nature from Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program.
Welcome home to the great outdoors, where an elegant mountain escape meets impeccable design. Ideally situated on a private 50-acre property, this magnificent home boasts amazing features that extend beyond its interior amenities and expansive floor plan. Own horses, hunt, fish, and more – all within the enclosed beauty of your own secluded estate. The property also sits adjacent to the York County Heritage Rail Trail Park, where nature lovers can fill their days with hiking and bike trips. You will enjoy the outdoor beauty as much as the indoor appointments of this breathtaking retreat!
Outback Farm is a stately property featuring a lovely, professionally designed landscape. The grand home provides ample living space –over 5,500 square feet with six bedrooms, though nature lovers may find themselves spending more time outdoors than indoors. The gardens, benches, fire pit, and gazebo allow for effortless relaxation while listening to the symphony of sounds that Mother Nature offers each day. But if you need a little more than beautiful, park-like grounds, this property has you covered with a bank barn and paddock space. With a home like this, you’ll find it easy to spend most of your days active and outdoors!
If woods and trails aren’t your style, this exceptional waterfront home might be more to your liking! Nestled on over four acres along the Corrotoman River, even the home’s interior celebrates the great outdoors laid out before it, with an expansive deck offering wide water views off the well-appointed, eat-in kitchen. Host guests with ease on the main and lower levels, which both offer bedrooms, baths, kitchen areas, and more. Once everyone is ready to head outdoors, a deep water access dock with power, water, and a motorized boat lift is ready and waiting. This home truly has it all – you’ll just need to remember to bring your sunscreen.
Located on 5.27 private acres and nestled against a stretch of natural woodlands, this amazing property makes it easy to enjoy a day at home as well as a day outside. Inside, the home offers tremendous space over its three finished levels, including a delightful screened porch that overlooks the park-like back yard. Outside, walking trails connect through the woods and to nearby Sewickley Village, meaning that it’s just as easy to meander through a day of shopping as it is to take a trek and enjoy a quiet hike. However you chose to spend your time outdoors, you’ll also love returning home and enjoying the home’s soaring ceilings, stacked stone fireplaces, and exceptional craftsmanship!
This beautiful custom house sits comfortably on 2.3 wooded acres located on a quiet cul-de-sac. With its ample open floor plan and meticulously manicured landscape, this home is as beautiful inside as it is outside. While its luxury interior will make every day special, its wooded back yard is where nature lovers will truly fall in love. A light-filled breakfast area opens to a covered porch overlooking the wooded yard, and the fabulous lower-level family room opens to a covered porch and patio. Whether you choose to sit on the porch or go for a woodland walk, it’s easy to soak up the sun, enjoy the sunrise or sunset, and embrace the outdoors at any time. Plus, on those overcast days, you can retreat to the custom-built media room – waiting for the perfect time to go back outside.
This farmhouse-style home is thought to be the oldest standing house in Hunting Valley, and it’s an outstanding find for nature lovers. The main residence is charming and expansive, accompanied by a barn and two apartments on 5.5 acres of land adorned with lovely exterior stonework, and the barn is structurally sound and ready for use. This exceptional property is also adjacent to the Chagrin River and approximately 100 acres of protected conservation land with forest, streams, and vital natural habitat for wildlife. From water-based activities to bird watching, endless outdoor adventures await!
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