Homes of Distinction: Mega Listings

We have something special for you this month. Representing the pinnacle of luxury real estate, these exceptional residences in our Homes of Distinction program are premium properties that provide an unrivaled standard of living for the most discriminating of buyers.

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21440 Avalon Drive, Rocky River, OH 44116

You can take in spectacular views of the rising and setting sun from this understated residence with an unmistakable architectural vision, one of the premier homes on the shores of Lake Erie. Constructed from the finest materials, it incorporates an open and airy design that includes a chef’s kitchen with a full butler’s pantry, a wood-paneled elevator, geothermal HVAC, built-in speakers in every room, and an ELAN video and security system. On the finished lower level, you will discover a theater room, a second full kitchen, a rec room, a spa bath, and doors to the patio. A Hill Hiker tram system makes it easy to head to the waterfront for swimming, water sports, boating, or picnics.

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141 Beech Ridge Drive, Bell Acres, PA 15143

A governor’s drive leads up to this custom-built brick-and-stone residence with a slate roof, nestled amid eight verdant acres with stunning golf course views. It encompasses more than 20,000 square feet of luxurious living space, including two full kitchens, a wine room, a movie theater, a half-court indoor basketball court, a racquetball or squash court, and a locker room with a sauna. A rooftop observation deck and covered porches with outdoor fireplaces overlook the grounds, also home to a patio and a 60-foot by 30-foot heated in-ground concrete salt water pool with stone waterfalls. Part of the award-winning Quaker Valley School District, it is only a short distance from Sewickley Village amenities.

homes of distinction Dillsburg

Dillsburg, PA 17019

Take a journey through history at this impeccably restored 18th-century estate, whose architectural beauty has been perfected with the addition of modern amenities. A magnificent granite entry ushers you into an interior displaying rich period details, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a study with custom knotty pine bookcases. Well-established gardens and an approximately two-acre pond create a stately backdrop, and the grounds also hold an original springhouse and a restored brick-ended bank barn with a one-bedroom apartment. The property would make a perfect equestrian estate or business venture, or just a secluded retreat for those who appreciate mountain views, bountiful nature, and history galore.

homes of distinction 1145 Beechwood

1145 Beechwood Boulevard, East End, PA 15206

Dating back to 1905, this stately residence with Colonial Revival accents rests amid mature trees and plantings on 1.4 acres in the East End. Its design by local architects McClure & Spahr begins with a mosaic-floored marble vestibule and a grand entry hall that displays ornate woodwork carved from quarter-sawn oak. Other period touches include pocket doors, glass-front built-ins, original plasterwork, and gas and log-burning fireplaces. Granite counters enclose the kitchen’s high-end appliances, including a professional range, and the lower level holds an exercise area and a wine cellar. You can recline on a raised terrace and enjoy a tranquil koi pond and waterfall.

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1 Westmoreland Farms Lane, Fox Chapel, PA 15215

The definition of casual elegance, this magnificent stone-and-cedar home designed by renowned architect Brandon Smith is set back behind a gate amid five private, professionally landscaped acres. Its kitchen is a sophisticated workspace that incorporates white granite countertops, a six-foot by seven-foot island with a vegetable sink, and high-end appliances by Thermador and Sub-Zero. The deck and patio look out across a meticulously landscaped yard, where you can enjoy a dip in the heated kidney-shaped pool, satisfy your competitive urges on a full-size Har-Tru tennis court, or watch a gentle freshwater stream empty into a tranquil koi pond with a fountain.

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21468 Avalon Drive, Rocky River, OH 44116

Perched on the shore of Lake Erie, this sprawling French residence begins with a black-and-cream marble foyer. A hand-painted barrel-vaulted ceiling rises above the living room’s patterned hardwood floor, fireplace, and wet bar, while its windows frame sweeping views of the valley. Two separate master suites provide suitable accommodations, and verandas on the first and second levels look out across the water. You can entertain guests on an expansive brick patio, or follow a stone walkway down to a lakefront lawn area with an outdoor fireplace, a bulkhead, and a charming boathouse.

To learn more about these and other stylish examples of luxury real estate in Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program, download a digital copy of our Homes of Distinction magazine, and for information on what sets them apart, check out our blog entry on The 4 Defining Features of Distinctive Homes.

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