by Katie Flaherty

The kitchen often becomes a home’s most multi-purpose space. Of course, there’s a dinner table and cabinets full of spices and ingredients, but really, it’s the place that brings everyone together to share in the ultimate comfort of a home-cooked meal, to relax, and to tell the stories from the day. We sought out unique kitchens stocked with upgrades that will make your cooking, dining, and family gathering experiences truly exceptional.

Real Estate, November 2012: Unique Kitchens

Listed at $1,350,000 | Hampton | Photograph from Coldwell Banker Real Estate


Grand Entrance

Real Estate, November 2012: Unique Kitchens

Best feature: Honey onyx tile backsplash | Photograph from Coldwell Banker Real Estate

This grandiose estate in Hampton is as decadent in detail as it is in space. A marble foyer with French doors, mosaic tiles, and a Swarovski crystal chandelier serves as the entrance to the exquisite abode. Natural light fills the spacious five bedroom house, complete with four and a half baths. The kitchen has an Italian country feel with antique linen glazed cabinetry and black diamond granite counter tops that accent the room’s soft color scheme. A two-tiered granite island doubles as a breakfast bar and as a centerpiece for the room. There are two sinks and an enormous amount of storage space around the perimeter, fitted with decorative glass door cabinetry that’s ideal for displaying accent dishware. For more information, contact Linda Miller and Jaclyn Miller with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 412.487.0500.


Heart, Hearth, and Home

Real Estate, November 2012: Unique Kitchens

Listed at $1,200,000 | North Allegheny | Photograph from Prudential Preferred Realty

Modeled after a New England Colonial, this North Allegheny home is a three-story rustic retreat situated on more than six green acres. The cabin-like ambiance inside warms its residents, along with six fireplaces and cozy heated wood floors throughout. A quaint wooden bar in the tavern room adds an element of old charm, but the life of this home lies in the gourmet kitchen, dressed in rich oak woods, soap stone countertops, and candle-style chandeliers. A wood-burning fireplace with a beehive oven offers homeowners a unique indoor cooking experience and adds to the visual antiquity of the space. For more information, contact Jane Herrmann with Prudential Preferred Realty, 412.782.3700.


Wide Open Spaces

Real Estate, November 2012: Unique Kitchens

Listed at $724,900 | North Allegheny | Photograph from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Situated on a cul-de-sac in North Allegheny, this elegant Colonial-style house has a modern feel thanks to ample amenities and space. The four bedrooms and four and a half baths are complete with hardwood and radiant heated floors. Much like the rest of the rooms, the kitchen is extravagant with high ceilings and a polished elegant appearance. Patent white cabinetry is highlighted by black granite countertops and slate gray tile floors. A black and light blue mosaic tile backsplash acts as a focal point of pattern and color above the sink. The openness of the kitchen is juxtaposed with the hearth feel of the wooden oak table and large brick fireplace. The two elements blend to create a relaxing and homey atmosphere that is functional and charming. For more information, contact Kelly Hanna Riley with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 724.772.8822.


No Place Like Home

Real Estate, November 2012: Unique Kitchens

Love the heated Italian tile flooring! | Listed at $298,000 | Greenville | Photograph from Apple Box Studios

This Greenville home’s partial stone facade and wraparound porch make for a quaint exterior, but inside, its rooms are extravagant and rich with bold features and polished designs. The kitchen is a vast open space with expansive granite countertops that make entertaining easy, and the entire room is outlined in solid oak with under-cabinet lighting. A large granite island serves a dual purpose, both as a cooking space and as a breakfast bar with generous seating for four. For more information, contact Anne Wansor with Northwood Realty, 412.548.1546.


This article is featured in the November 2012 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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