Hidden Meadow Farm
Auction Date & Time
Saturday May 11, 2019 at 4:00pm ET
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5 BD/ 6 BA / 2 HA BA
+/- 17,000 sf (main residence)
+/- 1,200 sf (guest house)
3 BD/ 3 BA
+/- 2,200 sf (caretaker’s cottage)
Lot Size: +/- 133 acres
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PREVIOUSLY OFFERED FOR $6.5 MILLION. NOW SELLING WITHOUT RESERVE! Located on 133 lush acres in beautiful Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Hidden Meadow Farm is the quintessential country retreat. Only one hour from downtown Pittsburgh, the Property is also under ten minutes from historic downtown district of Ligonier. The traditionally-styled residence offers 5 bedrooms, 6 full and two half baths within its handsome walls, in addition to a grand, two-story library, conservatory, and a kitchen any chef would covet. There is also a breakfast room, card room, office, and sewing/craft room; some rooms offer incredible views of the rolling hills and distant mountains of Westmoreland County, while others overlook the beautiful flagstone patio and in-ground, saltwater pool.
Formal gardens, pergolas and pavilions enrich the main residence, but the beauty of the Property extends beyond the manicured lawns. The open spaces across the estate’s 133 acres span forests, meadows and pastures perfect for hiking, skiing or horses; indeed, the estate boasts a charming stable as well as an indoor arena. Other structures include an equipment barn, a ranch caretaker’s home, and a private guest house dating from the 1800s.
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LIGONIER, PA. Settled in the 1760s, Ligonier (pronounced Lig-ah-near) has a storied history as a battleground, a comfort stop for travelers journeying between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and a summer home for the region’s wealthiest residents. Ligonier was incorporated in 1834, well after the area became famous as the site of a French defeat in the French and Indian War. The completion of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Turnpike in 1811 and the Ligonier Valley Railroad in 1877 made Ligonier a popular stop for travelers who took pleasure in perusing the local shops and listening to music played in the town’s bandstand, which still draws crowds today. However, it is the town’s natural beauty and charming atmosphere that has drawn tourists and the rich and famous since the 1800s.
The Mellon family (one of the oldest billion-dollar dynasties in American history, founders of BNY Mellon, Gulf Oil, Alcoa, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and the National Gallery of Art, as well as philanthropists donating to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, among others) still owns considerable amounts of land in Ligonier. Indeed, many of the family’s members still have roots in southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Huntland Downs estate in Ligonier comprises over 30,000 acres of land. In addition to Huntland Downs, the Mellon family also built Rolling Rock Farms and Country Club for their friends and family to enjoy the outdoors. Today, the prestigious private club and offers golf, an incredible shooting lodge, trout streams, and horseback riding for its members, in addition to one of the longest-standing fox hunts in America.
WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PA. Founded in 1773, Westmoreland County was the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania whose entire territorial boundary was west of the Allegheny Mountains. The county’s 1,036 square miles make it the second-largest in southwestern Pennsylvania, and it is located within a 500-mile radius of 70% of the population in the United States. Though most of the county is forest and farm land, Westmoreland County is located within an hour’s drive of Pittsburgh, and offers direct access to many highways, a rail system, and the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, which connects 300,000 passengers per year to and from the region.
The business climate in Westmoreland is thriving, and is home to companies such as Kennametal, Elliot Group, Philips Respironics, and Siemens Energy Division. Taxes are lower here there than in neighboring Allegheny County, and many residents choose to live here and commute to Pittsburgh for the property tax benefits, in addition to the many recreational activities afforded by the nine county and four state parks in the county. Westmoreland County is also known as the “gateway of the Laurel Highlands,” an area that offers an additional five national parks, the famed Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspirational Fallingwater.
Property listed for sale by the Howard Hanna Company (Lic#RB049340C). Listing agent Annette D. Ganassi (Lic#RS144498A). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is a Registered Foreign LLC (ID#6562605) and licensed real estate brokerage within the state of Pennsylvania (RBR003343; broker Trayor R. Lesnock: RMR003344), performing real estate brokerage, auction and auction-marketing services as part of this transaction.
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