Shelf Awareness | 6 Inviting Home Libraries

Shelf Awareness | 6 Inviting Home Libraries

Even though reading on a Kindle or an iPad is more popular than ever, nothing quite matches the experience of relaxing with an actual printed book. From colorful and comfortable to stately and formal, these 6 home libraries are distinctive places to display and enjoy favorite works.

Oldfield Farm

Greenwich, Connecticut | Joseph BarbieriSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

This is one of Greenwich’s most significant estates. At its heart, a majestic 14,956-square-foot manor blends relaxed warmth with traditional elegance. It includes guest and staff suites, a well-outfitted kitchen, a glass-enclosed winter garden, a formal dining room, billiards and family rooms, a media center with a wet bar, a theater and game room, hobby and exercise spaces, a sauna, a wine cellar, and a mahogany-paneled library. Completing the enchanting picture are a pool, tennis courts, dazzling landscaping, and equestrian facilities.

Timeless Elegance on Park Avenue

East Side Manhattan, New York | Serena BoardmanSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Filled with glorious sunlight and refined classical details, this chic updated prewar cooperative home offers views over Park Avenue and 62nd Street from nearly every room. Its collection of stylish spaces—including a kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and a breakfast room, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a handsome dining room, and a warm, welcoming library—accommodates grand entertaining and everyday living with equal ease.

Palladian Oasis in the Bear’s Club

Palm Beach, Florida | Todd Peter & Frances PeterSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In Jupiter’s prestigious Bear’s Club, this refined estate comprises a 33,705-square-foot Palladian residence, a two-level guesthouse, breezy loggias, a large lush lawn, and a serene pool and spa—all with views of the golf course. The home exhibits exceptional attention to detail, singular style, and generous proportions. The seven bedrooms include a dazzling master suite with a dressing room, a safe room, a spectacular spa-like bath, a gym with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a roomy office or library.

Rancho San Carlos

Montecito, California | Harry Kolb, Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokereage

Atop a hill at the end of a winding private drive, this incomparable 237-acre estate encompasses 10 cottages, orchards, equestrian facilities, and a majestic Monterey Colonial manor designed in 1931 by esteemed architect Reginald Johnson. The home’s 29,483-square-foot layout spans more than 30 rooms, all suffused with an Old World sophistication. Master and guest wings are thoughtfully secluded, while the refined living areas—include a sizeable library with an ornate fireplace—are centered around a classical courtyard filled with towering palms and manicured hedges.

Bright and Airy Bridgehampton Compound

Bridgehampton, New York | Pat PetrilloSotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage 

Expanses of green lawn, colorful gardens, and mature trees surround this impressive home on 2.6 lush acres in Bridgehampton, where covered and open-air terrace spaces and a cabana overlook an alluring swimming pool and spa. The easy, elegant floor plan of the eight-bedroom residence features a living room, formal and informal dining areas, an office, a spacious eat-in kitchen with butler’s pantry, a screening room, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, a billiards room, a gym, and a library and family room with a fireplace.

Southwestern Grandeur

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Darlene Streit, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage 

This timeless four-bedroom home is nestled amid mature trees in the exclusive private community of Quail Run, just minutes from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. It is filled with such distinctive details as ceiling vigas, corbels, and custom-painted Saltillo tile and features a living room with soaring ceiling and a grand fireplace; a kitchen with a breakfast room; a formal dining room; a master suite with a fireplace, two baths, and three walk-in closets; and a quiet office or library with walls of built-in bookshelves.

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