Adding to the virtual flood of ‘Things to do and what to buy whilst quarantined’ is this extensive list of in-home libraries, ideal for every avid learner and self-declared bookworm. Why settle on the periodic availability of public libraries and bookstores, when you can have one in the comfort of your own mansion. Offering much needed tranquility in a time of widespread uncertainty, curling up with a good book may just be the escape we need.
955 Vista Ridge Lane, California
Worth an approximate $8.9 million, this palatial 15,835-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired residence in Westlake Village offers more than a fully stocked library of the most esteemed authors, but also an indoor basketball court, perfect for those looking to enhance their mind and physical well-being, whilst clocking-in their daily dose of Vitamin D.
29 Legare Street, South Carolina
Situated in one of the prettiest cities and along the grandest streets lies one of the largest lots in South Carolina. The Reverend Paul Trapier Gervais House exudes an air of impressive timelessness, merging classic architecture with modern living to create a luxurious family home. Worth $12.5 million, the residence comes complete with 2 grand piazzas, an office, underground wine cellar, personal pools, and private library.
16258 Shadow Mountain Drive, California
Sited on one of the largest usable ocean view lots, this magnificent custom built traditional home, located in the 24 hour guard gated Ridgeview Country Estates, holds the record of being the highest priced sale behind the gates. Fully furnished with formal living and dining rooms plus a library, gourmet kitchen with center island, master suites with dual closets and lavish baths, a private theater room, pool, gym and spa – this property boasts uninterrupted views of the ocean, with a $15 million price tag to match.
6011 Le Lac Road, Florida
Regarded one of the most majestic and thoughtfully rendered properties in all of South Florida, Tashun also known as “The House of Peace” is the area’s towering example of sophistication and luxury. Showcasing 6.3 exquisitely manicured acres with tranquil lakefront views, serene spaces and lush, resort-style landscaping, the $15 million residence is flamboyantly decorated with shining chandeliers, 7 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and a vast library.
18 Dovetail Lane, California
Fit for a king, or at least a medieval enthusiast, the 16,515-square-foot, Tudor-style mansion is heavily inspired by the Middle Ages of 15th century Europe, and adorned not only with a $15.5 million price tag but high gilded and coffered ceilings, gothic details, a secret adjacent reading area and spectacular floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, some of which accessible only by ladder.
258 Horsemill Lane, New York
Bordered by farms and a 360 foot water frontage on Mecox Bay, this $29.5 million shingle-style traditional house with classic English gardens epitomizes the concept of artisanal fueled craftsmanship, whilst redefining luxurious living in the Hamptons, and seamlessly integrating modern conveniences into an old world style and sensibility. Featuring living and entertainment amenities spanning across 12,000 sq. ft, guests are first greeted upon entrance through French doors with a dramatic two-story library and fireplace, lined with enough books from every field, to keep you engaged and preoccupied throughout the entirety of your time.
Beverly House, California
Beyond the most exquisite wrought iron gates, lies the $125 million Beverly House in which The Godfather was filmed. Revered for its iconic Mediterranean-influence, this 3.5 acre estate guarantees complete privacy, with a sweeping 800ft driveway, Vast motor court centred by an expansive tile fountain, a coved ballroom, billiard room, a tiled formal dining room, and a 2-story hand-carved and panelled wood library.