Design

Real Estate Porn: Homes With Sleek Libraries

Showcasing your carefully curated book collection in a personal library sounds impressive, but in reality, most options on the market are wood-paneled relics as old as the manuscripts they house. Fortunately, these homes offer a sleek solution for the well-read, well-bred modern man, minus the mustiness. You wish you lived here.

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Location: Modern mountain retreat in Mount Irvine, Australia
Price: $1,100 per night
Size: 5,500 square feet
Key selling points: This modern luxury home in Australia's Blue Mountain range may be a rental, but with a nod from the 2009 World Architecture Festival and a mezzanine level with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling books, your cultural cravings will be well satisfied.
Listing: Unique Estates Australia

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Location: Modernist equine estate in Santa Inez, California
Price: $15,900,000
Size: not available
Key selling points: This 218-acre estate's loft library comes with its own wall-mounted sliding wooden ladder—the universal symbol for truly badass libraries everywhere.
Listing:
Village Properties

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Location: Pared-down penthouse apartment in Vienna, Austria
Price: $28,554,325
Size: 8,430 square feet
Key selling points: The top floor of a five-star Vienna hotel is up for grabs—along with plum extras like valet parking, 24-hour room service, and chic real estate for your books. For the minimalist home owner, this wall of books is plenty library.
Listing: Avantegarde Properties

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Location: Hilltop villa in Playa Del Rey, California
Price: $5,450,000
Size: 10,845 square feet
Key selling points: The former home of late Laker's owner Jerry Buss, who built the mega-mansion in '98, may be as ugly as the team's record after the Michael Jordan era, but we'll give him points for getting this old-school librarymright.
Listing: Realtor

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