Second floor library of 4 Trellis Path, Doylestown, PA, 18901.
If you still love reading the old-school way, then maybe a home with its own library suits you. Now, few will ever beat this condo, but here are our top five picks for Philadelphia area homes with more than just a single built-in shelf:
The bookworm homes...
The Cherry library might be the first room avid readers head to, but this three-story stone house does offer more than just a reading nook. (Though to be honest, I'd just set up base there.) The home also includes a game room, home theater, and wet bar; while outside, the 2 acre property has a landscaped yard with a stone wall and waterfall koi pond.
Cozy, cozy, cozy! Built-ins can be found all over this Rittenhouse abode, but it's this snug-looking study that makes it all the more enticing. The house itself retains historic details despite being renovated: original woodwork, oak floors, and a rifle cabinet. The kitchen is up to date with the latest amenities and a staircase leads to a roof deck with a great view.
Perhaps my favorite out of all (two words: spiral. staircase.), this two-story library is inside a custom-made home with handpicked amenities and custom woodwork throughout. The house also includes an office; entertainment, exercise, and craft rooms; and two master suites, one of which includes a sitting room and balcony; the other, a private courtyard.
Keep the presidential portraits and it doesn't matter what kind of literature you use to stock the shelves. The design of this particular library is also custom, as is the entire home, and includes a gas fireplace. The home, which stands on a 6.2 acre private wooded lot, also has an elevator and 2-car garage with a carriage house above it.
Another notable bibliothèque, this one can be found in a French home in Penn Valley. The study includes custom cabinetry, fireplace, and wet bar; and can be accessed from the two-story reception hall. Elsewhere in the upgraded home, the stone-surrounded family room has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and some skylights.