UnReal Estate of the Week: Home Libraries

August 9 is Book Lover’s Day, and to celebrate, this week we’re featuring gorgeous home libraries. These rooms hark back to a bygone era where gentlemen discussed Keats and Wilde with a glass of whiskey in one hand and a cigar in the other. Nowadays, they are the perfect place to curl up with “50 Shades of Grey” on your Kindle.

Read It and Weep

Home Library_Beverly Hills_Real Estate

Address: 60 Beverly Park
City: Beverly Hills, CA
Price: $45,000,000
Listed by: Linda May, Coldwell Banker-BH North

This stunning library looks like something you’d see in a French chateau, complete with antique law books, a gorgeous globe, a classic painting, a fireplace with a marble mantle, a chandelier and candelabras. The built-in bookshelves are framed by wall panels with custom details, soft lighting and warm hues that make the room instantly inviting. We’d love to read about Hemingway’s adventures in Spain on the plush chair by the fire.

Reading Rainbow

Home Library_San Antonio_Real Estate

Address: 14 Crescent Park
City: San Antonio, TX
Price: $6,500,000
Listed by: Jean Gross, Realty Executives Of S.A.

This home library in San Antonio is the perfect place to brush up on some history with a great non-fiction book like “Three Roads to the Alamo.” But be sure to first pour yourself a glass of Bourbon at the wet bar in the next room. In this library, the books are the star of the show, thanks to the built-in floor-to-ceiling shelves. The red wall and ceiling panels, combined with the green light and array of titles, bring plenty of color to the otherwise all-wood room. A leather sofa, antique rug, wood-and-glass desk and a few classic paintings complete the look.

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Home Library_Laguna Beach_Real Estate

Address: 33 Smithcliffs Rd
City: Laguna Beach, CA
Price: $27,500,000
Listed by: John Stanaland, HOM Sotheby’s International Re

You’d never guess that this home library is located in a contemporary Mediterranean-style home. The wood paneling on the walls and ceiling and a beautiful spiral staircase create a classic look. The windows look out beyond the cliffs to the Pacific Ocean below. We can imagine circling the banister deciding between “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” or “Moby Dick.”

One for the Books

Home Library_Corona_Real Estate

Address: 1159 Casper Cir
City: Corona, CA
Price: $4,999,996
Listed by: Rafael Guzman, Homequest Real Estate

It’s time to start building up your book collection – literally. The tall bookshelves in this home library require a ladder to get to the top. The room is a perfect complement to the home office, which is also covered in dark wood paneling. All it’s missing is a comfy place to curl up with some top-shelf literature.

Read Between the Lines

Home Library_Avalon_Real Estate

Address: 101 Vieudelou Ave
City: Avalon, CA
Price: $7,500,000
Listed by: John Stanaland, HOM Sotheby’s International Re

The all-white library in this Catalina Island estate retains the beach-chic vibe found in the rest of the home. A ladder leads to the second level, where there are even more bookshelves and a landing with space to lounge. It’s a great place to think, with a baby grand piano, classic sculpture and a coat of arms as décor. If you get bored of the scenery, you could take your book to the Moroccan-styled room in another part of the house, which is filled with luxe fabrics and sofas.

Are you in love? To schedule a tour of any of these homes for sale, get in touch with a Redfin real estate agent today.  To see more homes for sale with amazing home libraries, check out the Redfin Collection “Study My Study.” Which library do you like the best? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or in the comments below.