As a luxury real estate marketing professional, it is important for me to keep up with the trends of luxury home design. Although kitchens, man/woman caves, master suites are still considered as leaders in exceptional home designs, the home library is emerging as a “must have room” in luxury homes and apartments. And I have been noticing more libraries in luxury Marin County homes.
Architectural Design magazines have dedicated a large portion of their recent issues to library designs, featuring many luxury homes with exceptional libraries. Here is the link to a Home Library Slide Show from ArchitecturalDigest.com with pictures of stunning libraries to inspire you.
Home libraries can be traced to Roman times. A sign of a well respected Roman was his library, regardless of whether he could read or not. It was a symbol of status and intelligence.
Today still any committed bibliophile fantasizes about having the ultimate home library. Whether that’s a room filled floor to ceiling with every book they’ve ever wanted to read or a simple, cozy den stocked with priceless antique tomes is really a matter of taste.
Home owners are designing libraries as a retreat from all the usual home noises, a way to display their book collections, and a comfortable place to curl up to read a book.
Libraries are a true expression of one’s personality, as demonstrated by the libraries of twenty celebrities pictured in the article: 20 Celebrities with Stunning Home Libraries. These celebrities generally have no financial restraints and may indulge themselves with those epic home libraries the rest of us can only dream about. These libraries of the rich and famous are sure to fill you with envy and awe — and maybe they will motivate you to create a more budget-friendly version in your own Marin County home.
With the advent of digital readers, and the closing of many of the larger book chain stores (Borders and Barnes & Noble), it seemed that “real” books were doomed to extinction. However, used book stores are reporting a large uptick in sales to a new customer base: 30 plus years old. These young homeowners are walking in to buy books by the foot, or specific collections to display in their newly designed libraries. They want their children to experience “real” books. Rare book dealer Donald Heald, a 40 year old New York company, has noticed that his clientele now also includes a growing number of individuals in their 30’s.
“If you want to own a great atlas of London from the 18th century, that when you hold it in your hands you’re transported, there is no app for that,” Mr. Heald says. From a book lovers’ perspective, it is reassuring that all things digital do not always rule the home roost.
The trend for a library in the home is also appearing in median home prices. Many home owners are building shelves for books. DIY shows and magazines are giving detailed instructions on how to build shelving and library nooks. Here is a link to a post from How Stuff Works on How to Creat a Home Library with great tips on which room to use for your library, how to organize and protect your books and what furniture to select.
About the author: The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi. I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789. I specialize in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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