Every home should have that idyllic spot for curling up with a good book and a favorite blanket. (There may be no better way to spend a fall weekend than doing just that.) Whether it’s in a hallway window seat, a wood-paneled library, a corner of your living room or office, or even tucked away in a bedroom, you and your books deserve a space to luxuriate. The key ingredients for a prime book nook include comfy seating, good lighting, and a place to stack your favorites. Throw in a fireplace and voila—bibliophile heaven!
Anyone on the hunt for a new home with a book lover in tow will rejoice at the perfect book nooks in these listings:
Classic Country Retreat
130 Kenyon Road | Morris, CT | $799,000
The upstairs living room of this three-bedroom country cottage checks all the boxes for avid readers: floor-to-ceiling book-lined shelving surrounding a brick fireplace; a rolling library ladder; bright lighting; and ample seating. Hardwood floors, wood ceiling beams, and sliders to the deck add to the room’s book-centric appeal. Country and contemporary merge nicely in the home which also features period details like authentic masonry walls and brick floors on the first floor. Outside, eight acres await, which come alive with a landscaped terraced garden, stone walls, and custom lighting. Also included is a detached three-car garage with a large loft.
A New Knockout
183 Hemlock Hill Road | New Canaan, CT | $6,500,00
One of many “wow” spaces in this spectacular 11,000 sq. ft. 2016 Colonial home is sure to please those with books on the brain: a chic office space overlooking the pool, featuring bright blue floor-to-ceiling built-ins that are begging to be filled with your favorite reads. The inviting space also features wood floors and French doors out to a stone patio. Other highlights of this private-but-five-minutes-to-town stunner include an elevator to all four finished floors, huge primary suite with his and hers walk-in closets, and walk-out lower level with a custom bar, gym, media room, rec room, and game room, as well as a gorgeous pool and pool house.
Charm For Days
4 Hemlock Drive | Killingworth, CT | $785,000
There are reading spots galore in this serene home where antique charm and modern conveniences come together blissfully and you are surrounded by natural beauty. Book nerds will love cracking open a good read in the cozy second-floor study. A quintessential nook, it has angled walls and ceilings which boast multiple built-in bookshelves (there’s even a tiny triangular shelf on one half wall!) exposed wooden ceiling beams, and just the right vibe for reading. The home also offers an expansive great room, charming eat-in country kitchen, dining area, and den with a wood-burning fireplace, while the property features mature shrubbery, a pond with a floating fountain, and a barn that is now functioning as an art studio.
Chock Full of Amenities
66 High Street, Unit 17 | Guilford, CT | $3,500,000
There’s not much that this standout condo unit at the brand-new luxury development The Residences at 66 High Street doesn’t have, so it’s no surprise that the home offers a warm and welcoming media room/library that’s a perfect place to sit for hours with your favorite novel. A full-walled, wooden built-in bookshelf/entertainment unit with rolling library ladder is the star of the cozy space, which affords plenty of room for the whole book club. With this sprawling, single-level smart home (everything controlled via iPad), you also get a stellar kitchen—two-inch marble counters, black walnut counters, Waterworks hardware, and two walk-in pantries—a golf room complete with Full Swing sports simulator, and a covered terrace with Long Island Sound views. The award-winning complex offers heated pool, fitness center, fire pit sitting area, bike racks, kayak launch, dog park, and community garden.