Book lovers know there’s never enough room for all your volumes, so we chose five properties for sale in the Hamptons with dedicated libraries. We insisted that actual books in bookcases be in said libraries; seems like a lot of high-end homes boast a room called a library without any visible books. Which is your favorite? Vote below.
First up is this bayfront Water Mill estate called Listowel. The spectacular two-story library features gorgeous dark paneling and plenty of room for your books. There’s also a fireplace. What’s missing are any comfortable chairs to read in. The new-build house offers 12,000 square feet of room and stunning English-style gardens on 6.9 acres. Asking price is "upon request;" reportedly a cool $45M.
The next property is on Sagg Main Street in Sagaponack, just a stroll to the beach. The 4500 square foot house features this lovely library area—the books look great accented with shells. The house comes fully furnished, too. With a one acre lot, the property borders 40 acres of farm fields, and the asking price is $15.75M.
Also in Sagaponack, this time on Hedges Lane, is a large (8900 square foot) new build. No books yet in the library, which sports a fireplace and wet bar. (No, we’d never leave.) There are some comfy chairs for reading and a fun rolling ladder to reach the tomes on the high shelves. With 2.2 acres of the land, the asking price for the listing is $20M.
Next up is a very traditional room located on Great Plains Road in Southampton. We love the green painted paneling but would probably tone down that carpeting. The ten-bedroom, 13,000 square foot house is set on 3.4 acres of land; there’s a pool and tennis out back. Asking price is $24.5M.
The lovely library with old beams is just one part of an amazing property in Wainscott, south of the highway. The $25M estate, set on 2.24 acres, also includes a spa house with "Soft and Hot Saunas, Caldarium, Tepidarium, massage room, en-suite guest rooms, 6 person shower room, ice fountain, kitchen and much more." Outside, there is a regular swimming pool, a hot pool, and a plunge pool.