Welcome to your library! So says the American Library Association, the organization behind National Library Week (April 4–10), which highlights the essential role of libraries, librarians, and library workers in their communities, especially during these challenging, socially distanced times. This year’s honorary chair, actress, director, producer, and author Natalie Portman, elaborated: “Libraries are open, inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community,” she said. “They show us anything is possible by encouraging a love of learning, discovery and exploration.” Herewith, this Luxury Defined collection offers a trove of homes for the true lover of books and reading. Consider a trophy estate in New York’s Westchester County with a magnificent two-story library clad in saddle leather—and an equestrian pedigree. A Moorish-inspired villa in Ibiza, a riverfront manor in Michigan, a golf retreat in Portugal, and a gated estate in Los Angeles all have elegant wood-panelled libraries. Then there’s a townhouse in New York City’s Sutton Place, this one the home of celebrated architect I.M. Pei, which offers a modern take on a classic reading room. Feel free to browse.
Stevenson Ranch Estate in Valencia, California
Stonewall Farm in Westchester County, New York
Rouge River Estate in Bloomfield Township, Michigan
This craftsman-style residence offers ultimate privacy in a fully automated “smart home” on nearly 11.5 acres of landscaped gardens and lush woodland in Bloomfield, Michigan. The home was built using only the finest materials and artisanal finishes, including mahogany woodwork, antique fixtures, and stained and leaded glass. The entrance hall, with its stained glass ceiling dome, introduces the main level with a grand statement. A banquet-size dining room, vast kitchen, theater, and lavish owner’s suite (with sunroom, terrace, and covered porch) are other highlights, as is the library, which spans two levels: the main-floor reading room and the second-floor study, connected by a handcrafted spiral staircase. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the second level. The lower-level entertainment floor features a professional bar, wine cellar, recreation room, kitchen, gym, and art studio. Auto enthusiasts will appreciate the heated, eight-vehicle garage with car lift, accessed via a gated, private road. The Rouge River winds through the estate’s picturesque grounds, further enhanced by formal gardens, a pond, and a barn.
Quinta Patino Golf Villa in Cascais, Portugal
This sleek contemporary villa is surrounded by greenery in Quinta Patino, an exclusive residential development in Portugal. The 6,512 square feet residence has a prime spot, overlooking the fairways of the renowned Estoril Golf Club. The light-filled living areas are made for fine art and sculpture. Walls of glass, whitewashed walls, and marble floors and lend to the ambience of serenity. The library is flanked by two rows of bookshelves rising to a double-height ceiling and a glass wall facing the fairways. The main floor appointments continue with a formal dining room, family room, media room, chef’s kitchen, and three en suite bedrooms. The upper floor is dedicated to the primary suite and mezzanine study. The lower level houses a large game room with bar, cinema theater, four-car garage, staff apartment with separate entrance, and last but not least, a spectacular wellness center composed of a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, and indoor pool. There’s also an outdoor pool in the mature gardens, as well as several terraces for alfresco dining and entertaining and a barbecue area. Quinta Patino residents have access to the resort’s five-star amenities, including the fitness center, gardens, clubhouse, and tennis courts.
The I.M. Pei Residence in Sutton Place, New York City
Es Bosc in Ibiza, Spain
Es Bosc is a sumptuous Mediterranean villa designed as a celebration of art, nature, and the senses. Perched on a hillside with views of the Mediterranean Sea, the home is evocative of a Moorish palace, accoutered with carefully sourced antiques, rich fabrics, and decorative handcrafted finishes of wood and stone. The great room is lit by a beautiful Mudéjar-style ceiling dome crafted from dark wood and purple glass. The library is equally ornate with its intricately-carved, hand-painted bookshelves and floor-to-ceiling wood panelling. There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The main suite is a private oasis with a Jacuzzi, sauna, and panoramic views of the bay. Furthering the opulence are the serene outdoor spaces, which include a lavender field, vegetable gardens, and an infinity pool that seems to merge with the sea below.