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An attic library crowns a home for books

Built for books and people who read them

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Start at the top of this 3,411 square-foot house. A library sits in a garret far above the noises below.

A long room fits into the apex of the two story house. Along one wall are enough shelves for almost anyone’s collections. Use it as a refuge, or an office, finding the right place to store that many novels, references, or even old movies can be a chore in some houses.

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Settle in with all your literary friends. If anyone wants to disturb you they’ll have to climb the stairs.

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Another option, especially appealing on grey days, is the large solarium that abuts the great room on the first floor. Basically, it’s a greenhouse for humans that want to absorb some warmth and see sunlight without worrying about the weather. A fine place for a comfy chair and a thick book, with food just around the corner.

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With four bedrooms it makes sense to have a big kitchen. A full house would make the great room a busy place. (So much for quiet in the solarium.) At least everything is conveniently located, including more bookshelves around the fireplace.

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For more formal events, there is a formal dining room and a formal living room, all dressed out with coved ceilings, a chandelier, and columns. Elegance has its place.

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They’re asking $850,000 for the house and the 0.78 acre lot. The yard is a mix of decking, lawn, and ornamental gardens with a broad swath of native growth. Two ways to get warm: hop in the hot tub on the deck, or gather around a semi-obscured fire pit. It may be best to keep the books away from the water and fire, though.