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September 23, 2015

On the Market: Five cozy libraries for Fall

Because nothing's better than a good book.

On The Market Libraries
Rittenhouse Library 2 Contributed Art/

The library of a mansion in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Summer is over and the autumn weather has started to creep in. The leaves begin to change; rain hits the window with a gentle murmur. This is the season for staying indoors, putting the teakettle on the stove and curling up with a thick book. The libraries below are the perfect place to do so.

1. The red room in New Hope, $750,000

Library in New Hope

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This four-bedroom Colonial set on four and a half wooded acres of land is the perfect place to retreat after a long workday. Ample shelves and red wallpaper warm up the cozy library.

See the listing here.

2. Above par in Medford, $700,000

Medford Library

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There's a little more room to stretch out in this reading room, which also makes a perfect study. In case there was any doubt that this home was built for the country club set, note that it's located on the fourth hole of the Little Mill Country Club's Blue Course.

See the listing here.

3. An Ivy League library in Princeton, $2,650,000

Princeton Library

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If a home is located at 107 Library Place, it obviously has to have an outstanding library. The one here, with it's awesome stone fireplace flanked by high windows and towering bookshelves, would be worthy of any scholar.

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4. The wonderful Wonderly mansion in Villanova, $5,499,000

Library Villanova

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"Eagleview" is the glorious name of this seven-bedroom mansion, built in 1927. It was home to William Wonderly Fitler, a prominent businessman and son of Philadelphia mayor Edwin Henry Fitler. Stretch out on the window cushions of the library and you can watch the birds all day.

See the listing here.

5. Read by the fire's glow in Rittenhouse, $3,595,000

Library Rittenhouse 1

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Sunlight streams through the patterned glass windows of this spacious library during the day, while a crackling fire lights the room at night. Another impressive feature: the floors are made of rare Brazilian rosewood, a wood that is now illegal to trade because of its vulnerable conservation status.

See the listing here.