Even in the digital age, libraries continue to be the focal point of some of the world’s most elegant homes. While the architectural details of these four showcases are designed to dazzle, it is the books lining the shelves that provide an insight into the owners’ interests. These personal spaces provide shelter from the outside world and a place for the mind to wander.

Montecito, California

Prima Luce, whose name was inspired by the unobstructed views of the first sun rays that rise each day, is located in a prime Montecito location. Famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan-style country villa with details like hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, which were quarried from these very grounds. The approximately 8,425 square foot main residence has five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms and five fireplaces.

$23,500,000  Property ID: VG4ZDR | sir.com
Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito Brokerage
Harry Kolb  +1 805 452 2500

Los Altos Hills, California

The Morgan Estate was built in 1914 for Percy Tredegar Morgan, whose many accomplishments included starting the California Wine Association. One of the finest examples of Tudor and Jacobean revival architecture in the United States, the manse has hosted presidents, kings, queens and celebrities.

$27,000,000  Property ID: G44KRK | sir.com
Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Art Sharif  +1 415 901 1781

London, England

Located in one of the most glamorous locations in London, this magnificent penthouse apartment has spectacular views of Hyde Park and offers state-of-the-art luxury living, featuring such amenities as a fully equipped gym, beauty treatment room, home cinema and six roof terraces and gardens. 

Price Upon Request   Property ID: VGW4Y7 | sir.com
London Sotheby’s International Realty
Svetlana Shcholokova  +44 (0)20 7495 9580

Greenwich, Connecticut

Designed by premier architect Ira Grandberg, AIA and built with unparalleled craftsmanship by Hobbs Construction Company, this regal stone manor blends Old World ambiance with the ultimate in 21st-century technology. Hand-milled woodwork, moldings and doors highlight the majestic yet warm interior. It features broad oak-appointed corridors and octagonal galleries.

$14,000,000  Property ID: W944G7 | sir.com
Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
Lyn Stevens +1 203 912 6720