The private library. The font of learning, and a sanctuary from the hectic world in which to delve into a trove of human knowledge. A mark of dignity and civilization.
Sure, some people may prefer the e-reader these days, but the traditional room full 'o books still commands majesty and respect, right? Wouldn't it be cool to have one in your own home? We found five houses around the area where you could.
Check them out above and below:
4131 Central Ave.—$989,000 (Western Springs)
5 bed, 2.2 bath, 3,300 sq. ft., built 1928, 2-car attached garage
Realty Executives Service
Large English Tudor home in Old Town. Oak interior with leaded windows and arched entries, plus cherry kitchen (plus granite counters and stainless-steel appliances), breakfast room and living room opening to screened porch. Realtor: "Set on a fabulous landscaped large lot in one of the best locations in Western Springs!"
48 Drexel Ave.—$1,485,000 (La Grange)
4 bed, 4.1 bath, unknown sq. ft., built 1917, 2-car detached garage
Sprawling colonial home on one of La Grange's largest lots. Elegant interior is loaded with trimmings: hardwoods, millwork, many built-ins. Home includes a third-floor media room, great room, breakfast room, mud room, enclosed porch and a private study/loft above the garage. Realtor: "Four levels of gracious living... amazing grounds!"
4206 Central Ave.—$939,000 (Western Springs)
5 bed, 3.1 bath, unknown sq. ft., built 1892, 2-car detached garage
19th-century classic Victorian home in Old Town. A "chef's dream" kitchen with island opens to the family room; high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. Includes rec room, study and library. Classic-style screened back porch overlooks landscaped backyard. Realtor: "All the charm of the past with all the updates you would expect in a newer home!"
4140 Forest Ave.—$525,000 (Western Springs)
4 bed, 2.1 bath, 2,119 sq. ft., built 1898, 2-car detached garage
Coldwell Banker Residential
American 4-sq. home with a dream location nestled against Laidlaw Park both to the north and the west. Open second floor offers flexibility for multiple-use room; home includes unique accents of chair rails, stained glass and cove molding. Fenced backyard next to public tennis courts. Realtor: "Old Town classic charmer has been carefully maintained for decades by Mr. and Mrs. Clean!"
5028 Lawn Ave.—$1,849,000 (Western Springs)
6 bed, 5.2 bath, unknown sq. ft., built 2000, 3-car attached garage
Coldwell Banker Residential
An exquisite and gigantic red-brick 2000 French provincial home in Forest Hills with incredibly spacious living space and everything from a library/bar to a billiards and entertainment room, but perhaps defined by a tremendous backyard gazebo complete with its own fireplace. Realtor: "Grand living spaces both inside and out; ideal for entertaining or relaxing outdoors!"