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Three of a Kind: Built for Books

Featured Properties // Mar 21, 2012

Not everyone thinks that Kindles are the future. For those who still love the feeling of curling up with a book, or at least giving off the impression that they do, we’ve found the perfect apartments. Wondering what walls can hold a new bookshelf when stepping into a new apartment? Wonder no more with these three.

Where: 240 West 23rd Street, 3/4B
Size: 1 bedroom/2 bathrooms
Asking: $1,499,950
Listed by: Maggie Kent

The lower level of this Chelsea duplex is all living and entertaining space, and features a beautiful cherry wood built-in bookcase. It brings a touch of old-world charm to a contemporary apartment, and adds some ideal storage space to an urban living environment. There are also a pair of balconies for when the weather is too nice to read The Hunger Games indoors.

Where: 55 White Street, 1-C
Size: 3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
Asking: $3,150,000
Listed by: Ryan Fitzpatrick

This stunning triplex on a quiet TriBeCa block has 16 foot ceilings in the great room, with a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, Corinthian columns and custom book shelves that rise all the way to the top. The dark wood brings some Uptown to Downtown, and with 2,600 square feet and a layout that’s designed for privacy, we’re looking forward to seeing what a buyer would do with this place.

Where: 422 East 72nd Street, 28-29C
Size: 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
Asking: $4,250,000
Listed by: Alison Abovsky

The Upper East Side has always been seen as more traditional in aesthetic, but this apartment has a lot of modern clean lines and a very unorthodox style overall. The presence of the bookshelf acts as a tempering force on this room, restoring some of that Upper East Side tradition. Our apologies to e-books, but sometimes a dead tree goes a long way.