29 August 2010

News Flash: Buy the Books a House

We all dream of big beautiful libraries we can get lost in, right? Well a couple in Minnesota decided they needed an entire home of library. They purchased the house next door, joined the two houses together, and filled the new house/side with a gorgeous giant library. Sounds over the top, but it really is quite dreamy. Check it out here.

What do you think? Smart or too much?

{Credit: This was brought to my attention by the addictive Hooked on Houses}

39 comments :

  1. Um, that is wicked cool and near where I live. i should stalk them...i mean drive by and see how lovely it is.

    Wow, it is too much but only because I can barely afford the mortgage on one house. If I could have two, you bet I would do it.

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  2. I just read this to my husband and he got a very panicked look in his eye and said "NO! We are NOT buying the neighbour's house!" hahahahahah

    I think I'd just make sure the next house I buy has enough rooms to make into a home library, not buy another house. I'm with Michelle up there when it comes to paying ONE mortgage!

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  3. OMG! That is like the best fantasy come true! and the house is BEAUTIFUL! A beautiful houe...filled with books...ahhh..how lovely. :D

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  4. Well I really don't know what to say about that. It's beautiful and I'm quite jealous, however, all those books.....do they ever get read? Books want to be read. Beautiful house though.
    My next mortgage will be a condo in the 50th state fo my semi-retirement.

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  5. That is so cool, and what a great idea! But a double mortgage? I don't think I love my books quite that much.

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  6. That is so awesome, but I think it is too much as well, lol! It's my biggest wish to have my own home library, but I would feel guilty of keeping a whole house of books, when I can clearly afford to buy a book when I need it - better donate to those who can't afford. ;-) Sigh, that doesn't stop me from dreaming though. :P

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  7. *sigh* I am so envious!! Wish I had the money to indulge my addiction that way!

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  8. Oh my gosh! That is awesome, I want it!
    My books are taking over my house, so that would be perfect! My husband never complains about my books though. I try to keep them neat.
    I'll have to show him this link and see what he thinks, heehee maybe even an addition.

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  9. Oh my gosh...so not over-the-top! One day, the library will be my main criteria when purchasing my first real house. We had a library growing up, but it was rather small. I want nothing more than to walk room by room and explore the rows and rows of books :)

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  10. In my selfish heart I love the idea, but I think it's ultimately too much. Space just for books when there's crazy poverty around the world...I'd have a hard time justifying it. *sigh*

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  11. If I could afford it I would do something like that too.

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  12. Wow! What a crazy story (I bookmarked it for my husband so he can read it later. :) )

    I feel like this could be me in the future. Matt has always promised me that when we get a house, I can have a room for a library.

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  13. Hey if a person can afford it, why not go with what they are passionate about! I would love a huge library, I'm tripping over books here!

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  14. Would that I were that wealthy .... it would give me room for my books AND get rid of my nasty neighbor, too!

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  15. I so wish I had the cash to do that...That is so cool.

    And lol, Jo's comment is hilarious (and so true)!

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  16. Smart, but I think it would be even better if they let people use it as the community library! Even just reading there and leaving the books would be wonderful. But of course, that's just the wannabe librarian in me.

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  17. ahhh, my dream home...and i guessed correctly - it was an attorney who did it!

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  18. I love that!!!! That's so awesome!

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  19. I wish I could do that! Seriously, though, I'd never leave my house. That would be bad.

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  20. If I had the money I'd totally do that! I have enough books right now to create a small library and I keep adding to it.

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  21. Wow. Definitely over the top, but in a way that makes me envious.

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  22. OMG! *faints* I think I'm in love!
    Too much? Only on my budget! If I could, I would in a heart beat! ^_^

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  23. Maybe they would adopt a young canadian bookworn?
    Or maybe I could move next door. It's lovely, really!

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  24. I'm honestly not sure if that's smart or not. It sounds absolutely wonderful but at the same time, they'd have a hard time reselling it.

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  25. If you can afford it, why not. It's certainly beautiful, and I'm drooling over it. Sadly, I have a bookcase and some crates for my library haha

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  26. I love the idea of it, but the philanthropic portion of me hopes that they open it up to other people to enjoy. You know? I couldn't imagine having all those books and not sharing them with everyone. Not that they'd leave the house, but just maybe allow a few people to visit everyday, I don't know. Maybe I'm over-thinking this. It's still VERY cool!

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  27. thats cool - i would love to have my own library, and the rolling ladder is so cool, but dusting the books must be a nightmare!

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  28. I LOVE the idea! So tastefully done.

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  29. WOW! I know a lot of people might think it's overkill, but I love it!

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  30. Mrs. DeRaps, Grace, Cherry, Jenny, Lea, Stacy, Kim, Kelli, Julie, GMR, Lizzy, Kaye, Kim, and Christina: I do too :) I would love to own a library and a museum of vintage electronics ;)

    Hannah: I've always dreamed of owning a rolling ladder for some reason ;)

    1stdaughter: *smile* I feel ya. I see it sort of like preserving history :)

    Ladytink: Good point! They have definitely shortened their resale market. ;)

    Kay: LOL Right? I would love to be their friend.

    I've always said, "I don't need to be Oprah - I just need to be Gail."
    i.e. I don't need to be rich - I just need to be friends with the rich.

    Emidy: O that would be a problem for me too! :)

    Emma: You gals and 1stdaughter are totally on the same brain wave ;)

    Jo: LOL! Neighbors can be the pits ;)

    Meg: Amen!

    Allie: ooo good man!

    Celia & Aths: I feel ya :)

    Melissa: I adore home librarys too! *high five* We're on the same page!

    itsJUSTme: Oooo good luck! *fingers crossed* He sounds like an amazing fellow. ;)

    Janet & Cat & Michelle: True! Unless they were able to buy it straight out. :)

    Cat: LOL I was imaginging your husband's face ;)

    Jenny: "Books want to be read"! I love that! A condo in Hawaii? Sounds lovely! Smart of you to think ahead! :)

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  31. That seriously sounds heavenly! At this point, I don't have enough books to fill an entire house, but maybe someday...

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  32. Wow! It is too big but I'm not going to lie, I want it!

    Mad Scientist

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