Some home-stagers, brokers and sellers use books as an out-and-out design feature to attract buyers (or at least gawkers). Others simply have phalanxes of tomes in strategic listing shots. The listing for Unit 3 in the rowhouse at 286 Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay is an example of the latter. Right there, smack-dab, are two built-in living-room shelves crammed with titles. Memorable—and perhaps effective? The 2-BR, 1.5-BA sold last week after not even three months officially on the market. The 1,300-square-foot spread with in-unit laundry and parking for one traded for its asking of $1,425,000.
· The Books-As-Design Trend Has Reached a New Low [Curbed National]