Fresh off a cover feature in the holy tome of celebrity interiors, the impeccable Soho loft of actress Meg Ryan has hit the market for $10.9 million. Ryan purchased the apartment from fellow celeb Hank Azaria in 2014—and he from artist Cindy Sherman—dropping $8 million on the 4,100-square-foot abode on Mercer Street. The classic loft was fine in its own right when Ryan moved in, but its been elevated with a gut renovation by architect Joel Barkley and designer Monique Gibson.
Ryan’s no stranger to redesigning spaces. The When Harry Met Sally actress told Architectural Digest that the loft is the ninth home she’s renovated. “I know it sounds crazy to most people, the idea of renovating that many houses. But I love renovating,“ she said. “I think it’s tied to living the actor’s life. As an actor, you are so rarely in control. [W]ith decorating I am in control; it’s a chance for me to bring my vision into the world.” She does it so often, in fact, that her son Jack has a name for it: the Megan-ize effect.
The Megan-ize effect is on full display on Mercer Street, where brooding hues and antique finishes meet. The apartment is a classic loft in that it has a flowing yet funky layout suspended by seven architectural columns. The keyed elevator opens up onto a 40-foot entry hall with five windows overlooking Mercer Street on one side, and a set of high gloss black french doors that lead into the living area on the other. A separate formal dining area with a marble mantled decorative fireplace can be found behind another set of french doors at the far end of the living room.
The loft’s kitchen includes custom cabinetry by Fine Woodwork, marble shelving and countertops, subway tile, and tons of built-in shelving. The appliances are what one would expect: a six-burner Viking range with a grill, two stainless steel refrigerators, and a Bosch dishwasher.
The master bedroom is found off of the formal dining room, and doesn’t include the oversized walk-in closet that has become so desired, but has eight smaller closets as well as a massive en suite bathroom with a free-standing tub designed by Water Monopoly and vanities by Urban Archaeology. The two additional bedrooms are smaller, each with their own bath. A media room can be found off of the living room.