Leading lady Meg Ryan, whose romance with The City That Never Sleeps was told and retold through classic 1990s rom-coms such as When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail, has decided to part with her dreamy SoHo loft located at 84 Mercer Street, New York.
Having purchased the bachelor pad in 2014 for US$8 million from Hank Azaria of The Simpsons fame, Ryan went on to fully renovate the 4,100-square-foot fifth-floor space. Now, the serial renovator is asking US$10.9 million for the apartment, citing reasons of “wanting to work on a new project”, according to Barbara Hochhauser, listing agent of Corcoran Group Real Estate.
Encompassing a full floor of a six-storey co-op built in 1884, the home has three bedrooms, three baths and is accessed by a key-lock elevator. According to the listing, some of the pre-war details include a 40ft-long entry gallery, seven architectural columns and floor-to-ceiling French doors.
Much of the loft was also reconfigured for extra comfort such as expanding the kitchen; transforming the previous gym space to a new master suite; switching out the dining room that had formerly been the master bedroom; and adding plenty of closets and built-ins.
The kitchen, accessible from both the living and dining rooms, has custom cabinetry, marble shelving and counter tops, housing premium-grade stainless-steel appliances, a walk-in pantry and an adjoining laundry room. Off the living room, there is a media room that has an exposed brick wall.
According to Architectural Digest, this is the ninth home Ryan has renovated. The actress told the magazine: “I love renovating. I think it’s tied to living the actor’s life. [But] with decorating, I am in control. It’s a chance for me to bring my vision into the world.”
Ryan hired architect Joel Barkley and designer Monique Gibson for the makeover.
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