Meg Ryan is letting her Soho loft at 84 Mercer Street move on from a life of romantic comedy. Ryan purchased the property for $8 million in 2014 from The Simpsons star Hank Azaria, and after a gut renovation, she has now listed the property for $10.9 million.
Ryan’s loft was recently featured on the November cover of Architectural Digest. The rom-com queen revealed to the magazine 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. I think it’s tied to living the actor’s life. As an actor, you are so rarely in control. With decorating, I am in control; it’s a chance for me to bring my vision into the world.”
Ryan’s son has come to call her affinity for renovations the Megan-ize effect. The effect is on full display in the classic loft, where antique finishes meet dark hues to create a classic and chic style.
The space is accessed through a key-lock elevator that opens onto a 40-foot entry hall. Gorgeous floor to ceiling French doors lead into the living room, while a duplicate pair on the far end of the room leads to a formal dining area. The loft’s kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, marble shelving and countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances.
The master bedroom lies adjacent to the dining room. Though it doesn’t include a walk-in closet, eight smaller closets line the room. An oversized bathroom completes the master suite, while each of the two additional bedrooms also has its own bath. A large media room with an exposed brick wall can also be found off of the living room.
Ryan has managed to artfully meld modern renovations with the vintage energy of the cast-iron district where it is located. TripleMint’s Hana McGrath commented on the desirable district.
“To this day, Soho is at the intersection of art, culture, and history. When you walk into these older loft buildings, you can literally feel the life that was lived in them. So many incredible artistic movements began in SoHo. The neighborhood still vibrates with the artistic energy of everyone from experimental art guru George Maciunus to The Wooster Group to Andy Wharhol and Basquiat.”
Future owners will enjoy a hefty $6,147 in maintenance each month. We argue, however, that the magical loft is worth the fee.