CELEBRITY HOMES

MEG RYAN

From a jock hangout to one of the most sophisticated and dramatic apartments in New York’s Soho neighborhood, interior designer and actress Meg Ryan has done it again.

Having purchased the bachelor pad from “The Simpsons” Hank Azaria in 2014, Ryan had the ability to visually block out the massive gym, animal skins thrown over dining room chairs, and too much 1970s shag carpeting, and imagine how rooms could be repurposed and restructured.

She identified the bones and how they could be adjusted to get the best flow for today’s lifestyle.

Encompassing a full floor of a converted Soho warehouse, the 4,100-square-foot loft co-op has three bedrooms, three baths and is accessed by a key-lock elevator. Some of the pre-war details include a long entry gallery bathed in light from the large windows spanning the space, seven architectural columns, 12-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling French doors. Ryan added a Victorian decorative fireplace in the dining room, and the original narrow-board wood floors have been refinished with an ebony stain.

Prior to the onset of actual decorating, Ryan repurposed and reconfigured much of the loft, such as enlarging the kitchen, restructuring the new master suite, which was previously the huge gym, switched out the dining room that had formerly been the master bedroom, resized bathrooms and added a plethora of closets, storage and built-ins.

When it was completely gutted and built out, Ryan went with a sophisticated city theme of dark color, contrasting textures and a glass wall with French doors between the living room and dining room. Brick walls were left exposed in the media room. The new open and airy kitchen is stocked with high-end appliances and leans toward a French design.

The house is currently listed with Barbara Hochhauser, associate broker with The Corcoran Group. For more amazing homes, visit http://www.toptenrealestatedeals.com.

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group