This winter finds Meg Ryan with a new retreat to enjoy—or build upon: a 4,268 square-footer in Santa Barbara. The house closed for just over five million dollars recently.
Ryan’s tastes favor a strong sense of stylistic cohesion and a tastefully reticent execution—readers may remember her Mercer Street loft, which went up for sale for $11 million in 2017, and sold a few months later for a million under ask. She had then made the logical decision to upgrade her address to celeb-favorite 443-greenwich.
This house in Montecito is a postmodern farmhouse dating to the middle of the 1990s, and it boasts that feature common to all better Montecito properties: its acreage allows for abundant privacy and breathing room.
A recent renovation shows in the interiors, with floors refinished with a mildly antiqued matte look, and exposed ceiling trussing stained dark. Otherwise, the house is a bit of a mishmash, albeit a generally pleasing one.
The living room features a stone fireplace as a centerpiece, the kitchen veers into an industrial-inflected contemporary feel, and the master suite is absolutely lovely, with a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet and dressing room, a bath with a blue-tiled soaking tub alcove, and a set of sliding steel-framed glass doors opening onto the brick patio. A green-tiled bath, a green-walled office, various bohemian-esque pendant fixtures, and a wine room are also part of the home’s layout.
The lot extends to over one and one-half acres, enough space for a leisurely pool and sunlounge, various plantings, and an isolated patio in the middle of a tree-dotted grove.