Meg Ryan’s Spanish-Style Home in Bel Air

by hookedonhouses on March 30, 2010

Meg Ryan photo

Meg Ryan’s Spanish-style mansion in Bel Air, California, is on the market for $14.2 million.  It has 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, and over 6,800 square feet.  It sits on nearly three-quarters of an acre and boasts high-profile neighbors like Tom Ford nearby (whose chic London townhouse I showed you here).

Meg Ryan's house-overhead view

Ryan purchased the house in 2000 for around $8.5 million.

Meg Ryan-Bel Air home 1

Meg Ryan-Bel Air home 2

I’d love to get a better look at this kitchen. She seems to have a lot of framed artwork in there.

Meg Ryan-Bel Air home 3

Meg Ryan-Bel Air home 4

This house reminds me of Diane Keaton’s Spanish Colonial I showed you here, but Keaton’s is more colorful. You can find more photos and information about Ryan’s house at The Real Estalker.

I think I associate Meg Ryan with interesting houses because of the movies she’s been in. For example, there was Sleepless in Seattle, where she had that adorable place with pink kitchen cabinets and vintage decor:

Sleepless in Seattle-Meg Ryan's pink kitchen

Her much-loved brownstone in You’ve Got Mail:

You've Got Mail-Meg Ryan's kitchen

And the red-brick house she had in the movie I wrote about yesterday, The Women:

Meg Ryan's house-The Women

I even liked her apartment in When Harry Met Sally. Remember that one? Do you have a favorite “Meg Ryan house’?

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Janet @ I Drink at Restaurants March 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

I think I have to vote for the house that was being renovated during Hanging Up. I feel the urge to go watch that movie again to make sure ;)

I expected the interiors to look more stylish like Cameron Diaz’s home in The Holiday. The decor seems very generic. I can relate to the pictures in the kitchen, though. I threatened to convert my kitchen to a walk-in closet for years!
.-= Janet @ I Drink at Restaurants´s last blog ..The following conversation actually took place… =-.

Stephanie March 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

Her house is beautiful, i love the Spanish style mansion…and the interior is gorgeous too. I love that her bedroom is huge and open and the ceilings are fantastic…beautiful home!
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Honoring the Fallen, Tribute Art for fallen soldiers =-.

Shannon March 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

I really like that kitchen. I haven’t seen anything quite
like it.
.-= Shannon´s last blog .."still the clouds are hammering,hammering home their dreary aim-a chatterbox in constant…" =-.

Lauren March 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

I find it so hard to picture what celebrities actually do in these huge, empty homes of theirs. I, on the other hand, could probably enjoy some really nice evenings at that picnic table outside. ;)
.-= Lauren´s last blog ..How to Clean Filthy Running Shoes =-.

Lou Cinda March 30, 2010 at 8:28 am

Definitely sleepless in Seattle! I loved her house in that!

Lou Cinda :)
.-= Lou Cinda´s last blog ..Some New Stuff =-.

Becky K March 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

This house is amazing but I expected more color and chic accents.

Becky K.
.-= Becky K´s last blog ..This Morning…. =-.

Kat in Texas March 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

Love Meg’s Spanish-style house! IMO, the interiors could use a little more warmth and color. That kitchen is the bomb, but I’m puzzled at all of the framed artwork.

I’d have to say my favorite Meg Ryan “movie” house is her brownstone in “You’ve Got Mail.”

Mary March 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

I agree with Janet about a generic feel. I am noticing all the huge vases, which I normally love, but I have the feeling that in this home they are being used to fill up otherwise empty space. There are no interesting shapes among them that suggest we are looking at unique pieces of art, rather than large pieces of reproducable craft. I do love the house, though

Penny March 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

I love this house. I especially like the fact that there’s not as much color there. It’s very peaceful. The older I get the more I can appreciate this look.

LOVE your blog by the way Julia!

Marija March 30, 2010 at 9:17 am

Easily like her actual home best. I like that it is sort of sparse. Perhaps the view of the two arched entry ways is a bit too vacant (as some have suggested) but I love the details that do exist in what looks to be the family room and definitely the kitchen. I’d love a better look at that as well! Marija

Richella at Imparting Grace March 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

So if she’s selling the mansion, I wonder where she’ll live? Poor little thing–I suppose she’ll be able to nest somewhere.

As for her movie houses, I think I’d have to vote for the brownstone in You’ve Got Mail. What is it about a brownstone that’s just so darn charming?
.-= Richella at Imparting Grace´s last blog ..Party guests =-.

Susan March 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

Her house is beautiful. I love the coffered ceilings and the way the rooms open up to the outdoors. Spanish colonials are so lovely. It’s just not the home I would imagine Meg living in. She’s so charming and sweet in so many of her movies. Certainly the apartments in Sleepless and You’ve Got Mail reflect that, yet her own home seems so impersonal. Thanks for another great post! I am curious to see if she gets anything close to the asking price in this economy.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Brown Bag Lunch Recipe #1 =-.

Sheila March 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

Love love love Meg Ryan (and Diane Keaton — those are my two favorite actresses, along with Audrey Hepburn). And I do love this house, as well. It lets in light amazingly well, and the white walls and ceiling add to the open, airy feel. I think color is sometimes used to heavily and like this more-simplistic vibe. The contrast between the white and the dark windows and furniture show a classic, fresh style. Love it.
.-= Sheila´s last blog ..Spit and image vs. spitting image =-.

Sheila March 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

That would be “too heavily.”
.-= Sheila´s last blog ..Spit and image vs. spitting image =-.

Hip Hip Gin Gin March 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

Wow, my whole house could fit into her kitchen! Gorgeous!
My favorite Meg Ryan house has to be the You’ve Got Mail apartment. I looooooove that movie and her little cozy place was such a good reflection of who her character was. Although it is possible that I love her little bookstore more, I actually cried in the scene where she is closing it and it is all empty.
.-= Hip Hip Gin Gin´s last blog ..Simple Pleasures =-.

Kristen March 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

I LOVE her house in Hanging Up….I’m going to buy it just for design ideas : )

Karena March 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

Julia, love the peak you give us into these oh so fabulous homes! very interesting to see the styles and color palettes used.
Karena
Art by Karena
.-= Karena´s last blog ..Seaside Painting Giveaway =-.

Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair March 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

I loved her apartment in “You’ve Got Mail”. I think the country color combos and large bookcases are what did it for me!
.-= Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair´s last blog ..Pottery Barn inspired living room =-.

Julie Harward March 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

Beautiful indeed! But I think all these very rich actors and sports people should have to share these giant sized homes with about 5 other poor families! Come say hi :D
.-= Julie Harward´s last blog ..WORSE THAN I THOUGHT…. =-.

Jessica at LAvender and Lilies March 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

I loved the apartment in You’ve Got Mail. Great house!
.-= Jessica at LAvender and Lilies´s last blog ..Cleaning Up and Cleaning Out =-.

Val March 30, 2010 at 10:49 am

I love Meg Ryan’s parents house in Sleepless In Seattle…..

Chrissy March 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

I’m drawing a blank… what was that movie she did with Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow? Her real-life house you’ve featured here reminds me a lot of her house in that movie.
.-= Chrissy´s last blog ..Tuesday Tunes : Forever =-.

Jennifer Lee March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

I loved the built-ins in the house in “When A Man Loves A Woman”.

Julie B March 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

I’m with Lauren; I always wonder how happy people are in those huge houses (beautiful for sure, but when there’s only one person living there, how much space do you need?).

Since YGM is my favorite movie, I’ll have to pick that as my favorite of her fill houses.

Thanks so much for all the work you do to share these posts with us, Julia!

Nichole March 30, 2010 at 11:29 am

The brownstone in You’ve Got Mail. I haven’t seen Hanging Up, but apparently I need to rent it.
.-= Nichole´s last blog ..What Happens In Vegas… =-.

Kimberlee J. March 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I would most like to live in the apartment in “You’ve Got Mail”, but I also like her house in “When A Man Loves A Woman”.

Kim March 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Julia I love this house! You know she has good taste. I especially like the kitchen. Even the furnishings are done to suit the house. It’s not a perfect house but this one, this one is fantastic. I want to imagine myself in it for awhile and life there.
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Carmel Beach House~Research (Yeah right) =-.

Kim March 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Julia, sorry to comment twice, but I just went and looked at Tom Ford’s chic townhouse and I didn’t like that one at all. This one is much better, for my tastes, anyway.

And I know I’ve said it before but may I say it again, I adore your blog.
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Carmel Beach House~Research (Yeah right) =-.

janice | Sharing the Journey March 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I don’t know why, but I find Meg Ryan’s real home a bit soul-less and sad. Maybe it’s because I always imagined her living in a cross between the sets of You’ve got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. (When I’m tempted to keep my small kitchen and not knock through to the dining room, I remind myself of how much I love those two kitchens.) I’ve had mixed feelings towards Meg Ryan since she left her husband for Russell Crow, and then had very weird implants in her lips. I can’t watch her now without being strangely fascinated and repelled by them at the same time. My own fault I guess for mixing up the real woman with the characters in Harry met Sally, Sleepless and You’ve got mail.
.-= janice | Sharing the Journey´s last blog ..A Patchwork Post: Quote-hunting, My Bloggling’s Birthday…and Cake! =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now March 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

You’ve Got Mail, for sure! :) I love how light and airy her *real* house is. :)

Morning T March 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Her home is beautiful. I’m not a big Meg fan but her brownstone in You’ve Got Mail is my favorite!
.-= Morning T´s last blog ..The queen of my castle =-.

Chris March 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Her home is beautiful. I always wonder if these movie stars have someone else decorate their houses or if they do it, as they seem to have so little time with all the movies they make.
.-= Chris´s last blog .. =-.

malissa March 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Definately Hanging Up. That hallway w/ the outdoor/indoor feel and the kitchen in that movie is one of my favorite kitchens ever!

Nancy Hood March 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm

You’ve got Mail has got to be my favorite Meg Ryan home! Who wouldn’t love to be single, own and operate the cutest little bookstore and live in such a charming neighborhood! That’s the stuff dreams are made of!
.-= Nancy Hood´s last blog ..Pastels and Pretties =-.

Kim March 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I like the staircase, but not really anything else. Maybe it’s just me, but what I don’t get is why celebrities don’t have luxurious homes. I mean they are rich and could afford whatever they want, but they don’t. Instead they get these spanish styled homes that aren’t that nice to me. Like I have said before, the only home I have really liked is Michael J. Fox. He and his wife actually have good taste.

I don’t really have a favorite Meg Ryan home. For a favorite movie of her’s, it’s a tie between “You’ve Got Mail”, and “Sleepless in Seattle.”

susan said so March 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm

1) Hanging Up (I actually think about that house fairly regularly…)

2) You’ve Got Mail

xox,
Susan
.-= susan said so´s last blog ..constant in happiness =-.

Nita March 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I love Spanish colonials! But this one is too colorless and too cold for moi. I loved her brownstone apartment in You’ve Got Mail, and if my husband and I find it on TV as we turn the channel, we just have to watch because that’s how we met-online!

Nita March 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Oh, I have to add this little story. And older woman saw Meg in a grocery store parking lot and yelled at her to “run a comb through that hair of yours!”

LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE March 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Meg Ryan always plays those cute, likeable, quirky characters. I expected a little something different, I think. I suspect, I anticipated something eclectic and colorful. I wonder if someone decorated for her and she let them have at it, or did she really contribute? Hmmmm…Thanks, as always. -susan

Annie@A View on Design March 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm

OMG, I don’t normally like that style much, but seriously, this home is stunning – wow!!! those floors…
.-= Annie@A View on Design´s last blog ..Beautiful Grande Brighton Beachfront =-.

E. George March 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Hi Julia what can I say come on lotto. You are a girl after my own heart I love spanish style and not too much stuff . You know my fav. Meg Ryan homes You Got Mail and Hanging Up. I like this place my thing is if you have a nice yard then the house will be great I’m a garden girl first. I do have a soft spot for Meg I wonder if any of the new breed of actors can play those romantic comedy roles as well as she did. Thank you for this gift of yours to all of us you keep us entertained not a day goes by that I don’t look at your website first. Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney ….. ps cooler weather bring on Autumn.

angela | the painted house March 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Spanish is definitely in my top 10 design styles I love–would love to have a house like that for a chapter in my life. Beautiful.
.-= angela | the painted house´s last blog ..Matt Odom, Photographer =-.

Melanie March 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Her kitchen is huge!

Wonder where she is moving to?
.-= Melanie´s last blog ..The Pioneer Woman’s Meatloaf. =-.

Breanna March 30, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I love your blog it is highly addicting! I love, love, LOVE Meg Ryan’s house in “Hanging Up” this house actually reminds me of it a great deal. If you could get images of her house in “Hanging Up” I’d be eternally grateful! Thanks for your blog :)

hookedonhouses March 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Breanna–
“Hanging Up” is on my list–I’ll get to it eventually, I promise! -Julia :-)

Katy March 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

It is kind of strange that there is so much framed art clustered in that corner of the kitchen when there’s hardly any on the walls in living rooms etc…the empty white walls really need art to lift the feng shui chi (and help her sell the place faster!). I do like the muted blues and aquas she used in decor, especially the ceramics.
.-= Katy´s last blog ..FENG SHUI FOR SANDRA BULLOCK =-.

Kristin March 31, 2010 at 3:14 am

Love the post!!!
.-= Kristin´s last blog ..Why not enjoy a Ladurée Afternoon Tea? =-.

Nadia Mahanor March 31, 2010 at 6:40 am

My favorite Meg Ryan house and Kitchen comes from the 1994 movie ” When a man loves a woman”. For photos of the house go to Karalindstrom.com. Kara Lindstrom was the set decorator on many of the rooms. She has many photos of the rooms she worked on, on her website. I have emailed her hoping she can give more info about the house and set the set. I hope to hear from her soon.

katie March 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Hanging Up! Hanging Up! Hanging Up! This has to be one of my favorite movie houses of all time, and perhaps I’ve missed it, but I haven’t seen anyone do a post on the house in this movie. It has such character, and actually looks like someone lives there. The light, the indoor/outdoor feel, and the artwork by Maynard Dixon …..just fabulous.

Robin March 31, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Julia,
Love the spanish style California homes. I would like to see more color, tho. I do love the brownstone in You’ve Got Mail and her book shop which is adorable!
Robin
.-= Robin´s last blog ..Mary Tyler Moore Apartment =-.

Angela April 1, 2010 at 7:00 am

This house seems a bit cold to me, and who puts lots of framed art in the kitchen…only to be splattered with bacon grease?! However, I am not saying that I wouldn’t take this house in less than a hearbeat! It’s gorgeous! My favorite Meg Ryan house is definitely “You Got Mail” – her apartment is so dreamy!!

~angela @ peonypatch
.-= Angela´s last blog ..I’m a Cat… =-.

Jeannie April 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Just discovered your site and I love it!
.-= Jeannie´s last blog ..I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues =-.

Emily Zimmerman April 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hanging Up! I just discovered your blog by way of the lettered cottage. I’m going to have to save your site to my favs!

debbie April 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I love and will always love the brownstone apartment in You’ve Got Mail! Her real life house is pretty but a little impersonal and not my style. I have to admit the pink cabinets in the Sleepless house are totally adorable too.

Laura April 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

So weird…there doesn’t seem to be art anywhere….but an overabundance the kitchen? Huh.
‘The Women’ house is gorgeous, but my favorite is definitely the “You’ve Got Mail’ brownstone…. so pretty and cozy!!!

QueenVelveeta April 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

her walls need color. Looks very bland right now.

Michel H April 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I’d love to see pics from Meg Ryan’s character Eve’s house in Hanging Up… I can’t seem to locate any… Can you??!!

xoxo
fly

hookedonhouses April 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Michel–
I’m working on it! Stay tuned. -Julia :-)

amy April 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I liked her apartment in the movie with Hugh Jackman, Kate and Leopold, loads of style and color.

Angie Darling April 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

One great find leads to another. I saw a flash on TV mentioning Halle Berry’s house which led me to this amazing site.I love the Spanish style. I live in Canada but am a California girl at heart. I will be visiting you every day!!

Mary Donnelly May 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

Have seen Mel Gibson’s Malibu home shown on the Zillow website. It’s gorgeous and California/Spanish I think your readers would love to see.

hookedonhouses May 22, 2010 at 10:19 am

Mary–
I wrote a post about Mel Gibson’s Greenwich house here: http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/06/30/mel-gibsons-tudor-style-mansion-in-greenwich/. I haven’t seen the one in Malibu, though! -Julia

Jill September 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I prefer any of her movie homes over her real one. It looks cold with no personality.

Rebecca January 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I’ve heard so much over the years about Meg Ryan rubbing her marble countertops with cut tomatoes and/or tomato juice that I was hoping this would be the kitchen, but it doesn’t seem so. As one of the other commenters wrote, that’s just the sort of quirky behavior I’d associate with her based on her movie roles, and why I’d expect her house to be a little more quirky and have more personality. Then again, I rather get the impression that she’s already moved out and on and the house has been staged for sale. Ah well. But a fun look — thanks!

Margie March 4, 2011 at 12:42 am

The dining room where Meg’s family gathered for Christmas Eve dinner in ‘You’ve Got Mail’ was absolutely charming. Loved all the votives, candles, and garlands and even the elegant Christmas centerpiece of red and white roses. Have progressively become room/house-fatuated with each of Nora Ephron’s movie sets from Sleepless to Something’s Gotta Give. (Wonder what she’s working on now?) The Holiday always lifts my spirits before bedtime if I’ve had a bad day.
Also, visited LA a few years ago, took the Beverly Hills tour of celebrity home locations. Recall passing a home once owned by Doris Day which at the time of the tour was owned by Meg Ryan. Must have been her starter home.

DEBRA LAWRENCE May 25, 2011 at 11:20 am

Could you please do the film “Greenhouse”? I saw it on your list of “todo’s” but I just wanted to encourage you! Also, if you have anything else about Meg’s new beach house?

Christina June 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I love her townhouse in New York City in “You’ve Got Mail”.. love it!!! I would love to have that place. That’s the style I love with more up to date decor. It reminds me of the kind of stoop SJP had in her cute apt in “Sex in The City” again.. I always mention their homes and characters.. My favorite show. But I really did love the apartments all the girls had in New York. I liked Carries the most. Her apartment reminds me a great deal of an apartment I used to have. Especially the two bathroom doors.. my last apartment. I loved that. Megs home is great. These stars seem to always be selling such great places. The asking prices are pretty high for such a lousy market.

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