June 13, 2024


Giving your Home a new Option

Meg Ryan’s Former San Francisco Victorian Asks $19.5M

There’s a lot to relish about this handsome Victorian in San Francisco’s posh Pacific Heights. Actor Meg Ryan certainly thought so—she acquired the residence after filming When a Man Loves a Woman in the city and lived there with her then-husband, Dennis Quaid. 

The historic, four-level home is packed with architectural beauty and was recently treated to a sensitive four-year renovation by local architect Tim Murphy. As part of the remodel, the property received a new kitchen, family room, master suite, and upstairs lounge.

Positioned on a premiere block in Pacific Heights, the former home of actor and producer Meg Ryan is currently seeking a new buyer for $19,500,000. The traditional Victorian was built in 1889 by Samuel Newsom and sports quintessential bay windows.

The current owners—a young couple with two children—purchased the home in 2014, and shortly thereafter tapped local architect Tim Murphy to breathe new life into the space. Murphy retained much of its original character, including the thick crown molding and decorative millwork, as showcased in the welcoming entryway.

The current owners also turned to interior design firm Nicole Hollis to fill the space with custom furnishings and designer finishes.

“We were hired early in the redesign process to consult on the selection of interior finishes, custom cabinetry, hardware, and the design of each custom fireplace surround,” states the firm. “We spearheaded the selection of all furniture, window treatments, wall coverings, accessories and the majority of the decorative lighting.”

Nicole Hollis selected dark walnut flooring and marble accents contrasted with warm hues of gray, navy, and cream. In the formal living room, a Barnaby Barford mirror is perched above a custom fireplace surround.

The property now offers a blend of historical and modern elegance throughout its 7,050 square feet. Boasting five bedrooms, along with five full and two half baths, the home features multiple living areas, a chef’s kitchen, and a “pentroom” that frames sweeping views across the bay. Scroll ahead to see more.

The kitchen features a striking marble island and top-of-the-line appliances. Expansive Vitrocsa sliding doors open to one of the home’s many terraces.

Another view of the kitchen.

The dining room was relocated to sit adjacent to the kitchen and family room. 

In total, the residence offers five bedrooms, all tucked away on the upper levels.

An oversized soaking tub awaits in one of the five full bathrooms.

The master suite overlooks incredible views of the Bay. “The master bedroom is an ode to the wife’s feminine sensibility with its dusty lavender palette and luxurious materials,” states the team at Nicole Hollis. “A curved sofa by India Mahdavi and porcelain artwork by Fenella Elms contribute to the softness of the room.”

Off the bedroom is a bright and airy master bath.

A chic dressing room is also included with the master suite.

The upper-most level is billed as a “pentroom” in the listing. A well-outfitted media area and bar fill the space, which also opens up to panoramic city views.

An evening view from the “pentroom” terrace, where a fire pit creates a cozy atmosphere. The outdoor space offers unobstructed views of Alcatraz and Angel Islands in the distance.

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