While most New Yorkers live in rather cramped quarters, Gerard Butler has a spacious 3,300-square-foot loft in Manhattan that he calls home. The actor invited Architectural Digest into his massive bachelor pad, which features 13-foot-tall mahogany doors, ceiling frescos, plaster walls chipped and mottled with age, and crystal chandeliers.
"I wanted something elegant and gorgeous and at the same time rather masculine and raw," explains the 40-year-old Scotsman. "I guess I would describe the apartment as bohemian old-world rustic chateau with a taste of baroque."
While Butler clearly had a vision for the space, he turned to architect Alexander Gorlin and film designer Elvis Restaino to bring it to life. Says Restaino, "We re-created things that came into Gerry's life -- from his travels in Europe or even from an old coffee shop in New York."
Unfortunately, renovating the loft took much more time than Gerard anticipated. "I knew it was going to take a lot of work to turn the loft into a place where I actually wanted to live," he shares. "But I didn't realize it would be four years before I spent the night!"
Now that the "Bounty Hunter" star has a place to sleep, he's planning on making more renovations to his abode, which sits on the sixth and seventh floors of a converted manufacturing warehouse in the trendy NYC neighborhood of Chelsea. Yes, his loft has two floors -- and an adjoining roof terrace! Sounds like the perfect place for the hunky actor to entertain the ladies ... then again, maybe not.
"More than anything, I use my apartment as somewhere to retreat and spend time on my own," shares Butler. "New York is such a frenetic, crazy city, so I love to use the place for just some peace and quiet."