Gerard Butler’s NYC Loft

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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.  

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"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."

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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!"

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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.

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"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."

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