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Inside Meryl Streep’s Stunning Real Estate Portfolio – Architectural Digest

Because of Meryl Streep’s star power, it may come as a surprise just how relatively normal and low-key her personal life is. The prolific actor, who has been married to sculptor Don Gummer for 43 years and counting, holds the record for most Oscar nominations ever (21), but she is notoriously private and has largely kept out of the tabloids—a feat for any A-lister to be proud of. When it comes to real estate, it seems like Streep has a similarly low-key approach, holding onto most properties for many years, if not decades—a rarity among Hollywood’s flip-happy demographic. Here, we’ve rounded up some of Streep’s most award-worthy residences, past and present.


About a decade after graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Streep returned to Connecticut, where she and Gummer paid $1.8 million for an estate in the quiet, historic town of Salisbury. The expansive property includes a small sheep farm and a 47-acre lake. In addition to the gray contemporary main house, there is also a pair of barns, a caretaker’s cottage, and a spacious art studio for Gummer. Residents in the area have spotted Streep around town but largely leave her alone, which Streep appreciates. In a 1986 interview with Ladies’ Home Journal, she said, “I’d much prefer not to have all the attention and adulation, people going berserk when they see me in public. Actually, I’m sort of boring, except for this incredibly fascinating career I have. Day to day, you know, I’m just like everybody else.” Streep and Gummer raised their four children in Connecticut, and they still own the home.


The couple next purchased a redbrick Greek Revival–style townhouse in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village for $2.2 million. The five-story residence was originally built in 1845 and was situated just a few blocks from Washington Square Park. The 6,585-square-foot dwelling included a dining room that could seat up to 16 people; a kitchen with two ovens, two dishwashers, a wine cooler, and warming drawers; a bar area; and an outdoor garden and a rooftop garden for warm-weather hosting. The primary suite, one of six bedrooms, took up the entire top floor and featured a 25-foot skylight, with an attached 450-square-foot Calacatta-marble bath, likely a sweet respite for Streep amid the daily grind. The Iron Lady star ended up selling the townhouse to the late Johnson & Johnson heiress Elizabeth “Libet” Johnson in 2005 for $9.1 million.


Shortly after selling their Greenwich Village townhouse, Streep and Gummer picked up a $10.3 million Tribeca penthouse. Spanning an entire floor of River Lofts and accessible only via a private elevator, the 3,944-square-foot unit boasted unobstructed views of the Hudson, with floor-to-ceiling windows opening out onto landscaped terraces on three sides. The spacious modern unit included four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a skylight-topped entrance gallery, a wood-burning, freestanding fireplace in the living room, and a kitchen revolving around a butcher block island. The couple listed the unit for $24.6 million in 2018 but had to lower the asking price a bit over the next few months. They finally sold it for $15.8 million in early 2020.



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