Photography by Gibson Sotheby’s
According to a recent media report, Johnny Depp appears to be ready to relist his stunning French village estate. The actor, now in the midst of a highly publicized divorce from Amber Heard, previously listed the unusual estate for roughly $26 million. Now the estate has been put back on the market at $55.5 million.
In 2001 at the height of his Pirates of the Caribbean films franchise, Depp purchased the abandoned, 19th-century Provençal village located only 17 miles from the celebrity hot spot of Saint-Tropez. Depp then spent millions of dollars renovating the buildings during his 14-year relationship with French-actress-and-singer Vanessa Paradis. Turning the property into an idyllic place to live, the couple enjoyed the estate and local surroundings until their relationship began going downhill, leading to their permanent separation.
Depp’s village includes the main house, six guest homes (one was the original village church), a private restaurant Chez Marceline, a covered wagon with bath and kitchen, and an art studio. Together, living space is 12,900 square feet with 15 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. Depp has spent over $10 million in preserving the stone-and-wood-beamed structures without destroying their original features. Grounds include two swimming pools, a charming town square with lush landscaping and outdoor dining, a skate park, a full gym, and a wine cave. Grounds are dotted with 300-year-old oaks, olive trees, and vineyards.
Depp has been the owner of several unusual properties over the years including a collection of penthouses in downtown Los Angeles, a 45-acre private island in the Bahamas, and a horse farm in Kentucky that he purchased twice.
Saint-Tropez became popular with the jet set crowd in the 1950s when Bridgette Bardot arrived to film And God Created Woman and never left. Many celebrities followed Bardot’s footsteps, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Elton John, and all the major clothing designers, making it one of the most popular vacation towns on the French Riviera.
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