Johnny Depp’s French estate up in the market again

The star of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise Johnny Depp may be relisting his French estate at a whopping price of US$55.5 million (RM228 million).

This is not the first time that Depp has the estate on the market. He had previously listed the property in 2015 and 2016 with the price ranging between US$27 million and US$63 million but was never able to sell it.

According to the Robb report, Depp has spent over US$10 million to restore and refurbish the buildings in the whole village to turn the 37-acre parcel into his own family vacation home.  It was reported that Depp decorated the place himself.

The estate centres around a town square with a church which was converted into a guest house, while a former confessional is now a wardrobe. There is also a restaurant named Chez Marceline with a fully-equipped kitchen, a laundry building and a garage.

The main residence has a built-up of around 4,300 sq ft, with five bedrooms and an art studio. It also features a wine cave decorated with Pirates of the Caribbean theme.

There are also several cottages that are used for guests, as well as a covered wagon that is outfitted with a bathroom and a kitchen. Besides that, two swimming pools, a gym and a skate park can be found on the grounds.

The idyllic village is planted with lush greens and some 300-year-old oaks, olive trees and vineyards.

Previously an abandoned Provencal village

The estate was previously an abandoned 19th-century Provencal village. Located in the small region of Provence’s Le Plan De Latour, the property is only 17 miles away from Saint-Tropez, a celebrity-vacation hot spot.

Depp bought the estate back in 2001 at the height of his career portraying Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

This was the place where he and his partner of 14 years, French actor and singer Vanessa Paradis, spent their time together with their two children, Lily-Rose and Jack, until they called it off in 2012.

It was said that Depp first put the estate on the market following his split from Paradis to close this chapter of his life as he entered into marriage with Amber Heard, with whom Depp is currently in a messy divorce trial. However, there was no taker.

This story first appeared in the E-weekly on March 26, 2021. You can access back issues here.

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