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Johnny Depp’s French village estate could be yours… but you’ll need deep pockets

It appears Johnny Depp is readying to relist his opulent French village estate, with Top Ten Real Estate Deals reporting the actor will put the village back on the market at US$55.5 million ($69.5 million). 

Depp has previously listed the village in 2015 and 2016 at various prices from $27 million to $63 million, but it did not sell.

Depp bought the then-abandoned 19th century Provencal village, which is 27km from celebrity hotspot Saint-Topez, in 2001.

He then spent some of the millions of dollars in bounty he received for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise renovating the buildings during his 14-year relationship with French-actress-and-singer Vanessa Paradis. 

Transforming the property from a sleepy hollow to a place of transcendence, the couple enjoyed the estate and local surroundings until their relationship began to dissolve, leading to their permanent separation in 2021.

Depp’s village includes the main house, six guest homes (one of which was the original village church), a private restaurant Chez Marceline, a covered wagon with bath and kitchen, and an art studio. 

Together, the 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. The estate is dotted with 300-year-old oaks, olive trees, and vineyards.

In addition to the French village, Depp has also owned several other unusual properties over the years, including a collection of penthouses in downtown Los Angeles, an 18-hectare private island in the Bahamas, and a horse farm in Kentucky, which he purchased twice.

Saint-Tropez became a popular destination among 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 several major clothing designers, making it one of the most popular vacation towns on the French Riviera.

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