SELLER: Johnny Depp
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: five units that total about 11,500 square feet
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: On the heels of his bitter divorce from actress Amber Heard, Johnny Depp listed his collection of five penthouses in downtown Los Angeles with an asking price of $12.78 million. Property records and other online resources indicate the three-time Oscar-nominated “Pirates of the Caribbean” star hopes to realize a hefty profit on the loft-like penthouses that he acquired in a series of transactions in 2007 and 2008 for a total outlay of about $7.2 million.
The five multi-level penthouses — four two-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit — are clustered atop the Eastern Columbia building, a photogenic 1930s Art Deco tower converted to luxury condominiums in the mid-Aughts by boutique hotelier and property developer Brad Korzen, husband of maximalist decorator Kelly Wearstler. The penthouses, which all together measure about 11,500-square-feet, are contiguous but not combined and were used by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, according to The Wall Street Journal, more as “rooms in a home” than as a single apartment. Doorways were added between three of the units, which Mister Depp used as his private living space, while the other two were used as an art studio and a self-contained guest apartment. The art and tchotchke filled penthouses feature loft-like open-plan spaces with vibrant, jewel-toned wall colors — an entire wall in one of the units has a mural by uni-named Brazilian street artist Osgemeos — and open to several private terraces. The penthouses can be purchased together or separately although the price of the individual units has not been released.
Mister Depp’s real estate agents, Kevin Dees and Nick Segal at Partners Trust, “declined to comment” to The Wall Street Journal as to whether the sale of the penthouses has anything to do with his acrimonious divorce from Miz Heard who announced last month she planned to donate her $7 million settlement to charity.
Mister Depp’s extensive residential holdings still include a sizable chateau-style mansion on 2.64-acre estate at the tail end of a snaking cul-de-sac just above the Sunset Strip that he bought in the fall of 1995 for $1.89 million. In subsequent years he surreptitiously acquired four more homes on the same cul-de-sac at a cost we calculated to be $10.07 million. Depp’s portfolio additionally includes a luxury villa in the upscale Paris suburb of Meudon, a largely undeveloped 45-acre island in the Bahamas, and village-like compound near Plan-de-la-Tour in the south of France that he recently and somewhat inexplicably re-listed for $56 million, more than double the approximately $26 million at which the estate was originally listed.
Listing photos: Partners Trust