By Ruth Doherty
Are you something of a bon viveur? If you enjoy all the good things in life that Provence has to offer (we’re talking fine wine, excellent cheese, lavender fields, sunflowers, long summers and fragrant cypress trees), Johnny Depp’s French village could be for you. But you’ll need $55 million to make the hilltop village your own.
The Hollywood actor is reportedly set to relist the estate after putting it on the market in 2015 and 2016 at various prices from $27 million to $63 million, without making a sale.
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The star bought the abandoned village, just 17 miles from celebrity playground of St Tropez, back in 2001 at the height of Pirates of the Caribbean fame.
He reportedly spent around $10 million renovating the village buildings, sensitively restoring the stone and wood-beamed structures, during his 14-year relationship with French-actress and singer Vanessa Paradis. The couple enjoyed the estate together until their separation, and Johnny then looked to sell.
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The owner of the village can enjoy their own private restaurant, Chez Marceline, as well as a main house and six guest houses, one of which was the original village church.
Collectively, Johnny Depp’s French village boasts 2,900 square feet with 15 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.
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The 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, which boasts decor that could be straight out of the Pirates’ film franchise, including a decorative skull.
The estate is dotted with 300-year-old oaks, gnarly olive trees, and vineyards, offering bucolic scenery and a highly sought-after lifestyle.
The village is a short convertible car ride away from St Tropez, which has been a draw for the jet set crowd since the 1950s, when Bridgette Bardot arrived to film And God Created Woman and never left. The resort was already popular with an elite crowd after the pointillist Paul Signac led artists to to the area in the late 19th century, including the likes of Picasso and Sartre. However, it was Brigitte that garnered its worldwide attention.
A host of celebrities followed in her footsteps, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, and Elton John. And, of course, its a designer shopping mecca, with top-end names like Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana peppered along the cobbled streets, particularly in the triangle between Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard.
And for some seriously celebrity-spotting? Head to the beach restaurants of Pampelonne beach where, on any given day, you might spot anyone from Sylvester Stallone to Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Where does Johnny Depp live now?
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.
He has a large portfolio, but spends much of his time at his home in LA's Hollywood Hills.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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