Friday, 15 July 2016

Johnny Depp doubles the price of his French village to $55.5m... days after listing his Venetian villa for $10.8m

Friday, July 15, 2016





Celebrity divorces are notoriously expensive.
And as he gears up for his sure-to-be pricey split from Amber Heard, Johnny Depp is obviously making sure he has the money to go the distance.
The actor has relisted the sprawling French village he once shared with former partner Vanessa Paradis for $55.5million, double the previous asking price.
On the market: Johnny Depp has doubled the price of his sprawling  French village to $55.5m
On the market: Johnny Depp has doubled the price of his sprawling  French village to $55.5m
Idyllic: It comes days after The Pirates of the Caribbean star put his Venician villa on the market for $10.8m
Idyllic: It comes days after The Pirates of the Caribbean star put his Venician villa on the market for $10.8m
Liquidising his assets: And as he gears up for his sure-to-be pricey split from Amber Heard, Johnny Depp is obviously making sure he has the money to go the distance
Liquidising his assets: And as he gears up for his sure-to-be pricey split from Amber Heard, Johnny Depp is obviously making sure he has the money to go the distance
It comes just days after The Pirates of the Caribbean star put his Venician villa on the market for $10.8million.
Johnny's hamlet, near the village of Plan-de-la-Tour, was bought in its entirety in 2001 by Depp after he fell in love with both Paradis and France.
The 52-year-old spent most of his time at the villa near St Tropez with French singer-actress Vanessa where he was said to love the quiet life of growing vegetables, shopping in the nearby town and playing with the couple's children, Lily-Rose Melody and Jack.
Village: It is actually a small hamlet, bought by megastar Depp 14 years ago, while he was with Vanessa Pardis
Village: It is actually a small hamlet, bought by megastar Depp 14 years ago, while he was with Vanessa Pardis
Atmospheric: He bought it as a wreck, but spent millions updating the mainly early 19th century buildings, built from the region¿s traditional honey stone
Atmospheric: He bought it as a wreck, but spent millions updating the mainly early 19th century buildings, built from the region’s traditional honey stone
Second thoughts: It first went on the market for around $26million in June last year, but despite initial interest from potential purchasers, was then withdrawn from sale months later
Second thoughts: It first went on the market for around $26million in June last year, but despite initial interest from potential purchasers, was then withdrawn from sale months later
He bought it as a wreck, but spent millions updating the mainly early 19th century buildings, built from the region’s traditional honey stone.
It first went on the market for around $26million in June last year, but despite initial interest from potential purchasers, was then withdrawn from sale months later.
Having initially been listed by Sotheby’s International Realty France, the property was then relisted by Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland and Michaël Zingraf of France-based Michaël Zingraf Real Estate.
Mr Hilton told the Wall Street Journal that Depp felt the property had been priced too low. 
Not a quick sale: Depp felt the property had been priced too low

Not a quick sale: Depp felt the property had been priced too low
Perfect spot for a cuppa: The property was painstakingly renovated by Depp and Paradis
Perfect spot for a cuppa: The property was painstakingly renovated by Depp and Paradis
One for Airbnb? A church has been converted into a guest-house with a once dark, secret confessional booth now used as a wardrobe
One for Airbnb? A church has been converted into a guest-house with a once dark, secret confessional booth now used as a wardrobe
'Mr Depp feels that €50 million is the appropriate price for this asset,' he said, adding that several billionaires had already expressed interest in the estate.
Depp spent 14 years and millions of pounds restoring the sprawling 37-acre property, which is being sold fully furnished, with DVDs still filling the bookshelves.
Alexander Kraft, chairman Sotheby’s International Realty France previously revealed: 'Johnny had decided to sell the Plan de la Tour property to close this chapter of his life and move on.
Tasteful: Depp spent 14 years and millions of pounds restoring the sprawling 37-acre property
Tasteful: Depp spent 14 years and millions of pounds restoring the sprawling 37-acre property
Job lot: It has taken until now for Depp to part with the stunning property, although he doesn't seem to be too attached to the furniture and artwork, which is being sold with the estate
Job lot: It has taken until now for Depp to part with the stunning property, although he doesn't seem to be too attached to the furniture and artwork, which is being sold with the estate
'He hopes that someone else will enjoy the property as much as he did and bring him or her the same happiness it brought.'  
‘It was in a pretty rough state,’ added Kraft, who had called the original sale price 'ambitious'.
Nowadays, stylish wooden beams, terracotta roofs and tiling complete the look that is centred around the village square in the classic French manner.
Abandon ship: Depp has been selling other beloved possessions since the breakdown of his 15-month marriage to Amber Heard
Abandon ship: Depp has been selling other beloved possessions since the breakdown of his 15-month marriage to Amber Heard
A church has been converted into a guest-house with a once dark, secret confessional booth now used as a wardrobe.
There is also a restaurant, but no cash has ever been taken here for service. Instead Depp and his family used it as a dining room.
Other buildings in the square include a laundry and a garage - although more guest and playrooms hide behind their everyday exterior.
Nice view: He has also listed for sale this historic 17th century home, which overlooks Venice's Grand Canal, boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms
Nice view: He has also listed for sale this historic 17th century home, which overlooks Venice's Grand Canal, boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms

If all that isn't enough, the 4,300 sq foot main home boasts five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and an art studio where the actor indulged in another of his passions – painting.
And if prospective buyers still require rooms for summer guests there are several cottages plus a bizarre covered wagon outfitted with a bathroom and kitchen.
Also on the market is the 53-year-old's four-story Venetian mansion, which he listed for $10.8million, according to Italian newspaper Affari Italiani.
Oh well: The actor is making a loss on the sale of the Palazzo Dona Sangiantoffetti, having paid more than $13million for it in January 2011
Oh well: The actor is making a loss on the sale of the Palazzo Dona Sangiantoffetti, having paid more than $13million for it in January 2011
The historic 17th century home, which overlooks Venice's Grand Canal, boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
The actor is making a loss on the sale of the Palazzo Dona Sangiantoffetti, having paid more than $13million for it in January 2011.
Depp fell in love with the city after spending several months there filming the The Tourist alongside Angelina Jolie the year before.
Want it: Reports at the time claim he even outmatched an unnamed Arabian Prince in a bidding war for the property
Want it: Reports at the time claim he even outmatched an unnamed Arabian Prince in a bidding war for the property
Reports at the time claim he even outmatched an unnamed Arabian Prince in a bidding war for the property.
The Palazzo was one of the only available buildings overlooking the city's main aquatic thoroughfare and is situated in the Santa Croce area of Venice, not far from the Santa Maria Mater Domini Church.
Depp's property portfolio has also included homes in Hawaii, Somerset, West Hollywood and a a 45 acre island in the Bahamas.