In 2016, a unit of five individual penthouses in the Eastern Columbia Building, in the theatre district of Los Angeles, California, came onto the market for a joint sum of $12,78 million. The penthouses cover an impressive 11500 square feet and were home, separately and together, to actor Johnny Depp.
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The Eastern Columbia Building is something of an attraction on its own, with its characteristic Art Deco design, by Claud Beelman. The building itself dates from 1930, while the penthouses were completed in 2007. Depp bought the five individual units over a number of years for about $7 million and decorated them in his own style.
Johnny Depp is acknowledged as being one of the most versatile and bankable actors in Hollywood. His first movie was A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), but it was his performance as the empathetic Edward Scissorhands in the film of the same name that really brought him to the public’s notice. Characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean), Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and the Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) showcase his more flamboyant side, while he invests characters such as Gator Lerner (Platoon), John Dillinger (Public Enemies) and JM Barrie (Finding Neverland) with more depth.
Although Depp lived in all the penthouses variously, he never joined them into one dwelling, so they can be used or sold separately, or as a unit. This gives them wider appeal and versatility in the real estate market.
The décor of the penthouses reflects Depp’s idiosyncratically eclectic style, which gives the penthouses a look that is somewhere between busy, cosy and funky. The rooms are spacious and bring together living, luxury and entertainment. There are four two-bedroomed penthouses and one with one bedroom and two bathrooms. The living areas and bedrooms are light and bright, with plenty of windows that let the natural light in.
Apart from the bedrooms, the penthouses feature living and entertainment spaces. The media room offers hours of enjoyment on the big screen television, with sound quality to match. There are various sitting areas, where serious conversations can take place, or one may enjoy some quiet and a good book.
They say the heart of a home is its kitchen and those that are featured are a busy mixture of the shiny and new and a retro-looking wooden kitchen counter, which brings the kitchen into the living area. In one corner, there is a kitchen nook that is the place for more casual meals, while the elegant dining area is where more formal meals can be enjoyed.
It is not only the interior of the penthouses that grabs the attention, but the access to the rooftop. There is a sitting area, suited to intimate conversations, or sundowners with friends. Then there is the rooftop swimming pool with wide surrounds that will certainly catch every ray of the bright Californian sun.
Both inside and outside, the Depp penthouses offer fantastic views of the city, from every angle.
Photos: James Lang, Berlyn Photography for Partners Trust (now Compass)