For a Hollywood megastar as big as Johnny Depp, just one penthouse is never enough. That’s why the Black Mass star bought five of them in the Eastern Columbia Building, widely recognized as one of the greatest examples of art deco architecture in Los Angeles, CA, real estate. But with his tumultuous split from actress ex-wife Amber Heard finally official, it appears as though Johnny is looking to drop some of the real estate he owned while he was with Amber. For $12.78 million, you can get all five penthouses, or you can make an offer for just one.
First designed by Claud Beelman, the 13-story building is located in one of the most culturally significant pockets of the downtown area. With its trademark four-sided clock tower reading “EASTERN” across its face, the building’s exterior is instantly identifiable, thanks to its bright turquoise terra-cotta and gold-leaf tiles that cascade along the sides. Guests step inside through the Zigzag Moderne–style entrance, which leads to the grand lobby that features gilded decor with fluted paneling and antique mirrors.
The five spacious units are colorfully decorated with extravagant mural art and a unique, rock ’n’ roll style. According to listing agent Kevin Dees, “Being in the space is inspiring, and each one is like a piece of art.” And just steps from the penthouses is a magnificently spacious leisure terrace and sprawling outdoor space with a sky deck, swimming pool, spa, lounging cabanas, outdoor fireplace, and fitness studio.
The views of Los Angeles, CA, don’t disappoint, with sweeping angles on the historic city. “If you’re upstairs in the master suite, looking at the unbelievable view to the north, down Broadway with all of the historic buildings — it’s like you’re transported to 1930,” says Dees.
The building was modernized in 2007, and Depp bought the penthouses piece by piece, converting each of the units throughout the next decade. But in typical megastar style, this isn’t Depp’s sole chunk of real estate. He has a 37-acre estate in France, which he listed back in July for $55 million — more than double its original asking price, The Wall Street Journal reported. Depp also has his own private island in the Bahamas, and with a handful of Pirates of the Caribbean flicks under his belt, it’s not so hard to imagine him camping out on the beach.
Images courtesy of James Lang, Berlyn Photography. The listing agents are Kevin Dees and Nick Segal of Partners Trust.