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Take a peek into actor Johnny Depp’s former residences with ex-wife Amber Heard, which were brought up during their ongoing defamation trial

Unless you’re on an ongoing celebrity news detox, it’s hard to miss all the ongoing courtroom drama and intrigue that’s been a part of the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial.

Widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s biggest film stars, Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife Heard is the talk of the town. Many of the alleged incidents brought up in court are said to have occurred across several of Depp’s lavish property holdings, including his private island in the Bahamas, as well as his collection of penthouses in the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles, where the pair had once lived together. 

The 13-storey Eastern Columbia Building was first designed by American architect Claud Beelman in 1930; it is considered to be one of the best surviving examples of art deco architecture in the city, with its iconic turquoise facade and gold and blue trimmings adding a touch of glamour to the Los Angeles cityscape. After the tower underwent a refurbishment in 2007, Depp acquired five of the multi-level penthouses in the building.

In 2017, after his divorce with Heard, the actor officially divested himself of all five units. The penthouses were initially listed on the market together for US$12.78 million but were ultimately sold separately to different buyers. He earned a collective US$10.9 million from the sale. 

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Consisting of four two-bedroom units and a one-bedroom unit, the side-by-side penthouse apartments add up to a combined 11,500 sq ft. Each unit offers direct access to the building’s sky deck, which features a pool, spa, and fitness studio.

The actor decided not to merge the loft-style apartments together into one giant unit. Instead, he kept the individual units mostly separate and lived in several of the units like rooms within a home; the remaining units that he did not occupy were lent to close friends and relatives to live in.

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Each of the five penthouse units feature large floor-to-ceiling windows, dark flooring and lofty ceilings. The penthouses are dressed in an eclectic mix of interior design, ranging from bohemian-themed bedrooms to industrial-style kitchens and art deco-inspired bathrooms. Flourishes of colour and patterns throughout the apartments are indicative of the actor’s uniquely whimsical style. 

One of the two-bedroom units boasts an open-plan living and dining space with double-ceiling height. The space is decorated with notable leather pieces, including the Knoll Barcelona chair, as well as quirky accents like zebra-printed cushions and a custom light fixture assembled from 1950s Hollywood Boulevard street lights.

In another unit, the kitchen features gleaming stainless steel appliances that’s paired contrastingly with a vintage kitchen island. A velvet couch is tucked at one end of the space. Featuring a plethora of vintage mirrors and frames, the area makes for a cosy breakfast nook.

The sole one-bedroom unit features bright blue walls in the living and dining area. A surreal mural with quirky characters covers an entire wall and makes for an eye-catching focal point, while a large dining table surrounded by rustic chairs sits under an industrial chandelier. The industrial-style staircases lead to a mezzanine level that serves as a cosy lounge area.

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