Johnny Depp, a well known actor and collector of exotic real estate parcels, listed the French village that he had apparently owned for years last summer, for $26 million. When the village failed to sell, probably in large part due to its remote location and lofty asking price, Depp was forced to execute a highly advanced real estate tactic where one takes one’s property off the market and then re-lists it for twice as much money. The village is now back, asking €50 million, or roughly $55.5 million.
Depp also switched brokerages, from Sotheby’s International Realty France to Hilton & Hyland and Michaël Zingraf Real Estate. The CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty France remarked that the original asking price was already "ambitious," but Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland is...marginally more bullish, explaining that, "Mr. Depp feels that €50 million is the appropriate price for this asset." A sure vote of confidence if ever there was one.
The village includes a Pirates of the Caribbean themed cave and a skate park that Johnny Depp built for his son.