Actor Johnny Depp has paid $2,100,000 -- and not the widely reported $2 million amount -- for his new penthouse condominium unit in the Eastern Columbia building in L.A.


Many other well-regarded purveyors of celebrity real estate news -- but not, oddly, the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon -- have written about Depp's purchase in the turquoise building, so we know we're late to the party on this one. Back on July 27, broke the story of Depp having just "plunked down about $2 million" to buy a penthouse in the newly converted, Art Deco-style landmark building, at 849 S. Broadway Avenue in Los Angeles. Our friends at the Real Estalker soon followed suit, writing a fine post on the purchase as well, and suggesting that the purchase may well have been a publicity stunt (hey, it's been done before -- many times -- by real-estate developers). And Curbed LA set off the entire storm back on June 1, with their report that Depp had been looking at a unit in the Eastern Columbia.

Now, we can report that public records show that Depp actually paid $2,100,000 through his Sweetzer Trust for the pied-a-terre. The deal closed on July 10 and was recorded by Los Angeles County on July 18, according to public records.

Depp is widely known for owning a villa in France. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, Depp owns a celebrated, 7,430-square-foot Norman-style mansion at 1486 N. Sweetzer Avenue (hence the name of his trust) just north of Sunset Boulevard in the city's Hollywood area that his Mooh Investment Trust purchased in 1995 for a reported $2.3 million, according to public records and an October 1995 article in the Los Angeles Times. The gated, castlelike mansion, which was built in 1922 and which was owned in the 1930s by "Dracula" star Bela Lugosi, is on a 2.54-acre parcel, making it easily one of the largest tracts in the area. The celebrity divorce lawyer who had sold the house to Depp had added a lagoon pool to the property.

Check out the website for the Eastern Columbia lofts building.