St Tropez has long been a haven for A-Listers; ever since Brigitte Bardot’s iconic film And God Created Women, the sleepy fishing port of St Tropez gained international recognition as a glamorous and idyllic holiday destination. Little wonder then that many celebrities have chosen this Cote d’Azur village as their summer residence, with some famous faces even buying property here, allowing them to easily return to their home away from home whenever they wish. Below, let’s look at five St Tropez celebrities who have owned homes in or very close to the village – spoiler, the villa next to Brigitte Bardot is now available for rent, while Johnny Depp’s estate is up for sale!
When Bardot split from husband Roger Vadim in 1957, she needed to look for her own property – ideally somewhere where we could escape the paparazzi. She originally found a breathtaking villa located in the hills above Cannes, called Le Castelet, however her mother persuaded her to buy a less expensive seafront home in the quiet port of St Tropez. Her parents already had property here, and so it was St Tropez where Bardot settled, buying an estate with an adjoining farm (for an undisclosed amount) in 1968. This celebrity villa is known as the Madrague, and Bardot continues to live and keep animals there today, with the opulent house next door available for holiday rentals. We can’t imagine anything more glamorous than staying next to this true St Tropez icon.
Johnny Depp’s French Riviera property may be up for sale now, but the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was one of the most prominent celebrities in St Tropez from when he bought it in 2001 (for an undisclosed sum) until his split with French singer Vanessa Paradis in 2012. Said to be listed for around €46 million, this home is more village than villa, with six guest cottages and one main residence, plus an onsite bistro, a wine cave, a gym, an art studio, two swimming pools, vineyards and a skate park. Located in the small, once-deserted region of Le Plan De La Tour, this property is just over ten miles from St Tropez, making it an extremely exciting investment for those who can afford it.
The U2 frontman is known to have a lavish seafront property in Eze-sur-Mer, which is just a short journey by yacht or helicopter from St Tropez. Bono’s pink four-storey mansion is called Villa Les Roses and is built in an art deco style, featuring over twenty rooms, a pool, spa amenities, an exotic garden and a private beach. You may well recognise it as the filming location for U2’s Electrical Storm video. Bono and bandmate the Edge reportedly paid €3.3 million for the property in 1993, while it is now thought to be worth over €20 million. Over the years, many other celebrities in St Tropez have graced Villa Les Roses, from George Clooney to Penelope Cruz.
It is well known that legendary actress Dame Joan Collins loves St Tropez, having previously written a book about the area and describing it as having a ‘joie de vivre’. Collins has had a celebrity villa in St Tropez for over 25 years and spends three to four months each year on the Cote d’Azur. The Golden Globe Award-winning actress, author and columnist’s stunning home is located in the hills of La Croix-Valmer, an exclusive neighbourhood, and comes complete with a large pool and ultra-stylish decor.
The so-called ‘French Elvis’ Johnny Hallyday reportedly adored St Tropez. Hallyday sadly passed away in 2017, and his villa was sold prior to that in 2013 after a conflict with his record company, however Villa Lorada is still a place of pilgrimage for some fans. The name of the property is a mixture of his son and daughter’s names, David and Laura. Located in the Oumède district in Ramatuelle, this 710 sqm villa boasts a 500 sqm swimming pool, and was built with the help of the architect Roland Morisse in the early 1990s. The villa was sold at auction in April 2013 by the court of Draguignan for the modest amount of €600,000, in reimbursement of debts that Halliday owed, and it is now said to be owned by wealthy Russians.