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Where is Amber Heard now? What we know about her new life in Madrid

The Hollywood actress left LA after the defamation trial with Johnny Depp. She has now taken up residence in the Spanish capital’s poshest neighbourhood.

Update:
A look at Amber Heard's life in Madrid
José Ramón Hernando Europa Press

Earlier this year Amber Heard left Hollywood after her controversial defamation trial with Johnny Depp, which saw her get the short end of the jury’s verdict.

She originally settled in small town on the Spanish island of Majorca with her two-year-old daughter Oonagh Paige. However, her presence caused quite a stir in the area, even though she tried going by a pseudonym, so she sought some place where she could go unnoticed.

But after struggling to avoid prying eyes in Majorca she opted to move to the Spanish capital: Madrid.

Where does Amber Heard live?

She moved in to the city’s El Viso neighbourhood, a part of the city northeast of the old centre but still a stone’s throw from just about everything; an oasis in the urban sprawl.

Heard no longer has to go by ‘Martha Jane Cannary’ and has bought a four-story house in the residential neighbourhood which is located on the highest point in the city. The privileged elevation allowed residents to have a view of the Sierra de Guadarrama to the northwest of the city which is where it derives its name. However, that ‘vista’ has been lost over the years as Madrid has grown outward and upward.

Where is ‘El Viso’? Amber Heard’s Madrid neighbourhood

Heard’s new neighbourhood was begun in 1933 as ‘Colonia El Viso’ under 1925 legislation, during the Second Republic in Spain, to build affordable housing for workers and civil servants. The Colonia was fashioned after the then-new twentieth century urbanization style known as “the Garden City.” It mainly consists of single-family detached houses with two to four stories with a garden patio area surrounded by low walls to separate the properties and avoid prying eyes from the street.

The neighbourhood, however, never saw the kinds of residents it was theoretically intended for, mainly due to its location, as well as the design and quality of the development and its buildings. Instead, El Viso was inhabited from the beginning by upper-middle class professionals and intellectuals. Nowadays, it is one of the most prestigious and sought-after residential neighbourhoods in Madrid with the highest per capita income in Spain.

Its residents are some of the biggest names in Spanish and international society including celebrities, business titans, politicians and aristocrats. Only the wealthiest can afford to live in what is known as the “Gold Triangle.”

Heard’s five-bedroom house set her back 1.5 million euros, a little north of $1.6 million at the current exchange rate, according to Vanitas. After a quick look through Idealista, a Spanish website for house hunting, it looks like she got a good deal.