Celebrity property wires are buzzing with news that Antonio Banderas is buying an apartment in Málaga, following his divorce from actress Melanie Griffith.
Banderas’ new bachelor pad is reportedly a sixth-floor penthouse on Calle Alcazabilla, one of the main center streets of the popular Andalucía city. The terrace of the apartment offers views of the Picasso museum and the city’s old Customs House, which is being converted into the Museum of Málaga, El Pais reports.
Banderas and Griffith own a house in nearby Marbella, which was the source of controversy when it was found to be illegally constructed by the previous owners. The fate of that house will be decided by the divorce settlement, according to published reports.
More than most Hollywood stars, Banderas has stayed close to his roots, maintaining close ties to Andalucía. His new Malaga home will offer views of the city’s annual Easter procession; Banderas is a regular participant in the ceremony.
“He is a real Málaga man and for a long time he had been wanting to have his own place right in the heart of Málaga, in the middle of things,” a family friend told El Pais.