WHY GEORGE & AMAL CLOONEY LEFT THEIR $13M MANSION – INSIDE THEIR URGENT MOVE WITH 2 KIDS

  • George and Amal Clooney deserted their English mansion.
  • The couple now spends time in their South of France home.
  • Their global property portfolio includes houses in Italy, England, New York, California, and more.

George and Amal Clooney, a power couple known for their luxurious lifestyle and homes across the globe, have recently made headlines with their urgent move.

The Clooneys, who have always been drawn to beautiful and historically significant properties, found themselves compelled to leave their dream family home in Berkshire, England.

Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the DVF Awards 2023 on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the DVF Awards 2023 on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

George and Amal, who share two children, purchased the Grade II-listed mansion for $13 million in September 2014, only a few weeks after their Venetian wedding.

After a year and a half of extensive renovations, which reportedly cost the couple a total of over $25 million, they transformed the 17th-century mansion into a modern, luxurious family home.

Amal Clooney and George Clooney at the premiere of "Ticket To Paradise," 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Amal Clooney and George Clooney at the premiere of “Ticket To Paradise,” 2022 | Source: Getty Images

George reportedly told the builders, “What Amal wants, Amal gets.” Nestled on a four-acre Thames island, the property, once imposing, was reimagined into a serene family haven, reflecting a blend of modern sophistication and romantic tranquility.

The no-expenses-spared renovation, led by a dedicated team of 20, resulted in a stunning transformation, featuring the staff quarters which include a professional kitchen, a bedroom, and an office. Amal Clooney and George also have a 12-seat private cinema in their home and a gym.

Amal Clooney and George Clooney seen on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

Amal Clooney and George Clooney seen on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

The 11,000 square foot Oxfordshire property also boasts a 60ft swimming pool, which has a shaded area, and a hot tub which are connected to the house via a walkway.

In addition, the outdoors features a garden that has pine trees, and an Astro-Turf tennis court. The lawn reportedly leads down to the river near the property where a boathouse is located.

Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the premiere of "The Tender Bar," 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the premiere of “The Tender Bar,” 2021 | Source: Getty Images

The terrace offers the Hollywood couple some privacy as they have planted a ring of trees around the island’s perimeter, as they had foliage transported specially.

Despite these efforts, the mansion’s proximity to the Thames rendered it vulnerable to flooding, an issue that compelled an additional $60,000 investment in flood-proofing measures.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin arrive at the palazzo Ca Farsetti on September 29, 2014 in Venice. | Source: Getty Images

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin arrive at the palazzo Ca Farsetti on September 29, 2014 in Venice. | Source: Getty Images

The award-winning actor and the human rights lawyer reportedly were unaware that their new home, only inches from the riverbank, was liable to flooding.

Despite the effort and expense, neighbors living in the same village as the couple recently revealed that the pair have not been seen much around their home for quite some time.

George and Amal Clooney attend the Clooney Foundation For Justice Inaugural Albie Awards at New York Public Library on September 29, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

George and Amal Clooney attend the Clooney Foundation For Justice Inaugural Albie Awards at New York Public Library on September 29, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

The reason behind their move became apparent when the duo’s back garden was flooded twice in just 13 months, a result of Britain’s torrential rain and one of the wettest Februarys on record.

Neighbors expressed their understanding of the Clooneys’ decision to relocate, citing the severe weather conditions that made the area difficult to live in. George and Amal reportedly could not even access their garden, which sits beneath four feet of water.

An aerial view of George and Amal Clooney's home in Berkshire, England | Source: YouTube/GoodMorningBritain

An aerial view of George and Amal Clooney’s home in Berkshire, England | Source: YouTube/GoodMorningBritain

George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Helen Moore, a resident, mentioned that she used to see the Oscar Award-winning director on the grounds of his property often once he moved into the area but not anymore.

“You’d see him out and about in the village with Amal and the kids, but we haven’t seen them for several months,” she said, adding it is understandable especially because his house is the most affected by the flooding in the area.

“If I had a place in the South of France or anywhere else that’s a bit drier, I’d have also gone there. But that’s not an option for most of us,” Helen expressed.

Another neighbor, Wendy Boonaert, a South African native who has been residing in the UK for the last twenty years, stated, “You can’t fault this village and the surrounding area because it’s very beautiful. But the rain has not helped, it’s made life very difficult.”

Wendy further explained that the area could use some hot weather conditions currently while adding that several wealthy and famous people are living in the same neighborhood and that she hopes George and his family will eventually return. However, Wendy also noted that the movie star and his loved ones are probably better off in the South of France, where they are reportedly seeking refuge.

George Clooney during an interview on "Good Morning Britain" on March 15, 2019 | Source: YouTube/GoodMorningBritain

George Clooney during an interview on “Good Morning Britain” on March 15, 2019 | Source: YouTube/GoodMorningBritain

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin pictured on a taxi boat on September 26, 2014 in Venice, France. | Source: Getty Images

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin pictured on a taxi boat on September 26, 2014 in Venice, France. | Source: Getty Images

The Clooneys’ relocation is part of a larger pattern in their lives, as they own a magnificent global property portfolio. Apart from their home in England, the couple also owns houses in New York, California, and Italy. George and Amal retreat to their lakeside villa in Lake Como, Italy every summer along with their twins, son Alexander, and daughter Ella.

Adding to George and Amal’s list of properties is their breathtaking chateau in the South of France which they secretly purchased in August 2021.

Amal Clooney seen with her children Alexander and Ella Clooney on December 6, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Amal Clooney seen with her children Alexander and Ella Clooney on December 6, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Built in the 18th century, Domaine Le Canadel, an enchanting 425-acre Provence wine estate, reportedly cost the couple $8.3 million. The abode features a pool, tennis court, boules pitch, vast gardens, an ornamental lake, an olive grove, and a 25-acre vineyard.

The French estate is reportedly a 25-minute drive from another home known as Chateau Miraval, which was previously co-owned by former celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney attend the premiere of "Money Monster," 2016 | Source: Getty Images

George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney attend the premiere of “Money Monster,” 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Despite their move, the Clooneys’ love for Europe remains strong. Their marriage began with a fairytale wedding in Venice, and they continue to vacation in Lake Como, where George has owned Villa Oleandra since 2002.

The 18th-century family home which boasts ornate detailing, has 25 rooms including a pizza room. On the exterior, it features a large garage, a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a full gym.

The producer has hosted numerous stars and royals including Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at this Italian villa.

Before, there were reports that George Clooney had intentions to sell his Lake Como villa, but he rubbished the claims, emphasizing its impact on his life by stating it “changed his life in a very pleasant and unexpected way.”

The proud father of two purchased Villa Oleandra, located in Laglio, Northern Italy, from the Heinz family in the noughties. He reportedly bought it for $12 million and the estate is now worth $100 million.

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