With the press constantly invading his and wife Amal Clooney’s privacy, George Clooney’s 18th-century Villa Oleandra is no place to relax. The actor has had to consider selling his beloved Lake Como estate, and the offer on the table is reportedly for $100 million, according to Page Six.
Lakeside villas in the area aren’t often put on the market, and huge offers are often made to sway the owner’s mind.
George usually spends his spring and summer at the villa, which he bought from the Heinz family in 2002 for $10million, and has hosted a number of famous friends there.
He is said to have become concerned over press intrusion, though. Just recently he and Amal were photographed saying goodbye to Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower, who had come over for dinner, and on another occasion were snapped watching a sunset together with a friend.
“George loves the area and the people who live there, but is conscious of the attention he gets when he is in town,” a source told the New York Post’s Page Six. “He has received a huge offer for the villa, which he is considering, and he would buy another, less accessible property in another area of Italy.”
The 54-year-old actor is popular amongst the other residents of Laglio, and mayor Roberto Pozzi has taken efforts to help ensure his privacy in the town. As recently as April, he issued an ordinance stating that anybody who disturbs the occupants of the main house or the adjacent Villa Margherita, which George also owns, or found in the grounds without permission would be fined up to €500.
Despite his love of his Lake Como estate, it’s not the first time George has considered giving it up. In 2007, he thought about selling after then-mayor Giuseppe Mantero tried to turn a boat dock next to the house into a park “for viewing George Clooney’s place”, the actor later said, adding that residents including himself signed a petition against the plans.
“And I said, ’If you want to go forward with this, and if it’s my fault that it’s happening, then I should leave,’" George told Australia’s news.co.au. “I don’t want their town being ruined.” The mayor ditched the plans.
George’s representatives declined to comment on the reports.