After spending decades as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, family man George Clooney is getting ready to spend more time in Southern California – amid speculation he may be seeking to run for office in Los Angeles.
DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal that the Ocean’s Eleven superstar, 58, is carrying out a multi-million dollar upgrade at his Studio City mansion, seen in these exclusive aerial photographs.
The father-of-two is adding three new buildings to sit alongside the former bachelor pad – including a ‘proposed play cottage and villas for live-in help.
The renovation prompts speculation over whether the two-time Oscar winner and his human rights lawyer wife Amal, 42, are planning to raise their two-year-old London-born twins Ella and Alexander, in the U.S.
George Clooney is carrying out a $1.1million renovation on his mansion in Studio City – an area in Los Angeles, California, DailyMailTV can reveal
Clooney is adding three new buildings to sit alongside the former bachelor pad – including a ‘play cottage’ and villas for live-in help
Aerial photos show the renovation is already underway for the star’s home that he bought in 1995 from Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks for $2.2million
A neighbor tells DailyMailTV that Clooney was granted the permits ‘lightening fast’
The play cottage (left) will sit not far from Clooney’s main home as he expands his property to accommodate his wife Amal and two-year-old twins
Clooney has also applied to build a funicular – which is a cable railroad – an exterior pizza oven and a water feature on the property, according to planning documents.
Builders are putting in a new steel staircase, extending the property’s deck with a trellis and revising its windows.
Aerial pictures show that construction work is well under way and neighbors say the noise of building has been coming from the property for months.
Clooney has been living in the UK with his wife Amal and their London-born twins Ella and Alexander
The construction project is valued at almost $1.1 million, with Clooney spending over $33,000 just to obtain the building permits.
Just this week, pictures showed how his 17th century mansion in the English countryside was swamped by floods.
Residents on Clooney’s street in Studio City say they have heard that cottages are being built at the property for the Clooneys’ live-in help.
One said that it had taken Clooney much less time than usual to be granted the building permits, which were applied for through his George Guilfoyle Trust.
A neighbor who lives opposite Clooney’s property and gave her name as Tanya said: ‘My personal theory is that he is upgrading the house because he’s getting ready to run for office. He’s always expressed a lot of interest in politics.
‘My guess is that he wants to run for mayor of Los Angeles when (current mayor) Eric Garcetti’s term ends. George held a fundraiser for Obama on the tennis court here and another for Hillary Clinton where it was $1,000 a plate. He’s big in the Democratic Party.
‘The workers start at around 7.30am but most of the noise is when they start bringing the heavy duty equipment at around 6am or 6.30am.
‘They are putting up three or four little cottages for help, nannies and live-in help, that kind of thing.’
Neighbors say the construction has been noisy for ‘quite a few months’, saying ‘I don’t have any complaint – that’s just the way construction is’
The six-bedroom mansion boasts a lively outdoor entertainment area, with a fire pit, pool, outdoor kitchen and sundeck
George gave an inside look into his home back when he was still a single bachelor, showing his living room with a fire place and large French doors leading to the outdoor area
The tour was years before he met his now-wife Amal Clooney, and showed his kitchen with his massive island
Clooney has owned the 7,354-square-foot six-bedroom villa with an outdoor pool and spa since 1995, when his career was kicking off. A neighbor says he’s building ‘three or four little cottages for help, nannies and live-in help, that kind of thing’