James Corden’s grand mansion in the United Kingdom has been photographed in a seemingly sad state ahead of his return to his native country.
The photos — which show the property looking derelict and boarded up — come months after the comedian privately listed his $9.7 million Los Angeles home, and after he was branded the restaurant’s “most violent customer.” -be-seen Manhattan brasserie Balthazar by its owner, Keith McNally – also British, but recently granted American citizenship.
The pictures also come nine months after Corden announced he would be leaving The Late Late Show in 2023 after eight years. What’s more, they also come at a time when, according to the Oxford Mail, the ‘Gavin & Stacey’ actor’s home could be demolished and replaced with a new five-bedroom structure. A planning application has been submitted to transform the home, known as Templecombe, and it is expected to be demolished to make way for something new.
As it stands, this 43-acre, four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in Oxfordshire, near Henley-on-Thames, has fallen into disrepair after sitting empty for two years.
Built in the 1960s, the $8.4 million home bought in 2020 has been boarded up after trespassers posted dozens of gruesome photos, including a video tour online.
The pictures show Corden’s huge indoor pool standing empty and the luxurious retro interior covered in dust and grime. Meanwhile, the tennis court was affected by the elements.
For its part, the yard is overgrown with weeds, and the electricity is said to only work in some parts of the property.
“Many, many years ago we knew the previous owners very well,” one neighbor told the Daily Mail. “But now I don’t see anyone there anymore.” They put up a gate that wasn’t there. Before, you could just walk in.”
James, 44, plans to move his family to London after his time in the US ends and recently admitted “it feels absolutely right in every way”.
However, last April he sold his five-story apartment in North London for about $6.4 million.
Appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show this week, Corden was asked why he felt now was the right time to leave his talk show after eight years.
“‘Look, it’s not easy by any means to walk away from something that’s so… I don’t think I’ll ever work in a better environment than the one I’m working in right now,'” Corden explained. “Nothing about leaving the show meant you didn’t enjoy it.” I love it, but the truth is that it became a very easy decision because I always knew it was an adventure and never considered it a final destination.