Comedian and TV executive Griff Rhys Jones and is the latest celebrity multi-millionaire to have a whinge about Ed Balls’ proposed Mansion Tax. Apparently it’s all just so unfair — because the central London property was a “slum” when he bought it 15 years ago:
“It would mean I’d be paying the most colossal tax, which is obviously aimed at foreigners who have apparently come in and bought up all the property in London
“I’d probably go and live abroad because I could get some massive palace which I could restore there.
Well. When Rhys Jones says “slum”, what he actually means is a 13,000 square foot, Grade I listed, 7-bedroom terrace by neoclassical architect Robert Adam, set over five floors and overlooking a leafy square in Zone 1.
Here’s a picture of the outside of the slum, before Rhys Jones bought it for £1.45m in 1998 and converted it from offices into a “grand main family residence”:
To be fair, however, it does looks like a pretty rough neighbourhood:
Here’s what the interior looks like after they threw at least £465,000 at it:
“Notable aspects of the scheme included excavations for the pool and the associated preservation of the listed vaulted cellars under the mews building, and the reconstruction of a stone clad staircase using Portland limestone with wrought iron balustrading and hand rails terminating in structural glass entrance screen and a sliding glass door between the pool room and the gymnasium.
But, obviously, this is all just a joke. His comments were clearly meant to be IRONIC and FUNNY.
He’s still got it!