Olivia Newton-John sold off her massive real estate portfolio after stage 4 cancer diagnosis

Olivia Newton-John sold off her massive real estate portfolio following her stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis in order to invest more in her cancer-research foundation

  • ‘Grease’ star Olivia Newton-John sold off most of her real estate in 2019, a year after she revealed she had Stage 4 cancer
  • She listed her beloved California horse farm, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, but ended up passing away in the home 
  • The homes included a verdant Australian farm that sold for $4.6 million
  • Her home and retreat in Australia jumpstarted the trend of celebrities purchasing property in the trendy Byron Bay area
  • The star said she wished to invest more money into her foundation and wellness center, which include plant-based cancer research 

Late Hollywood actress Olivia Newton-John sold off most of her vast real estate portfolio in 2019, just one year after she revealed she was suffering from stage 4 breast cancer. 

Newton-John listed her beloved California horse ranch for $5.4 million in 2019, but the entertainer decided to spend her last days in the home alongside husband John Easterling.

The beautiful four-bedroom, five-bathroom 4,452 square foot Santa Ynez house was purchased in 2015 for $4.69 million. 

The property spans across 12 acres near the Santa Ynez River and includes a guest house, a pool and a barn and stables for horses.

Records show Newton-John transferred full ownership of the estate to her husband, who then re-financed the mortgage with $2.5 million still left on the home. 

Just one month after listing the California home, Newton-John listed her leafy Australian villa, located in the town of Dalwood in the Australian countryside; it sold a month later for a whopping $4.6 million.

Newton-John listed her beloved California horse ranch, which she passed away in for $5.4 million in 2019. She transferred full ownership of the home to her husband John Easterling

Newton-John listed her beloved California horse ranch, which she passed away in for $5.4 million in 2019. She transferred full ownership of the home to her husband John Easterling

Newton-John spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money for her charity online

Newton-John spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money for her charity online

The 189-acre farm was purchased by Newton-John in the 1980's in Australia, where she grew up as a teenager

The 189-acre farm was purchased by Newton-John in the 1980’s in Australia, where she grew up as a teenager

The Australian compound was styled with terracotta and had Italian influence - she redesigned the main house in 2002

The Australian compound was styled with terracotta and had Italian influence – she redesigned the main house in 2002

The 189-acre farm was purchased by Newton-John in the 1980’s, but she waited until 2002 to rebuild the main house, which she did in the style of a French or Italian villa. 

The compound is close to the town of Byron Bay, which has been dubbed ‘Aussiewood,’ thanks to its stunning beaches, thriving food scene and popularity with A-listers.

Many attribute Byron Bay’s popularity to Newton-John, who started her award-winning Gaia Retreat & Spa there in 2005.  

Before she started the healing center, the now-famous town was little known to the rest of the world, despite now being home to the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and Elle MacPherson.

Newton-John also bought a beautiful beachfront property in Jupiter, Fa., for $4.1 million in 2009

Newton-John also bought a beautiful beachfront property in Jupiter, Fa., for $4.1 million in 2009

The home was the site of a grisly scene in 2013, when 41-year-old Christopher Pariseleti walked in and fatally shot himself while Newton-John was away

The home was the site of a grisly scene in 2013, when 41-year-old Christopher Pariseleti walked in and fatally shot himself while Newton-John was away

The sales helped Newton-John invest more into her ventures and foundations before she died.

The late actress established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital in 2012, at a cost of $189 million, though she was aided by federal and state funding. 

She also started the Olivia Newton-John Foundation in the last few years, which she created to ‘fund research into kinder ways to treat cancer, to prevent cancer and to live well with cancer,’ she told Forbes in 2020.

Newton-John also bought a beautiful beachfront property in Jupiter, Fla., for $4.1 million in 2009. She then sold the Palm Beach County house for $5 million in 2016.

The home was the site of a grisly scene in 2013, when 41-year-old Christopher Pariseleti, a contractor working on the house who didn’t know Newton-John, walked in and fatally shot himself. 

Olivia's luxury retreat Gaia has become a firm favorite with celebrities including Australian media personality Lisa Wilkinson and singer Delta Goodrem

Olivia’s luxury retreat Gaia has become a firm favorite with celebrities including Australian media personality Lisa Wilkinson and singer Delta Goodrem

The luxury retreat came out on top for the Global Overall Chairman's Award, Global Win - Health & Wellness Cuisine, Continent Win - Luxury Boutique Hotel and Continent Win - Luxury Healing Spa

The awards are an impressive feat given that the World Luxury Hotel Awards are considered the Oscars of the Hospitality Industry

The luxury retreat came out on top for the Global Overall Chairman’s Award, Global Win – Health & Wellness Cuisine, Continent Win – Luxury Boutique Hotel and Continent Win – Luxury Healing Spa

She put the retreat up for sale last year, after it swept the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The entertainer announced in a statement that she was ready to 'pass the baton' to new owners

She put the retreat up for sale last year, after it swept the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The entertainer announced in a statement that she was ready to ‘pass the baton’ to new owners

Actress Rosie O’Donnell was reportedly all set to buy the home before she backed out after Pariseleti shot himself – by law, homeowners must tell potential buyers of such an incident.

The ‘Grease’ star died at the age of 73, after a brave and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with breast cancer. She’d been diagnosed three times: in 1992, 2013 and again in 2017.

Her husband announced her death on her Facebook page.

‘Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.

‘Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.

‘Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer,’ he said.

Flowers were laid on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as fans celebrated the life of the much-loved actress and singer.

Newton-John's husband announced her death on her Facebook page on Monday. She was 73

Newton-John’s husband announced her death on her Facebook page on Monday. She was 73 

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the iconic 1978 movie 'Grease' that catapulted her career. He was among the first to pay tribute to her on Monday

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the iconic 1978 movie ‘Grease’ that catapulted her career. He was among the first to pay tribute to her on Monday 

Among the first to pay tribute to her on Monday was John Travolta, her ‘Grease’ co-star – the 1978 movie that catapulted her career and made her a global icon. 

‘My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. 

Newton-John's daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, posted this tribute to her days ago

Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, posted this tribute to her days ago

‘Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!’ he said in an Instagram post. 

The family asked for donations to be made to her cancer organization, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, instead of flowers. 

She is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi. Chloe posted a loving tribute to her mother on Instagram three days ago, saying: ‘I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend.’  

Newton-John spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money for her charity online.  

In a haunting interview with The Guardian in 2020, she said of the disease: ‘It’s been a part of my life for so long. I felt something was wrong. It’s concerning when it comes back, but I thought “I’ll get through it again.” ‘

In other interviews, when asked how she battled the disease so bravely, she said: ‘I’ve had and am having an amazing life so I have no complaints. I really don’t. Everyone goes through something. We all have something we need to go through in life. This has been my challenge.’

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