You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Olivia Newton-John Lists Longtime Escape Along Australia’s Eastern Coast

Dalwood, New South Wales, Australia
(approx.) $5.5 million
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus 1-bed/1-bath guesthouse

Olivia Newton-John has her longtime country escape near Dalwood on Australia’s east coast up for sale at around $5.5 million. The four-time Grammy-winning singer and dedicated activist, battling breast cancer for a third time, reportedly purchased the property in the 1980s after her career-defining turn as Sandy in the still beloved 1978 musical film “Grease.” Listed with Jillian McGrath of the real estate brokerage McGrath and spread across seven lots that total 187 acres of bucolically scenic, tree-covered rolling hills, the semi-remote spread is an approximately 15-minute drive to the coast and about 30 miles south of the popular, backpacker-thronged beach town Bryon Bay.

Peach-colored, stone-accented and reminiscent of an agéd farmhouse in the French countryside, the air-conditioned three-bedroom and two-bathroom residence features a plethora of Old World architectural flourishes. There are polished pine floorboards, stone archways, rough-hewn ceiling beams and, in the entrance hall, walls artfully encrusted with pebbles and shells collected from nearby beaches. A massive stone fireplace with wood-burning stove insert warms the comfortably appointed living room that is flooded with light through a floor-to-ceiling arched window while the expensively bespoke, up-to-date farmhouse kitchen incorporates a walk-in pantry. Complete with a claw-footed soaking tub large enough for two, the master suite opens out to a private patio with a serene, over-the-hedgerow view while the unusually ample one-bedroom and one-bathroom guesthouse is ideally sequestered on a lower level with a kitchenette and cushioned built-in banquette seating in the living room.

The rural refuge includes a variety of covered porches and stone terraces for relaxed outdoor living. A trellis covered stone patio outside the guesthouse overlooks a broad sweep of lawn that undulates gently toward thick woods and a veranda that wraps around the backside of the main house provides an elevated perch for taking in postcard-ready panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The thickly wooded property also has a tennis court, a meditation pond and a small rainforest with a natural waterfall.

As was first spotted by the eagle-eyed property gossips at the L.A. Times, Newton-John is also seeking the sale of a ranch in California’s scenic Santa Ynez Valley that’s on the market with an asking price of $5.4 million. Listed with Cary Kendall of Village Properties and secluded along the Santa Ynez River at the back of a private enclave of similarly luxurious ranch estates, the private property was acquired by Newton-John about four years ago for $4.69 million. In addition to a nearly 4,500 square foot main residence with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, a self-contained two-bedroom and two-bathroom cottage provides plenty of space for a caretaker or long-term guests. The landscaped grounds that surround the house offer a children’s playground, a solar heated swimming pool with automated pool cover and a poolside cabana complete with fireplace, built-in grilling station and pizza oven. There’s also a detached four-car garage and an array of equestrian amenities that include a two-stall barn with tack room, a fenced pasture and a river-side riding arena.

Newton-John and her husband, John Easterling, co-founder of the Amazon Herb Company, have long maintained a residence in South Florida. In 2015 they sold an infamous waterfront property in Tequesta for $5 million — Rosie O’Donnell was under contract to purchase the four-bedroom spread but backed out after a construction worker committed suicide in the house during escrow — and since 2014, when it last traded for $550,000, the Newton-John-Easterlings have owned a two-bedroom and 2.5-bathroom condo in a waterfront complex in Jupiter that affords them with enviable views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Popular on Variety

More Dirt

  • James Valentine House

    Maroon 5 Guitarist James Valentine Buys From Super-Producer Dana Brunetti

    Powerhouse film and television producer Dana Brunetti sold his showbiz pedigreed home in L.A.’s exclusive Toluca Lake community for $6.4 million, notably above its $6.25 million price tag, and the new owner is Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine. Brunetti, whose many credits include “House of Cards,” “Captain Phillips” and the racy “Fifty Shades” franchise, turned [...]

  • Cheryl Tiegs House

    Cheryl Tiegs Lists Balinese Bel Air Estate

    For at least a third time in six years, Cheryl Tiegs has set her longtime home in a mega-posh pocket of L.A.’s hyper-tony Bel Air area out for sale on the open market, this time at $18.5 million. In 2013 she gave it an unsuccessful go at $12 million and then again in 2015 at [...]

  • Topher Grace House

    Topher Grace Snags La Cañada Flintridge Cape Cod

    Though they’ve yet to sell their mid-century home in Studio City’s celeb-approved Fryman Canyon area, Topher Grace and Ashley have nonetheless plunked down nearly $3 million for a dormer-roofed 1940s Cape Cod-style home in the leafy, little lauded suburban community of La Cañada Flintridge, about 15 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Set on almost [...]

  • Saoirse Ronan House

    ‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan Lists Coastal Nest Near Dublin

    A kind lad from across the pond was thoughtful enough to pass along word that Bronx-born and Ireland-raised “Lady Bird” star Saoirse Ronan has put her Edwardian retreat about 20 miles outside of Dublin, Ireland, in the coastal resort community of Greystones, up for sale on the open market at €1.5 million, an amount that [...]

  • Whitney Cummings House

    Whitney Cummings Quickly Lands Buyer for Former Studio City Home

    Within two weeks of stand-up comedian, TV writer and veteran roaster Whitney Cummings hanging a $2 million price tag on her former home in Studio City, Calif., the extensively updated and privately situated 1960s California ranch has been lickety-split put into escrow to be sold for an unknown amount to an unknown buyer. Cummings paid [...]

  • Kanye West House

    Kanye West’s Former East Coast Outpost Back for Sale

    The longtime former New York City bachelor pad pied-à-terre of rapper turned fashion designer and pop culture provocateur Kanye West has popped up for sale with an asking price of $4.7 million. West acquired the two fourth floor units that comprise the house-sized Soho condo more than a dozen years ago in two transactions that [...]

  • Anastasia Soare House Beverly Hills

    Cosmetics Billionaire Buys $19.5 Million Beverly Park Mansion

    Beverly Park, the star-studded gated community of megamansions tucked high into the mountains above Beverly Hills, has a new billionaire resident: Anastasia Soare, the Romanian-born beauty guru who immigrated to the U.S. as an adult, founded her own Beverly Hills salon in the 1990s, and grew the little business into what is now Anastasia Beverly [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content