John Travolta Selling Massive Waterfront Mansion in Maine for $5M

The actor John Travolta is selling his massive, oceanfront Maine mansion for $5 million. The star had owned the longtime retreat with his wife, the actress Kelly Preston, who died last year at the age of 57 of breast cancer.

The couple purchased the 30-room estate, on the north end of Islesboro Island, in the early 1990s, according to a spread about the vacation getaway in Architectural Digest.

They had heard about the area from Travolta’s actor pal Kirstie Alley, who apparently also had a vacation pad there at the time. They also owned real estate in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Florida, according to AD.

Once they found the perfect place, the couple set about redecorating the home. Built in 1903, it is filled with a mix of antiques, plush custom seating, and dining areas, all in vibrant colors.

The Travoltas tapped Christopher B. Boshears to reimagine the space.

“‘They couldn’t quite put their finger on what they wanted, but when I showed up with lots of color, they went nuts,’” Boshears told AD in 1999 of his celebrity clients.

The massive property is reached by a winding, tree-covered drive and includes a 10,830-square-foot main house on four lots, with 48 acres of oceanfront property. It also has a deepwater dock on Sabbathday Harbor.

Travolta and Preston purchased the property for the express purpose of hosting their large extended families for holidays. It’s set up for large gatherings, and includes 20 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. 

The living room has a large fieldstone fireplace, along with a custom-built bar area, a dining room with a fireplace, and a large, well-equipped kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator and pantry.

The layout also features an office and laundry room. Upstairs, the spacious master suite includes a private sunporch, a full bathroom with a clawfoot tub, and a separate shower. The floor also houses 14 bedrooms and four bathrooms.

On the third floor is a children’s paradise, with a series of themed bedrooms, a full bathroom, play equipment, schoolhouse, library, and a built-in stage.

The property also boasts two large sunporches, and a sunny back deck overlooking the swimming pool. It also includes a detached barn for car storage.

The land, partially in conservation with the Islesboro Island Trust, includes open fields with ocean views, walking paths through the woods down to the shoreline, a beach, open ocean access, and garden areas.

Travolta is known for his iconic roles in “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever,” as well as “Look Who’s Talking,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Get Shorty.” Preston had roles in “Jerry Maguire,” “The Experts,” and “Gotti.”

Travolta announced the death of his wife on Instagram, writing, in part, “Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered. I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while.”

However, he recently resurfaced with his daughter Ella, for an appearance in a sweet and very buzzy Super Bowl ad showing off some “Grease” dance moves.

Brian Wickenden with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.

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Scottie Shot an Air Ball, So Can Larsa Pippen Slam Home a Sale in South Florida?

Larsa Pippen, an original cast member of “Real Housewives of Miami,” is taking a shot at selling the Fort Lauderdale, FL, home she owns with her ex-husband, the basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.

After coming on and off the market for years, the swanky spot is now back with a price tag of $12 million. And to help drive home a sale, Larsa will throw in her car collection, valued at around $1.5 million.

In the past, the NBA legend took the lead in sales efforts on the waterfront mansion, which the couple purchased as an empty lot for $1.3 million in 2000. The deluxe domicile they built in 2004 came on the market as long ago as 2009, for $16 million.

Now, Larsa is directing the effort to sell the home, which has languished on the market for years. She’s also juggling an offer to reprise her role on a reboot of the long-dormant “Real Housewives of Miami.”

In a new push for buyers, she’s filmed a video tour of the posh pad and hired Nest Seekers International to revamp the marketing strategy. The Elliott Team’s Erin Sykes and Margo Fuller at Nest Seekers International represent the listing.

It’s perhaps no surprise that the new team is bullish on finally selling the long-languishing mansion.

One big reason? The South Florida market is hotter than ever.

“Despite COVID, the real estate market in South Florida performed remarkably well compared to other major metropolitan areas,” says Shawn Elliott of Nest Seekers.

He’s handling the marketing for the property and tells us that the frenzy in the Sunshine State’s luxury market is “fueled by a surge of buyers from the Northeast, California, and Midwest who want to take advantage of Florida’s favorable climate and lack of state income tax.”

As we’ve noted in earlier coverage, this luxury megamansion is a standout. The amenity-filled spread on a double lot measures 13,500 square feet and includes a NBA basketball court, a pool with a slide, and fountains.

Known as Villa Del Lago, the waterfront residence is in the coveted gated community of Harbor Beach, and offers 215 feet of frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway. Buyers can pull up in their personal yacht, because the deepwater dock can handle megayachts measuring up to 190 feet.

The mansion was designed by Randall Stofft Architects, and luxe fixtures and finishes were used to craft the Mediterranean-style marvel.

The deluxe estate features six bedrooms and seven full bathrooms, plus two partial bathrooms, including a massive master suite with a giant walk-in closet, a coffee bar, en suite bathroom, and a private balcony overlooking the water. The second floor can be accessed by elevator.

Other resort-style amenities include a home theater, game room, fitness center, climate-controlled wine cellar, hot tub, and a commercial-grade summer kitchen.

The next owner will also enjoy membership to Harbor Beach Surf Club, a private, 300-foot beach with a pavilion and private marina, fully serviced with chairs, umbrellas and five-star club amenities.

Other perks include close proximity to the ocean, privacy, and 24-hour Fort Lauderdale Police security.

In addition to the keys to the house, a buyer will acquire the keys to some pretty sweet rides, including a Porsche 911 GTU RS, a Mercedes G63 AMG, and a Ferrari 488 Pista, the New York Post notes. Perhaps those luxury whips will finally fuel a sale.

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‘Last of Its Kind’: $12.7M Midcentury Masterpiece on Long Island

One of just a few homes designed by the man behind some of the world’s most iconic midcentury modern designs is back on the market on Long Island.

Known as Villa Riele, the home on Watch Way in Lloyd Harbor, NY, is on the market for $12.7 million. It was offered for auction last summer, but a winning bidder never emerged.

The architect Edward Durell Stone designed the home, and it was finished in 1967.

Stone’s work includes the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, Radio City Music Hall, and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.

His buildings won several prestigious awards and are distinctive for their ornamentation, which often include arches, a prominent feature of this home.

Noting the distinctive arches and the towering glass windows, the listing agent, John Pierre Morales, says, “Those features alone make it one of Long Island’s unique and most prestigious properties. I haven’t seen another piece of architecture like this, ever.”

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Inside the mansion, there are several massive mahogany staircases, many arches, and an indoor pool right in the middle of the home.

The pool isn’t enormous, but does offer an interesting respite for guests. Think of it as an aquatic conversation pit.

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“It’s about 6 feet deep, heated, and has benches that circle the whole inside of the pool, so it was really just a place to cool off and sit down and have a few cocktails on the bench. Most of the times, people were in their regular clothes, which is interesting,” Morales explains.

Thanks to a unique filtration system, Morales says the home doesn’t suffer from the typical smell of a pool.

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The formal dining room is right off the pool area, and a living room is nearby.

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The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house is located on 33 acres of land with majestic trees on Long Island’s Gold Coast. The compound on the Sound is divided into four lots with a quarter-mile of waterfront.

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The purchase price offers an intriguing opportunity for a buyer who doesn’t mind a couple of neighbors.

“There are three other lots besides the home and the beach house that are subdivided and ready for someone to come in and build on—ready to go for a developer,” Morales explains.

In addition to the main house, there’s a one-bedroom beach house that basically sits on the sand. Having a structure that close to the water isn’t allowed anymore, but this house is grandfathered into township regulations.

“I look at just the beach house alone and figure it’s worth a couple million dollars, just the way it is,” Morales says. “You’re in complete solace and peace when you’re in this place. There’s no one near you. You’re in your own world.”

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The compound was once part of the original Colgate estate, and the current owner is the socialite Gabriele Lagerwall, aka Baroness W. Langer von Langendorff.

She’s the second wife and widow of the late Baron Walter Langer von Langendorff of Austria, the man who created White Shoulders perfume.

Morales says the butler who has been with the baroness for 25 years recalls the diplomats and the royalty who sat in the pool and had cocktails.

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The house has always been a weekend home for the owner to escape to when she wanted to entertain and get away from her hotel penthouse at the Pierre, on New York’s Fifth Avenue.

There are unique furnishings, which could be negotiated into the purchase price. A new owner wouldn’t need to worry about damage to the colorful decor.

“I went to the basement, and there’s backup yards and yards of the exact fabric. [If] she’s having company and someone spills or stains something, she can re-upholster again,” Morales says.

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The house is in two wings, with two bedrooms on the main floor. The main suites are upstairs, served by an elevator.

The setting is private, perfect for anyone who would like to get away and to turn this property into a revenue-generating opportunity, Morales says.

“The perfect buyer is a developer, someone that can actually realize that this is the last of its kind on the East Coast. It’s basically a nature preserve on the Gold Coast of Long Island, with a quarter-mile of sound-front.”

If the walls of the house could talk, Morales says, they would have stories to tell.

“You totally feel like you are in a bygone era, and you just know that diplomats, royalty, and whoever was somebody at one point was in that home.”

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Race Car Driver Johnny Gray’s $32.5M Florida Mansion Revs Onto the Market

The retired race car driver Johnny Gray is ready to roll away from his megamansion in Jupiter, FL. Offered for $32.5 million, the 30,000-square-foot estate is the most expensive home ever listed in the area.

The trophy property was built in 2016 by Sebastian Smallegange of Turtle Beach Construction and is stuffed with luxe amenities.

“If you like toys, this is your home,” the listing boasts.

The largest Intracoastal property in the exclusive Admirals Cove neighborhood, the spread offers 365 feet of prime protected water frontage, with room enough to park a megayacht.

Built across two lots, the project took about two years to finish. The size of the parcel makes it a standout in the area.

“That’s very rare,” says the listing agent, Rob Thomson of Waterfront Properties, who notes that only a handful of the 900 or so homes in the community offer the double-lot size.

In addition, he says, “It’s built on a super-high level,” with watertight, mold-proof construction.

It was purchased in 2013 for $7.34 million, and Gray poured millions into building what Thomson calls “a bucket-list house.”

The existing house on the property was torn down and a new estate was erected—with plenty of room for Gray’s cars. There’s also space for a 45-foot-long motor coach.

The air-conditioned garage comes with a car lift, checkerboard flooring, and room for more than 25 vehicles.

Other jaw-dropping details include a home theater built by an associate of George Lucas that doubles as a safe room, as well as a massive bar and game room with an aquarium.

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The entry into the massive mansion has a foyer with a double staircase. With six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, the spacious escape offers an eat-in kitchen with a snack bar.

The layout also includes a family room, plus a formal living room with a fireplace. Glass doors lead outside.

A master suite includes separate bathrooms, closets, and morning bar. Along with electric shades and window treatments, a sitting room with drop-down TV overlooks the backyard.

The property is designed for spending time outside in the Florida sun. Relax outdoors under oversized loggias with drop-down TVs, a swim-up bar with a sunken kitchen, a footbridge with waterfalls, two hot tubs, a pool, and fire bowls, all overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

Other luxe details include a gym, a commercial elevator, and state-of-the-art electronics throughout.

According to the agent, there are also “other touches crafted with special attention from the owner.”

Although the home is offered fully furnished, “The cars don’t stay,” Thomson says.

Nor does the memorabilia visible in the bar area. Perhaps the retired speed demon will autograph something for the next owner.

Thomson says that Gray has been spending more time at his other homes, and has decided to move on.

The gated community also accesses amenities of the Admirals Cove country club and golf course, which Thomson describes as “platinum.”

The former Funny Car and Pro Stock driver raced competitively in various arenas. A businessman from Artesia, NM, he joined the professional racing ranks in 1993, and claimed his first win in 2011.

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