In 2019, a year after Olivia Newton-John revealed she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, the singer and actress sold most of her massive real estate portfolio to invest more in her foundation and wellness center, The Post has learned.
“Olivia loved helping people. She spent the last two decades of her life giving back,” a source close to Newton-John told The Post. “She wanted to leave something that will last and that her daughter can also benefit from.”
Newton-John — who shared a 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, with her first husband, Matt Lattanzi — listed her four-year California horse ranch for $5.4 million in 2019. But the “Grease” icon decided her out. to give remaining days at home, according to the source.
Instead, data in October 2021 shows that Newton-John—who died Monday at age 73—officially transferred full ownership of the Santa Barbara estate to her husband, John Easterling, who refinanced the mortgage with $2 more. 5 million on the house.
“She was in a lot of pain, but she was a fighter,” explains the source. “The place was her heaven on earth and it gave her many calming moments in her last days.”
“They loved it,” Michael Caprio, her friend and publicist, told The Post separately.
The two had initially purchased the four-bedroom, five-bathroom Santa Ynez property for $4.69 million in 2015.
Located on over 12 acres along the Santa Ynez River with a 4,452 square foot main house, other amenities included a two-bedroom guest house, barn, horse stables, and swimming pool.
Newly built in 2008, the contemporary estate features a main residence accented with wood, skylight ceilings in the great room, windows in the gourmet kitchen, and a lavish sunroom.
In June 2019, a month after putting her California home on the market, she put her 189-acre Australian farm on the market.
Newton-John initially bought the land – located in the New South Wales town of Dalwood – in the 1980s and rebuilt the house in the early 2000s.
A month later, it sold for $4.6 million.
The French country style property consists of eight lots, with a main house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest suite with one bedroom, the previous listing shows.
The house has a terracotta-colored exterior and a rustic interior, as well as wrap-around terraces.
The compound has its own robust rainforest with a natural waterfall, two dams, a creek and large bird populations, according to the previous list. It also borders a national park called Victoria Park Nature Reserve, adding to the privacy of its remote location.
Over the years, the late Australian singer, actor and entrepreneur had invested in her Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center at Austin Hospital in Melbourne. She established the facility in 2012 at a cost of $189 million — with state and federal funding plus philanthropic support to bring it to fruition.
In 2005, she co-founded the award-winning Gaia Retreat & Spa – a health retreat in the Bunjalung country of Byron Bay, a region often known as the Healing Heart of Australia.
She also launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation in recent years.
“The idea is to fund research into kinder ways to treat cancer, prevent cancer and live well with cancer,” she said in a 2020 interview with Forbes. “So, all those things, I believe, eventually we’re going to see a world out there where it’s just treated like any other disease that you can kind of control it and live with it well and, of course, hopefully heal. is something I do, and I hope I can help others do that.”
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, then again in 2013, before her third and final diagnosis in 2017.
Newton-John died at her ranch in Southern California at age 73.
“A symbol of triumph and hope for more than 30 years, Olivia shares her journey with breast cancer,” her husband of 14 wrote in a statement posted on social media Monday. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience in plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, which is dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”
The four-time Grammy Award winner is most remembered for her role as Sandy in the critically acclaimed film ‘Grease’, which starred John Travolta.
She was born in England in 1948 before moving to Australia at the age of 14.