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.