- Willis, 67, was confirmed on Wednesday to be suffering from the language disorder aphasia, and retired from Hollywood
- Raised in New Jersey, Willis had over his five decades in film amassed a property portfolio spanning North America and the Caribbean
- Since 2018 the actor, worth an estimated $250 million, has significantly downsized, selling $65 million worth of property
- He will now spend most of his time at his Los Angeles home with his wife Emma Heming, 43, and his children
Bruce Willis and his wife have sold $65 million in real estate over the last four years, as the beloved actor sought to simplify his life amid his deteriorating health.
Willis, 67, has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition aphasia, his family announced on Wednesday, and is drawing the curtain on his legendary Hollywood career that spans 44 years.
It is unclear when Willis was first diagnosed with the condition, which affects speech and comprehension.
Yet since 2018, the much-loved actor – worth an estimated $250 million – has been dramatically downsizing his real estate portfolio.
$18 million Manhattan penthouse
In January 2018, Willis put on the market his Manhattan penthouse, which was sold within a week for $18 million.
‘It’s time to scale back,’ said their broker at the time, Ann Cutbill Lenane of Douglas Elliman.
The six-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot co-op at 271 Central Park West, which they bought in 2015 for $17 million, boasted 150 feet of Central Park frontage.
Split over two floors, it was previously owned by Wesley Edens, part-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The upper level had an expansive kitchen and dining area, while the lower level holds five large bedrooms including the master suite.
The main bedroom features two walk-in closets, a dressing room with built-in vanity and a spa-like en-suite bathroom.
The duplex was sold to financier Jeffrey Alan Keswin.
$5 million Idaho estate
Later that year, in October, Willis then sold his Idaho estate, near the historic, celebrity favorite ski resort of Sun Valley.
Sun Valley has attracted the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway – who liked the area so much he bought a house there in Ketchum.
Current homeowners include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Hanks and Justin Timberlake.
Willis, born in Germany but who grew up in New Jersey, has a long history in Idaho.
The actor and his ex-wife Demi Moore moved to the town of Hailey in 1988 to raise their family away from the Hollywood spotlight.
In 1994, Willis started buying up properties on Hailey’s main street under the corporation name IxNay Investment Trust.
In addition to his own home, the actor bought vacant lots, a pizza spot, a bar, a movie theater and a second house for Moore to display her extensive doll collection.
Moore, who was married to Willis from 1987 to 1998, still owns a house in the area. She and Willis rode out the pandemic in the house with their daughters Rumer, 33; Scout, 30; and Tallulah, 28 – plus Heming and their two young daughters, Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 7.
Willis’s 20-acre lakefront ranch near Hailey was initially put up for sale in 2011 for $15 million, and then relisted in 2016 for the same price.
It finally sold in October 2018 for $5 million – which was still the single biggest residential sale ever in the Hailey area.
The 8,400-square-foot home was fully rebuilt by Willis in 2003, and currently features six bedrooms, a guest house and a gym. Willis also added several streams and ponds to the property, along with a heated pool that features waterslides, waterfall features and a rope swing.
$27 million Turks and Caicos retreat
A year later, in August 2019, Willis decided to part with his beloved Caribbean retreat in Turks and Caicos, where he and Heming married in 2009.
The 13,500-square-foot property was on the COMO Parrot Cay resort, and Willis’ neighbors included Donna Karan and Keith Richards.
The property sold for $27 million – just short of the $27.5 million price tag on the island’s most expensive piece of property, a nearby home known as Oliver’s Cove that sold in 2016.
Willis bought the 7.37 waterfront acres in 2000, and completed the Asian-inspired compound in 2004.
It consists of a five-bedroom main house, a yoga pavilion and two guest casitas with three bedrooms each.
The couple renewed their vows at the house shortly before putting it on the market.
‘For the past 20 years, we’ve made so many beautiful memories on the island,’ they said in a statement at the time to Architectural Digest.
‘We fell in love and married there, enjoyed two babymoons on the Cay, and it was on our beach that we renewed our vows.’
In October 2021, they sold their last remaining parcel of land on Parrot Cay – an empty plot that went for $6 million.
$7.66 million Westchester County mansion
The final property to go in the epic sell-off was Willis’s mansion in Westchester County, north of New York City.
The 9,000-square-foot mansion in Bedford, near Mount Kisco, was sold for $7.66 million in December 2019.
Sitting on 22 acres, it overlooked the Croton Reservoir; neighbors included Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas.
Willis and Heming bought the property for $12 million in 2014, and had been splitting time between Westchester and their Manhattan apartment.
Culled from Daily Mail