John Travolta selling Islesboro mansion for $5 million

John Travolta selling Islesboro mansion for $5 million

Longtime temporary Islesboro resident and Hollywood star John Travolta has listed his island home for $5 million.

Travolta, 68, and his late wife, Kelly Preston, bought the 1903 Tudor Revival mansion 31 years ago. They came to the island after his friend, TV star Kirstie Alley, bought a home and wanted “everyone to move there,” Travolta said in a 1999 Architectural Digest article about the couple’s vacation home in Maine.

He and Preston wound up buying an estate near the village of Dark Harbor on North Islesboro. The home at 299 Drexel Lane, known as both Gripsholm Manor and the George W.C. Drexel Estate, features 20 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and a separate guest house. It was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in May 1985.

According to the listing with Sotheby’s International Realty, the 10,830 square foot home is being sold along with 48 total acres of land, including a private dock on Sabbathday Harbor on the island’s eastern shore. The land is partially in conservation with the Islesboro Islands Trust.

“[It] includes wonderful open fields with ocean views, walking paths through the woods down to the shorefront, beach and open ocean access, garden areas, and a majestic approach up a tree covered winding gravel road,” the listing said.

The house was also listed for sale in 2021, but was taken off the market. Alley sold her Islesboro home in April 2020, after being part of the island community for nearly 30 years.

For many years, islanders and others in mid-coast Maine grew used to spotting the stars and their families around the area. In general, Mainers respected and protected their privacy, but it was often a thrill to realize a star was near. Travolta is famous for starring roles in “Grease,” “Saturday Night Fever, “Pulp Fiction” and more.

According to one story published in the Penobscot Bay Pilot in Dec. 2014, a small group of carolers in Camden had been singing “Jingle Bells” to two men they saw in the kitchen of the Camden House of Pizza. They were almost through when they realized that one of the men was Travolta.

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