• Bruce Willis sold most of his luxury properties over the past four years, a report says
  • Willis reportedly has been preparing for his decline in health "for a long time"
  • The actor and his wife reportedly sold properties in New York, Idaho and Turks and Caicos

Bruce Willis has been preparing for his decline in health and retirement for a number of years, a report has claimed.

The 67-year-old actor sold nearly $65 million worth of luxury properties in New York and other states in recent years to focus on life with his family in California, Page Six reported, citing unnamed friends and insiders who know the star.

Willis' family announced earlier this week that the "Red" actor was diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disorder that affects one's ability to communicate, and that he was retiring from acting as a result of his condition.

"Bruce has been preparing for this moment for a long time. He knew there would be a time, as his health declined, when his earning power wouldn't be as great as it once was," one source told Page Six.

According to the insider, Willis knew that he wouldn't need multiple properties to travel between and that he should "live in a safe environment surrounded by his family."

"Looking at how he has sold off most of his properties in recent years, it is clear that he has been preparing to downsize and simplify his life for a number of years," the source added.

In December 2019, Willis and his wife Emma Heming sold their 9,000-square-foot home in Westchester, New York, for $7.66 million, Page Six reported. The couple reportedly took a $4.34 million loss on the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom home, having bought it for $12 million in 2014.

"The only reason we are giving it up is because we are so far from our California family, which is why we have decided to return to the West Coast and make our home there," Willis said at the time.

After the sale, he spent $9.8 million on a new mansion in Brentwood, California, according to the outlet.

In the same year, Willis and Heming sold their Turks and Caicos compound for a whopping $27 million. The 13,500-square-foot beachfront property was initially listed for $33 million.

In 2018, the actor unloaded his six-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot Central Park West duplex for $17.75 million. At the time, the "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" star said he was moving to a smaller apartment in New York City and purchased a 3,000-square-foot condo near Lincoln Center for around $7.9 million, as per Page Six.

Willis also sold his Sun Valley, Idaho, mountain house for $5.5 million later that year. He initially asked for $15 million when he put the property on the market.

Last year, Willis sold a plot of land on the celebrity-loved island of Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos for $6 million.

A rep for Willis did not respond when asked for comment, according to the outlet.

Following the announcement of his diagnosis, Willis' co-star Rob Gough called him the "GOAT" (greatest of all time) and said he never saw any sign that the star was having cognitive problems when they were filming "American Siege" last year.

"I've always thought of him as iconic, the GOAT, just the man. Knowing that he's able to perform under what he's going through, it just adds to that iconicness," Gough told People.

An unnamed source told Page Six, however, that Willis has been showing signs of cognitive decline as early as 2020. The actor had to use "earpieces, hearing things, for them to feed him the lines" and body doubles to maximize his screen time, the insider claimed.

Bruce Willis is one of the most bankable stars of Hollywood, having starred in mega-hit 'Die Hard' and its sequels
Bruce Willis is one of the most bankable stars of Hollywood, having starred in mega-hit 'Die Hard' and its sequels AFP / Angela Weiss