Nicole Kidman is selling $24 million of prime Australian real estate as she prepares to set up home in Nashville.

The expectant mother and country-music star husband Keith Urban, are selling her $20 million Sydney villa and a $4 million beachfront retreat on the NSW south coast.

With the properties on the market, there is speculation they will buy a property on Sydney’s North Shore to escape the paparazzi, whilst also being near to her parents’ home and to her sister, Antonia.

The villa at Darling Point was her Sydney home with former husband Tom Cruise. She received it in their divorce settlement.

Kidman has visited her 3000sq m country retreat, 20km south of Batemans Bay, only a handful of times since buying it in 2004.