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How Tones and I went from busking in Byron Bay to a $11.9M property portfolio

Australian singer Tones and I has come a long way from her days of busking in the streets of Byron Bay.

The pop star, best known for her No. 1 single Dance Monkey, has now accrued a property portfolio across Australia and the U.S. worth at least $11.9million.

That figure is in addition to the 28-year-old’s estimated net worth of $6million.

The journey: How Tones and I went from busking on the street of Byron Bay to owning a $11.9 million dollar property portfolio across Australia and the US. Pictured: Tones and I, whose real name is Toni Watson

Tones and I, whose real name is Toni Watson, originally hails from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. 

Before finding fame, she slept in her van and started out busking on the streets of Melbourne and Byron Bay.

It was during her days as a street performer that she met talent manager Jackson Walkden-Brown.

Tones eventually hit the big time with her second single, Dance Monkey, which was released in May 2019 and topped the charts in 30 countries. 

Humble beginnings: Before finding fame, Tones and I slept in her van and started out busking on the streets of Melbourne and Byron Bay

Humble beginnings: Before finding fame, Tones and I slept in her van and started out busking on the streets of Melbourne and Byron Bay

As she became more successful, Tones started to buy property across Australia.

She purchased her first home in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Frankston for  $800,000 in January 2020 in an off-market deal.

Not else is known about the purchase except it was Tones’ first property. 

First purchase: The pop star purchased her first home in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Frankston for $800,000 in January 2020 in an off-market deal

First purchase: The pop star purchased her first home in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Frankston for $800,000 in January 2020 in an off-market deal 

Her second purchase was around the same time period in early 2020 when she spent $5.1million on a mansion in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.  

Her double-storey pad sits on 2,500 square metres of land, and boasts American oak floors and Italian glass doors. 

The luxury Victorian abode features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, high ceilings and a garage with space for two vehicles 

Second home: Her next purchase was around the same time period in early 2020 when she spent $5.1million on a mansion in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula

Next home: Her second purchase was around the same time period in early 2020 when she spent $5.1million on a mansion in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula

Inclusions: The luxury Victorian abode features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, high ceilings and a garage with space for two vehicles

Inclusions: The luxury Victorian abode features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, high ceilings and a garage with space for two vehicles

Her house is located in one of the area’s most expensive streets, which has seen other properties sell for more than $8million.

Since the home was rebuilt in 2014, satellite images show it has had several additions, including a swimming pool and basketball court.

Tones recently sold the mansion for $6million in an off-market deal, turning a profit of almost $1million.

Done deal: Tones recently sold the mansion for $6million in an off-market deal, turning a profit of almost $1 million

Done deal: Tones recently sold the mansion for $6million in an off-market deal, turning a profit of almost $1 million

The internationally acclaimed singer then purchased another home in Frankston in September 2020 for $720,000.

The property sits on a large block of more than 800 square metres and boasts three bedrooms and a separate bungalow.

The bungalow serves as a separate dwelling but can be used as an office space.

Another Frankston home: The internationally acclaimed singer then purchased another home in Frankston in September 2020 for $720,000

Another Frankston home: The internationally acclaimed singer then purchased another home in Frankston in September 2020 for $720,000

In December of that year, Tones bought two beachside pads in her old busking town of Byron Bay for $3.3million.

The homes are located 800 meters from Belongil Beach.

Both properties were bought in the singer’s company name, Johnny Run Away, the title of her debut single.

One of the houses is a newly renovated former holiday home that boasts three bathrooms and seven bedrooms.

It includes an outdoor entertainment area, dining area and lounge room. 

Impressive: In December of that year, Tones bought two beachside pads in her old busking town of Byron Bay for $3.3million

Impressive: In December of that year, Tones bought two beachside pads in her old busking town of Byron Bay for $3.3million

Lavish: One of the houses is a newly renovated former holiday home that boasts three bathrooms and seven bedrooms

Lavish: One of the houses is a newly renovated former holiday home that boasts three bathrooms and seven bedrooms

The second home is a charming double-storey pad with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

It includes an outdoor pool and kitchen with granite benchtops and European appliances.

Its gardens are surrounded by a sandstone courtyard and a manicured lawn area. 

Rooms: The first home includes an outdoor entertainment area, dining area and lounge room. One of the bedrooms is pictured here

Rooms: The first home includes an outdoor entertainment area, dining area and lounge room. One of the bedrooms is pictured here 

Holiday home: The second property has an outdoor pool surrounded by a sandstone courtyard

Holiday home: The second property has an outdoor pool surrounded by a sandstone courtyard

Nice! It includes a kitchen with granite benchtops and European appliances

Nice! It includes a kitchen with granite benchtops and European appliances

Her latest property purchase is another mansion in Mt Eliza.

It is Tones’ most expensive home to date, costing the four-time ARIA Award winner a whopping $7.08million earlier this year.

According to realestate.com.au, the state-of-the-art home has a basement lounge, pool and spa, and marble kitchen complete with a $150,000 oven.

Pricey: Her latest property purchase is another mansion in Mt Eliza. It is Tones' most expensive home to date, costing the four-time ARIA winner a whopping $7.08million earlier this year

Pricey: Her latest property purchase is another mansion in Mt Eliza. It is Tones’ most expensive home to date, costing the four-time ARIA winner a whopping $7.08million earlier this year

Life of luxury: The state-of-the-art abode has a basement lounge, pool and spa, and marble kitchen complete with a $150,000 oven

Life of luxury: The state-of-the-art abode has a basement lounge, pool and spa, and marble kitchen complete with a $150,000 oven

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion sits across two levels, and also features a tennis court, sunken fire pit and bar.

There are colour-changing light fixtures in the basement, a 3000-bottle wine cellar, wine lounge and underwater views of the pool. 

It also boasts coastal views extending out to the city skyline, and is walking distance from the other Mount Eliza pad Tones recently sold.

Resort living: The five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion sits across two levels, and also features a tennis court, sunken fire pit and bar

Resort living: The five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion sits across two levels, and also features a tennis court, sunken fire pit and bar

No expense spared: There are colour-changing light fixtures in the basement, a 3000-bottle wine cellar, wine lounge and underwater views of the pool

No expense spared: There are colour-changing light fixtures in the basement, a 3000-bottle wine cellar, wine lounge and underwater views of the pool 

The property was first listed in 2020 with a price guide of between $8million and $8.8million, but sold for $7.08million.  

Tones has accumulated a property empire in only two years that totals $11.9million – a far cry from the star’s days of busking in Melbourne and Byron Bay.

She also reportedly owns another home in Los Angeles, but no details of the purchase or its specific location have been publicly disclosed.

Mystery pad: Tones also reportedly owns another home in Los Angeles, but no details of the purchase or its specific location have been publicly disclosed

Mystery pad: Tones also reportedly owns another home in Los Angeles, but no details of the purchase or its specific location have been publicly disclosed

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