Looking for your dream home? Mel Gibson’s Costa Rican romantic getaway, complete with a private beach, could be yours for just under $30 million.
Imagine taking your dream vacation at your dream home. In the US, you board a private, luxury jet. In less than three hours, you’re descending over the aquamarine waters that lap at the pristine shores of Costa Rica — more specifically, the northern Pacific coast’s Nicoya Peninsula. The small aircraft glides to a smooth landing on a runway of sun-bleached sand that stretches invitingly toward the ocean.
Welcome to Mel Gibson’s estate, a 403-acre expanse of tropical bliss. Further inland, you’re greeted by a thick tangle of palms and exotic tropical plants. Nestled in this stretch of the jungle are three majestic homes. Their elegant exteriors are constructed from rich Costa Rican wood and Spanish and Italian tiles. Their red-barrel tile roofs remind you of beachside cabanas.
Two of these impressive homes are single-story and have their own swimming pools and grills. Despite their modest height, they lack nothing in terms of amenities. These two-bedroom homes are complete with full kitchens, so you can prepare gourmet dishes (or have them prepared for you) while you take in your surroundings. Each fully air-conditioned home has additional space for sleeping accommodations.
Casa Barrigona has a cozy cottage by the pool, and Casa Dorada comes with a loft. Vaulted ceilings give the interior an especially elegant ambiance, and there are plenty of windows looking out on the breathtaking landscape. From the wrap-around porches, you can enjoy captivating ocean sunsets, or watch howler monkey perform their acrobatics on the jungle side of the property. If you’re quiet, you might even be rewarded with a glimpse of the occasional ocelot.
The centerpiece of this sprawling estate, however, is the main house, Casa Guanacaste. This hacienda-style home stands out because of its second story, not to mention that it overlooks a wide stretch of beach. If you’ve brought a crowd along for your dream vacation, they’ll make themselves right at home among seven bedrooms and eight baths. Your guests can relax by the pool — this home has its own, too — or throw an impromptu island-themed party in the courtyard. The many neatly-manicured terraces offer stunning views of the seaside and greenery.
It’s for Sale
If you’ve fallen in love with this piece of paradise, you might like to know that it’s on the market. Officially known as Playa Barrigona, it’s priced at $29.75 million, reduced from $35 million.
A Bit About Mel Gibson
The renowned director and actor was born in 1956, the sixth of eleven children. His estate would be ideal for family reunions.
He studied acting and found his way to fame in the 1980s. He’s probably best known for his role in Braveheart, which won him an Oscar. Hacksaw Ridge is his most recent highly-acclaimed film. In 1996, People Magazine named him one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people.
Photo credit: Christie’s International Real Estate
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
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