Nab Mel Gibson’s Sweet Costa Rican Retreat for $29.8 Million

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Along Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, nestled in the hills of the Nicoya peninsula, is a sprawling estate dubbed Playa Barrigona.

Owned by actor and Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson, the picturesque property is currently on the market for $29.8 million. It includes three spacious villas enveloped by 500 acres of lush, privately-owned jungle, and serves as a supremely luxurious and secluded tropical retreat.

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The 9,193-square-foot Spanish Colonial-style complex built in 2002 is only a short walk away from sumptuous, white-sand beaches.

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Playa Barrigona boasts many architectural features, including vaulted ceilings, intricately-carved Costa Rican wood (native to the area), Spanish and Italian tiles, beguiling arches, and ochre paint.

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Casa Guanacaste—the largest of the three separate villas that comprise the estate—claims seven of the 11 total bedrooms, and eight of the 14 bathrooms.

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Meanwhile Casa Barrigona has a poolside cottage, while Casa Dorada touts a loft with additional living space.

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Picture-perfect mountain and ocean views, a swimming pool, and a 3,173-square-foot open-air dining hall are only a few of this compound’s many sensational benefits. In addition, a traditional Indonesian hut shipped from Bali (and re-assembled on-site) is located on the premises (shown below). For those traveling to this remote sanctuary by air, there is also a grass helipad.

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Playa Barrigona offers extreme solitude and serenity to its occupants, which happens to be this particular escape’s two main selling points (in addition to its overall beauty).

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The Lethal Weapon star purchased the property in 2007 for $25.8 million, according to a recent Vanity Fair report. It was originally listed in 2010 for $35 million.

Photos and details courtesy of Architectural Digest, Christie’s International Real Estate, Vanity Fair, and Curbed

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