Mel Gibson Still Trying to Sell Costa Rica Slice of Heaven
For the last two years, the actor has been trying to sell his Costa Rica compound -- Playa Barrigona -- complete with three villas and 500 acres of private jungle on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Playa Barrigona is so remote, it's not shown on most maps of that northwestern part of Costa Rica, near the famous Arenal volcano.
Maybe the estate is a little too out-of-the-way. Or maybe it's too expensive -- $29.75 million. Or maybe the property has bad juju -- perhaps the result of Gibson's highly publicized slurs against minorities and battles with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
The Costa Rican Star says the hilltop estate was the infamous scene where Gibson was taped in 2012 "ranting and screaming at his house guests" -- including screenwriter Joe Eszterhas -- "and was heard making disparaging remarks about his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva."
Whatever the reason, something sure as hell is keeping buyers away from this little slice of heaven, where "olive ridley sea turtles travel thousands of miles across the Pacific each year to lay their eggs on this beach," the Christie's International Real Estate listing says.
"It's for a unique buyer," says Danielle Austin, a Christie's spokeswoman. "It's incredibly large and remote. We're looking for that specific buyer."
Austin says the property has had "some offers, but not what we're looking for."
This is the second time that Gibson has tried to sell the property. He put it on the market in 2010 for $35 million, The Costa Rica Star reports, and then again in 2012 for the current $29.75 million price tag.
Playa Barrigona features:
- three homes, each nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
- a villa with seven bedrooms and eight baths.
- two smaller villas with two bedrooms each.
- secluded white-sand beach about a 10-minute golf cart ride away.