Mel Gibson’s rustic old-world retreat in the hills of California’s exclusive Malibu has hit the market again with a multimillion-dollar discount.
The Mad Max and Gallipoli actor bought the secluded escape in 2008 for US$11.5 million (about AUD$16.235 million) from David Duchovny, of X Files fame, and Téa Leoni, who were married at the time.
He added natural landscaping and meticulously maintained the expansive 2.23ha estate before listing it for US$17.5 million (about AUD$25 million) in 2017, according to realtor.com.
Unsuccessful, it was then relisted for $16.5 million (about AUD$23.3 million) in 2018 and has now resurfaced on the market with an even lower US$14.495 million (about AUD$20.465 million) price tag.
Heavy use of stone, medieval-style chandeliers and a flowing floorplan with rows of doors allowing in the coastal breeze give the momentous manor an air that wouldn’t be out of place in one of the Braveheart and Passion of the Christ star’s historical blockbusters.
The one-time Sydney-sider has enjoyed more than 600sq m of living space at the luxury pad, which includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a choice of two pools, including a lap pool just outside the private gym’s doors.
The master suite features dual walk-in wardrobes and a private balcony with ocean views to ponder the next script.
Meanwhile, the surrounding grounds, which Gibson improved, feature landscaped paths, lawns, fountains and dining and lounge areas.
It’s in the heart of Malibu, but the main house is completely isolated from neighbours’ sights, with magnificent views of the coastline and access to an exclusive beach club nearby.