Mel Gibson’s Malibu Mansion
Multi-talented, Academy Award-winning Mel Gibsonhas propelled his acting career, and simultaneously his real estateinvestments, into a $425 million net worth – a far cry from when he moved withhis middle-class parents from New York to Australia at age 12. Mel studiedacting at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts and soon became amajor movie star at age 23 after his lead role in the 1979 Australian-film MadMax, for which he earned just $15,000. Today, whether acting, directing,inciting controversy or purchasing some of the most romantic properties on theplanet, he does it with passion. From action figure, to comedy, fromstage to film, he has proven himself in the entertainment industry as evidencedby his many awards and has funneled that income into property investments withholdings in Australia, Costa Rica, the United States and Mago Island in Fiji. He has quietly but seriously made philanthropic donations in thecountries where he invests and intends to keep the Fijian island in itsnatural, undeveloped state. Consistently, Gibson’s real estate choices reflect his penchant for theearthy and rustic with a strong romantic vibe cushioned among lush plantings. Such is the case with this Malibu, California mansion which he purchasedin 2008 and added his personal stamp and highlighted its Old Worldcharacteristics. Mel’s home is now onthe market, priced at $14.495 million.
One of the most beautiful estates in central Malibu, Gibson’sestate is accessed through a long-gated drive ending at a large motor court. The 6,578-square-foot house is entered via the two-story foyer that opensinto an expansive great room with high vaulted-beamed ceilings, stone-archeddoorways, large chandeliers, dark-wood floors, walls of transomed French doorsexposing canyon and ocean views and a grand stone Inglenook-style fireplace. With five bedrooms and five baths, there is a large French Countrykitchen with bespoke cabinetry, marble countertops, island for workspace andcasual dining, a den, gym and family room. Outside are terraces overlooking ocean views, one with a romantic,vine-covered pergola for alfresco dining, and a three-car garage with atwo-bedroom guest house above. Preferring a lush landscape, Gibson addedadditional plant materials native to Southern California. There are two swimming pools and the 5.5-acreproperty includes membership in the La Costa Beach Club.
One of Mel Gibson’s collection of properties in his rustic-elegantstyle is for sale in Malibu, priced at $14.495 million. Listing agentsare SandroDazzan of The Agency, Beverly Hills and Branden Williams with Hilton& Hyland, Beverly Hills.
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