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The three-villa property overlooking the Pacific Ocean is listed for nearly $30 million.

Supremely situated amid 500 acres of privately owned jungle in a remote area of Costa Rica's lush Nicoya Peninsula, the villas on Playa Barrigona are tropical retreats unlike any other and are owned by celebrated actor Mel Gibson. Photo: Christie's International Real Estate
Supremely situated amid 500 acres of privately owned jungle in a remote area of Costa Rica's lush Nicoya Peninsula, the villas on Playa Barrigona are tropical retreats unlike any other and are owned by celebrated actor Mel Gibson. Photo: Christie's International Real Estate

If any remote association with Mel Gibson is coveted, this property can fit the bill.

The Hollywood actor’s Costa Rica house hidden away in 500 acres of private forestland is now up for sale.

But at US$29.75 million, Playa Barrigona is way ahead of the prices tagged with some other properties in the country. The property’s name refers to a beach in the local parlance, and Playa Barrigona’s selling point is just that – its beach.

Set in the remote Nicoya Peninsula in the Central American country, with pictures showing hardly a road access beneath a canopy of tropical forests, the hideaway seems right for a celebrity trying to shun prying eyes.

The three houses on the property are located on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Each of these is decorated with native wood and Spanish and Italian tiles, and come with living rooms with vaulted ceilings, kitchens and several verandas. A swimming pool and barbecue areas diversify the property’s entertainment offerings.

The largest of the villas is called Casa Guanacaste. It comes with seven bedrooms and eight baths. The two smaller villas each have two bedrooms.

The interiors eschew luxury for a rustic look with some wood and wrought iron furniture amid ochre-toned walls.

Set in Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, the property has access to white coral beaches and lots of lush vegetation. For company on the beach, one might chance upon olive ridley sea turtles. Located between the villages of Samara and Nosara, the property is off the main roads connecting the two.

While Christie’s website, where the property is listed, goes into a few details of the property, it is entirely mum on whether the buying process includes meeting Mr Gibson himself.

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