Thanks to Charlie Sheen, who just listed his Sherman Oaks home for sale, Mel Gibson is no longer Hollywood’s most controversial star. Gibson recently re-listed his Lavender Hill Farm on the Malibu real estate market with a million dollar price cut, going from $12,750,000 down to $11,750,000. The home was first listed for $14.5 million in March 2010.
The actor/producer/director is best known for his roles in “Braveheart,” and “The Patriot” as well as making headlines from his controversial comments and run-ins with police.
Gibson began unloading some of his real estate after the divorce from his wife, Robyn, was finalized. The two listed their Old Mill Farm estate on the Greenwich real estate market in 2007 for $39.5 million.In 2008, the property was reduced in price to $35 million. It finally sold for $24 million in July 2010 — a nearly 40 percent price cut, pretty significant for the ritzy area where median Greenwich home values are $1,093,200.
Lavender Hill Farm is located in the premier and private Serra Retreat part of Malibu. Situated on 2.56 acres, the home was originally built by composer Leonard Rosenman in 1979 and was later owned by musician Rick Springfield. According to property records, Gibson and Robyn bought the home in 1989. The home was at risk in foreclosure in 2010, when Rampage Construction, the company contracted to work on the actor’s Malibu real estate investments, filed a lawsuit against Gibson and Robyn for failing to settle an outstanding bill of merely $12,000.
Gibson’s compound includes a main house, pool, spa, lighted tennis court, separate media room, separate gym, a two-story outdoor entertainment pavilion with built-in BBQ, fireplace and kitchen, as well as three guest houses, fruit orchards, sprawling lawns and two offices.
The main house has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and hardwood and stone detailing. The upstairs master suite includes a sitting room with fireplace, two walk-in closets, and sauna in the master bath.
True to the farm title, the property also includes an organic garden, groves of mature avocado trees as well as pepper, oak and other specimen trees.