With the sale of Mel Gibson's Lavender Hill Farm in Serra Retreat, Malibu's celebrity-you-most-love-to-hate has severed one more tie with the beachfront community.
The sale closed this week for $9,261,250, substantially lower than the original listing of $14.5 million and even its most recent listing price, $11.25 million.
The Huffington Post has confirmed that Mike Fleiss, the multimillionaire founder of ABC's "The Bachelor," purchased Lavender Hill Farm from the Gibsons.
Gibson, whose anti-Semitic tirades and explosive temper have made him the neighbor you hoped to never have, lived in the three-acre property during his almost 30-year marriage to ex-wife Robyn Gibson. The Serra Retreat property came on the market in March 2010 after Robyn Gibson filed for divorce. Given Mel Gibson's penchant for misbehaving, we wonder if his one-time presence in the house was required to be disclosed under California's real estate disclosure and hazards laws.
The property has a six-bedroom main house, a two-story entertainment pavilion, three guesthouses, two offices, a pool, spa, tennis court, gym and detached media room. The home, described in the listing as an "old world hacienda," has oodles of charm, including hand-painted details, stone and hardwood floors and multiple fireplaces.
"Mad Mel" was romantically involved and had a daughter with Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva in 2009, three years after he had separated from his wife. The next year, embarrassing recordings of Mel Gibson's racist, sexist, violent threats against Grigorieva emerged, as well as allegations that Gibson physically assaulted Grigorieva.
See photos of Fleiss' new Malibu home, courtesy of Realtor.com.