Michael Jackson’s Neverland on the market

The Neverland Ranch in California that was once the home and personal fantasy land of Michael Jackson is up for sale.

The Neverland Ranch in California that was once the home and personal fantasy land of Michael Jackson is up for sale.

The property is being listed at $100m (€91m), according to The Wall Street Journal.

The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley features such amenities as a railway station, six-bedroom house, 50-seat movie theatre, and a pair of lakes.

The late star built up his Neverland Ranch outside Santa Barbara to include zoo animals, amusement rides, and lavish gardens. It has 22 buildings on it, the paper said.

The zoo animals have been removed, save for a single llama, and the property has changed hands.

It has been in limbo since Jackson’s death in 2009.

Jackson originally paid $19.5m for the oak- and sycamore-studded property in 1988 and rechristened it Neverland after Peter Pan’s island dwelling.

He soon added such over-the-top features as a zoo and small amusement park, which have since been removed.

The real estate company Colony Capital bailed out Jackson in 2008 after he defaulted on the $24.5m that he owed on the property.

Despite rumours after Jackson’s death that the hilly property might be transformed into a Graceland-like homage to the King of Pop, Colony Capital has quietly maintained the ranch located about 150 miles (240km) north of Los Angeles.

The estate was built in 1981 by property developer William Bone, who called it Sycamore Valley Ranch.

Jackson distanced himself from the ranch after his 2005 acquittal on charges that he molested children at the property.

The singer opted to live elsewhere in the world until his death.

He was never found guilty in court, but the charges engulfed Jackson in the mid-2000s before the multi award-winning singer-songwriter died.

The Wall Street Journal reported that in order to avoid Jackson’s passionate fan base, tours will not be given of the property.



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