If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, chances are you were very familiar with Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The late pop star’s humble little six-bedroom abode, what with its amusement park and acres upon acres of land, was not only talked about because of its lavish design, but also because it was there that Jackson was accused of sexual abuse (and later found not-guilty on all of the charges).
Whether it’s because of that stigma or because of the current real estate market we’re not sure, but that same ranch is still on the market after nine months and available for the cool price of $100 million. Considering Jackson bought the place back in 1987 for $19.5 million, we’d say its value has increased indeed, but is obviously still too much for the average home buyer to stomach.
Even though Sotherby’s has pretty much taken down any hints that Jackson ever lived there, a new video taken by drone seems to spell out that the seller is now taking the opposite approach and is fully ready to capitalize on the fame of the previous owner.
The five-minute presentation, which is set to Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and finally, “Human Nature,” is eerie but beautiful at the same time. Unless you’ve actually been to the ranch (which is now called Sycamore Valley Ranch), we’d wager you had no idea just what 2700 acres looks like.
Nearly all of the shots are of the exterior–save a montage in the middle showcasing a theatre–but they’re all encompassing. The old petting zoo as well as all 22 buildings on the actual property are featured, as are several swans on a beautiful lake, a picturesque bridge and for some reason, a llama.
It’s actually a shame that so much of the history was ripped out of the place last summer; given Jackson’s rise in popularity following his 2009 death, there must be a buyer or two out there who would consider it a catch to live in the singer’s former property — even if he did move out in 2005. At the very least, it could have been rebuilt into another Neverland of sorts for underprivileged kids.
Or, if this video (which while incredible is still some of the most blatant marketing we’ve ever seen), is successful, some rich chap will get his chaps on soon enough. Because the property even without all those additions truly is a thriller.