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Location DB > United States > California > Los Olivos > Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
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created by tunnelbug on 1/21/2008 6:56 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 6/8/2021 8:32 PM
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Sycamore Valley Ranch, formerly Neverland Ranch or Neverland, is a developed property in Santa Barbara County, California, located at 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos, California, on the edge of Los Padres National Forest. It is best known for being the home and private amusement park of American entertainer Michael Jackson from 1988 until 2005.
 Basic Information
Type: Amusement Park and Mansion
Status: Closed
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
5225 Figueroa Mountain Road
Los Olivos, California
United States
Owner: Ron Burkle
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  •  Hazards
  • Dogs
  •  Interesting Features
    Bronze statues, train stations, arcade, bumper cars, ferris wheel, carousel, mansion, petting zoo
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • dogs
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1988
    Closed: 2005
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  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
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    Michael Jackson closed down Neverland to reduce costs. A spokesperson for the pop star refused to comment upon his future plans for the 1,100 hectare (2,800 acre) ranch.

    Jackson agreed to settle an unpaid wage bill of $306,000 after being threatened with legal action, but was fined for allowing insurance to lapse. The penalty amounted to $169,000.

    Then authorities issued a stop-work order to staff after the insurance discrepancy was uncovered.

    A local veterinary surgeon put employees who look after Jackson's menagerie on his payroll, while security is being handled by the Jackson family.

    The star has been residing in Bahrain since his trial last year, where he faced child abuse charges. After a four-month court case he was cleared.

    It was reported in 2007 that Michael Jackson had lapsed on his mortgage payments for Neverland and that it was listed in Default. The latest reports seem to indicate that he's cleared the default and will continue to own Neverland, though he has no plans on living there again.

    The amusement rides and animals were gone by 2009, replaced with a meditative zen garden and a section decorated with Peter Pan, Michael Jackson's favorite fictional hero.

    In May 2015, it was announced that the Neverland Ranch, renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, would be put up for sale with an initial price tag of $100 million. By that time, Colony NorthStar had completed extensive renovations to the property. Many people, including fans, protested and disagreed with the decision. Jermaine Jackson, elder brother of Michael wrote an open letter to Colony NorthStar expressing his disagreement with their decision.

    As of May 2016, the 2,698-acre ranch, jointly owned by the Jackson estate and Colony NorthStar, was put up for sale by Sotheby's International Realty with an asking price of $100 million. The price included the 12,598 square foot six bedroom Normandy-style mansion, the four-acre lake with waterfall, a pool house, three guest houses, a tennis court, and a 5,500-square-foot movie theater and stage. The train station and railway tracks were also included. According to Time, the owners were seeking a buyer who did not plan to turn the ranch into a Jackson museum.

    Due to lack of interest, the asking price of the ranch had fallen to $67 million by February 2017. The property was still on the market in early 2018, at the same price, with Coldwell Banker. In February 2019, the asking price was reduced to $31 million. The listing agent for the ranch said nothing has changed except the price. The structures and landscaping are still maintained.

    In December 2020, billionaire Ron Burkle, a former family friend of Jackson, purchased the property for $22 million as a "land banking opportunity". He purchased for less than 25% of the asking price that once topped $100,000,000.
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     Future Plans
    Neverland Ranch has been foreclosed upon as of October 22, 2007. However, a spokeswoman for Jackson says the loan is merely being refinanced.

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