Aerial views of Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch give us a glimpse of what the infamous property looks like these days.
The ranch has been at the center of an HBO documentary called Leaving Neverland produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed. The feature focuses on Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck‘s stories of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of the pop star. Robson unsuccessfully tried suing Jackson for $1.6 billion in 2013.
As for the property, Neverland Valley Ranch sits on 2,800 acres of land in Santa Barbara County, California and was first named “Neverland” back in 1988. The estate features a 13,000 square foot main house with formal gardens, a stone bridge and a four-acre lake with a waterfall.
The compound has been on the market since 2015. According to reports, in February of 2019 the price was reduced to $31 million, from its original asking price of $100 million. By the looks of it, the ranch’s structures and landscaping are still being maintained.
In it’s prime, the property was Jackson’s home, as well as his private amusement park which contained an oversized floral clock, numerous artistic garden statues, and a petting zoo.
In its heyday, the amusement park included two railroads, a ferris wheel, carousel, zipper, octopus, pirate ship, wave swinger, super slide, roller coaster, bumper cars, and an arcade.
Inside the private residence, the master closet famously contained a secret safe room for security. Jackson was an avid art collector and filled the home with many unique collectables.
After police did an extensive search of the Neverland property during the 2003 molestation trial, Jackson stated he would never live at the property again, and never returned to Neverland.
Jackson was acquitted of all charges.