Do you have an extra $60 million laying around? If so, you could own Michael Jackson’s iconic Neverland Ranch.
Now, the property is only worth about $27 million, but because of the property’s history the group who currently owns the estate thinks they can get a lot more.
via Radar Online:
According to sources familiar with the situation, Colony Capital, the organization that owns a primary stake in the ownership of the Santa Ynez property, has decided to sell it.
“Colony Capital has the legal right to sell the property to pay down the debt they are owed from the loan, interest, management fee and maintenance costs,” a source said.
The ranch property itself was co-owned by Jackson and Colony Capital, which bought out Jackson’s $23 million mortgage just as the property was about to go into foreclosure. The 2,500-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley area of Santa Barbara County has an assessed value of $27 million.
On Thursday, officials with the Jackson estate issued a statement to fans:
“We are saddened at the prospect of the sale of Neverland which, under the agreement negotiated during Michael’s lifetime, Colony has the right to sell. The estate will maintain Michael’s family home in Encino, including its iconic recording studio there.”
The company said they’ll “continue to build upon Michael’s legacy as an artistic genius and humanitarian through his music and new projects such as the Michael Jackson ONE show in Las Vegas.
“We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect thehistorical importance and special nature of this wonderful property. Michael’s memory lives on in the hearts of his fans worldwide.
Officials stressed to Jackson’s fans that “although the estate has no right to stop or obstruct the sale,” they explored “a number of potential options for Neverland … but zoning, financial and land use restrictions limited the alternatives and ultimately Colony made the decision to sell.”
Indeed, our sources revealed “efforts were made to keep Neverland, and Michael’s estate tried to make it happen. However, they were unable to come to an agreement.”
Jackson’s only daughter Paris had hoped to keep Neverland in the Jackson family and have it serve as a safe haven for sick children.
We were kind of hoping they’d turn it into the next Graceland. It would be nice if whoever purchases it uses the property to help keep Michael’s legacy alive.