Thursday, July 2, 2009
Neverland Ranch Photos and videos
Neverland Ranch was the most famous residence at one time, Michael Jackson’s sanctuary, and his fantasy land. Located in Santa Barbara County, California, the ranch is 2,800 acres of rolling terrain that the King of Pop converted into into every kid’s dream complete with the following facilities: a zoo and a theme park, with a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, zipper, spider, sea dragon, wave swinger, super slide, dragon wagon kiddie roller coaster, and bumper cars. In a way, it was Michael’s playground, a place where he could be a kid again, a place where he could resurrect his childhood. Aptly, it was named after Neverland, the fantasy island in the story of Peter Pan, where children never grow up. Security was tight in Neverland. It was not open to the public and only invited friends were allowed in. Nevertheless, it was reported that guests had to sign a confidentiality agreement before entering the ranch and cameras were never allowed in. Not surprisingly, the press never got to see the inside of the ranch. Michael Jackson lived there for a time. But when he left, the place went into disrepair. Maintenance of the place was expensive, and with his lavish lifestyle and dwindling resources, the place was neglected. This was further aggravated by the sex molestation charges he faced some of which allegedly happened in the ranch. Neverland Ranch photos below. Michael Jackson’s autopsy results leaked | Why are Michael Jackson’s children white? (photos) | Michael Jackson’s house (photos): where he lived and died | Michael Jackson TIME Magazine Special Edition | Lisa Marie Presley blogs about Michael’s death | Michael Jackson 911 call: “He’s not breathing!” | Michael Jackson’s death photos | Neverland Ranch fell into financial ruin, jacking up millions in arrears on mortgage payments. It was almost foreclosed a couple of years ago until Jackson went into a partnership agreement then sold an unknown proportion of his property rights for $US35 million. According his statement after closing the deal, the King of Pop was no longer interested in the ranch as a home, feeling the 70 police officers who scoured it for evidence had “violated” it in their searches following allegations of sexual misconduct.