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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch to hit the market

The estate could ask as much as $50M
August 02, 2014 11:00AM

 Michael Jackson’s notorious Neverland Ranch compound in Los Olivos, California will soon hit the market.

In 2007, Jackson struck a deal with billionaire Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital to co-manage the 2,700-acre abandoned fantasyland. But as maintenance costs have ballooned over the years to some $5 million a year, Colony Capital began to lose on the investment.

There was some talk of transforming the property into a tourist attraction similar to Elvis’ Graceland, but zoning restrictions made those plans difficult to realize, according to Curbed.

The estate includes a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, train, stables, a fire department, and 22 buildings.

And while it isn’t known how much the estate will ask, Forbes writes that “back-of-the-envelope math suggests the firm may have invested more than $50M in the property to date.”

 [Curbed]Christopher Cameron