The former residence of late pop star Michael Jackson — better known as the Neverland ranch — is on the market for a cool $31 million, down from its original asking price of $100 million in 2015, when the famous property was first listed.
Compass real estate agents Suzanne Perkins and Kyle Forsyth share the listing on the Los Olivos property, now called the Sycamore Valley Ranch.
Despite the rebranding, the iconic property retains many of its hallmarks, including a floral clock that spells out "Neverland." A description of the 2,700-acre ranch includes a four-acre lake with a waterfall, a sunken tennis court, swimming pool, movie theater, barns and animal shelter facilities.
Forsyth said the property, owned by a joint venture between real estate investment firm Colony Capital and Michael Jackson's estate, has been relisted now because "the timing is right for new stewardship."
It was taken off the market in 2017, after Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker briefly took over the listing, according to The Wall Street Journal. It has now returned to its original listing agents.
The property is well maintained, according to Forsyth. The dramatic price drop is in part owed to years of drought, and other natural disasters that have plagued Santa Barbara County — and dampened the property's value, Forsyth said.
Now is the right time to sell, "with the drought ending and the Santa Ynez Valley in full bloom," Forsyth said.
about two men who claim they were sexually abused by Jackson, will premiere this weekend, and is sure to draw attention to the multi-million dollar listing.
The Jackson family has denounced his accusers, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, as "opportunists" and "admitted liars." His estate sued HBO last week for what it called a "one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself."
Jackson's nephew Taj Jackson defended his uncle in a, calling him naive and saying his behavior around young boys wasn't odd.
"I think to the outside world, yes it can be odd. I'm not oblivious to what it sounds like. But when you're actually there, in that atmosphere and you're around it and watching movies with his kids, it's very innocent," he said.
The filmmaker, Dan Reed, explained whyfrom the Jackson family, telling "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King the film was about "two little boys to whom this dreadful thing happened long ago. It's the story of their coming to terms with that over two decades and the story of their families."