One of the more unique attractions in the Santa Barbara area is both tragic and fascinating: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. This 13,000-square-foot home resides on almost 3,000 acres of land, and for a time was home to the man who never had the chance to be a child—the king of pop, Michael Jackson. In its heyday, the ranch was a zoo (and amusement park) that held a wide variety of animals, both wild and domesticated, including the infamous chimp, Bubbles. Today, the home is empty, the owner has long since passed, and the animals have new homes where they are taken care of and loved in much the same manner they had been at Neverland.
Can You Take A Neverland Ranch Tour?
If you happen to have a spare 100 million dollars hanging around, you can not only take a tour of Neverland Ranch, you can buy it and live in it, for that is how much it costs. It has been on the market for quite a while now, but that is to be expected; not many people can get past the sticker shock of the enormous price tag! Right now, you can’t go inside, but in the meantime, if you google “Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara“, there are plenty of websites out there providing pictures of this magnificent estate.
Built to look like a Normandy Manor, the nearly 13,000 square feet of this home has multiple suites, guest quarters, a library, and a kitchen filled with upscale appliances we could only dream of owning ourselves. The views on the outside are more than worth the asking price. Boasting formal gardens, ponds, lakes, secret hideaways perfect for sharing a nice bottle of wine as you take in a Santa Barbara sunset, and a garden area directly in front of the home that resembles the one outside Disneyland and Disney World, Michael Jackson may not have had a childhood, but he made up for it as an adult.
Serene and Tranquil
Back when Michael Jackson was still alive and making his home in Neverland, it was a bustling and thriving home, complete with a Ferris wheel, trams for exploring the grounds, and a beautiful antique carousel. But the home was still serene and tranquil, offering the king of pop a chance to escape the crowds and take time doing something he loved. No one knows the future of this Santa Barbara County paradise, but we think it’s destined for greatness.
There’s a reason Michael Jackson built Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara. There is no place on Earth as beautiful and peaceful our favorite coastal village. Book your luxury Paradise Retreats vacation home today and discover the beauty and joy that is Santa Barbara.
Photo By Shazari – Neverland Ranch, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9844996