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The Architecture of Michael Jackson: Neverland Ranch

As well as his legacy as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson leaves behind the architectural curiosity that is the Neverland Ranch. The AJ takes a look at the star’s former home and the history of the ranch typology

Michael Jackson’s home was the ultimate expression of wealth bestowed upon a childhood star. Set in land 11 km2, Neverland Ranch housed a zoo, amusement park and Museum of Michael Jackson, as well as a collection of entertainment and accommodation buildings.

Named after the fantasy island in the Peter Pan story, where children never grow up, the ranch made real childhood dreams with its 16 amusement park rides including a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, a super slide, dragon wagon kiddie roller coaster and bumper cars. The architecture scattered around the ranch was a disneyfied mashup of Queen Anne Style and New England vernacular, its idealised expression that harks back to innocent days gone by.

Jackson left Neverland in 2005, and after moving from place to place settled in Los Angeles, renting a £67,500 a month mansion. The Bel Air house was quite the palatial home, boasting seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces and sprawling gardens, classical in style and with highly lavish interiors.

Neverland Ranch

Ranches originally appeared in the United States as vast plots of land used for farming cattle. Today many still exist for this purpose, but the super rich have also adopted this term for their multi-acre estates that house decadent amusements instead of cows.

Other famous ranches include film director George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in California, which he uses as a workplace and retreat. The Star Wars’ visionary’s ranch contains a barn with animals, vineyards, a garden with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, racquet courts, the man-made “Lake Ewok” and multiple theatre screening rooms. Skywalker Ranch is also equipped with its own fire station.

Readers' comments (5)

  • It's raining out, pouring even.
    I'm in my living room and I can feel Michael.
    I cannot explain this but I knew he was going to go. I felt him. The whole time. I went through a deep depression this winter and I know he did also. I know.

    I am Peter Pan.
    I need to speak to Janet...very soon, Janet Michael is fine...he's in heaven now, I know this too.

    God bless Michael Jackon and let him rest in peace.

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  • yikes... seriously?

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  • hehehe - no wonder they're anonymous - we'll have folks on here saying they believe in God next!

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  • Dear Michael Jackson,

    You are the real Peter Pan in our real life, you bring us lot's of happiness, care, and Love. You will be in our hearts forever and ever. You are not alone.

    Now, you can fly to every where you want to. You are always be our Peter Pan...
    really miss you...

    Peter Pan is our guardian...

    We all miss you...
    We Love you.

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  • I want to send 1000pcs of wishing paper crane to Neverland to Michael Jackson…
    all my wishes and regards, folded by myself.

    But I don’t know the address and location.

    PLEASE…! if you could help or can provide me the address of Neverland.
    PLEASE HELP!
    rinnyrinny87@hotmail.com

    Many thanks..!

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