When the term “King of Pop” is mentioned, only one name comes to mind. The legendary Michael Jackson. To date, a decade after his death, he remains arguably the most famous, talented and controversial artist to have ever lived.
The center of his controversy is his Neverland Ranch, located in Los Olivos, California. The ranch is an expansive 2,700-acre property, whose name is inspired by a fantasy land in a children’s story.
Michael Jackson acquired the property in 1987, and its fame began in the early ’90s. Neverland is an extravagant work of art. The property has an insane amount of amenities and attractions.
Most notable is the train station, statues inspired by children’s fantasy tales and a Ferris wheel. The ranch and its iconic owner became infamous when allegations of s*xual abuse to children at the property emerged. Michael Jackson died of a cardiac arrest in 2009, at the age of 50. A decade after his death, the world is divided on his legacy.
To some, he is a great artist whose music is not only entertaining but unites people. To others, he is a pedophile whose immense wealth and influence prevented justice from being served to his victims.
The Becoming Of Neverland
Around the time Michael Jackson bought his Neverland property, tabloids reported a most bizarre story. The King of Pop bid $1 million for the purchase of a skeleton. The skeleton of John Merrick, more popularly known as “Elephant Man.”
Michael began to gain fame for his vast routine expenditures. After acquiring his Neverland property, it was completely renovated. The main residence had five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
The property boasted of other buildings, such as spacious guesthouses. There was a four-acre lake with a waterfall. Other amenities were: a dance studio, tennis court, movie theatre, and a lagoon-styled pool.