Michael Jackson's vacation compound for sale
The Colorado estate where the King of Pop once stayed with his children -- and at least one oft-worn ski mask -- is up for grabs at $27.5 million.
If you end up the lucky buyer of the Colorado compound where Michael Jackson once famously vacationed, just remember to take off your ski mask when you go shopping.
Although most of us still are reminiscing about all of things we loved about the King of Pop, even now the quirks are a little difficult to ignore. Remember back in 2004, when he went into a Wal-Mart wearing a ski mask to try to hide his identity, and chaos ensued? From a 2004 article on TheDenverChannel.com:
According to police, Jackson, 45, walked into the local Wal-Mart at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday wearing a ski mask and that's where things went downhill. Employees didn't know it was the King of Pop and thought they were being robbed.
Police were called, but Jackson had already left the store by the time they arrived. An employee gave police a description of the vehicle and police stopped him for questioning. He told police he wore the mask in an attempt to remain incognito.
That was during a vacation with his family at the 56-acre Meanwhile Ranch in Old Snowmass, Colo., which is now on the market for $27.5 million, according to Move.com.
TheDenverChannel.com says that Jackson had swapped his Neverland Ranch for the Meanwhile Ranch, listed at the time for $16.5 million and available for monthly rent at $125,000.
The ranch's 12,000-square-foot luxury log estate, now listed through Joshua & Co. of Aspen, boasts four bedrooms and six bathrooms in the main house, as well as another four bedrooms in the 1911 guest house, two caretaker apartments and an 1886 settler's cabin. Since it is a ranch, it also has a three-stall barn with a 10,000-square-foot riding arena, not to mention the 1,500-square-foot workshop/auto showroom.
To read more about the other ranch in M.J.'s life, BusinessWeek's Hot Property blog has an interesting post about the Neverland Ranch, and how neighbors vehemently oppose it ever becoming the next Graceland.
I liked his music, his earlier hits moreso than his later work. Who is so well-anchored in reality that they could withstand the immense pressures that Michael Jackson's talent, fame and wealth brought him?
Rest in peace Michael/Midas. Perhaps in death you will be able to enjoy the wonders of the universe without having it all tainted by your golden touch.
BusinessWeek's Hot Property blog has an interesting post about the Neverland Ranch, and how neighbors vehemently oppose it ever becoming the next Graceland. Ya know what I say to this...they can all go &$@* themselves!!! He did more for the less fortunate in the world than any of them could ever possibly hope to do in a lifetime...thats why hes in the record book for being the single greatest charitable contributor by an entertainer EVER!!! And if his fans have anything to say about it in the end his Neverland property WILL be the next "Graceland" as rightly it should be!!!
Does that include all your boyfriends????????????
Somebody saw him working the fry machine at the BK in Kalamazoo, right BEHIND Elvis..............
I don't want to buy the place, but, I'll be happy to do what Michael did and swap my property with for the Meanwhile Ranch for a month. I've got a really nice condo in New Jersey near a park, and just 45 minutes from downtown Manhattan.
Come on Joshua & Co. of Aspen, make the deal happen. Are you guys a real realtor or a Sears realtor?
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.