Micheal Jackson’s Neverland ranch has been saved from auction as he’s managed to refinance, just enough to keep it for now. It’s not clear if he’ll ever move back into it, the place is falling apart.
The merry-go-round stands rusting and lifeless. An elaborate floral display that used to stand proudly at the front of the mansion has wilted, leaving just bare earth.
The tepees are collapsing in on themselves and a tent covering the bumper cars is falling to bits.
The Neverland Ranch railway station. The floral clock in front of the building is overgrown. The clock has stopped, and numbers are missing
From thriller to dangerous: On what was the bumper car rink, the canopy is clearly ripped and discoloured by the harsh Californian sun. Grass verges around the rink look bare and don’t appear to have been watered for months
There’s no one left to play braves and squaws at the Red Indian village. A model horse stands but the sun-bleached tepees are falling down
The superstar bought the 2,800-acre fantasy home in the rolling hills of Santa Ynez valley in 1987 for £11.3million.
He was at the height of his career. Children would be invited over to the estate to play and music boomed out of speakers.
The annual upkeep for the property was estimated to be a staggering £2million and during its heyday 54 full-time paid staff manned the estate.
An enclosure which once held part of Michael Jackson’s collection of exotic animals lies disused, the water gone stagnant
All of them have since been let go, with the estate run by around half-a-dozen friends and relatives of Jackson.
Michael Jackson’s home Neverland is in a state of disrepair
Jackson deserted the property in July 2005, when he was cleared of the child molestation charges, and fled to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.