The home that the King of Pop rented and planned to buy prior to his untimely death in 2009 has gone on the market. The house which contains seven bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, a performance gallery and measures over 24,000 square feet is on the market for an asking price of $9.5 million.
The property, which is located in the Palomino area of Las Vegas, was rented by Jackson when he returned to the United States in 2007 after a time living in Bahrain. The music superstar who was renowned for his awkward relationship with the media is said to have chosen the house as a quiet place where he and his family could live their lives without being hounded by the media.
Kristen Routh Silberman, the real estate agent who is handling the sale of the property, is certainly not shying away from the property’s famous association. The house has been listed on the Sotheby’s International Realty site as the ‘Thriller Villa’, a title which is no doubt intended to pique the interest of dedicated fans who may be in the market for this type of property.
However, the more famous of Jackson’s homes, the truly unique Neverland Ranch, has been on the market for some time without budging. Of course, the asking price on Sycamore Valley Ranch, the property’s current title, is $100 million, making it well out of the reach of most buyers.
The ‘Thriller Villa’, on the other hand, is more reasonably priced, though some may balk at the idea that the last time it was sold, in 2004, the price achieved was a meagre $3.5 million. Michael Jackson’s name sure does hold a lot of weight. That is not to say that the house isn’t spectacular. It is, though the furnishing’s seen in the current listing are not the work of MJ himself, the current owners are said to have undertaken a ‘massive redesign’. The layout and amenities, which include equestrian facilities, are courtesy of the property’s designer, 1950’s theatre developer Horst Schmidt.
The entire property is built on 1.7 acres and comes complete with a guest house of 2,983 square feet and a chapel. The grounds are beautiful while the house itself currently looks perhaps a little over the top in its décor. The house is built in a Mediterranean, hacienda style and boasts wooden floors, exposed beams, and substantial fireplaces.
The master bedroom takes up one floor of the house and retains the same mirrors in which Michael Jackson practiced his choreography if the listing is to be believed. In the basement is an art gallery and a tunnel providing direct access to the road so that the star could ensure complete privacy as he made his way to and from his home.
The chapel, medieval in its style, can be used as either a performance or ceremony space. The listing boasts that acoustics in this two-floor building are ‘pitch perfect’, but what else would we expect from the man who brought us hit after crowd-pleasing hit.
You can see the full property in the video below.