Neverland Ranch is still off limits, but soon Michael Jackson fans might get a chance to tour the home that housed the Jackson family throughout the 1970s and '80s. According to TMZ, the Jackson estate is mulling over the idea of shuttling fans by bus to the Encino home for a room by room tour. The home was bought by Michael's father, Joe Jackson, at the height of the Jackson 5's popularity in 1971, and subsequently puchased by Michael himself during his solo career. That's when the house underwent a full Jacksonification.
The house features a studio built by Jackson where he recorded songs for both Off the Wall and Thriller (like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It") as well as a koi pond and six-foot-tall Snow White and the Seven Dwarves diorama. In addition to Jackson and his family, Bubbles the chimpanzee also called Encino his home for a brief period in the Eighties.
Tours of the home can't commence until the Jackson estate can clear up any conflict with zoning laws, as the home is very much in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood. —Jeff Wattenhofer
· You Wanna See Where I Recorded 'Billie Jean'? Maybe You Can! [TMZ]
·Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is For Sale For $100 Million [Curbed LA]
·The First "Neverland" [Daily Beast]