In 1982 real estate developer William Bone completed a sprawling residence—including a 13,000-square-foot main house—for himself and his family in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. These pictures are of the residence as it was when Michael Jackson bought it from Bone in 1988, completely furnished, and just the way he lived in it for many years. Jackson named it Neverland, added some furniture and many paintings to the interior and transformed the grounds into his very own amusement park. Of course, the King of Pop also added a throne.
Oak ceiling and walls distinguished the library (above), which featured a hidden movie screen that lowered from the ceiling. On the Heriz rug stood an 18th-century drop-leaf table flanked by a circa-1840 English comb-back Windsor chair on the right and a leather-upholstered English Gainsborough chair on the left. Above the fireplace, two paintings of English coaching scenes hung on the wall between a pair of French bronze horses signed by Moignier.
The dining room featured an 18th-century refectory table and English yew Windsor chairs, a 19th-century oval English yew-wood gateleg table and a circa 1780 cross-banded oak Welsh dresser base used as a sideboard. The painting by Paul Clemmens, 1978, is a portrait of William Bones’ wife and children.
Grassy lawns and the Santa Ynez Mountains could be viewed from the library. A circa 1820 French tilt-top table rested on an antique Hamadan rug.
A pair of 17th-century French monastery mirrors with embroidered frames hung above a wood sculpture once in the Louvre’s collection. In front of the antique French worktable was a Chinese porcelain tobacco jar.
Butcher block and Portuguese tile adorned the islands in the kitchen, which also featured two walk-in pantries, leaded-glass skylights and a Wolf range and ovens.
Wood tones dominated the gentleman’s bath, which was accented with brass candlesticks and fixtures, a marble countertop, a camel-hair Heriz rug, a mid-19th-century linen press and an antique stool.
Bouquet Canyon stone and rough-sawn Douglas fir characterized the barbeque area, which had a gas grill, a dishwasher, an icemaker, a trash compactor and two cooktops.
Inside Michael Jackson’s Private Kingdom: Homes: architecturaldigest.com