A Las Vegas mansion that was once home to the late pop superstar Michael Jackson is hitting the market for $9.5 million.
Mr. Jackson leased the house for about a year starting in 2006, paying $50,000 a month, according to listing agent Zar Zanganeh of The Agency, who represented him in the transaction. According to Mr. Zanganeh, the star moved into the Las Vegas home when he returned to the United States after spending time in the Middle East and Ireland.
The house sits on about an acre on the west side of the city, about 7 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Mr. Zanganeh said. Inside, amenities include a theater and a ballroom with a spiral staircase that leads to an orchestra loft. Outside, the property has a covered outdoor kitchen, tennis court, pool and spa. When Mr. Jackson rented the house it was about 16,000 square feet, Mr. Zanganeh said, but the current owners added about 1,000 square feet to the interior by enclosing one of the balconies off the primary suite.
Some of the furniture inside, such as a dining table and sofas, was used by the “Bad” singer when he stayed at the property, Mr. Zanganeh said. He said Mr. Jackson moved into the home sight unseen and was drawn to the area because of the privacy it offered him; the house is surrounded by a roughly 10-foot-high wall. Mr. Jackson also liked that the property wasn’t in a guard-gated community and that he could have his own, trusted security, Mr. Zanganeh said.
Current owners Dong Xue and his wife, Jeanette Zhou, paid $3.1 million for the property in 2010, Mr. Xue said. Mr. Xue, 62, said he is a retired doctor and Ms. Zhou, 60, is an entrepreneur and movie producer. According to Mr. Xue, they were both fans of Mr. Jackson and finding out the home was once rented by him gave them an extra push to purchase it.
Mr. Xue said the home has served as the couple’s primary residence for over a decade. They have decided to sell it because they want to move to California and travel more, he said.