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Jackson Wanted to Be Fresh King of Bel Air

10/28/2009 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Michael Jackson was involved in negotiations to buy a $38 million 15 bedroom, 16.5 bath Bel Air mansion just before he died, and the deal was 7 years in the making.

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Sources connected to the situation tell us MJ fell in love with the 18,020 square foot estate back in 2001 and actually entered into escrow -- but the deal fell through because Jackson ultimately couldn't afford the place.

But recently, Michael was trying to work out a new deal with the owners in the hopes of coming into enough cash to score the place after his "This Is It" concert series in England.

A source tells TMZ: "Jackson brought his kids to see the house and they fell in love with it ... They begged him to buy it."

michael jackson's fairly tale cribThe kids' favorite part? We're told they were all fired up about a secluded area under the house which was nicknamed the "Bat Cave."

Sources say Jackson had hoped to use the land to recreate as much of Neverland as he legally could, but as we all know ... he never got the chance.


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Who Cares reads a wonder    

Peek a boo=who are you.Edgar is that you?

1770 days ago


Wow, what a spread!

1820 days ago

Jacko Was A Wacko    

7 years??? Somebody needed to either sh*t or get off of the pot.

1820 days ago


This is interesting. Every time there's a big Michael Jackson event, all of a sudden a flurry of Michael Jackson articles start popping up on the TMZ page. smh

1820 days ago


MJ couldn't even pay the bills he had. The freak is dead.

1820 days ago


BEAUTIFUL home, i'm sad michael never got to buy it like he wanted

1820 days ago


Mj wanted to get that place so he could start molesting little boys again.

1820 days ago


shut up u disrespectful fool, michael was not a freaka nd if u don't like him then don't read or comment about him... it's that SIMPLE u only make urself look stupid drooling over michael

1820 days ago


Poster number 4 and 5 deserves to be shot. He did NOT molest little boys. Get the facts retard.

1820 days ago


We're told they were all fired up about a secluded area under the house which was nicknamed the "Bat Cave."

I bet MJ thought that was a great place to lure little boys into.

1820 days ago


beautiful house! he deserved that for all his hard work all these years, too bad he never got to live there. he might have had better luck in that house.

hope your new house is even more beautiful, love you michael

1820 days ago


@the freak is dead
go learn some facts! He was proven innocent and it was proven those were lies! stop reading the media trash and research the truth!

1820 days ago


Well duh, it's Michael fcking Jackson. Go big or go home. Stfu poster 4 and 5, you don't know anything.

1820 days ago


It just goes to prove that no matter how long Michael lived, he would never learn a lesson with money, and always would have lived with his finances in the red.

1820 days ago


Barbara looks pretty

1820 days ago
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