NEW MEXICO (KRQE) –The roughly 8,000-acre New Mexico ranch where convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of young women and girls over the years is hitting the market for $27.5 million, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
They report that the ranch comes with a 30,000-square-foot main house, an airstrip and other amenities. It’s the latest string of valuable properties to be sold by Epstein’s estate following his death by suicide, according to the journal. Epstein, 66, was found dead at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in 2019.
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Records show Epstein and the Zorro trust bought the ranch from the Gary King family, then built his 33,339 square foot mansion there in the 90s. Since 1993, the Epstein trust had state lease agreements for grazing cattle on public lands near his mansion.
In May 2021, a KRQE News 13 investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s New Mexico ranch uncovered new documents indicating the property changed hands to another owner. It came amid the State of New Mexico’s push to reclaim access to grazing land that used to lease to the well-known financier.
Several women accused the billionaire investor of sexually abusing them at Zorro Ranch, his estate near Stanley.
“Unfortunately, those cases were swept under the rug,” said New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas.
Now, for the first time, we’re getting a look inside the Spanish Villa-style home. Pictures posted to the Sotheby’s International Realty listing show a gaudy interior with gold and red trimmings in a living room and detailed molding in the library. Those are the only pictures of the main home but never before seen in aerial video are at least three other homes on the property called ‘the blue house,’ ‘the lodge,’ and the ‘log cabin.’
Also on the property is an area called ‘ranch central,’ it has several homes, a general store and its own firehouse. Some say the accusations surrounding the owner’s past in New Mexico will make it a tough sell.
Epstein’s two other estates, in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, sold for $70 million combined. Some of the money will go to Epstein’s victims and some of the money from the sale of Zorro Ranch will also go into that fund. KRQE News 13 reached out to Sotheby’s to see what kind of response the listing has sparked but did not hear back.