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Franklin Lakes Extreme Home Was Almost Good Enough For Michael Jackson

The indoor pool in this Franklin Lakes mansion can open up to the backyard.
The indoor pool in this Franklin Lakes mansion can open up to the backyard. Photo Credit: Keller Williams Village Square Realty
Michael Jackson and a prince from Bangladesh both considered buying this Arapaho Trail mansion in Franklin Lakes.
Michael Jackson and a prince from Bangladesh both considered buying this Arapaho Trail mansion in Franklin Lakes. Photo Credit: Keller Williams Village Square Realty
Ascend the double, sweeping staircases to the mezzanine level. Look up to see the domed skylight over the entrance foyer.
Ascend the double, sweeping staircases to the mezzanine level. Look up to see the domed skylight over the entrance foyer. Photo Credit: Keller Williams Village Square Realty

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — A Franklin Lakes home that features an indoor pool and basketball courts was almost good enough for Michael Jackson.

The late pop star and a prince of Bangladesh both considered buying the 18,500-square-foot home. Jackson reportedly wanted to add a petting zoo to the home when he considered it in 2004, realtors said.

It was last sold in 2009 for $2.8 million, but listed for sale again in 2016 for $4.4 million. Since then, the price has fluctuated to where it is now.

The original builder — a Russian physicist and businessman involved in the United Nations — created this French chateau to showcase his wife's artwork through the 100-foot picture gallery and second floor mezzanine.

Its indoor pool salon can be opened up to the outdoors through double-arched French doors to a vast Tennessee Crab stone patio and two-acre property with gazebo.

Call Ridgewood's Keller Williams Village Square Realty agent Dawn Braithwaite for more.

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