A New Mexico ranch owned by the late Jeffrey Epstein has hit the market for $27.5 million, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The disgraced financier and convicted sex offender purchased the property — known as Zorro Ranch — in 1993 from former Gov. Gary King. Situated about 35 miles south of Santa Fe, it includes a stately mansion and several other structures spread across 7,575 deeded acres, plus 423 acres of land leased from the Bureau of Land Management; the new owner may also be eligible to lease an additional 1,000 additional acres of grazing land from the federal government.
Property taxes on the ranch — where the financier allegedly trafficked several women — are nearly $112,000 a year, according to Realtor.com.
Decorated by the late Moroccan-Argentine designer Alberto Pinto, who was known for his opulent yet restrained interiors, the main house offers around 30,000 square feet of living space on three floors, complete with four bedrooms, a living room, library and gourmet kitchen. Amenities include an indoor pool and spa, and a gym; and most of the east-facing rooms provide panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Galisteo Basin Preserve.
Adjacent to the main house is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom caretaker’s residence, which also has a detached office; and, just inside the entrance to the ranch, a small village called “Ranch Central” features additional homes, a yurt, private firehouse with its own firetruck, barn for heavy equipment and heated garage with seven bays. There’s also a greenhouse for year-round growing and plant storage, along with equestrian facilities comprising an eight-stall barn with a tack room, office and storage room, as well as an arena and gated horse run.
A separate 1,650-square-foot, two-level guest house near the ranch’s western boundary features two bedrooms and a duo of bathrooms, along with a two-car garage and tennis court. Yet other structures include a three-bedroom, two-bathroom lodge and 710-square-foot, off-the-grid log cabin anchored by a massive stone fireplace; and rounding it all out: a grass airstrip approximately 4,400 feet long, plus a hangar and a helipad.
Back in 2019, Epstein was charged in a sex trafficking operation that lured scores of girls as young as 14 to his numerous properties. Before he could go on trial, though, the billionaire apparently committed suicide by hanging himself in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2020. Since then, his New York City townhouse went up for sale in July 2020 with a whopping $88 million price tag, and was reduced to $65 million in January 2021 before selling to retired Goldman Sachs executive Michael D. Daffey and his wife Blake for $51 million in March. His palatial waterfront compound in Palm Beach, Fla., also was sold to a Florida developer for $18 million.
Epstein’s real estate portfolio also included Zorro Ranch, along with a Paris apartment and private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proceeds from all the property sales are slated to go to a compensation fund for his victims, tax authorities and creditors.