The New Mexico ranch where Jeffrey Epstein allegedly trafficked several women is having a difficult time finding a buyer after five months on the market without any offers.
Priced at $27.5 million, “Zorro Ranch” first hit the market back in July.
Property records show Epstein purchased the ranch in 1993 from Gary King, who served as New Mexico’s 30th attorney general at the time. The purchase comprised of private and leased federal lands.
After heightened allegations resurfaced against Epstein in 2019 concerning his involvement with underage girls, the state land commissioner ended the grazing deal with him.
“We are officially canceling the leases with Zorro Ranch and Cypress Inc.,” State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard told local KRQE station at the time. “I would never sign any lease agreements or contracts with such individuals as Jeffery Epstein or any of his co-conspirators.”
Since 1993, Epstein leased two parcels of state trust land, which was part of his sprawling 10,000-acre New Mexico compound until his death in 2019.
Located in Stanley, south of Santa Fe, the home’s 7,600 acres remained under the ownership of Epstein.
“That’s a pretty big ranch,” Santa Fe County Assessor Gus Martinez told KRQE. “It is a remote property. The only way you can get access is really through the ranch hand, and so you can’t just really drive into that property because the gates are closed.”
Over the years, women came out accusing the New York-based investor of sexually abusing them at his New Mexico ranch. Though he was never charged with a crime in New Mexico, the compound has been painted as integral to his alleged sex trafficking operation by multiple women who claim they were trafficked and raped at the ranch. Epstein also reportedly had plans to make it a baby-making factory where he would inseminate victims.
Computer scientist and writer Jaron Lanier told the New York Times that he once spoke to a scientist who related how the convicted pedophile’s goal was to have 20 women at a time impregnated at the ranch.
Epstein kept security tight at the ranch, too, according to a contractor who worked on the site. “We had to be escorted in on a truck with other employees, and, once inside, we had to put little hospital booties over our feet — and it was mandated that we are escorted everywhere we went and use side entrances,” the contractor recalled. “About every three minutes someone would come down to keep an eye on us while we were working.”
According to the listing, the ranch has a grand three-story, four-bedroom main house, and a nearby caretaker’s residence. There are additional structures, including a grass airstrip and hanger that are also part of the ranch. Amenities include the stables, firehouse and yurt.
“The proceeds from the sale are expected to be used for the estate’s regular administration, including its payment as necessary of taxes, creditors and claimants,” Daniel H. Weiner, who represents Epstein’s estate, told The Post.
“Now that COVID-19 travel restrictions have begun to ease, this unique property should be more easily accessible to a greater number of potential purchasers,” Weiner added.
But the property remains on sale as Ghislane Maxwell’s trial for sex trafficking charges continues.
Earlier this year, Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse sold for a whopping $51 million. His Palm Beach, Florida, compound, which prominently displayed a photo of Epstein kissing his alleged madame Maxwell, sold for $18.5 million and the current owner has demolished the initial structure with the intent of building a new property.
Neil Lyon of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.