Berry’s popularity among buyers outside the South Coast continues, with a farm estate fetching $5.4 million.
The property at 181 Wire Lane, Berry boasts approximately 250 acres of pasture land with a working farm and five-bedroom family home.
Listed for sale in April for the first time since 2002, Berry developers Mark and Janet Lamble sold it to a Sydney buyer.
Mrs Lamble said the property had been their family home, but they were returning to the north shore where they had resided previously.
She said they’d enjoyed the farming elements of the property, as well as its location and Berry’s “small country town” feel.
“It was very hard to make the decision to move on,” she said.
“We ended up buying a property up at Scotland Island; we’re great boat lovers.”
Selling agent, Carrie Bond from South Coast Prestige Properties said the property exchanged last week.
Ms Bond said its strengths included its “proximity to town, the beach and the opportunity to capitalise for subdivision on a 150-acre parcel (that) has already been approved”.
“It’s the perfect location from Sydney… The perfect recipe for that Sydney buyer wanting a dream farm near the beach in Berry,” she told the Mercury.
Berry’s dairy farm countryside, charming village and nearby beaches have previously lured well-known identities such as actor Garry McDonald and renowned polo player Sinclair Hill.
Software entrepreneur Richard White, who debuted on the 2016 BRW Rich 200 List with a net worth of $657 million, bought in the area in 2017.
Mr White paid $2.65 million for a 1.5-hectare property, Cooinda.
Meanwhile, there have been other notable sales in the Berry area in recent times.
Channel Nine chief executive Hugh Marks paid more than $4 million for a rural sanctuary in the Berry hinterland.
‘Yeramba’, is an architect-designed residence at Broughton Vale. It sold for $4,080,000.
Television personality and The Block judge, Neale Whitaker, also bought in the area.
The design guru, together with his partner David Novak-Piper purchased a home on two-and-a-half acres at Bundewallah, for a reported $1.8 million.
Professional surfer Owen Wright is also selling the property that was his retreat while recovering from a career-threatening injury.
The tree-change escape ‘Ahimsa’ is located at 476A Brogers Creek Road, Brogers Creek (near Berry).
The ‘Drawing Rooms of Berry’, which is located at 21 Wattamolla Road, Woodhill sold in July to a Queensland buyer for $3.8 million.
The 15-acre country estate had an asking price of $4.25 million to $4.5 million.