A rare rural land offering will be up for grabs on March 28 with the first 10 of 28 lots of a newly subdivided farm just east of Berry to be auctioned.
The former dairy and cattle farm at 510 Beach Road, Berry literally oozes charm.
The newly subdivided farm, set on luscious rolling land, offers 28 lots ranging in size from 1ha to 4.4ha blocks.
Marketing agents Ray White Double Bay Founder Craig Pontey, along with Kate Morgan of Ray White Gerringong and Shane Hilaire of Ray White Berry said the land blocks were "a very rare find".
"It's less than two hours drive to Sydney. I have no doubt we're going to get killed in the rush by buyers," Mr Pontey said.
Mr Hilaire said that since the start of COVID people have been keener than ever to find a lifestyle property not too far away from Sydney and Berry has long been a favourite destination.
Ms Morgan agreed that in the last 12 months the buyer inquiry levels had spiked for people looking for a lifestyle change.
"If you can work from home, you might as well do it somewhere with an amazing view and plenty of room to build your dream home," she said.
Jim and Enid Hall bought the partly developed dairy farm in 1961 off Jim's dad who bought the land initially in 1958.
"Jim and Enid made a formidable business partnership battling ornery cattle, cantankerous bulls, floods, fires, droughts, rabbits, foxes, government regulations, the deregulation of the milk market and the introduction of daylight savings which dad disliked," the seller said.
"Jim rose at 5am every morning regardless of the season. He started every morning with a steaming hot fresh brewed cup of Bushell's pot brewed tea with one or two Arnotts Nice biscuits. Each biscuit was dunked into the steaming hot milky white brew so as not to allow the biscuit to become too soft to prevent the biscuit from missing its intended destination," he reminisced.
For 32 years, Jim and Enid milked their herd of Friesan cows twice each day regardless of whether it was hot, cold, wet, dry, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Easter or Anzac Day.
They loved the serenity of the early mornings and the tranquillity of each day in what they considered to be their slice of paradise.
Some 31 years ago, the Halls semi-retired and converted the dairy farm into a beef cattle business.
In 2013, their adult children started discussions with Shoalhaven City Council to rezone the property for a large lot residential rural subdivision.
James Hall passed away in 2015. His memory lives on in lot number 10 which is the biggest block for sale at 4.4ha and houses a remnant bushland patch called "Jim's Forest".
The blank canvas blocks with views for days are less than 2kms from Seven Mile Beach and five minutes drive to the township of Berry.
They offer a great opportunity for buyers to build their dream lifestyle home.
There are views of Saddleback, Woodhill, Berry and Cambewarra Mountains.
Prices start at $1m for the 1ha blocks, up to $1.5m to $2m for the larger parcels of land.
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