Having grown up in the rural area of Darkes Forest and raised his own children there, Steve Read knows how tightly held properties in the suburb are.
"I've lived there my whole life, and my parents run the horse riding school there," he said.
"My grandparents bought there in 1970 when I was born.
"It's normally hard to get a spot in Darkes Forest - properties usually get handed down through families. Rarely is something sold there, and it's very sought-after."
Property sales are indeed rare in Darkes Forest, population 115.
According to CoreLogic, the previous transaction there was in mid-2017 and there were only a handful of sales in the past decade.
Part of the appeal for buyers is Darkes Forest's combination of rural living within commuting distance of Sydney and local beaches.
"You're so close to the city - it's an hour's drive to Sydney, but in the near future it'll probably be half an hour drive, with the new roads and infrastructure coming to the centre of Sydney," Mr Read said.
"It's also close to the beaches. It's only 15 minutes down to Bulli Beach or Stanwell Park Beach.
"It's a good place to bring kids up, with horses, farming and that type of thing.
"Everyone knows everybody, and we all look out for each other."
Mr Read has owned the acreage property, located at 478 Darkes Forest Road, Darkes Forest for 30 years.
It's due to be auctioned on September 11 and has a price guide of $4 million.
The lifestyle property is set on 20.1 acres with approximately 13 acres cleared and fully fenced.
Walking trails travel through the property to the O'Hares Catchment and Dharawal National Park with its bushland and swimming holes.
Other features include 13 fully fenced paddocks with stables or shelters and automatic watering system; aviary and four dog kennels with large dog run; two dams; and two large sheds.
The homestead comprises of a ranch-style home, with four bedrooms.
Mr Read built the home, which was completed in 2000, and said the aim was to create a suitable place to raise children.
Mr Read said it wasn't an easy decision to sell this property.
Despite having recently downsized to nearby Helensburgh to focus on business opportunities, he would be retaining other acreage at Darkes Forest.
His parents also still own more than 200 acres at Darkes Forest.
"Darkes Forest is a very unique place, and I'd never have sold this one if I didn't have anything else out there," he said.
"(This property) could be good for a horse person, because it has 13 horse paddocks there.
"It also could be a retreat for Sydney people who just want a weekender."
Selling agent, Ron Kissell from Ray White Helensburgh said after only a few weeks on the market, the property was attracting interest mainly from Sydney buyers, including the Sutherland Shire, who were seeking acreage outside of the city.