Strawberry patch offers enviable lifestyle

3:55 PM Tuesday September 25, 2018 Paul Charman

The Strawberry Corner property at 217 Alfriston-Ardmore Rd. Photo / Supplied

An Ardmore rural property supporting a successful strawberry-growing operation is on the market for sale, complete with all its agricultural buildings, machinery and a large family home.

Ray White agent Tom Rawson is selling the 1.73ha freehold property, which he says is “ripe for future development”, with colleague Steven Liang.

“Over more than 20 years Strawberry Corner has earned a reputation for growing fruit widely regarded as some of the best fruit in the district,” says Rawson.

But now the property, at 217 Alfriston-Ardmore Rd, will be sold a deadline private treaty process, to conclude at midday on October 29 unless it is sold earlier. 

“The fact that our vendors have decided to move on, in order to begin a new chapter in their lives, opens up the chance of a lifetime for the next owner,” says Rawson.

“Here’s the opportunity to live the kind of lifestyle many only dream of. 

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The operation grows premium grade strawberries. Photo / Supplied

“This property encompasses a stunning family home, plus productive growing land that generates substantial income.”

He says Strawberry Corner is a niche producer of consistent premium grade strawberries sold via their successful gate-sales business, creating a long-term clientele and plenty of good will over many years.

“In addition, there is obvious room for expansion, as a new owner with plenty of energy and drive could target the farmers’ markets and other open-air market events that are now popular right across Greater Auckland.”

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A five-bedroom home has a new kitchen and an infinity pool. Photo / Supplied

“The owners have run a successful strawberry operation for about 24 years, and in my view whoever comes into the property next will to a large extent be reaping the rewards of their efficient set-up and hard work.”

Rawson says the 371sq m five-bedroom home has a new kitchen and open-plan dining and living space; a large deck for out-door entertaining; and an infinity-style pool, with views out across the strawberry growing land.

Other features of the spacious home include an additional upstairs lounge, opening onto a veranda, an office, two storage rooms, a large laundry and a triple internal-access garage.

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The farm has fruit packaging and well gate-sales facilities. Photo / Supplied

The Strawberry Corner property also has a barn and the requisite machinery for packaging fruit, a fully functional gate-sales set-up, parking lot and seating areas.

It falls within the Alfriston-Ardmore rural zone. 

“This pleasant rural area allows a comfortable family lifestyle, yet is also close to several schools, and just a short drive from Botany, Howick, Whitford and Manukau City,” Rawson says.

“If the next owner isn’t interested in growing strawberries they could pay somebody else to do this while they jump over the fence to play golf at the nearby Windross Farm Golf Course.

“Also, an aviation buff could house their helicopter or small plane at the nearby Ardmore Airport, which is a cycle-ride of just a few minutes from this property.”