Combining property and lifestyle

All too often those of us living fast lives in big cities dream of the day we can invest in a lifestyle – a lifestyle that brings with it a peaceful existence in a breath-taking environment that earns us a decent living.
Schalk van der Merwe, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Eden, whose office services Wilderness and the surrounding areas, says that unfortunately for most the opportunity to get out of the rat race and start enjoying a more laidback way of life only comes after retirement. “Due to earning potential and higher number of employment opportunities, the majority of the population live in metropolitan areas that are close to financial and business hubs. However, while rare, there are business ventures available to buyers who want to step away from the fast-paced city, while still maintaining a certain standard of living,” says Van der Merwe.

A view from the smallholding for sale in Wilderness

RE/MAX of Southern Africa CEO, Adrian Goslett, says that many buyers are looking for a property that provides them with lifestyle benefits. “While return on investment is an extremely important aspect to buyers, enjoying where they live is often equally as vital.”
According to Kathy Whitehead, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Eden, who specialises in property and business opportunities, the good news for buyers seeking a change of pace is that there are pockets of bliss in our beautiful country that offer such rewards.
She notes that one such opportunity is a recent entry onto the market in the ever-popular Garden Route. This beautiful 7.6ha smallholding is nestled in the scenic hills between Knysna and George. “However,” says Whitehead, “the beauty of this farm is not only about the rolling hills and forests that surround it, but also about the mouth-wateringly good Italian salami manufactured on the premises. Owned and run by an Italian culinary maestro, this property and gem of a business is on the market for R5.2 million. Housed in a pristine ‘factory’ with state-of-the art equipment, including cold-rooms and computerised cooling cabinets, this lifestyle of home and business is waiting for the right buyer – a buyer with passion and enthusiasm to take it to the next level.”

Wilderness Smallholding - view from a far

Whitehead says that the business is already well established with the salami production at about one ton a month, which is distributed nationally to various delis and restaurants around the country. “The recipes are tried and tested and are all part of the deal,” says Whitehead. “The entire operation is complete with cooling van, generator, workshop, underground water tanks and it is ideally positioned close enough to the bustling Garden Route towns and George airport – this truly  is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that doesn’t come around too often.”
She notes that for the new business and property owner, the comfortable double-storey timber home boasts amazing views across the valley, an undercover entertainment area and swimming pool, while a two-bedroom cottage provides comfortable accommodation for a possible factory manager or tenant.
“This is not just a chance to purchase a property and an ongoing successful business – it is an opportunity for a complete change of life for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.  It is a means of making a living, while enjoying the lifestyle benefits of owning a property in possibly one of the most beautiful regions in the country,” concludes Whitehead.

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