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An 8,000m2 (8 stremma) organic farm for sale in North West Crete - €350,000 (negotiable)


The Location


This farm is located in the area of Akrotiri which consists in a peninsula lying north-east of the prefecture of Chania and is near where the second airport of Crete is located. See Google Maps

In the Akrotiri area visitors will find some interesting monasteries to visit including Gouverneto, Agia Triada, and Paxinos. There are many lovely churches throughout Akrotiri. A number of tourist accommodations of all categories can be found in and around Marathi, Horfakia, Kounoupidiana, Kalathas and Stavros. There are many beautiful sandy beaches with crystalline waters at Marthi, Loutraki, Rizosklopo to name a few.

Other fine beaches can be found in Akrotiri, such as the Stavros beach, where, apart from the soft sand and the clear waters, visitors can admire a Neolithic cave that was used as a sanctuary from the end of the Bronze Period and through all the Greek periods. It's other claim to fame is that it was used as the back drop for "ZORBA the Greek", a film made in 1964.

A robust night life is just 12 kilometers away in downtown Chania. Good eateries can be found all over the peninsula. Approximately 7 kilometers from the farm is a large Cineplex with bowling, go-carting and various children's activities on the road down to Souda from Akrotiri. Kounoupidiana, just 6 kilometers away has numerous banks, supermarkets, veterinary surgeon and medical facilities.

The Business


A "Living the Good Life" in Crete - Greece is an organic farm of 8000 square meters (approx. 2 acres) with 40 mature olive trees, 110 new olive trees, various fruit trees, 50 wine producing mature grape vines, 22 hens, 6 roosters, 10 turkeys, 4 ducks and 4 geese.

A building permit for a 70sqm stone house exists. Living accommodation is in the form of 2 porta-cabins joined into one building. The rocks which had been dug out of the surrounding area were used to build a wall 1.5 meters high by 50 centimeters wide around the property. A stone building at the front of the property is used to house the solar electricity system, generator, wine in various stages of production plus a storage area for general goods, made wine and olive oil. The olive trees and grape vines are certified organic in the Bio Hellas programme..

cb133_planNumerous fruit trees have been planted include; orange, mandarin, lemon, lime, peach, nectarine, apricot, quince, almond, chestnut, walnut, guava, mango, summer avocado, winter avocado, green apple, red apple, damson, pomegranate, black, fig, green fig, Kalamata olives and eating olives. Also along the side of the road 50 Romaicos grapes have been planted which produce the famous Cretan village wine. In 2010, five bee hives were set up and are now producing 24 kilos of honey, which from such juvenile hives is very good.

The only bills paid are for drinking and agricultural water, diesel fuel for the generator and tractor. They have opted not to use mains electricity but a recently installed transformer in the next field will make connection very affordable, and 3 phase wiring is in place within the top of the wall to facilitate this.

The Farms History
The current owners purchased the 8 stremma property in 2005 and came complete with 40 mature olive trees, a building permit for a 70sqm stone house, 2 port cabins joined into one building and rocks, lots of them.

They spent the first 10 months digging out the rocks which were then used to build the 1.5 meter high by 50 centimeters wide walls round the property and the building at the front of the property which houses the solar electricity system, generator and wine press, plus storage area for general goods made wine and olive oil.

They then planted a further 110 olive trees, and entered Bio Hellas programme to become fully organic. Then proceeded to renovate the porta cabins, re-lining the walls, building a roof above, putting in a wood burning stove, bathroom, kitchen and satellite TV.  A large septic tank was also dug out at this time.  A large pergola on the front was next with ceramic tiles on top, a small metal roof to one side to shade the main room retractable awning and winter rain protection to the front side of the building. A wood burning oven came next and of course a BBQ with adjoining external marble surrounded sink with hot water. A garage area was added to the side to park the small Sirio 4x4 tractor in, and a bed behind this to house the strawberries and an eating grape vine.

Behind the porta cabins they have built a 180 cubic meter water storage tank to the specification of a swimming pool, but closed in with concrete on top. This is to ensure that there is a supply of agricultural water during the summer months. The area between this and the cabins has been roofed providing a workshop area plus an area where they now have a futon for guests to sleep on. One end of the work shop has a wardrobe and shelving for additional storage. Between the cement water tank and property wall is a small covered area for keeping wood for the fire/oven. 
The land during this period has seen the setting up of a garden area which is used to produce a variety of vegetables in from seedlings raised in our 35 square meter greenhouse situated halfway between the house and the road. They also grow and dry rosemary, oregano, thyme, bay, basil and mint.

Numerous fruit trees have been planted: Orange, mandarin, lemon, lime, peach, nectarine, apricot quince, almond, chestnut, walnut, guava, mango, summer avocado, winter avocado, green apple red apple, damson, pomegranate, black, fig, and green fig. They have also added Kalamata olives and eating olives. Along the side of the road have been planted 50 Romaicos grapes which produce the famous Cretan village wine.
This in 2009 they set up 5 bee hives and took 24 kilos of honey which from such juvenile hives is very good. At the moment there are no plans to increase the number of bee hives. 
The only bills they have is for drinking, agricultural water and diesel fuel for the tractor and generator. They have opted not to use mains electricity but a recently installed transformer in the next field will make connection very affordable, and 3 phase wiring is in place in the top of the wall to facilitate this.
The owners have put their 'heart and soul' into this farm project.  Literally watching it grow out of  a pile of rocks has been at times heart breaking when we've had serious set backs.  Now the farm speaks for itself and it is glorious. See site plan.



Future Projects
Over the last few years of working with the land they have begun to realize the potential that we have unlocked. The final decision as to which path is to be followed we are leaving to the new owners.

A commercial viable farm? There is 50 to 80 centimeters of top soil throughout the property which would support large scale farming of a variety of crops. Watermelon, egg plant, peppers, potatoes to name but a few.
A larger house? Building permission has already been obtained for a small stone home. It would not take much to obtain a new permit to build your dream home, possibly with a swimming pool.
An apartment block? Similarly permission could be obtained to build on a grander scale and generate rental income.


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then please contact the owner

Living the Good Life Organic Farming
www.livingthegoodlife.eu
Tel: +30 6945 475 061
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