A multimillionaire iced coffee mogul from Germany is seeking 10 people to live with him in “paradise” — his $5.6 million coastal New Zealand estate, according to new reports.
Karl Reipen, who got rich from selling canned iced coffee drinks, is looking for people 70 or younger to join a communal living situation at his remote Awakino estate on the west coast of the North Island, Stuff.co.nz reported.
An advertisement for the luxurious property — with sweeping views of the Tasman Sea — was featured twice in the New Zealand Herald’s holiday accommodation section this week, according to Stuff.
“They could live in houses by two persons and share a beautiful winery for social meetings and dining,” the advertisement says. “If you are interested to live a life with a group of interesting people it can be a new life for you. You can enjoy walking, fishing, shopping, kayaking, bird watching, swimming or looking at the nice animals.”
Takers are also allowed to bring their own horse and use an indoor equestrian center, according to the advertisement, which never mentions Reipen by name but is written in the first person.
It details how a person with a background in “international business” moved to the area, after finding “a beautiful farm” while visiting in 2000.
“But I bought a lot of work and it took me 10 years to bring it to the standard of today,” the ad said. “Now where everything is finished I would like to share the ‘paradise’ with nice people.”
Anyone interested in the property should be comfortable with isolation — the two nearest cities are 90 minutes away, according to the report.
The ad does not specify how potential inhabitants will be selected.
Reipen attempted to sell the sprawling property for 8.5 million New Zealand dollars — equivalent to about $5.6 million — in 2016, but that sale never happened, according to the report.
The businessman has been involved in a series of commercial deals during his time in New Zealand, but he is also a known philanthropist, Stuff reported.
His registered charity, the Karl Heinz Reipen Trust, had about $500,000 in general funds by the end of March, according to the report.