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Multimillionaire Invites 10 People to Come Live in 'Paradise'

Karl Reipen places ad regarding his New Zealand estate
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2019 9:06 AM CST

(Newser) – Looking to permanently while away your days overlooking the Tasman Sea and sipping on vino while watching "nice animals" with other "nice people"? Karl Reipen wants to hear from you. The Guardian reports the German multimillionaire has placed an ad seeking 10 people up to age 70 to come live in what he calls his "paradise," a 550-acre, $5.6 million estate in Awakino, on New Zealand's North Island. "If you are interested to live a life with a Group of Interesting people it can be a new life for you," reads the ad, which Stuff NZ reports was published twice this week in the New Zealand Herald. Reipen, who made his fortune in canned iced coffee, notes in the ad that the estate boasts a winery "for social meetings and dining," and that residents "can enjoy walking, fishing, shopping, kayaking, bird watching, swimming or looking at the nice animals."

There are also stables and an indoor equestrian center on-site, and Reipen says, "If you would like to bring your own horse it is possible." Interested parties who prefer privacy will like that the property is an hour and a half from the nearest large town or city. The current government under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put in place a ban on foreigners owning homes in New Zealand, but Reipen scooped up the property years before that mandate. He still had to get the OK from the nation's Overseas Investment Office, which signed off on his purchase after it determined he had the experience and means to build the property up and maintain it. "It took me 10 years to bring it to the standard of today," he writes in the ad. The New York Post notes it's not clear how future dwellers in Reipen's self-proclaimed utopia will be selected. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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