After roughly two months away in Europe and Asia, it’s great to be back here at my favorite place on earth.
I’m not talking about Chile– although I do enjoy the country. I’m talking specifically about this farm. It’s the perfect place for me.
The views are sensational. I’m surrounded by nature. And there’s an imposing backdrop of snow-capped Andean peaks to frame the vista.
And the stars at night are more vibrant than almost anywhere else I’ve been in the world… including the remote savannahs of Africa.
But I’m not here just for the stars or the views…
I’m able to organically produce almost all of the food I eat on the farm.
There’s an exceptional variety of fruit and nut trees, including peaches, plums, nectarines, figs, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, apples, oranges, tangerines, lemons, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, pears, apricots, loquats, grapes, and quince to name a few…
I can grow pretty much everything save tropical fruits like bananas.
I also produce olives and press my own olive oil. I grow rice and wheat, so I have my own flour.
I even produce my own wine. And I distill organic waste into ethanol to use as a biofuel.
There are free-range chickens that produce organic, all-natural eggs. Pigs and sheep for meat.
Plus the farm has plenty of sources of water and energy. It’s totally self-sufficient… and abundant.
While the total farm size exceeds 1,000 acres, the portion that I farm for personal use is a fraction of that.
But it’s still more than enough to produce FAR more than I can consume. (You’d be surprised how little land it takes to feed a family– even half an acre is sufficient.)
The surplus can be saved, sold, or in certain cases like biofuel, converted into a different product.
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me this lifestyle is ideal– one that’s based on production and independence.
It’s a powerful feeling to not have to depend on the outside world. And I miss it when I’m away for too long.
I spent years searching for the perfect place to create this lifestyle for myself.
Most of Asia was out of the question since it’s very difficult for foreigners to own property. Europe and North America were cost prohibitive.
That’s how I ended up in Chile.
I’ve traveled to more than 120 countries in my life. I still visit 20-30 countries each year.
And I’m always evaluating business and investment opportunities when I travel… including real estate.
It’s remarkable how expensive property can be in certain countries, like the US. And how cheap it is in others.
I originally chose Chile because, among other things, land prices here are considerably cheaper than in other regions of the world with a comparable climate and soil quality.
The climate and soil is one of the reasons my farm produces such an abundance of variety.
Central Chile is one of the few regions in the world with ideal growing conditions suitable to most plants.
While there are four distinct seasons (this is important in agriculture), it never gets too hot… or too cold.
The only other regions of the world where these conditions exist are California, parts of the Mediterranean, the Western Cape of South Africa, and South Australia.
And by comparison, an acre of highly productive land in Chile, with full water rights, can easily cost 50% to 90% less than what I would pay in the most fertile areas of the US or Europe.
I’ve found this price vs. quality ratio for Chilean land to be unparalleled– especially for farmland and for oceanfront property.
This is why I started a large agriculture business here in 2014. We currently have several thousand acres under management and will become one of the largest producers in the world for our crop in a few years.
There’s no way I could have done this in North America.
In addition to prices in Chile being dramatically lower, the risks are also lower.
Foreigners can own full title to both land and water rights without any restrictions whatsoever.
Developing property doesn’t require years of permitting from 10,000 different government offices.
Our agriculture business deployed more than $50 million to acquire and develop farmland. And the government didn’t hassle us. They were actually, surprisingly supportive.
Labor costs here are also incredibly cheap.
And if you don’t find what you need in the local labor market, you can import foreign labor with minimal red tape. I’ve already brought several workers here from the Philippines.
If it sounds like I’m trying to convince you that Chile is the perfect place, I’m really not.
This country is definitely no Shangri-La. it has plenty of challenges and idiocy.
But my responsibility is to present you with information and global opportunity.
And the fact remains that if you’re looking for compelling investments in raw land, especially agriculture and oceanfront, Chile is still one of the best deals in the world.