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One of nation

By   /   Monday, August 2nd, 2010  /   Comments Off on One of nation

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One of the largest greenhouses on the West Coast has been put up for sale with an asking price of $18.5 million. Carpinteria orchid grower Gallup & Stribling’s 45-acre property includes 1.5 million square feet of greenhouse and industrial space.

The property, just off of Highway 101 at 3450 Via Real, has been used to grow and cultivate orchids for 30 years, but could be used for flower, berry or vegetable farming, according to Jeff Albee, senior vice president with Colliers International, the firm marketing the property.

The farm was founded in the 1950s by Alex Stribling and Emmet Gallup and is now one of the largest orchid producers in the country. The site has a 2,000-square-foot refrigeration area and a 40,000-square-foot packing warehouse. In addition to farming, the property has development potential for commercial or residential use, according to Collier marketing materials.

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