Event guru Karla Dascal buys Paradise Farms in Homestead

Paradise Farms. Inset: Gabriele Marewski and Karla Dascal
Paradise Farms. Inset: Gabriele Marewski and Karla Dascal

After three years on the market, Gabriele Marewski sold her Paradise Farms in Homestead for $1 million, The Real Deal has learned. 

Karla Dascal, owner of the wellness center The Sacred Space Miami, and her partner Gingi Beltran, a real estate agent with Cervera Real Estate, bought the 7.3-acre property at 19801 Southwest 320th Street, Dascal told TRD. Dascal is also a longtime event producer and florist in Miami. The sale closed on Tuesday and has not yet cleared public records.

Marewski launched Paradise Farms in 1999 after buying the property for $86,000. The farm hosts events and weddings and sells its herbs, greens, fruits and vegetables to restaurateurs who include Michael Schwartz, Michelle Bernstein, Allen Susser and Todd Erickson, according to a press release. Whole Foods also buys its produce.

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About three years ago, Marewski announced that she was planning to sell the farm with an asking price of about $2.4 million, but later took it off the market. She said she sold the farm because she’s ready for the next phase in her life. “What’s critical to me is that Karla is honoring that we haven’t served meat on the farm and that means everything to me,” Marewski said.

The farm traded hands at a 58 percent discount from its original price tag. Homestead, in south Miami-Dade, is mostly agricultural, and home to a number of nurseries and farms.

Paradise Farms is also home to four bungalow-style homes, including a treehouse, that can be rented on a nightly basis.

Dascal said Marewski will continue to run the Paradise Farms business. Dascal and Beltran will use the property, which is zoned for agricultural uses, as a “health and wellness destination” for retreats and other offsite events. The Sacred Space, at 105 Northeast 24th Street near Wynwood and Edgewater, features a vegan cooking school and offers health and wellness-related workshops and classes. It also houses Plant Food + Wine Miami, a vegan restaurant that buys its produce from Paradise Farms.