Jeremy Newberry was a very good NFL player, with a career spanning a decade and a pair of Pro Bowl selections in the early 2000s to showcase his dominance on the offensive line. But he and his wife, Sabrina, might be even better cherry farmers.
However, Claudine Zap of Realtor.com says that Newberry is selling his 40-acre Brentwood cherry orchard just over one year after purchasing it. In that year, they expanded the orchard with 23 acres of new cherry trees, building upon the 12 acres that were already mature when they bought it. Even more impressively, they dealt with vandals uprooting and destroying 2,000 of these trees — $30,000 worth —and persevered.
"It would take two grown men, literally, and probably six or seven hours to tear up those trees," Newberry told the San Francisco Chronicle after finding "half of the orchard" destroyed. "Just the sheer amount of time it takes to do this. It was a heartbreak."
Newberry Cherry Farm has since recovered, and were open for cherry picking season despite the COVID-19 pandemic using extensive cautionary measures.
But cherries aren't the only draw. The main house, according to Zap, sits at 4,300 square feet with a kitchen that "comes with quartz counters, custom cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances," a master wing with "an en suite bathroom with heated floors, a huge shower, oversized tub, dual sinks, dual walk-in closets, and a fireplace," and an outside area that features a covered barbecue area, a half-basketball court, a putting green, and a pool "surrounded by decorative fire bowls." Count me in!
Of course, cherries remain the primary factor that sets this property apart. Not only can you eat all the cherries you could ever want — I couldn't, because I'm unfortunately allergic — but you can make a buck or two in the process if you know what you're doing.
“Cherry farming in Brentwood is very lucrative, and Jeremy has so many new trees planted that there is the possibility of more than doubling the current production,” says listing agent Deneen Vornhagen of Delta Ranches & Homes. “It is a great financial opportunity.”
Newberry may not go too far, though, seeing as he's a native of Antioch, California, played college ball at Cal, spent his NFL career with three California-based teams — the 49ers, Raiders and Chargers — and recently owned this property in Brentwood, California.
And to think I've only ever spent one six-day vacation in California...