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Fitzroys Weekly Wrap - 13th December 2019

Posted on 13th December 2019

628 Burke Road, Camberwell
Offered for the first time in 50 years, the Commercial 1-zoned site sold with a short-term lease for $4.28 million, at a land rate of $15,000/sqm, to a buyer who will redevelop and reposition the asset.

286A Epping Road, Wollert
The recently refurbished and fitted-out 625sqm building, on a 5,304sqm corner site with 36 parking spaces, sold for $2 million with a 5+5+5-year lease to Bluestone Cafe Restaurant & Functions returning $107,120pa plus outgoings and GST.

21 Linden Tree Way, Cranbourne North
A self-managed super fund investor bought the 71sqm strata-titled space for $630,000, at a 5.4% yield with a 5+5-year lease to Glisten Hair and Beauty.

565-581 Sydney Road, Coburg
The Caltex and Woolworths fuel and convenience station changed hands for $5.22 million. The 1,858sqm site has a lease with options until 2043 and returns $264,790pa net.

119 Howard Street, North Melbourne
The 205sqm converted warehouse building leased to Code Black Coffee Roasters sold for $2.655 million, with a 10-year lease returning $100,000pa.

168-170 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
Home to Italian restaurant The Olive Jar, the 179sqm building changed hands for $1.35 million with a return of $62,337pa plus outgoings and GST.

109 High Street, Preston
The 198sqm 2-level building sold for $1.051 million. The ground floor is leased for 3+3+3+3 years and brings $37,080pa net.

10 Hope Street, Drouin
The Coles supermarket sold for $12.5 million at a 5.1% yield. It is on a 4,874sqm corner site and has a 20+10+10-year lease.

615 Creswick Road, Ballarat
An investor bought the Peter Stevens Motorworld car dealership for $8.7 million, at a 6% yield. with a 10+10-year leaseback. Zoned Mixed Use, the 7,383sqm site has a 4,581sqm building that underwent a $5 million refurbishment in 2017.

1320 Howitt Street, Ballarat
The recently upgraded 2,040sqm showroom building on a 4,109sqm site sold for $6.01 million. It is leased to Snooze and Plush on 7-year terms plus options to 2034, and returns $417,490pa. There are 59 on-site parking spaces.

168 Victoria Street, Carlton
Asian grocery chain Mr Daddy leased the 557sqm space within Hengyi’s Swanston Central, within the heritage CUB building, for 10 years at $550,000pa.

103 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Burger Road leased the 186sqm building for 3 years with options at $42,500 plus outgoings.

108 Bridge Road, Richmond
A hair and beauty salon signed a 3-year lease with options for the 72qm space at $420/sqm.

436 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
Selling for $1.801 million, the 243sqm site has a 2-level 222sqm building and is zoned Mixed Use.

273 Camberwell Road, Camberwell
Wallis Consulting leased more than 500sqm of space for 7 years plus options at $320/sqm plus car parking and outgoings.

2-4 Inman Street, Thornbury
A private investor bought the 1,805sqm site with a brick warehouse and 40m frontage for $2.23 million, at a 4.95% yield with a lease to a long-standing tenant.

423 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin
Quality Flooring leased the 475sqm showroom and warehouse for 3 years at $57,000pa net.

108-120 Mount Street, Heidelberg
A local developer paid $11.4 million for the 2,376sqm site, opposite Heidelberg Station and which has a permit for an 8-level project with 120 apartments, 5 shops, a restaurant and an office. HB Project, a subsidiary of China-based developer Hubam Investment Company, was the vendor.

6 & 12 Garden Avenue, East Melbourne
Adjoining Art Deco apartment blocks on a 766sqm site sold for $3 million and $3.66 million respectively. Number 6 has 6 1-bedroom units returning $105,000pa, and number 12 has 9 studio apartments bringing $135,000pa.

108 Harp Road, Kew
A private investor bought the block of 6 2-bedroom units on a 796sqm site for $3.06 million.

173 Bluff Road, Black Rock
An investor bought the 512sqm childcare facility, licensed for 73 places, for $4.975 million at a net yield of just over 5%. Story House Early Learning has a 15-year lease over the 1,539sqm site.

Paris End Retail Investment Sells for $57,000/sqm
The renowned Paris end of Melbourne’s CBD continues to draw investors from Australia and offshore, with the premises of a popular café selling under the hammer at a remarkable building rate of $57,000 per sqm.

Fitzroys agents Terence Yeh and Alex Shum sold Shop 3, 188 Little Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD on behalf of a private vendor based in Malaysia.

Multiple bidders competed for the asset at the lunchtime auction, following a campaign that generated more than 95 enquiries from local interests and abroad.

A local investor put forward the winning bid of $2.164 million, reflecting a tight 4.2% yield.

The 38sqm property has high ceilings and a character shopfront is leased to highly regarded café Little Temperance on a secure 5+5-year lease. It is located at the base of Shocko House, a character-rich, four-storey building that was converted in 1998 to include three ground-floor retail shops with 16 residential apartments.

“Melbourne’s world-renowned cosmopolitan personality is made up of more than 200 laneways with an eclectic offering of cafés, food and beverage operators and boutique retailers,” Yeh said.

“Local and offshore investors displayed keen interest in big numbers to what represents an iconic Melbourne CBD retail investment.”

Yeh said hospitality operators often commit to longer lease terms, looking to establish a customer base and make the most of capital put towards fit-outs and operations.

“These elements can be a point of difference among Melbourne retail investments, particularly those securely leased to highly-regarded operators.”

Shum said investors recognised the rare opportunity to purchase a retail asset in a highly sought-after CBD location with an enormous catchment area of office workers, shoppers, tourists and residents.

“Melbourne’s Paris end consistently attracts quality tenants, and is known for its roll call of high-end exclusive boutiques and international luxury retailers, which is beginning to spill over to the surrounding areas.

“Vacancies consistently remain close to 0%, and huge numbers of retailers pursue space in the prized precinct, accompanied by quality hospitality, restaurant and food and beverage operators.”

Mirvac Plans Build-to-Rent for Brunswick
Mirvac has reportedly bought a 1ha site in Brunswick that it will use for its 2nd build-to-rent project in Melbourne.

The developer has paid between $35 million and $40 million for the 395-403 Albert Street site, according to the Financial Review, which is surrounded by sports ovals and Gilpin Park. It could support a project with more than 400 dwellings and an end value of $200 million-plus.

The site is comprised of a 7,018sqm industrial property at 397 Albert Street, bought from a company owned by Singaporean investors; a 2,291sqm L-shaped site at 395 Albert Street, which was acquired last year by local developer Milieu Property who will partner with Mirvac on the proposed project; and a house at 403 Albert Street on 467sqm.

Moreland City Council recently rezoned the property to Mixed Use, and it has a discretionary height limit of 8 levels and potential for retail, childcare and co-working office space.

In the middle of this year, Mirvac struck a $333.5 million deal with PDG Corporation for the Munro site opposite the Queen Victoria Market. PDG is currently building hotel and apartment towers of 38 storeys and 10 storeys and, under the agreement, Mirvac would take ownership of and lease out 490 built-to-rent units within the development.

Woolworths and Oliver Hume Buy Up Caltex Sites
Caltex Australia has sold its first tranche of 25 fuel stations across the country for a combined $136 million, with Woolworths and Oliver Hume buying up the bulk for retail and residential developments.

Woolworths bought 10 of the sites, and Oliver Hume 12 on behalf of an Asia-based investor. Three separate developers purchased the three remaining sites.

Eight of the sites are in Victoria, while 15 are in New South Wales, and there is 1 in each of Queensland and Western Australia. The Victorian properties are in Box Hill, Brunswick East, Carnegie, Clayton, Forest Hill, Frankston, Mont Albert and Pascoe Vale.

Caltex plans to sell 50 sites in total, which it has deemed to hold better value as development sites, and is also planning to spin off a portfolio of 250 freehold properties into a service station REIT in the new year

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