Melbourne’s Prime Shopping Strip Market Set For Early Year Test

Posted on 27th February 2024

Melbourne’s prime shopping strip investment market is set for an early test in 2024, with the Lygon Street newsagency in the heart of the famous precinct going to auction in March.

Fitzroys’ Mark Talbot and Shane Mills are marketing 325 Lygon Street, Carlton on behalf of the Saffar and Durlacher families. The property will be auctioned on Thursday, 14th March at 12pm on-site.

Expectations for the substantial two-level retail and first-floor apartment building are $1.7 million-plus.

The property is leased to Carlton Newsagency, which has been at the property for around 20 years. Rental return is $77,712 per annum plus outgoings and GST, with the current seven-year lease ending 31 January 2025 with two further terms of five years each.

“There’s potential for significant rental growth from January,” Talbot said.

“This property will suit investors looking for significant rental growth, or a long-play buyer looking for an asset that will deliver a solid ongoing income stream.”

Talbot said the property is in the absolute prime of Lygon Street, between Faraday and Elgin Streets, opposite Lygon Court - home to Cinema Nova, Brunetti Classico and Woolworths - and amongst the and the strip’s famous cafés, restaurants, bars, retailers and entertainment venues including Tiamo, Heartattack and Vine, Milk the Cow, Grill’d, DOC Pizzeria, Crinitti, King and Godfrey, Seed, Mecca, Sportsgirl, Country Road, Readings, to name a few.

“This is an incredibly tightly held part of Melbourne. Lygon Street is arguably Australia’s most famous dining strip and has come back from COVID in a big way, bringing huge confidence to owners and the market about the investment credentials and trade prospects of the strip,” Talbot said.

Vacancies on Melbourne’s most famous dining strip are at their lowest in years as Melburnians again embraced dining and eating out, tourists returned in bigger numbers, and students came back to university. According to Fitzroys’ most recent Walk the Strip report, vacancies on Lygon Street have come down from 20.0% in the depths of COVID to now sit at 6.0%.

“Prime assets in Melbourne’s shopping strips offer excellent investment credentials. The strips are experiencing a real period of renewal at the moment,” Talbot said.

“The return of local and international students to Melbourne’s education precinct close by has also underpinned the return of trade along Lygon Street, and the rapid transformation of Carlton to accommodate and encourage student and residential apartment developments will further enhance its viability.”

Lygon Steet, Carlton is close to major education and health providers including University of Melbourne, RMIT, Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital.

“Importantly, Lygon Street is set to become even more accessible in the near future. Excellent tram and bus connections are currently available, and the incoming Parkville Station, part of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project, is set to open in 2025. There are also exceptional public car parking options close by including the Elgin Street Public Car Park providing over 200 car spaces.