Weekly Wrap

Fitzroys Weekly Wrap - 27th March 2020

Posted on 27th March 2020

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249 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
An interstate investor paid $2.11 million at a 4.7% yield for the 250sqm space within the heritage façade of the former St Crispin House Building, now part of the Pace of Abbotsford mixed-use development which has 133 apartments. Neighbourhood wine store Blackhearts & Sparrows has a new 10-year lease plus options over the property returning $100,000pa plus GST.

47 Florence Avenue, Mentone
The shop and rear 2-level rear building on a 200sqm site sold for $1.038 million at a 3.11% yield. It had been held in the same family since the 1950s.

84 Barkers Road, Hawthorn
The hospitality group being the Yarra Valley’s Bianchet Winery has leased the former hotel, owned by Carlton Football Club president Mark LoGiudice, for 8 years with option at $250,000pa. Originally named the Beehive Hotel, the pub opened in 1855 before the current building was constructed on the site in 1882.

13-15 Fawkner Street, Westmeadows
3 specialty retailers leased respective 75sqm shops in the Claudio’s IGA Supermarket complex at $20,000pa net each.

734 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
A fish and chips business has leased the 114sqm fitted-out shop for 5 years at $95,000pa.

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18/456 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
An owner occupier paid $485,000 for the 88sqm suite.

12-14 Thompson Road, Geelong
Gateways Support Services leased 11,108sqm in the former Target headquarters, owned by Leaf Corporation. The Melbourne-based disability support service group will pay around $200/sqm net. Leaf Corporation bought the 37,740sqm property last year for $10.6 million, and then bought the 9,275sqm site at 6 Thompsons Road for $3.4 million.

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Lot 2, 17 Broadfield Road, Broadmeadows
Vaughan Constructions sold the 6,212sqm purpose-built facility ahead of construction starting for $1,416/sqm, or about $8.8 million, to an aluminium windows and doors manufacturer.

148 Paramount Boulevard, Derrimut
The 3,238sqm warehouse on a 7,100sqm site sold for $5.75 million. It has a 9m height clearance at its lowest point and a 2 level office.

5 Lennox Street, Moorabbin
The 1,541sqm office and warehouse traded for $2.4 million at a 4.3% yield, with a 3+3-year lease to Live Brands Pty Ltd.

1-11 McNaughton Road, Clayton
National motor vehicle parts supplier ACM Parts leased the 3,296sqm factory on a 3+3-year term at $265,000pa net.

3/14 Queen Street, Nunawading
Instant Windscreens and Tinting leased the 430sqm showroom and warehouse with 1st floor office at $37,000pa plus outgoings and GST.

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High-Profile High Street Retail Passes Melbourne Market Test
Investors from around Australia have sought a securely-leased, high-profile High Street, Northcote asset in a test of Melbourne’s commercial property market.

Chris Kombi and Ervin Niyaz of Fitzroys sold 449 High Street for $2 million to a local investor at a tight 5% yield. The immaculately-presented 230sqm property has a commanding corner street frontage of 26.7m, and comprises a fully self-contained ground floor retail area.

The property is leased to popular café Bicycle Thieves on a 7+7+7-year lease returning $100,785pa. Bicycle Thieves opened in October 2018 and is run by Chris Griffiths and Shri Bhagwandas, whose successful eateries include Hawthorn’s Bawa and Cremorne’s Sloane Ranger.

“Being a strata-titled, inner-city retail property in a high-profile position with a quality tenant, the campaign presented an early indicator of the Melbourne commercial investment market in 2020,” Kombi said.

“The high volume of enquiry from around Australia and the strong sales result shows retail properties across Melbourne’s strips continue to present a compelling investment proposition.

“There has been a lack of quality retail and commercial properties coming to the market offering secure leases and main street exposure.”

Kombi said the historically low interest rate environment has deepened the pool of investors looking to secure income-producing investments.


“Strata-titled properties have grown in focus, as they easier to manage with an owners corporation overseeing maintenance, and present low land tax liabilities that don’t cut into the return. This property offered the added benefit of being only three years old, offering strong tax depreciation benefits and further enhancing its investment credentials.”

Melbourne CBD Strata Office Suites Sell
Several strata office suites in the Melbourne CBD have quickly changed hands.

A 252sqm 3rd level strata office at 620 Collins Street sold for $2.15 million to an owner occupier, while in the McPherson’s building at 546 Collins Street an offshore investor bought the Unit 301 of 129sqm for $1.7 million, and a local owner occupier paid $1.3 million for the 102sqm Unit 202. The 4-storey modernist building was built in 1936 for machinery merchants McPherson’s Ltd.

At 430 Little Collins Street, within the Normanby Chambers building, the vacant suites 210-216 sold together for $1.952 million.


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