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Deals of the week – 10 August 2020
Posted by Development Ready on Aug 10, 2020

Victoria

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CLAYTON - $416.7 million
Funds manager Centuria Capital has snapped up a Telstra data centre in Clayton for $416.7 million, taking its property empire close to $10 billion.

Located at 1816-1862 Dandenong Road the asset expands across 3.2 hectares and is occupied by 10 buildings including a recently constructed 6.1MW data centre.

The move is a strategic one, with Centuria heads John McBain and Jason Huljich backing the two areas which could benefit from the coronavirus crisis, as more people work from home or in suburban offices rather than in CBDs. The deal includes a 30-year leaseback arrangement, with Telstra taking place as Centuria’s largest tenant.

MELBOURNE - $6.9 million
Four apartments in Melbourne’s CBD have been jointly sold for close to $7 million after the individual owners banded together for the sale.

The double storey property, located at 23-25 Coromandel Place, was constructed in the 90s and will now make way for an office, with the new owners intending to own and occupy.

Colliers International’s Oliver Hay, Chris Ling, Leon Ma and Daniel Wolman handled the deal.

SEAFORD - $1.88 million
An industrial warehouse in the Melbourne suburb of Seaford has sold for $1.88 million following successful post-auction negotiations with a local investor.

The property, located at 19-21 Peninsula Boulevard, encompasses a 1,050sqm building on a 1,605sqm landholding and was sold securely leased to publicly listed company Paragon Care Group Australia Pty Ltd.

The asset was marketed and sold by Ray White Commercial’s George Kelepouris.
 

New South Wales

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WOOLOOMOOLOO - $185 million
Luxury eastern suburbs developer Rafi Assouline has agreed to splash out $185 million for a mixed-use site in Wooloomooloo. Mr Assouline is joined in the venture by developer Allen Linz and Phoenix Property Development head Trent Winduss.

Located at 180 William Street, the ‘No Birds’ site (as it is known), encompasses 5,000sqm site and was put on the market by Arnold Kluck under a three-year-plus settlement agreement.

The new owner has announced intentions to develop a luxury mixed-use project in excess of $500 million. Full plans are yet to be laid, however the concept is said to incorporate around 200 ultra-luxe apartments, high-end ground-floor food and retail outlets and possibly a small boutique hotel.

Mr Assouline noted that the northeast-facing site offers views of the nearby cathedral, the Harbour Bridge and Garden Island; “This is such a significant site. We will create a lot of jobs and bring so much activity and employment. This is one of the biggest sites in the city. The views are ridiculously good.”

BYRON BAY - Undisclosed
Byron Bay's newest luxury boutique hotel, The Bower, has been snapped up by a Gold Coast-based investor with interests in real estate and hospitality for a yet-to-be disclosed amount.

Featured in Conde Nast’s “Traveller Hot List 2018, the near-new hotel offers 28 guest rooms on a large 4,495sqm Bangalow Road landholding. The Bower is the latest in a series of Byron Bay hotel transactions, with more than $170 million in properties changing hands in the past 12 months, including the $42 million sale of the Byron at Byron.

CBRE’s Wayne Bunz and Hayley Manvell negotiated the sale.
 

Queensland

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CLAYFIELD - $36.5 million
The Healthcare Wholesale Property Fund (managed by Dexus) has swooped in to secure the College Junction commercial complex in Brisbane’s north Clayfield for $36.5 million.

Situated at 695 Sandgate Road, the asset comprises 3,118sqm of lettable office space within a new three-storey building completed just three years ago. It was sold close to 100% occupied, with a small 154sqm section still available for lease; the anchor tenant is Qscan Radiology Clinics. The vendors originally purchased the complex in 2014 for $3.05 million.

Savills’ Gregory Woods and Daniel Pepper handled the sale.

CABARITA - ~$5 million
A Queensland development company has beaten stiff competition to secure The Hideaway, Australia’s premier glamping resort, for ‘circa $5 million’ – the biggest sale the village has seen in over 10 years.

Located at 2-6 Tweed Coast Road in Cabarita, the 2.803 Ha asset will now change hands to a Brisbane-based civil contract company, who may face strong community opposition if considerable development plans are proposed. The site represents the only development land remaining on the eastern side of Tweed Coast Road and is R3-zoned for a unit or townhouse development or land subdivision. The news of the asset hitting the market raised concerns within the local community, with a campaign launched shortly thereafter to keep the land in local hands.

Nick Witheriff of LJ Hooker managed the deal.
 

Western Australia

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PERTH, MELBOURNE, SYDNEY & GOLD COAST - $14 million
Four industrial assets belonging to the founders of Nationwide Towing & Transport have been sold with a leaseback to separate buyers for a speculated total price of more than $14 million.

The properties include 42 and 44 Lancaster Road Wangara, in Perth (~$1.47 million); 10 Ashburn Place Blackburn, in Melbourne (~$3.2 million); 12 Industrial Avenue Southport, in Gold Coast (~$3.2 million); and 7 Tollis Place Seven Hills, Sydney (~$6.13 million). In total, the assets return an annual rent of $901,960.

CBRE’s Ben Hegerty, Tim Homes, John Micallef, David Corke and Chris Monterosso handled the portfolio sale.
 

Australian Capital Territory

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FYSHWICK - $15.3 million
An office in Fyshwick, seven kilometres south east of Parliament House and occupied primarily by the government, has recently traded hands to an offshore fund for $15.3 million.

Holding address at 5 Tennant Street, the 4,703sqm property offers 4,049sqm of NLA across two large levels, as well as an under-croft car park with 115 bays.

Raine & Horne Commercial’s Michael Ceacis and Michael Lo Pilato managed the sale.



A Dexus-managed wholesale fund has divested a 22-storey A-grade CBD tower in Melbourne, in a deal speculated to be more than $450 million; A a seven-year-old cold storage asset in South Australia’s Direk has traded for just over $63 million - 18.96% above book value.; A five-storey office building in Wollongong's CBD that is home to the Australian Taxation Office has traded hands, from Black Opal Bay to property fund manager Castlerock, for more than $57 million; plus more
September 11, 2020, SYDNEY – A parcel of land within the highly prized Western Sydney Aerotropolis has sold for $5.37 million through Colliers International
​As the report indicates, supply of new projects is quickly slowing across most of Sydney’s regions, with DAs showing the same trend as was evident pre-Covid. As a result, there’s general agreement that there will be a dramatic fall in in 2021-2022 and an even stronger under-supply trend beyond 2022, when supply is expected to collapse.