Charter Hall to buy Victorian shopping centre for $117 million

Charter Hall to buy Victorian shopping centre for $117 million

Charter Hall Retail REIT (ASX: CQR) has teamed up with Charter Hall Prime Retail Fund to form a new joint venture to acquire a prominent Victorian shopping centre. The joint venture will allow Charter Hall to enter an unconditional contract to acquire buy Gateway Plaza in Leopold for a total consideration of $117 million. Charter Hall...

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Vicinity to sell $1bn of assets to enhance portfolio

Vicinity to sell $1bn of assets to enhance portfolio

Listed property developer Vicinity Centres (ASX: VCX) will sell off $1 billion of its assets to reinvest the money in more value-accretive opportunities. The group will sell off sub regional and neighbourhood centres to focus on new investments which it calls "destinations" and "entertainment experiences". Grant Ke...

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After 60 years, legacy property in Melbourne CBD sells for $95m

After 60 years, legacy property in Melbourne CBD sells for $95m

One of the largest office buildings on St Kilda Road in Melbourne has changed hands for the first time in six decades. A subsidiary of Abacus Property Group and Wing Tai Holdings bought the property known as VACC House, an eight-level building at 464 St Kilda Road, for $95.38 million. The building includes more than 13,800sqm of offic...

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Melbourne beats Sydney as the top Australian city for investment

Melbourne beats Sydney as the top Australian city for investment

Melbourne has been named the number two city in the APAC region for investment for commercial property investors, coming second only to Toyko. According to CBRE's 2018 Asia Pacific Investor Intention Survey the Victorian capital moved up from eight place in 2017 to second place this year. Melbourne toppled Sydney which fell from f...

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CBD squeeze piquing hotelier interest in regional Australia

CBD squeeze piquing hotelier interest in regional Australia

A trend is growing in the Australian hotel market as investors forgo expensive assets in capital cities to favour a more regional approach. CBRE Hotels' Andrew Jackson says buyers are becoming more attracted to the diversity of regional assets, especially as they are being edged out of capitals due to expensive pricing and lack of ass...

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Co-working spaces and retail here to stay, say property analysts

Co-working spaces and retail here to stay, say property analysts

The future of Australia's property market looks bright with co-working spaces here to stay and retail set to change dramatically according to analysts. CBRE's annual Australian Market Outlook conference held last week revealed optimism about the future of Australia's property market. One of the key outtakes at the event sh...

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Abacus buys CBD fringe properties for $142 million

Abacus buys CBD fringe properties for $142 million

Abacus Property Group has bought into the CBD fringe of Australia's two biggest capital cities, acquiring assets for a combined $142.35 million. Abacus acquired the two properties located at Abbotsford in Melbourne and Alexandria in Sydney for $93.5 million and $48.85 million respectively. The Abbotsford properly is fully tenanted...

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Crown sells off $370m worth of Las Vegas assets

Crown sells off $370m worth of Las Vegas assets

Crown Resorts (ASX: CWN) has sold off 34.6-acres of vacant land in Las Vegas, in a deal worth AU$370 million. It is reported that Crown had once intended to build a casino on the site, located on Las Vegas Boulevard, which it has now sold to a subsidiary of Wynn Resorts Limited. After accounting for minority interests, Crown will pock...

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VILLA WORLD JOINS FORCES WITH SINGAPORE DEVELOPER ON MELBOURNE PROJECT

VILLA WORLD JOINS FORCES WITH SINGAPORE DEVELOPER ON MELBOURNE PROJECT

GOLD COAST-based property developer Villa World (ASX: VLW) has announced a joint venture agreement with Singapore's Ho Bee land that will deliver 285 homes sites north of Melbourne's CBD. The joint venture relates to Villaworld's two previously contracted land sites in the suburb of Wollert, comprising 16 hectares adjacent to ...

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BMW SOUTHBANK SELLS TO MALAYSIAN DEVELOPER AMID EMERGING PROPERTY TREND

BMW SOUTHBANK SELLS TO MALAYSIAN DEVELOPER AMID EMERGING PROPERTY TREND

MALAYSIAN-backed developer Beulah International has bought Melbourne's BMW Southbank in a deal valued at more than $100 million. The sale marks Beulah's most significant acquisition in Melbourne to date, one which the developer plans to turn into a mixed-use space according to principal Jiaheng Chan. "What attracted us to...

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END OF AN ERA FOR ICONIC MELBOURNE EAST END HOTELS

END OF AN ERA FOR ICONIC MELBOURNE EAST END HOTELS

TWO iconic properties in Melbourne's East End have sold for a combined total of $92 million, marking the end of an era for the owners of the two hotels. The Adina Hotel and Duke of Wellington are CBD landmarks in the heart of Melbourne's East End and were developed by the late Andor Schwartz. The same family have held the properti...

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SINGAPORE FIRM SELLS OFF FIVE PROPERTIES ON EAST COAST FOR $720M

SINGAPORE FIRM SELLS OFF FIVE PROPERTIES ON EAST COAST FOR $720M

SINGAPORE-BASED TrustCapital Advisors has sold five office assets in Australia totalling $727.5 million. One of the major sales was of 850 Collins Street (pictured), a 17,337 sqm A-grade building in Melbourne's Docklands precinct which was sold for $156.1 million. Also in Melbourne, at 575 Bourke Street, a 16,152 sqm multi-let, re...

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MCGRATH SHARES IN FREEFALL ON PROFIT DOWNGRADE

MCGRATH SHARES IN FREEFALL ON PROFIT DOWNGRADE

SHARES in listed real estate company McGrath Limited (ASX: MEA) have plunged sharply after it announced a 25 per cent profit downgrade on analysts' expectations.

At around midday (AEDST), McGrath shares were down more than 17 per cent to $0.50 on the back of a release of figures which show a weaker-than-expected first four months of tradi...

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QUEST CONTINUES INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION WITH UK DEAL

QUEST CONTINUES INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION WITH UK DEAL

QUEST Apartment Hotels has announced it will develop its first property outside of the Australasian market in the UK city of Liverpool as part of its global expansion.

The $17 million development of Quest Liverpool City Centre will see an existing commercial office building transformed into a 100-room apartment hotel building when it opens fo...

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PROMINENT MELBOURNE BUSINESS PARK BUILDING SELLS FOR $18.08 MILLION

PROMINENT MELBOURNE BUSINESS PARK BUILDING SELLS FOR $18.08 MILLION

THE headquarters of Melbourne's Country Fire Authority (CFA) has sold for $18.08 million following a competitive expressions-of-interest campaign. The site, in Burwood East, was sold to the private arm of Teo Tong Lim, the group managing director of Singapore-based Tong Eng Group. The group recently acquired 5 Queens Road in Melbo...

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ANALYSTS PREDICT WHAT AUSSIE LIVING IS LIKELY TO BECOME IN THE NEXT CENTURY

ANALYSTS PREDICT WHAT AUSSIE LIVING IS LIKELY TO BECOME IN THE NEXT CENTURY

AS THE Australian population continues to grow, analysts are predicting what the country is likely to look like within the century. Research conducted by IKEA Australia in its People & Planet Positive Report shows that the headcount is likely to reach 70 million in the next hundred years, but only a fraction of the current population ...

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RESIDENTIAL COLLAPSE TO LEAD SHARP BUILDING MARKET DECLINE, BIS SAYS

RESIDENTIAL COLLAPSE TO LEAD SHARP BUILDING MARKET DECLINE, BIS SAYS

THE Australian building market is set to decline by 17 per cent over the next three years led by a collapse in residential starts, according to BIS Oxford Economics.

National building commencements peaked in 2015/16 at $107.3 billion, up by 22 per cent in real terms from the end of the resources investment boom in 2012-13, but is expected...

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SKYCITY INJECTS $330 MILLION INTO FESTIVAL PLAZA REDEVELOPMENT

SKYCITY INJECTS $330 MILLION INTO FESTIVAL PLAZA REDEVELOPMENT

THE long-neglected and much maligned Festival Plaza in Adelaide has received a hero in the form of long-time neighbour: SkyCity. SkyCity Entertainment today announced it will commit to a $330 million expansion of the Adelaide Casino, revamping the Festival Plaza precinct. The expansion will include a boutique hotel, signature restaura...

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QUICK TURNAROUND FOR $20 MILLION OFFICE IN MELBOURNE OUTER-EAST

QUICK TURNAROUND FOR $20 MILLION OFFICE IN MELBOURNE OUTER-EAST

AN office building in Melbourne's outer eastern suburb of Mount Waverley has sold for $20.5 million just two years after it was last acquired.

A private local investor purchased the standalone office building from United Investment Management (UIM) which was acquired by UIM in 2015.

The office, located at 17-21 Hardner Road, is securel...

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CHINESE INVESTORS SNAP UP BRIGHTON HOTEL FOR $15.8 MILLION

CHINESE INVESTORS SNAP UP BRIGHTON HOTEL FOR $15.8 MILLION

BRIGHTON'S Marine Hotel has sold for $15.8 million, following a heated sales campaign proving that Chinese appetite within Melbourne's real estate hotspots is still strong.

The Marine Hotel, located in the bayside suburb of Brighton, sold to a mainland Chinese investor and boasts 20 years of additional options remaining on the current...

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VILLA WORLD'S VICTORIAN EXPANSION CONTINUES WITH $44 MILLION MELBOURNE LAND ACQUISITIONS

VILLA WORLD'S VICTORIAN EXPANSION CONTINUES WITH $44 MILLION MELBOURNE LAND ACQUISITIONS

PROPERTY developers Villa World (ASX: VLW) has expanded its footprint in Victoria with $44 million in land acquisitions in Melbourne's north-west growth corridor.

The acquisitions are part of Villa World's "Precinct Structure Plans" for the Plumpton region which will create more than 500 lots targeted at first home buyers an...

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CHINESE DEVELOPER SCORES EXPANSIVE MELBOURNE LANDHOLDING FOR $36 MILLION

CHINESE DEVELOPER SCORES EXPANSIVE MELBOURNE LANDHOLDING FOR $36 MILLION

ONE of Mornington Peninsula's largest individual landholdings has been acquired by a Chinese developer for $36.2 million.

The Morning Star Estate in Victoria is an expansive 63-hectare holding which includes accommodation, a cellar door and a restaurant, and it has uninterrupted views from the Bellarine Peninsula to Melbourne.

The esta...

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MAKE WAY FOR THE 'PANTSCRAPER', A TWIN TOWER SET TO CHANGE MELBOURNE'S CITYSCAPE

MAKE WAY FOR THE 'PANTSCRAPER', A TWIN TOWER SET TO CHANGE MELBOURNE'S CITYSCAPE

MELBOURNE'S skyline is about to transform following the construction of a $1 billion luxury high-rise in the city centre.

Called the "Pantscraper", named after its twin towers joined by a sky bridge, Cbus Property's 42-storey mixed-use development comprises 49,000 square metres of premium-grade office space, a five-star W Ho...

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MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

MELBOURNE'S $200M RIALTO PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION AFTER 10 YEARS OF PLANNNG

IT'S BEEN 10 years in the planning and had at least 10 different architects and has involved the acquisition of multiple properties, and now the redevelopment of Melbourne's iconic Rialto tower precinct is almost complete.

The $200 million redevelopment has breathed new life into the CBD and the Rialto precinct covers more than 8...

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NEW MAJOR PRE-LEASE BOLSTERS EMERGING MELBOURNE INDUSTRIAL PRECINCT

NEW MAJOR PRE-LEASE BOLSTERS EMERGING MELBOURNE INDUSTRIAL PRECINCT

TRANSPORTATION equipment group CIMC Vehicle Australia and road tanker manufacturer Marshall Lethlean are set to take up tenancy in the emerging Cranbourne West industrial precinct, after finalising one of the area's first major pre-lease agreements. The two companies, which are both subsidiaries of the global CIMIC Group, will combine...

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AGENTS REPORTING STRONG DEMAND FOR MELBOURNE CBD OFFICE SPACE PURCHASES

AGENTS REPORTING STRONG DEMAND FOR MELBOURNE CBD OFFICE SPACE PURCHASES

SEVEN Melbourne CBD offices have recently sold for more than $11 million in total, demonstrating huge demand for central office space in the city.

Colliers International brokered deals for record sums on office spaces in the centre of Melbourne as demand for space increases.

Just last week, office spaces on Lonsdale Street and Colli...

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MELBOURNE SHOPPING CENTRE SELLS FOR $48m AS CHINESE DEMAND RAMPS UP

MELBOURNE SHOPPING CENTRE SELLS FOR $48m AS CHINESE DEMAND RAMPS UP

A MELBOURNE shopping centre has been sold for $48 million, bringing the total spent by Chinese investors on Victorian retail to $380 million over the past 15 months.

The Arena Shopping Centre, in the south-east suburb of Officer, is positioned on a 2.97 hectare site and features 25 speciality retailers, including McDonald's and Woolw...

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CARPARK IN BOOMING WEST MELBOURNE SOLD FOR $25M

CARPARK IN BOOMING WEST MELBOURNE SOLD FOR $25M

A CHINESE developer has purchased a prominent West Melbourne carpark for $25million with plans to redevelop it into residential or commercial office space.

Chinese developer Holder East secured the 1,877sqm corner site on La Trobe Street which has been owned by an Indonesian syndicate for the past 15 years.

The property was the first carpa...

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EXCLUSIVE MELBOURNE BEACHFRONT VENUE SNAPPED UP BY CHINESE INVESTORS

EXCLUSIVE MELBOURNE BEACHFRONT VENUE SNAPPED UP BY CHINESE INVESTORS

A HUGELY sought after landholding in Melbourne's Albert Park has been bought for $18 million by mainland Chinese investors.

Albert Park's Beach Hotel, one of Melbourne's most popular drinking spots, and the neighbouring Foodworks Supermarket is situated directly across Port Phillip Bay.

The hotel, which is four kilometres from ...

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NEW MELBOURNE CBD HOT SPOT AS PROPERTY SALES REACH $17 MILLION

NEW MELBOURNE CBD HOT SPOT AS PROPERTY SALES REACH $17 MILLION

LITTLE Lonsdale Street in the heart of Melbourne's CBD has become a favourite for investors in 2017, following the sale of two key commercial properties on the strip.

Number 563-567 Little Lonsdale Street attracted $6.63 million under the hammer, while down the road 361-365 Little Lonsdale Street changed hands off-market for $11.1 million...

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