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Hong Kong’s Ovolo snaps up Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel for $40m

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Hong Kong-based boutique hotel chain Ovolo has snapped up the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for about $40 million in the first major hospitality deal of the year.

It is the second Brisbane hotel acquired by Ovolo Hotels in the space of seven months after it acquired the 50-room New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites in Brisbane for $16.5 million in June.

The 102-room Emporium Hotel at 1000 Ann Street was sold by its founder and managing director, Tony John, of the Anthony John Group. It opened in 2007, when it was positioned as Brisbane’s first luxury boutique hotel.

Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool, gm and sauna, cocktail bar and patisserie as well as conferencing and events centre.

Mr John said he had decided the time was right to sell the Fortitude Valley property as it would “allow the team time to focus on the 2018 opening of our luxury boutique Southpoint Emporium Hotel”.

Ovolo’s latest aquisition means the hotel chain, founded by Girish Jhunjhnuwala in 2002, now has five hotels in Australia, with two Sydney hotels in Woolloomooloo and Darling Harbour and one on Little Bourke Street in the centre of Melbourne.

“The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane was an obvious choice for the brand given its incredible success to date, its boutique nature and appealing location in the Fortitude Valley retail and dining precinct,” Mr Jhunjhnuwala said.

“We are excited to take this fantastic property to the next level with Ovolo’s signature luxury design interiors and all-inclusive hospitality concept,” he added.

The sale of the Emporium was brokered off-market by CBRE Hotels national director Wayne Bunz, who said it was a very positive sign for the local market heading into a new year.

“The sale highlights investors’ growing interest in the Brisbane hotel market. CBRE continue to field investor demand for investment opportunities, with the Emporium Hotel sale negotiated in a record time of just four weeks,” Mr Bunz said.

The Hong Kong operator’s flagship Ovolo Woolloomooloo and Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour were recently ranked as the second and sixth-best hotels in Australia, according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards 2017.

Ovolo Hotels recently joined the co-working office movement after Ovolo Woolloomooloo signed a co-working deal with start-up TwoSpace, who will set up co-working spaces in the hotel’s lounge. It operates four hotels in Hong Kong.

Originally Published: www.afr.com

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Dexus Snaps Up Brisbane Audi Centre for $91.2m

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Dexus Snaps Up Brisbane Audi Centre for $91.2m
Property giant Dexus has purchased the Audi Centre and the Euro Marque complex in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane’s inner north.

Dexus has paid $91.2 million for the property located at 570-586 Wickham Street, realising an initial 6 per cent yield.

The property comprises two adjoining, purpose-built automotive dealerships known as Lighthouse, constructed in 2011, and the Euro Marque building, built in 2006.

The 7,123sq m site has been home to high-end brands such as Audi, Lamborghini, Maserati and Bentley.

Currently, the property features 13,288sq m of office and showroom space across two levels and a hardstand and external area of 2,556 square metres.

CBRE’s Mike Walsh, Peter Court and Tom O’Driscoll, in conjunction with Glen Wright and Nick Spiro of Cushman & Wakefield, were appointed to market the 570-586 Wickham Street property.

Walsh described the deal as a “landmark transaction” for Brisbane’s fringe market.

Nine offers were reported from local and offshore property companies eager to maximise the site’s underlying value.

The site has attracted strong interest due to its future development potential of up to 20-storeys.

An important part of the deal was the lease recommitment last year by the ASX-listed Autosports Group to the end of 2026 plus two five-year options.

Dexus, Australia’s largest landlord, will now collect a net passing income of $5.472 million a year.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m
Property funds manager Clarence Property’s unlisted Westlawn Property Trust has acquired The Zone Shopping Centre at Underwood for $31.25 million.

The 2.85-hectare retail complex is home to national retailers including OfficeWorks, Rebel Sport and Good Price Pharmacy.

Located on the corner of Compton and Kingston roads, the centre benefits from a high-profile position in a high growth catchment between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

This is the sixth acquisition for WPT, with other commercial and retail assets purchased in Hamilton, Spring Hill and Northgate totalling $34.74 million since October 2017.

Clarence Property managing director Peter Fahey marked Underwood as a good fit for WPT, which has more than $250 million in assets between Yamba and the Sunshine Coast.

“Our target asset allocation for WPT is about 30 to 45 per cent retail, with a focus on high yield neighbourhood shopping centres in growth regions,” he said.

Clarence Property’s flagship unlisted Westlawn Property Trust is also offloading a retail centre in Robina with a price tag of $30 million.

Located on a 20,407sq m in Robina, the centre is currently 94 per cent occupied and delivered an 18.6 per cent return to investors in 2017.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m

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Clarence Property Buys Brisbane Shopping Centre for $31.25m
Property funds manager Clarence Property’s unlisted Westlawn Property Trust has acquired The Zone Shopping Centre at Underwood for $31.25 million.

The 2.85-hectare retail complex is home to national retailers including OfficeWorks, Rebel Sport and Good Price Pharmacy.

Located on the corner of Compton and Kingston roads, the centre benefits from a high-profile position in a high growth catchment between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

This is the sixth acquisition for WPT, with other commercial and retail assets purchased in Hamilton, Spring Hill and Northgate totalling $34.74 million since October 2017.

Clarence Property managing director Peter Fahey marked Underwood as a good fit for WPT, which has more than $250 million in assets between Yamba and the Sunshine Coast.

“Our target asset allocation for WPT is about 30 to 45 per cent retail, with a focus on high yield neighbourhood shopping centres in growth regions,” he said.

Clarence Property’s flagship unlisted Westlawn Property Trust is also offloading a retail centre in Robina with a price tag of $30 million.

Located on a 20,407sq m in Robina, the centre is currently 94 per cent occupied and delivered an 18.6 per cent return to investors in 2017.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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