Property fund manager EG has acquired a site in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, just 1km north of its CBD, for $27.72 million on a tight 4.7 per cent net yield.
The 3,582sq m site has development approval for two separate schemes — one residential, one commercial — with Lang Walker’s Walker Corporation scrapping the apartment scheme after the market turned in 2017.
Walker Corporation acquired the whole-block island site in 2015 for $22.2 million.
The developer later won approval for a 26-storey A-grade office tower comprising 44,000sq m of net lettable area and ground floor retail. Cox Architecture designed the scheme.
The $400 million green star-rated office tower would eventually house up to 5,000 workers, Walker Corporation said.
Located close to trendy James Street, EG’s latest asset joins a swathe of office development in the area including Consolidated Properties’ $250 million office scheme at 895 Ann Street and Pellegrino Group’s commercial building at 89 McLachlan Street.
The 801 Ann Street site is the eighth asset to join EG’s Yield Plus Infrastructure No. 2 fund, which has a $750 million real estate mandate.
EG has more than $2.4 billion worth of assets under management.
In 2018, the Sydney-based fund manager picked up a 17-storey Brisbane office tower from Peter Harburg’s portfolio and offloaded Fortitude Valley’s Optus Centre site for $23.5 million.
The site, which had approval for a controversial apartment scheme, was acquired by Scott Hutchinson of Hutchinson Builders for the 3,300-person capacity Fortitude Valley Music Hall.
A spokesperson for EG Funds said that the site had been initially acquired as a yield producing asset. The Volvo showroom and car service centre lease expires in 2024.
The transaction was brokered off-market by JLL’s Seb Turnbull.
Fortitude Valley’s GPO Hotel offered to market
The GPO Hotel in Queensland’s Fortitude Valley has been offered to the market through an expressions of interest campaign.
Currently operating as a nightclub it is described in the listing as a “long term lease prospect (4 x 10 years).”
Glen Price of HTL Property is marketing the listing.
Situated at 740 Ann Street the expressions of interest campaign closes on June 5.
The property holds a commercial hotel license.
Sentinel buys Brisbane’s Makerston House from Challenger for $103m
Sentinel Property Group has bought the Makerston House office tower in the Brisbane city centre for $103 million from ASX-listed Challenger.
The deal – the largest to date for the Brisbane-based syndicator – was struck on a net passing yield of 7.85 per cent. It will be held within Sentinel’s Regional Office Trust, which holds nine assets worth more than $350 million.
Makerston House, situated at 30 Makerston Street at the northern edge of the Brisbane CBD, last sold for $38 million in 2000 when Challenger bought it from listed investment company Ariadne.
The tower, offering almost 15,000 square metres of office space, had a book value of $70.7 million as of June 30 last year.
In January, Challenger secured Queensland Rail as a tenant across 2000 sq m to help shore up some of the vacancy.
The deal follows Brisbane recording the largest drop in office vacancy compared to any other state capital in the six months to February, with a drop to 13 per cent from 14.7 per cent, according to the most recent Property Council Office Market Report.
Sentinel Property managing director Warren Ebert said Makerston House was “superbly positioned” at the epicentre of some of the city’s multibillion dollar infrastructure projects, including the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail network and the $2.1 billion Brisbane Live precinct.
“This is a fantastic acquisition for Sentinel and is our biggest purchase since the group started 10 years ago,” Mr Ebert said.
“The building is opposite the Queensland Police Headquarters and just 50 metres from Roma Street train station, the only existing CBD railway station that will link to the high capacity Cross River Rail.”
Established in 2010, Sentinel has a total national portfolio of more than 40 retail, industrial, office, land, tourism infrastructure and agribusiness assets with a total value in excess of $1.14 billion.
Dexus Eyes $100m Sale for Brisbane Retail Centre
Dexus Wholesale Property Fund are looking to offload a 100 per cent freehold interest in Beenleigh Marketplace, a sub-regional shopping centre located 32-kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.
The 19,476 square metre asset, which last transacted in 2013, is anchored by Woolworths and Big W and spans a 60,680sq m site.
The landholding also includes 4,390sq m of adjoining land earmarked for further development.
JLL head of retail investments Simon Rooney has been appointed to market the expressions of interest campaign amid weak sentiment in the retail property sector.
“Investors are pursuing a low-risk retail strategy at present,” he said.
Rooney said investors were targeting small and mid-sized sub-regional centres with a major focus on retail services along with food and beverage offerings.
“F&B has consistently been the fastest growing retail category over the last five, 10 and 20 years, which underpins solid leasing demand.”
Recent transactions for sub-regional centres include the Rockdale Plaza sale in Sydney purchased by Charter Hall for $142 million last month, Sydney’s Neeta City purchased by Elanor Investors for $85.3 million in March, and Melbourne’s Campbellfield Plaza bought by Charter Hall for $74 million in December last year.
Transaction activity was highest within the $50-million to $150-million bracket for retail property last year.
Rooney said the Beenleigh retail hub outperforms the industry averages with total centre moving annual turnover (MAT) of $113.7 million.
Beenleigh, located in the city of Logan, has a current population of 83,570 which is expected to increase 2.1 per cent annually to 2031.
The expressions of interest campaign closes on June 6.
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