Gold Coast shopping centre Pacific Fair is expected to be put up for sale in what is likely to be the nation’s largest retail commercial property sale.
Long one of the iconic shopping and tourism destinations of the Gold Coast, the sale of Pacific Fair in Broadbeach is tipped to set a new benchmark price for sales of major shopping centres following the pandemic disruption.
Pacific Fair will be the fourth shopping centre on the Gold Coast to be sold or put on the market in the past three weeks.
The shopping centre that opened in 1977, and has been renovated and redeveloped six times, hosts 400 stores dining, fashion, luxury and global brand stores.
It is tipped to sell for around $1.8 billion.
Pacific Fair is owned by two investment funds, AMP Capital Retail Trust and AMP Capital Diversified Property Fund.
Both plan to sell their share.
AMP Capital Retail Trust has appointed Colliers International to sell its 80 per cent share in the centre. The AMP Capital Retail Trust ownership includes sovereign wealth fund Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
An AMP Capital Retail Trust spokesperson today declined to comment on the potential sale.
The remaining 20 per cent stake, owned by the AMP Capital Diversified Property Fund (ADPF), is on the market separately. CBRE has been appointed for the sale.
The $5.4 billion ADPF fund merged in April with rival fund Dexus, after the implementation agreement was announced on the Australian Stock Exchange in March. Under the merger, Dexus had flagged its plans to sell assets.
The ADPF 20 per cent stake has been valued between $335.9m and $366m.
With the AMP Capital Retail Trust’s 80 per cent share, the total sale price is expected to top $1.8 billion.
Under it most recent $670-million overhaul in 2016, Pacific Fair was transformed into a destination resort-style precinct that turned it into Australia’s fourth largest shopping centre.
Pacific Fair’s expected entry to the commercial property market comes after a flurry of shopping centre sales on the Gold Coast.
In the past three weeks, the State Government’s fund manager, Queensland Investment Commission, revealed it planned to sell a 50 per cent stake in Westfield Helensvale.
In smaller sales, the southern Gold Coast neighbourhood shopping centre known as the “Man on the Bike” shops was sold for $6.2 million in early June.
A week earlier, the Miami Shopping Village sold to a Gold Coast investor for $9.1 million.
Article Source: inqld.com.au
Aria offer over 1,100 sqm of resort-style amenity at Trellis, South Brisbane apartments
The ground-level homes the Temple of Wellness, designed to be in-keeping with the lush foliage throughout the development
The award-winning Queensland developer, Aria Property Group, are taking the resident amenity to the next level in the latest South Brisbane apartment development, Trellis.
They’re offering residents offer 1,100 sqm of facilities scattered throughout the 13-level, Rothelowman-designed development, crowned by the most impressive amenity of all, the Residents’ Rooftop Club.
That will feature an infinity pool with views across Brisbane, a hot & cold magnesium bath, a lounge, public barbecue areas, and a private dining room.
The ground-level homes the Temple of Wellness, designed to be in-keeping with the lush foliage throughout the development.
A series of gardens line the path to the Temple of Wellness, where residents will walk through the cascading waterfall to a fully equipped fitness centre and meditation zone, home to weights, pilates reformers, cardiovascular equipment and meditation pods.
Aria Living also offers complimentary group yoga and group personal training fortnightly.
Residents at Trellis will also have access to a podcast/boardroom, serving as a multi-use space for working at home. There’s also a Residents’ Wine Cellar.
Apartments in Trellis start from $739,000 for an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Three-bedroom apartments are priced from $1,084,000.
Completion is slated for mid-2023.
Article Source: www.urban.com.au
Fed up home buyers take plunge into commercial property
A young woman in her 20s recently snapped up her first property – it was a ground floor shop leased to a jewellery business in South Melbourne.
The buyer, who declined to be identified, paid $900,000 and will earn income equivalent to a 5 per cent yield for her efforts.
Another first-time commercial buyer, Mark Murray, was priced out of the residential market for the type of property he was looking for and instead opted for a two-storey shop in High Street Northcote, in Melbourne’s inner north.
“This is my first property. I want to lease out some of the spaces,” he said.
Both buyers are part of a growing cohort looking at entry-level commercial properties as an alternative to the well trodden path of homeownership.
Sky high residential values – Melbourne’s house prices were up 15 per cent year-on-year in September – and changes to Victoria’s residential rental laws are pushing some would-be owners to look at alternatives.
Buyers are finding that the returns on residential real estate are so poor – with yields in the range of 1 or 2 per cent – that they prefer to buy something that will give them 3 to 5 per cent, which is commercial property.
Barry Novy from Gross Waddell ICR
The state’s new tenancy laws, introduced in March, have put a fresh onus on residential landlords: banning rental bidding, introducing minimum rental standards, changing eviction rules, and allowing modification of homes by renters – all of which has sharpened the difference with commercial property, real estate agents say.
Mr Murray said he planned to live in the upstairs section of his High Street property and turn the downstairs into artists’ workspaces and a recording studio. The shopfront, next to Sweet Life Tattoo, sold through Fitzroys’ Ervin Niyaz.
Mr Murray said it was a privilege to be able to buy something and share it with the creative community. “I’ll definitely earn an income but probably not as high rent as other places.”
The overheated housing market and superior rental returns are driving people towards commercial real estate, Stonebridge Property Group’s Dylan Kilner said.
The Dorcas Street building that sold in South Melbourne has a three-year lease to Unique Diamonds with fixed 3 per cent annual increases. Its outgoing expenses are also paid by the business tenant.
By contrast, residential leases are usually limited to one-year and have no set increases in rent with landlords required to pay outgoing expenses like extra water charges, taxes and maintenance costs.
“The buyer was a first-time investor who opted for an entry level commercial investment rather than a residential property,” Mr Kilner said.
Gross Waddell ICR’s Barry Novy said buyers should do their homework before taking the plunge into commercial property because of differences between the property classes.
“Buyers are finding that the returns on residential real estate are so poor – with yields in the range of 1 or 2 per cent – that they prefer to buy something that will give them 3 to 5 per cent, which is commercial property,” he said.
However, commercial property has a greater risk of long periods of vacancy, depending on market conditions. “You’ve got to be able to cover that,” he said.
Leasing contracts in the sector are also more complicated to negotiate and administer.
“There is also a misconception that if you buy commercial property you have less maintenance. That may or may not be true.”
Article Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au
Landmark Brisbane Hotel Sells for $50 Million
A Sydney-based hospitality group has swooped on a landmark riverside Brisbane hotel at the northern end of the city’s iconic Story Bridge.
Oscars Hotel Group—owned and operated by brothers Bill and Mario Gravanis—has paid $50 million for the Oakwood Hotel and Apartments.
The 11-storey accommodation asset, on a prominent 2966sq m corner site at 15 Ivory Lane, has been offloaded by Singapore’s Mapletree Investments, which purchased it in 2015 for $48 million.
Formerly the Adina Brisbane Hotel, its sits above the Howard Smith Wharves precinct and Crystalbrook Vincent Hotel—originally The Fantauzzo—that was purchased last year by Syrian billionaire Ghassan Aboud in a $70-million-plus deal.
The four-star Oakwood Hotel and Apartments comprises 162 suites, a bistro, business centre, gym and pool but its new owners are expected to undertake a major revamp to capitalise on its prime location within the popular riverside precinct.
Its latest change-of-hands adds momentum to the rising wave of southern property players seeking geographic diversification due to the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria.
Industry experts predict the flow of capital into Queensland’s property sector will continue its groundswell over coming years in the lead-up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
The Gravanis brothers—known as Sydney’s kings of hospitality with a portfolio of more than 30 venues across NSW—made their big move into Queensland in May, snapping up Long Island in the Whitsundays for circa $20 million.
They are planning a new resort project for the island off Airlie Beach.
Oscars Hotel Group was established in 1986 with the acquisition of a single pub in Sydney’s inner-west.
Its purchases of Brisbane’s Oakwood Hotel and Apartments and Whitsunday’s Long Island are part of a strategic expansion to gain northern exposure in the tourism and hospitality sector.
CBRE Hotel’s national director Wayne Bunz negotiated the deal.
Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
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