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Trawalla Lists Hobart’s Parliament Square for $300m

Trawalla Property is looking to cash in a substantial mixed-use development it is close to completing in central Hobart, with price expectations in excess of $300 million.

Parliament Square, which covers a 7700sq m city block, is set above Salamanca Place—overlooking Hobart’s Sullivan’s Cove and Franklin Wharf, and includes two office buildings, a five-star hotel and ground floor retail.

The development, built over seven years, has taken shape around an assortment of heritage buildings, including the Georgian-style St Mary’s Hospital originally constructed in 1847.

It has been completed in stages, with the main office building, known as the Salamanca building, now occupied by the state government.

The FJMT-designed office building, completed in late-2017, has 16 years left on its lease while the podium workplace, due for completion this year, has a 20-year lease. Combined they offer 17,300sq m of lettable space.

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▲ The hotel and office development is one of the Schwartz family’s largest projects. 

The 152-room Tasman Hotel, which will be managed by Marriott and become part of its Luxury Collection, is due to reach practical completion by the end of 2021.

The new hotel will retain original period features and incorporate local artworks as well as promote Tasmania’s growing whiskey industry with its own whiskey bar.

It will be the city’s first five-star luxury hotel since the Henry James Art hotel opened in 2004.

Trawalla Property, a subsidiary of Trawalla Group headed up by Melbourne couple Carol and Alan Schwartz, has in conjunction with Citta Property Group and Qualitas been responsible for the delivery of the commercial and hotel development.

The high-profile Schwartz family are powerful players across development, finance and publishing.

Carol Schwartz is the daughter of retail and property magnate Marc Besen and sits on the board of ASX-listed company Stockland Group as a non-executive director as well as the Reserve Bank.

Schwartz and husband Alan’s property interests include the Qualitas real ­estate financier and investment manager, while Trawalla Property has ownership stakes or management interests the Rydges Hotel at Mount Panorama.

The Schwartz family has offered Parliament Square for sale via an international expression of interest campaign through CBRE.

CBRE’s Mark Granter said the quality of the asset and the government tenancy covenant of 16 years would “attract widespread interest from some of the largest local and international players in the market”.

The transaction, if realised, will be the biggest commercial property sale in Tasmanian history, Granter said.

 

Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Three out of four mortgage holders who asked for a rate cut, got one: RateCity

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While the majority of changes to fixed rates in the last two months have been hikes, the opposite is happening in the variable rate market

Almost three-quarters of variable borrowers who asked for a rate cut, got one, a new survey has found.

In a RateCity.com.au survey of over 1,000 mortgage holders, of those on a variable rate, 52 per cent haggled with their bank for a lower rate. Over 73 per cent of these people were successful in getting at least one rate cut.

A rate reduction of 0.25 per cent could save the average mortgage holder $1,241 in interest after one year and $3,656 after three years. This is based on a $500,000 loan balance with 25 years remaining.

While the majority of changes to fixed rates in the last two months have been hikes, the opposite is happening in the variable rate market.

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Omnia 4-6 Horscroft Place, Moorabbin VIC 3189 

RateCity.com.au home loan database analysis:

  • 49 lenders have cut at least one variable rate in the past two months.
  • 10 lenders have hiked variable rates in that time.
  • The vast majority of variable rate cuts are reserved for new customers, not existing ones.

RateCity research director, Sally Tindall, said while the RBA is not expected to move the cash rate tomorrow, one phone call could potentially save the average variable rate mortgage holder thousands.

“Variable rates are at record lows, however, most of these deals are reserved for new customers, not existing ones, unless you specifically ask,” she said.

“A lot of people think a handful of basis points won’t make much of a difference, but if the discount is permanent, then the savings can potentially run into the thousands in just a few years.”

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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Mirvac Picks Up Rejected Brunswick Site

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Mirvac has snapped up the site of a rejected mixed-use development from JWLand with plans to expand its residential pipeline in inner Melbourne.

The 6496sq m site overlooking Princes Park includes an old hotel and several dilapidated buildings at 699 Park Street, Brunswick with frontages on Sydney and Brunswick roads.

The ASX-listed property group has yet to disclose the purchase price, and would not confirm reports they had paid about $40 million for the site.

JWLand acquired the site for $30 million and planned to commence construction on the site in late 2017.

But those plans were rejected by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, including the demolition of a heritage building to construct 255 apartments, retail space and a child care centre.

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▲ The plans for JWLand were rejected by VCAT included multiple buildings along Park Road, Brunswick. 

Mirvac already has plans to build around 200 apartments on the site.

Mirvac head of residential Stuart Penklis said the development would enhance and celebrate the location, as well as being sensitive to the surrounding properties and amenity.

“The current plans see the building at various heights stepping back from Park Street to minimise any impact on Princes Park and maximising the spectacular vistas for residents, but we are still in the process of finalising the scheme,” Penklis said.

“Mirvac is in the early visioning stage for Park Street, with the current scheme looking to yield approximately 200 apartment residences in a range of configurations to appeal to a broad selection of purchasers.

“We have recently seen a trend towards oversized apartments and amalgamations which could see this number change.”

Mirvac plans to launch Park Street in mid-2022, with construction anticipated to commence in late 2022.

Park Street joins Mirvac’s $1.4-billion Victorian apartment portfolio that includes Phoenix, Folia, and Forme in Doncaster; The Eastbourne in East Melbourne; and Yarra’s Edge in Melbourne citywhere planning for tower nine is under way.

 

Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane running out of land for new homes, with less than 3 years’ supply

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Brisbane will run out of available land to build new homes in less than three years – and Noosa has just one year – as a housing crisis grips the state.

The startling projection was revealed via documents released as part of Queensland budget estimates hearings, but Deputy Premier Steven Miles argued that almost 50,000 residential lots were in the process of being unlocked in south-east Queensland following the October 2020 state election.

Under state government rules, all local government areas should have four years’ worth of approved lots – land that is ready to go to market.

But Brisbane has just 2.9 years of approved lot supply, Noosa has 1.1 years, the Gold and Sunshine coasts 1.9 years each, Redland 2.9 years, and Moreton Bay 3.2 years.

But Mr Miles said almost 50,000 residential lots were in the process of being unlocked following the 2020 state election.

“Our strong health response to the COVID-19 pandemic has created a spike in interstate migration which has put pressure on land supply across the state,” he said.

“While COVID has certainly spurred an increase in interstate migration, we would expect to see further increases over the coming years in the lead-up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Mr Miles said the majority of the state’s councils had up to 30 years of lot supplies.

In other areas, Bundaberg has 14.9 years, Cairns eight, Gympie 9.6, Ipswich 7.3, Rockhampton 16.2, and Toowoomba 6.1.

Some areas have extremely high rates, with Banana reporting 354 years of supply, Gladstone almost 249 years, and Isaac 363.

Mr Miles said in response to population growth linked to people moving to Queensland from interstate – a boom in new residents not experienced in almost two decades – he established the Growth Areas Team in March 2021.

“The GAT focuses on land supply in south-east Queensland to ensure we can keep up with expected population growth, and the demand for housing and infrastructure development that comes with it,” he said.

Mr Miles said the government had identified Caboolture West as a pilot site for a future growth area program providing 3000 extra homes, while it had also provided $15 million for a wastewater treatment plant to pave the way for up to 5000 extra homes in Southern Redland Bay.

The years of supply are calculated based on uncompleted lot approval and lot certification data prepared by the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office using information provided by councils.

The latest figures come as there are 47,036 people on the state’s social housing register – a 70 per cent increase in just three years – and as rental vacancy rates hit 10-year lows and property prices soar.

According to a report released last year, south-east Queensland needs an extra 31,979 dwellings each year to keep up with demand.

LNP housing spokesman Tim Mander said more land needed to be made available.

“And we need to build the roads, water and sewerage to support it,” he said.

“We must build the infrastructure that protects the lifestyle of the people who live here and that gives opportunities for our kids to get into the market.”

 

Article Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

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