Besen Family Pays $67 Million For 1 Spring Street Half Share

MELBOURNE’s Besen family has spent $67 million buying a half share interest in one of the CBD’s most distinctive “gateway” buildings, 1 Spring Street.

Daniel Besen, the son of shopping centre magnate Marc, purchased a 50 per cent stake in the 28-level 1 Spring Street office on the corner of Flinders Street, on a yield of 7.5 per cent.

Record Realty was the vendor.

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US-based Pramerica Buys 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne, For Speculated $75 Million

PRAMERICA, US-based global real estate investor, is reported to be paying about $75 million for a 16-level office building in Melbourne’s CBD.

The 16,200 square metre office at 575 Bourke Street was offloaded by the Valad Property Group’s V Fund. The fund manager acquired the asset for $50.87 million in 2005.

Pramerica’s acquisition, reported in The Australian’s Primespace section, is the latest in a string of national commercial assets.

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Auction Ending For Ansett Office Dispute

THE falling-out of two of Melbourne’s biggest private developers will be played out publicly at the end of the month when agents auction a landmark city office building – on court orders.

The imminent sale of the former Ansett headquarters at 501 Swanston Street (pictured, right), for a price expected to surpass $50 million, is also fascinating those within the real estate industry for being likely to smash the record price paid for a CBD office at auction.

Interestingly, each of the co-owning vendors of the building, Vince Giuliano, head of PDG Corporation, and Mario Salvo, director of Salvo Property Group, is expected to bid for full control of the asset.

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Historic Seabrook Chambers Building, CBD, to Fetch $5 Million

A HISTORIC CBD property, purchased by barristers almost 30 years ago, and occupied as legal industry offices since, is expected to fetch about $5 million at auction next month.

Seabrook Chambers, at 573– 577 Lonsdale Street (pictured, right), was for years a warehouse facility, and later, between 1968 and 1979, home to Seabrook Wines.

Built in 1854, the double-storey bluestone building includes about 979 square metres of lettable office space and sits on an approximate 411 square metre block. It is being sold with vacant possession.

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Charter Hall to Sell 150 Queen Street Office, Melbourne, at a Loss

SYDNEY-based fund manager Charter Hall can expect some $25 million from the sale of a Melbourne CBD office it bought for $32 million in September 2007 – just weeks before the last commercial property market peak.

A spokeswoman said the Charter Hall Core Office Fund will use moneys from the sale to invest in larger, prime opportunities.

The asset on offer at 150 Queen Street (pictured, right), on the corner of Bourke Street, was developed in the 1960s and known for years as the Prudential Building.

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Isaac Brott Sells Stawell Chambers For About $4 Million

STAWELL Chambers, the free-standing, historic office that was for years occupied by solicitor Isaac Brott, has sold.

The building at 493 – 495 Little Bourke Street, opposite the southern boundary of the Supreme Court in Melbourne’s legal precinct is speculated to have traded for about $4 million.

Days after an auction last Friday, a “sold” sticker appeared on a board outside the 121-year old, four-level 650 square metre office (pictured, right). But Savills directors Nick Peden and Clinton Baxter declined to comment on any part of a deal when contacted by The Age.

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FKP to Sell 399 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

QUEENSLAND-born developer and fund manager FKP has quietly listed another major CBD asset for sale.

FKP, which recently relocated its headquarters to Sydney, can expect some $35 million, sources say, for the fully-leased office at 399 Lonsdale Street.

The 10-storey building, on the south-west corner of Hardware Lane, was developed in 1986 and fully refurbished in 1993 and 1997. It includes 10,176 square metres of office space, and is fully leased to education service provider Taylors College.

In recent years, the top of the city has become a private education service hub. Last March, education entrepreneur Shesh Gale, owner of the Melbourne Institute of Technology, paid $15 million for the historic Argus building at the north-west corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth streets, which will reopen as a school after a refurbishment.

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Sunsuper Pays $108 Million For 330 Collins Street, Melbourne

SUPERANNUATION giant Sunsuper has paid a reported $108 million for Melbourne’s 330 Collins Street office building (right).

The 17-level renovated building, which made headlines when a previous owner found asbestos while undertaking a renovation, includes 18,337 square metres of net lettable area.

A lot of the sites value is in its ground floor tenancies – on the corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets – both expensive retail thoroughfares in the Melbourne CBD.


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Katherine Place Complex Sells For $16.35 Million

ESTABLISHMENT family the Smorgon’s have sold a Melbourne CBD office for $16.35 million.

The Katherine Place complex at 517 – 537 Flinders Lane was developed in the 1980s by the Becton Group and includes two buildings, known as 517 – 525 Flinders Lane (rising four levels and with 5609 square metres) and 533 – 537 Flinders Lane (a smaller four-level 1556 square metre office).

Both assets are flanked with ground floor retail. Private investor Brendan Sullivan has been reported as the buyer, purchasing the asset on a low yield of 6.2 per cent.

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Melbourne Ghost Office Sells to Chinese Investor For $45 Million

ONE of the Melbourne CBD’s few remaining ghost towers has sold to a Chinese developer for $45 million.

The 21-level Communications House at 199 William Street (right) includes a 19,500 square metre office that has been vacant for more than ten years. The asset was offloaded by another Asia based investor with the registered company name Memo Corporation.

The building’s site area is 3318 square metres and the building is in the heart of what is known as the Melbourne CBD legal precinct. It’s residential redevelopment potential was touted throughout marketing.

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