ISPT To Reap About $35 Million From Sale of 474 St Kilda Road

474 St Kilda RoadIndustry Superannuation Property Trust can expect to make between $30 million and $35 million from what might be the most under-utilised property in St Kilda Road.

The Clemenger House office building, at # 474, is spread over two blocks and three streets.

Given the shifting attitude in recent years to convert St Kilda Road offices into high rise apartment skyscrapers, 474 St Kilda Road is expected to arouse interest from residential developers.

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Target Signs Major Office Lease in St Kilda Road, Melbourne

RETAIL giant Target has leased 4462 square metres of office space on Melbourne city-fringe office market, St Kilda Road.

The Wesfarmers controlled group chose the building because of its proximity to the CBD and Flinders Street train station.

St Kilda Road office tenants have criticised (and vacated) the area which is only serviced by train. At it’s peak St Kilda Road had more than 800,000 square metres of available office space, but no developer has proposed a new office in more than ten years.

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City Shift as Provincial Victorians Buy Melbourne “Holiday House”

We’ve all heard about the sea changers – the growing number of Melburnians packing up their homes and heading to a new life in the coast or country.

Singles, couples and families are leaving in droves – trading in the city’s caffeine infused impersonal lifestyle for something more inspiring.

But while the sea-changers pack up their four-wheel-drives in search of a new home outside of the metropolitan area, they are passing a growing number of city shifters – those from provincial Victoria that are also looking for a change of scenery, and are setting up tent right in the heart of the city.

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Spotless Group Leases Entire St Kilda Road Office Building, Melbourne

SPOTLESS Group has leased an entire St Kilda Road office building, and will relocate its headquarters from the Melbourne CBD.

The cleaning services and management company, currently based at 350 Queen Street, has leased about 9200 square metres at the 549 St Kilda Road building previously known as AIG House.

The rent Spotless will pay has not been disclosed, but industry sources speculate it circles about $250 per square metre, per annum, before incentives (a lure usually offered in the way of a fit-out, or rental discount). This is low compared to the CBD, Southbank and Docklands.

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Schwartz Family Corporation to Sell 499 St Kilda Road

AUSTRALIAN hotel owners Schwartz Family Corporation are selling a major St Kilda Road development site bordering Fawkner Park.

The family can expect around $53 million from the sale of The Fawkner Centre at 499 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, near the corner of Commercial Road, which acts as the Prahran and South Yarra suburb border.

The 6070 square metre site includes a 19-level, 21,377 square metre office pictured, right) that currently returns annual rent of $5.9 million.

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China-Based Developer Buys Major St Kilda Road Development Site

CHINA based builder Sunnyland Investment Group has paid about $40 million for a major St Kilda Road development site which has the potential to yield at least two major apartment skyscrapers, and a ground floor shopping centre.

The purchase continues a trend of Asia-based investors swooping on inner-city sites and exploiting the state government’s problematic Melbourne @ 5 Million planning policy which encourages higher density redevelopment around existing roads and public transport – a strategy that hasn’t gone unnoticed to stressed drivers, bus and rail commuters in this election campaign.

Sunnyland’s latest acquisition is of the Clemenger BBDO House office at 472 – 474 St Kilda Road, on the south-west corner of Leopold Street.

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474 St Kilda Road Close to Sale For $40 Million

474 St Kilda RoadGONE are the days when St Kilda Road complexes were limited to about 12 levels.

With the sky now the limit in regard to residential development in Melbourne – the value of a low rise office, with three street frontages at 472 – 474 St Kilda Road has ballooned over the past four years.

Sources say Industry Superannuation Property Trust has entered advanced negotiations with an as-yet-undisclosed residential developer, to sell the Clemenger BBDO House building for about $37.5 million.

ISPT paid $29.6 million for the asset in October 2006.

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Nikos Believed to be Behind $21 Million St Kilda Road Purchase

PRIVATE investment group Nikos Property Group is believed to be making its second foray into the St Kilda Road office market.

Sources say the group is in advanced negotiations to buy the 549 St Kilda Road office for $21 million.

The building is being offloaded by Chartis, whose predecessor, American Home Assurance Company, paid $28 million in 1987.

Chartis is relocating its offices to Docklands.

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