Fashion designer’s husband banks premium from Melbourne development site

The Fitzroy site at the corner of Napier and St David streets.

Danny Avidan, also known as designer Charlie Brown’s husband, and owner of that eponymous fashion house, has flipped a prime Fitzroy development site for a 25 per cent premium after two years.

Maurice Romano’s RPG is the buyer; it paid $6.05m inclusive of GST for the warehouse on 398 square metres at 235 Napier Street, on the south east corner of St David, following a deal formalised mid-last year.

Mr Avidan’s Dare Property outlaid $4.56m in 2021, then obtained a permit for a six storey, 44-suite hotel with ground level retail and two floors of car parking.

Last year, the builder amended the approved shell for 14 own-your-own apartments over retail.

It is speculated RPG, which turns 20 next year, will build an office.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Daniel Wolman, Alexander Leggo, Marcus Neill and Leon Ma were the agents (story continues below).

Danny Avidan.

Elsewhere in Melbourne, Dare recently completed a six level 2000 sqm office, Zero Gipps, at 50 Gipps St.

The group is also co-developing luxury apartments with Charles Mellick’s Fortis in Sydney’s Point Piper.

Mr Avidan and Ms Brown control brands Howard Showers and Hollywood Fashion Secrets.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of