The joint venture which paid CEL Australia $68 million for an inner-Melbourne office in 2017 has flipped it for a speculated price of $98 million.
About three kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD – in an area also known as Melbourne, but with a 3004 postcode – 420 St Kilda Road includes 10,452 square metres of lettable area and parking for 131 cars.
It occupies a 2286 sqm plot with three street frontages – including to the busy Kings Way.
When Vantage and KKR acquired the building, it was 9 per cent vacant. The owners then renovated and leased up most of the vacant area, at a higher rent, before offering it for sale in March via CBRE’s Kiran Pillai and Mark Coster, with Cushman & Wakefield’s Luke Etherington and Josh Cullen.
Woodlink had been seeking to build a hotel and apartment project at 424-426 St Kilda Road, replacing a building currently known as Illoura House.
Its proposed $360 million development would have included 176 suites managed by Marriot Hotels.
Woodlink paid $45 million for Illoura House five years ago. It is expected to sell for about $70 million this time around.
CEL Australia paid $45.3 million for 420 St Kilda Road in 2013.
Last November, Sydney businessman John Beville sold 509 St Kilda Road to China-based investor Michael Xie for $163 million – almost twice the price he paid in 2014.
A month later, German funds manager GLL Real Estate Partners teamed with Sydney’s Marprop to acquire 541 St Kilda Road for $65 million. Earlier this week we reported that Marprop was buying the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank office in Docklands for a speculated $80 million.
However the strata-owners of a low-rise apartment complex and office at 545 St Kilda Road have not been so lucky – failing to sell for an asking price of about $30 million since September.
Six months ago, Vantage paid News Limited $30.2 million for the Blackburn headquarters of the Leader group.