Arnold Thomas & Becker is the latest business to buy a property to occupy.
Spreading 68 square metres, the vacant shop, 10 Murray Place, Ringwood, abuts the group’s existing local office (image, top, Google Street View), which it moved into in 2019 and is exposed to Maroondah Highway’s commercial precinct.
The side-street building, which years ago traded as the Peter Verey Children’s Shoe Specialist, cost the law firm $450,000 – or $6618 per sqm – following an off-market deal by Gorman Kelly’s Gerard Gleeson.
The capital value will balloon once the property is amalgamated with the Maroondah Hwy address.
The result reflects a c4.2 per cent net market yield.
In April, ATB outlaid $3.15m for Geelong’s prominent Victoria House – rising seven storeys at 79-81 Moorabool Street – again to occupy.
Occupier buys again
Despite eight interest rate rises, many high-profile occupiers are seeing more sense buying over renting this year.
At Seaford, ONA Medical picked up an ex-Westpac branch, to occupy – spending $1.85m.
Also in the south east, last month, café owner Julien Moussi acquired an ex-milk bar, at McKinnon, for a business.
That outlay was $1.106m.
In June, ASX-listed Joyce Corporation, for its Bedshed brand, paid $3.5m for a showroom in Ballarat’s north west Wendouree.
Not long earlier, E&S Trading owner Rob Sinclair spent $6.9m on a collection of Abbotsford properties including the Johnston St store he has rented since 2014; Quinn Reynolds Linc Reynolds and Marcus Quinn brokered that deal.
Ringwood – a major activity centre 20 kilometres from town – is also one of the shortest in supply for high quality office space, leasing agents say.
The suburb’s newest commercial building, QIC’s 110 Maroondah Highway, contains c13,000 sqm – nearly half of which was intended to be bought to market last year before VicRoads, which previously pre-committed to the balance, took it in 2020.
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