Two Mulgrave offices – listed in the same week in early February – traded over the last 10 days of March.
Separate buyers acquired the assets – offered by different vendors and marketed by two agencies.
In the largest and most recent deal, 362 Wellington Road – the former headquarters of car parts retailer Repco – found a buyer, for $9.1 million.
The two storey building offers 3775 square metres of lettable area last renovated in 2017.
Offered vacant, it is selling to an owner occupier.
On a 8719 sqm zoned Special Use 6 – an unusual gazetting which allows for a variety of commercial uses like a university, transfer station, post office, hotel, convenience store – even an adult sex shop.
It has 198 car parks (with a further 20 on a 99 year lease).
Savills brokers Benson Zhou, Clinton Baxter and Julian Heatherich represented the vendors, China-based investors which paid $8.8 million in September, 2017 – the month considered the peak of the last local property cycle.
“Not only does this sale highlight demand for premium suburban office opportunities but also the strength of the commercial market despite current economic headwinds,” the brokers said.
“The buyer owns a local business that desperately needs expansion space to support their ongoing growth.
“This building proved to be ideal for their requirements.”
Neighbour sells too
Meanwhile, the next holding south, 372 Wellington Road, also traded.
On a 4742 sqm parcel with the same (SUZ6) zoning and 70 car parks, it has chemicals distributor IMCD Australia and the government’s Ambulance Victoria as tenants.
Based on the net annual income ($479,600) and sale price ($6.6 million), this property is trading on a 7.26 per cent yield.
Both 362 and 372 Wellington Road sit on sites abutting Enterprise Court.
Near one of Melbourne’s busiest intersections (Wellington Road/Springvale Road), they are about 20 kilometres south east of the CBD.
Mulgrave is popular with high-tech industrial users.
BMW Australia, Mercedes Benz Australia, Wesfarmers’ Kmart and Pfizer are amongst the precinct’s occupiers.