Trophy Maples department store for lease after renovation

The first floor of the ex-Maples department store, now luxury offices for lease.

A unique trophy office – in terms of character, fit-out and location – has hit the rental market after a major refurbishment.

The South Melbourne space is available as a whole or in part.

Level one of the former Maples department store at 256 Clarendon Street, opposite Clarendon Central, South Melbourne, is being offered in whole or part from 600 square metres.

All up, 2000 sqm is available; the area is considered Prime grade, the second best after Premium but before A-grade, based on Property Council of Australia classifications, and unusual for the area, according to the marketing agents.

New end-of-trip facilities at 256 Clarendon Street.

With several windows, the tenancies receive abundant natural light, they added.

The fit-out also retains historic features including exposed beams and brickwork and polished timber floors.

For the first time, occupiers in the 1920s building will also have use of end-of-trip facilities.

Fourteen car parks are available too, though the address, 1.5 kilometres south of the CBD, and nearby St Kilda Road, are well serviced by trams.

Prime space available in part or a whole

Until recently, 256 Clarendon St has been occupied as the National Australia Bank’s South Melbourne branch.

Lemon Baxter’s Jay Pavey and John Pratt have been appointed to lease it following the refurbishment (story continues below).

The building occupies a prime position on Clarendon Street.

In the heart of the retail strip, between Coventry and Dorcas streets, the property is a block to South Melbourne Market, which offers free parking.

It is also opposite a tram stop and walking distance to other routes including along Kings Way, two blocks away, and St Kilda Rd, twice the distance, and Ferrars and Park streets.

“Following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, the building stands as a testament to timeless elegance and modern functionality,” Mr Pavey said.

“No expense has been spared on the new look building where the designers have meticulously crafted a space that seamlessly blends Art Deco charm with contemporary flair,” he added.

“The 600-2000 sqm property offers a myriad of features including a spacious balcony area, ideal for hosting events or enjoying leisurely moments amidst the bustling cityscape,” according to the agent.

“Additionally, internal end-of-trip facilities, complete with marble accents and gold finishes, offer unparalleled convenience and luxury to tenants.

“It has been a quality renovation…from its ornate windows to its eye-catching bridge spanning a quaint laneway, every detail has been thoughtfully considered to create a truly exceptional environment.

“The strategic positioning of the building, coupled with ample parking and accessibility, further enhances its appeal to discerning tenants”.

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Marc Pallisco

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