Victoria St office fetches $1.75 million as strata office demand rises in Melbourne

Victoria St office fetches $1.75 million as strata office demand rises in Melbourne
Victoria St office fetches $1.75 million as strata office demand rises in Melbourne

Demand for strata office property in the Melbourne CBD has grown in the first quarter of the year, as evident from a recent sale for $1.75 million and another lined up, according to Colliers International.

A 320 sqm whole floor at Level 8, 21 Victoria Street was bought by a private investor for $1.75 million. The sale, through Colliers, represented a yield of 5.62%.

Colliers International executive for Melbourne City Sales, Chris Ling, said the first quarter of 2016 had seen significant demand for CBD strata floors, including both investments and vacant floors.

Another office suite, spread over 360 sqm on the mezzanine level of 58 Franklin Street, is due to hit the market in coming weeks.

Colliers International expects the whole floor, close to Melbourne’s core retail and university precinct, to attract interest for both commercial use and potential residential conversion.

“Our Melbourne City Sales team is currently seeing an unprecedented surge in demand for CBD strata office properties in the CBD,” Ling said. “This demand is powered by record low interest rates, a low Australian dollar and instability in offshore markets.

“In addition, given the current timing in the calendar year, business owners and operators are looking to secure new office space to set themselves up for the rest of the year. CBD vendors, meanwhile, are piggy backing off the momentum seen throughout 2015 in order to capitalise on the current environment.”

The property on Victoria Street saw strong competition between local and offshore buyers and sold prior to the close of the EOI campaign, Ling said. 

In 2015, Colliers International recorded more than $35 million in strata office sales in the CBD, with an average sale price of $1.95 million and an average size of 367 sqm.

According to the latest Colliers International CBD Office Research & Forecast Report, Melbourne’s CBD market continued to go from strength to strength, with high levels of net absorption and a corresponding low vacancy rate. The vacancy rate for the Melbourne CBD dropped to 7.7% in Q1 of 2016, dropping to as low as 5.1% in the north eastern pocket.

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