Developers continue to prize Melbourne’s inner-east

Developers continue to prize Melbourne’s inner-east
Developers continue to prize Melbourne’s inner-east

Prized landholdings with development potential in Melbourne’s inner-eastern suburbs continue to attract premiums, with a High Street, Kew site the latest to change hands.

A local developer picked up the 526sqm concrete display yard at 226-232 High Street with an attractive Commercial 1 zoning for $4.5 million.

Chris James and David Bourke of Fitzroys negotiated the off-market transaction.

The site has a wide 15.4-metre frontage to High Street, in a central position in the Kew retail and commercial centre across from local icon Toscano’s, neighbouring Bank Australia and close to other major banks, supermarkets, specialty food and beverage offerings, and Kew Junction.

The site offered existing holding income from an outdoor advertising agreement of $30,600 per annum.

James said the purchaser has completed a number of successful developments across Melbourne and would look to utilise the site for a mixed-use project.

He said the ongoing introduction of medium and high-density residential developments and a growing office population in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs of Camberwell, Hawthorn and Kew had stimulated the retail precincts throughout the region, including Kew Junction, Glenferrie Road and Camberwell Junction.

“Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell are proving particularly attractive to developers for boutique project opportunities, underpinned by strong demand due to the area’s retail and lifestyle offering, the presence of a number of Melbourne’s leading private schools and multiple public transport options.”

More than 2,000 apartments are currently in the pipeline through Melbourne’s inner-east.

A Mayston Street site in neighbouring Hawthorn East recently sold with a permit for 33 apartments and four townhouses, and major Chinese player Dahua Group has a 1,980sqm four-level mixed-use project with 345 apartments in its pipeline in the suburb.

According to Fitzroys’ Walk the Strip report, “Whilst the Victorian shop-and-dwelling that dominates many of our strip centres ensured the activation of mixed uses through these locations in the past, it is the more recent revolution of medium density mixed-use retail/ residential developments that has further accentuated the extended trading cycles of these centres and added to their vibrancy.”

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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